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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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Usb cables...
...needed a USB2 cable for me PSP and thought I'd look in PC World on my lunch break one day. The cheapest I could find was £20. Feck that, went back to the office and found the same one on ebay for 99p (plus £2 delivery). Got the cable 2 days later and works a treat.

Lesson? Don't go to PC World for ANYTHING, no matter how remotely small it is you can get it cheaper anywhere else. Plus the guys who work there are mainly retards. But I don't need to tell you that.
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 8:38, 9 replies)
Similar for me: I needed a USB extension, and couldn't find one on the high street for less than £15/ 20. Amazon had one for 99p. I presume that the difference was that the data on the Amazon cable weren't carried, electron by electron, by gold-plated elves. It's the only sensible explanation.
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 9:30, closed)
At PC world in Bury St Edmunds I overheard one of their staff saying that McDonalds wouldn't employ him as they said he lacked the nexxessary qualities and qualifications..
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 10:16, closed)
PC World buy their USB cables for 49p....
Because we used to get ours from the same place.
Another good place for USB (or any computer)cables is small independant computer shops.
PC World will flog you a cheap printer for 30 quid then want an extra tenner for a 50p cable. Total rip off. I remember laughing at the prices of things like SATA cables, memory, and general PC components.

Still its a good store for wasting time at lunch and browsing round. Its also a great store for overhearing the numpties trying to flog PCs and getting all the details wrong.
And of course, you have to go into PC world and ask if they have any macs.
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 10:36, closed)
^^I know someone who failed in that too
McDonalds wouldn't trust him with a Cheeseburger but PCWorld give him £500 computers to fix on a daily basis.

The guy's a fecking moron :)
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 10:38, closed)
I went there for RAM.
It was £10 more expensive than on the net. Fuck that.
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 10:55, closed)
monitor cable
I was there at pc world at the weekend and wanted a monitor cable and the cheapest they had was 30* quid!

On the plus side I wanted a usb sound card thing and it said it was 30 quid but only got charged 20 quid. Beat the system again!

(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 11:08, closed)
Gold-plated elves you say?...
£20 sounds well worth the change to catch and smelt one of those little buggers. Must be worth a fortune!
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 11:23, closed)
PC World is a haven for spacktards who don't know what they're doing...

or are too lazy to care.

The last time I ventured into there (speculatively) was to see how much they charged for an FM MP3 transmitter.


So I went on Ebay...

Got a better one with more features, delivered from Hong Kong for a total price of £4

Why people go there boggles my mind
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 15:46, closed)
A mate of mine used to work there while he was at uni, so I used to get a 10% discount on everything, including software. Software being the same price everywhere, yays ensued.

Also, occasionally they have good deals... Picked up an end of line 500GB external drive there for the same price as it was on eBuyer. I did feel sad giving them my money though :(.
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 18:37, closed)

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