One of the things I do every morning when I get up is check Craigslist.com to see what people are trying to throw away. You know, the whole “one man’s trash” thing. You would be absolutely amazed at what people are selling for little to nothing that could inevitably end up completeing a home theater system, or a gaming system. Sure, it’s nothing more than digital dumpster-diving. But who really gives a damn?
The part that really eats at me is when someone has something they know is garbage, and try to hype it up so they can sell it for a nice little profit. Take this for example:
Okay, so you have a stone-age laptop that weighs in at 45 pounds and you wanna sell it at just over two dollars on the pound. Fine. But don’t try to make it sound like something grand. These quotes are from that same ad:
“PERFECT FOR A STUDENT”
“A state-of-the-art notebook”
“133MHz toa blazing 150Mhz with MMX(TM) technology”
“2MB of video RAM”
Remember the garage owner from Christine? You can’t polish a turd. Perfect for a student of what? Laptop history? This thing was state-of-the-art back in 1990, not anytime recent. And there is absolutely nothing.. NOTHING.. Blazing about 150Mhz and 2MB of video RAM. Back in the day, when this thing was created, sure, but not today. And then to end the whole thing, this is what he had to say:
“I JUST BOUGHT THIS COMPUTER AND DIDN’T EVEN IT USE IT AS I CAME ACROSS THE COMPUTER I REALLY WANTED .”
Now let me tell you what really happened. Some other asshole on Craigslist or Ebay duped him by telling him it was some kind of hardcore workhorse, and now he’s stuck with it. So to cover that laptop that might actually run something above Windows 95, he needs to sell this one for as much as some stupid person will pay for it, and run with the money.
When you are shopping on Ebay or Craigslist, don’t be dumb about it. Check other places that are selling the same product and compare prices. Because no matter what age we are in, no matter what era we have arrived at, there are always going to be jesters in the court trying to sell you a cheap trick.
Anyone want to by my 150Mhz Paperweight Pro?