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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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Cassette tapes
During my misspent youth one of my most enjoyable passtimes was to record my favourite songs from the radio.

I pilfered all the cassette tapes in my Mum's house to record such musically wondrous songs as Peter Andre - Mysterious Girl and Mark Morrison - Trippin'.

After around six months this new hobby of mine had seen me record crappy pop songs on to all of the cassette tapes in the house making horrific compilation tapes of the most appalling songs of the late nineties. I came to the conclusion I was going to have to fork out some of my pocket money (most of which I saved for strong white cider and cigarettes - me, chav? No!)

The following Saturday afternoon I was shopping with other 15 year old chavs in the town centre. We were perusing the wares of Poundstretcher when I spotted a packet of 10 (yes 10!) blank cassette tapes for what seemed the very reasonable price of £1.00. "Bargainorama" I thought and swiftly purchased said cassettes.

Returning home from our shopping extravaganza I promptly put my on my favored radio station, popped a cassette in and waited for a cool song.

Upon hearing the opening bars of Another Level - Bomb Diggity I pressed record, sang along to the song happy in the knowledge I could listen to it again straight afterwards.

Nearing the end of the song I waited next to my midi hifi system, finger poised ready to press stop so I didn't record the DJ chatting.

Song ends. I press STOP. I rewind the tape and press play, I'm so excited about the next compilation tape when... this dreadful gurgly distorted version of the song plays out.

I was so disappointed I took the cassettes downstairs to my Mum to tell her they didn't work. She asked me how much I paid for them and when I told her she smiled sagely and said they were "cheap tat".

I couldn't believe I'd wasted a precious pound of my pocket money!

Ahh. Them were the days.

Length? About 200 feet when yanked out of the cassette.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 18:14, 2 replies)
I used to do this too, and then, THEN I used to rewind the songs over and over, write down all the words and memorise them.

Happy times.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 20:35, closed)
oh dear my cat has no shoes....
actually im fairly sure i did too, but would obviously never admit to it in polite society
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 11:34, closed)

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