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We wanted a monkey butler and bought one off eBay. Imagine our surprise when we found it was just an ordinary monkey with rabies. Worse: It had no butler training at all. Tell us about your duff technology purchases.

Thanks to Moonbadger for the suggestion

(, Thu 29 Sep 2011, 12:51)
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Anything made by ALBA
I started with a dual tape machine with built in radio and detachable speakers. The brackets on the speakers broke so they wouldn't attach properly to the main body so I couldn't carry it around any more. One of the tape deck broke so I could never do "high speed" dubbing. This was actually rather good as when I had managed to do "high speed" dubbing one of the tape decks was slightly out of time so everything sounded just a little bit speeded up. No pirating of mates tapes for me.

Then the radio failed and produced nothing but static unless I was within 30 feet of a transmitter or the programme was in Spanish or Arabic. All this within 6 months of buying the thing.

I then stupidly bought a walkman by ALBA that ate all my slightly speeded up pirated tapes. But hey, at least they were cheap!
(, Thu 29 Sep 2011, 16:02, 12 replies)
AND she was shit in 'Fantastic Four'

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(, Thu 29 Sep 2011, 16:47, closed)
Matsui were the same

(, Thu 29 Sep 2011, 16:09, closed)
Binatone was worse

(, Thu 29 Sep 2011, 16:53, closed)
Apart from these:

(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 8:25, closed)
And Goodmans
Had an mp3 player by them. I took it back to Argos
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 4:44, closed)
But 'Waterloo' was a great pop song...

(, Thu 29 Sep 2011, 16:31, closed)
I had a "Does YOUR MUM know?" gag all lined up
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 10:02, closed)
I was given an ALBA radio alarm by my grandparents 30 years ago. It still works fine.
(, Thu 29 Sep 2011, 20:59, closed)
Yeah, but it only picks up Radio Caroline

(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 16:24, closed)
The Lord spills the beans
Read Lord Alan Sugar's excellent autobiog "What you see is what you get" for the lowdown on OEM, how brand name products like Amstrad, Alba and Binatone are just badged versions of standard products made in Asia down to a specified price to beat high quality brands.
(, Thu 6 Oct 2011, 5:39, closed)

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