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OneEyedMonster remindes us about the crap you can buy in pound shops: "Batteries that lasted about an hour and then died. A screwdriver with a loose handle so I couldn't turn the damn screw, and a tape measure which wasn't at all accurate."

Similarly, my neighbour bought a lawnmower from Argos that was so cheap the wheels didn't go round, it sort of skidded over the grass whilst gently back-combing it.

What's the cheapest, most useless crap you've bought?

(, Fri 4 Jan 2008, 7:26)
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Over here they're called Dollar Stores.
When I was in my last apartment we had a Dollar Store in the little shopping center at the edge of the apartment complex. My son went up there one day and returned with two big bags of those thick rubber bands, which he proceeded to tie together into a very long rubber band rope.

Then he stood at the edge of the balcony on the third floor and dangled the end of it down to his brother, who stretched it across the parking lot. The one on the ground let go, and the rope made a truly evil sound as it snapped toward the balcony- where my son was crouched behind the railing, protected as it slammed into the balcony.

After much giggling they did it again- only this time the one on the balcony let go, resulting in a couple of pounds of rubber bands slamming into his brother's testicles. There was a howl, almost drowned out by the rest of us cracking up...

I think he's still got that bag of rubber bands somewhere.

Length was about 300 feet when stretched.
(, Fri 4 Jan 2008, 21:07, 1 reply)
*Giggles like a loon and gives you a well-earned click*
(, Sun 6 Jan 2008, 4:46, closed)

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