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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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It improves with age.
My stepdad, being an incompetent prick regarding anything more physical than taking a dump, thought it prudent to buy a 10-litre bucket of B&Q value brand white emulsion paint to cover the bare-brick walls in the garage/office conversion. Needless to say it didn't quite provide the desired coverage.

When I decided to tidy the place up after he died a few years later, I found the bucket of crappy paint and opened it through curiosity. I found that the white pigment had separated from the gloopy liquid (vegetable-oil-like) base. After scooping oput and disposing of the gloop, I stirred the remainder into a uniform paint-like substance and found that it covered at least as well as decent paint.

I've since found that most emulsion paint does the same thing (even 'good' dulux stuff) and always works better, the older it gets.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 11:01, Reply)

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