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A friend who worked in a second hand record shop told us about a Japanese guy who regularly bought "rare" records in their shop. One time, he was looking for a signed copy of "Never Mind the Bollocks".

They didn't have one. Four people and one magic marker later, they did. Ker-ching!

How have you been ripped off? Who did you rip off? Are you a British Gas customer?

(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:28)
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Smoke filter ashtray
I recently bought a USB powered carbon filter ashtray from some dude in Hong Kong, off E-Bay.

Basically, its got a fan and a filter in it, so when the cigarette is actually sitting in the ashtray, all of the smoke gets sucked through the filter, and you room stops stinking of smoke.....

In reality, I plugged it into my USB hub and it powered up. 30 seconds later, the USB hub disconnects itself. Then reconnects itself, then disconnects itself, all the while making that incredibly annoying 'BOODIM.... BEEDUM' noise.

My Wacom is connected to said hub, so my mouse/stylus stops responding.

Not only that, the whole thing is put together so shoddily that it vibrates and just hovers around the table top (think of you mobile when its on vibrate mode). And as if it needs anything else to render it useless, the fan doesn't even suck the smoke up. Again, the shonky manufacturing standards mean that the majority of the 'suction' (think asthmatic lung cancer victim) actually blows out around the edges of the lid.

So instead of sucking the smelly smoke up and leaving my room smelling halfway clean, it just blows ash all over my desk.

Length? about 5 inches with a shiny red bulbous top.
(, Wed 21 Feb 2007, 18:10, Reply)

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