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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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Packard Bell...
..not a computer - oh no - a Packard Bell Surround Sound system - complete with retro control unit, no subwoofer and a control box with a huge lcd display that was brighter than the TV picture with no way of dimming it.

Bought for £15 at a boot fair, boxed and unopened - bloke who sold it to me actually said 'it looked sh*t so I didn't bother unpacking it'. He was right - used two of the speakers as Rear satilite speakers (after carefully removing the spackard bell logos). The rest of the kit was plundered for parts.

What made me laugh was they were selling exactly the same kit in Dixons for £80... I know that because they tried to sell me one a few weeks later...

...Packard Bell - "Just Don't...'
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 17:27, 2 replies)
In the IT Trade..
Packard Bell has the nick name of "Packup Bell"
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 17:30, closed)
i bought some packard bell speakers
ex-display, no box or accessories or anything, on clearance from currys for a fiver. they looked pretty decent - had a subwoofer and everything, but they didn't work. bastards!
(, Thu 10 Jan 2008, 2:11, closed)

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