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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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Rainbow = Metamphetamine abusers' playground

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My wife and I frequent a discount store called 'Grocery Outlet', often referred to by the people of my town as 'Rainbow' for no more reason than the fact that their logo is a large, tacky, 70's-style rainbow. Great cheap, foodie deals are to be had there - rounds of brie for 50 cents, 10 yogurts for $1, a quart or organic milk for 90 cents, and so on...

Partly because of such modest prices and partly because of the locale, Rainbow is often frequented by folks who are addicted to metamphetamine. In fact, when we shop there I usually play a game (much to the disapproval of a more compassionate Mrs. luvtub) that I call 'Spot the Tweaker', for there's virtually always at least one or two to be found in house.

Tweakers are renowned for exercising somewhat impulsive behavior while under the influence. Take Exhibit A, for example, in which an 8-pack of bear claws (a Stateside breakfast pastry) became a 7-pack:

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Unfazed, Rainbow higher-ups simply marked down the sticky buns from $2.50 to $1.50 for the lot.

Exhibits B and C further illustrate the phenomenon, but one can hardly blame the offender - who doesn't love a raw hot dog while zipping about a discount shop, giggling in pressured, paranoid fits?

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The downside, of course, is because the 8-pack has been opened, the goods have become unsalable, haven't they? Not so fast! There are still 7 perfectly good franks in there. Originally $1.50? Let's just fix that...

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Please be kind. I'm shy and don't post much.
(, Mon 7 Jan 2008, 1:54, 5 replies)
Nice pictures

Organic milk? as opposed to what? synthetic milk?

50 cts a round of brie? can you post the ingredients list..that should be interesting? (normally, Brie contains only Milk, Salt and ferments)

On a side note..when purchasing some food from the cheap stores ..always make sure you pick up the items that at the Back of the pile in the fridges, that's where they place the newer stocks..(and the tweakers wont have touched them=)

you should post more often
(, Mon 7 Jan 2008, 10:01, closed)
"make sure you pick up the items that at the Back of the pile in the fridges, that's where they place the newer stocks"

Thats just common practice in any store :P its called stock rotation or first in first out, if you put the new stuff at the front then the older stuff would just get put to the back and go out of date nicely :P
(, Mon 7 Jan 2008, 10:37, closed)
what a rock"!
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 15:54, closed)
Funniest one this week
Hi there luvtub

You should post more. That's really the funniest thing I've read for quite some time. Very lyrical. The thought of the shop turns my flesh, though.

Be nice to me too - first ever B3TA post after years of lurking...unregistered
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 21:21, closed)
Howdy - thanks for the kudos. 'Organic' meaning none of the funny additives we 'Merkins typically douse our dairy (and other food) products with. So organic milk's ingredient list would be just..milk. (Oh, I see your point.) The Brie is long gone, but I'm sure it was pretty close to the 'sell by' date; as I recall, it was (surprisingly) tasty.

olivier8 & Desalater:
The only trouble with the 'back of the inventory' rule at Rainbow is that usually a given load o' product has the identical date on all the units - and it is usually a date in the (often not-so-recent) past!

Mrs. luvtub thanks you and strongly recommends www.diamonds.com for all your rock-shopping needs.

Hi. You are too kind and make me want to delurk more often. ;-)
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 6:17, closed)

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