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Stuff that Sucks: Pictures Worth 500 Words.

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Are we still at the point, as people, that we must continue to put disclaimers like this on things?  Are there really091920091307 people who continue to put carnival tokens in parking meters, even though the tokens themselves usually cost a quarter a piece to purchase them from the amusement park?  Are folks travelling to countries where their home country’s currency is more valuable than the visited country, collecting the coins, bringing them back, and attempting to save a few pennies by depositing the coins in the meter that most closely resemble their domestic coins?  Is someone tying a string to a coin, dropping it in for the credit, and then pulling it out again (technically, this wouldn’t be a violation of the warning, as long as a valid coin was used)?  100 Scandia tokens say that all of the above are indeed continuing to take place, somewhere.


No manufacturer, retailer, distributor, sales office, middle-man, factory outlet, or online store continues to sell products that end up as garbage than the company known as Nexxtech.  Primarily an electronics brand, their junk is sold out of The Source by Circuit City (the former RadioShack), usually in locales of convenience like a mall thatnexxtech feature no other electronic outlets for you to “shop around” for competing products and prices.  I’ve been burned on enough products now to know that the amount you do save on their abnormally low product prices just does not justify the means that becomes seeing your purchase break down and decide to no longer operate juuuuust as the warranty expires.  Your broken hunk of crap usually ends up trash down at the bottom of the can by the receipt you forgot to keep anyways.


I found this advertisement in a recent edition of Popular Mechanics.  I promise you, I have not altered it in any way.092220091441

So the guys are sitting around board room at FNH Firearms, trying to come up with their latest advertising campaign.  They eventually decide that the demographic they want to capture the attention of is the mobster/shady back-room deal crowd that features people hiding guns in their desk drawer, and/or the freshly inked suicide note at the desk and about to end it all people.  I guess, besides rappers, criminals and people killing themselves, who else is carrying handguns?  And which of these aforementioned parties are actually purchasing these guns legally?

This motion is APPROVED by company.  They then PAY MONEY to see it ran in print.  Magazines such as Popular Mechanics (I only saw it in their magazine, so far) that have been successful for many years, and can probably pass on a few advertising campaigns and still make money, also make the conscious decision that this is the ad they want featured in their magazine.

Really, guys???

  1. ryley
    September 29, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    What was the Nexxtech product you bought?

    • davecunning
      September 29, 2009 at 8:36 pm

      I bought a few little computer items; a usb port extension, and some other stuff that failed very quickly.

  2. Braden
    September 29, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    As for the disclaimer on Parking meters, I was amazed to see the amount of invalid coins deposited into parking meters. The Parking Supervisor here in Saskatoon showed me the stack of invalid coins, such as: British coins – dimes, quarters – they look very similar, they have the queen on the one side but some other object instead of the bluenose and caribou on the other, a Fraudulent Loonie – I wouldn’t have been able to tell them apart, but when you look real close you notice subtle differences (the beak of the loon is off and so is the queens crown). These all have different amounts of weight to them so the machines don’t recognize them. This disclaimer is so when old lady shows up at the counter and claims she put the correct money in the machine but it gave her no time, there usually is a reason. Also a nickel is virtually useless when it comes to parking meters, it would only give you like 1min-2min, where you gonna get in that amount of time, unless maybe you are Flash, then again why would he be driving???

    • davecunning
      September 29, 2009 at 8:34 pm

      Incredible inside intel Braden. I should’ve known about the little old ladies… perfect criminal cover!

      My last avenue of usefulness that I had found for nickels and dimes was as parking change, and now that they barely buy you 2 minutes, they’re nearly useless.

      What is The Flash’s top speed? Is he faster than the fastest car? I suppose if he wasn’t, that car would be the only one that would be of use to him.

      • Braden
        September 30, 2009 at 11:50 am

        You are right about Flash, if he indeed is so fast he has no need for a car.

        Dimes I think are still ok in parking meters here. Just not nickels. If the meter doesn’t say anything about nickels (like a time amount given for them) then you are probably out of luck. I’m sure they are soon to be extinct like the penny. Can’t even buy a 1 cent candy anymore.

  3. davecunning
    September 30, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    regardless of its nearly insignificant value, it’s a kick in the nuts when you accidentally deposit a nickel in a meter that doesn’t accept them, without knowing they don’t accept them, and then receieve nothing for your money. Screw you inflation.

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