What price for the perfect woman? On eBay, the online auction site, she will probably set you back about £30 – about the same as a designer handbag or a year’s supply of McDonalds Happy Meal toys.

Or so I discovered when I auctioned myself as a virtual girlfriend.

A cash-strapped student in the US was the first to come up with the idea and the phenomenon quickly spread to eBay.co.uk.

Aimed at men too busy, lazy or shy to pull in person, virtual girlfriends offer the fun of a relationship without…

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