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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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Has anyone else done the opposite to QOTW?
-and bought in charity shops things which they knew to be in excellent nick and vastly undersold.
Like the "Ingoldsby Legends", leather bound, for .49p from Oxfam, or a metronome £1.25 from Sue Ryder. Both these worth a minimum of £50 each.
Strange how when you do that at a boot fair it feels great, but taking advantage of Cancer Research brings on the need for confession.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 13:18, 11 replies)
Circa £400 designer dress
For a tenner from the Clapham Red Cross shop.

Right size and everything. I was well chuffed but, yes, I did also feel slightly guilty.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 13:30, closed)
Ca$h Converter --> eBay exchange rate glory
My housemate and I at University would often spend our Wednesday afternoons scouring the shelves of the Ca$h Converter in Manchester. Most of the stuff was fairly pricey for second hand* rubbish. Sports gear, games consoles and the like.

The great thing was that the PFYs who valued the stuff had one communal braincell between them, so if someone brought in something out of the ordinary it either got stupidly overvalued or went for between 50p and a fiver.

Cue two fairly savvy Electronics students finding things like BetaMax machines for £3, a 'broken' camcorder for 50p (easily repaired with a dab of solder) and other such gems.

Being sad tecchies we kept a few, but most went on eBay - esp. the BetaMax machines - where they were snapped up by people who had broken theirs and could no longer watch their wedding video / birthday / 'home' movies etc.

We also used to have a look in skips as we passed if there was office refurbishments going on. Got a few funny looks as the two of us unloaded a 50 way telephone exchange complete with phones from the back of a mates car one Sunday ... but it paid for a damn fine pishup for us all!

Length? Not as long as the 100m drum of 20core cable that became a stagebox for our mate's band!

* stolen
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 13:34, closed)
Long length leather coat
from Oxfam in Berwick, circa 1989. Cost - £6. Value - around £250.

Wore it 'til it literally fell apart.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 13:43, closed)
Wrapping paper
I tend to buy my Christmas wrapping paper from Oxfam in January, when it's half price. I feel strangely guilty about that.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 13:49, closed)
Charity guilt
Strangely, the guilt completely vanishes if you say the magic words "That's not enough. I am going to give you £x" Where x is the displayed price + 10%.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 13:54, closed)
That must be some metronome.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 14:02, closed)
My mate's dad.
He and my mate are the ype of people you would like to conduct all your purchases and sales for you. They never lose money on anything, either profiting or getting use of, and their money back from pretty much everything. You know the type - snappy bastards.

Since he was sicked off from work with a tasty pension in his mid-forties, he has a lot of time on his hands and went through a stage of buying all sorts of things (mostly retro radios and clothing if memory serves) from car boot sales and charity shops and flogging them on ebay at obscene levels of profit. At one point, he was making upwards of £300 per week, but got sick of having to watch auctions and go to the post office all the time as it stopped him fishing.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 14:10, closed)
Seeballs - indeed. Another of those things you wish you had said.
Browser - Witner, walnut case, the old fashioned wind-up type which can ding on first beat of each bar. A joy to behold.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 14:22, closed)
Farmer - nice! There can't be too many people that get a little kick out of a metronome description. tick, tick, tick....
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 14:37, closed)
Does this count?
Two copies of "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr on vinyl for the princely sum of 30p (each that was, not 30p for both, I'm not THAT lucky).

TWO COPIES!!!!! I did a back-to-back two copy mix with them for half a day, then my brother punched me in the back of the head.

To be fair to him, I was probably asking for it.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 14:41, closed)
Yeah, my family sees this a few times. e.g the time my mother got a designer jacket (Aqua something, don't remember the name) for a fiver, brand new. They cost about £120.

Or me getting a new leather jacket, sold at £25 due to tears in the lining. £5 to a friend of the family who's a retired seamstress, and I've got a £200 leather jacket!

Best one had to be a big box of old Megadrive games for £1 each. Boxed with instructions. Aside from the football games, they all sold beautifully on ebay :)
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 15:53, closed)

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