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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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My walk-in tool cabinet
About six months ago I went to an auction, as I often do. I found a HUGE metal cabinet, about 10 feet tall by 15 feet long by four feet deep, painted bright aquamarine. I bid, and got it for $90 Canadian (40 GBP, approx) in a fight to the death with a scrap metal dealer. My friends all made fun of me, as the thing is huge and ugly.

However, I got the last laugh when all the tatty crap inside netted me more than the purchase price of the cabinet at the scrap metal dealer. There was also a bundle of usable steel rod, which I use regularly and I've slowly been using up. If that weren't enough, there were also a couple of usable extension cord and a working dial caliper from Mitotoyo.

I also now have what all little girls dream of: my very own walk-in tool cabinet. And if I ever get fed up with it, I can take it to the scrapyard for an even bigger profit.

Sometimes buying tatty crap actually pays off. Yay for auctions!
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 2:14, Reply)

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