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02-03-2009   #1 (permalink)
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Default The ballad of the used fridge

Today I went shopping for things I find necessary to survive, the most important being coffee. I wanted to purchase a small portable percolater but apparently those just aren't common anymore, so I bought a few other vital items like clippers to maintain my beautiful military-grade high and tight haircut.

Anyway, walking around earlier I came across the local pawn shop. I'm in the market for a portable fridge for my dormroom, despite what I know about pawn shops (please refrain from replying that pawn shops are generally ripoffs, yes we know this is common knowledge) but going into this one was really surprising.

Off to the side they had 15" and 17" computer monitors for sale. The 15" monitors were, I kid you not, 10 bucks an inch. $150. The 17" were $200. Never mind you can go to Wal Mart or buy even larger sizes of TFTs off the internet for cheaper - wait, did I say new TFTs were cheaper?

The place was selling used, beat-up, generic CRT computer monitors for those prices, I kid you not.

I spotted the small fridges in the back, on my way there I noticed the televisions on the side shelves and their prices. All of them were CRT, standard definition, models ranging from five to ten years old. The cheapest one was 13 inches, made in 2001, and $75. A larger, somewhat newer generic 27" SD CRT TV was $350 - it didn't even have RCA inputs, just RF. Oookay.

The fridges in the back themselves, used and filthy, are for sale at about the same prices you can get them new, except for a banged-up old brown mini fridge that looked like it had saw many years in a dingy hotel. The inside was filthy, but nothing I couldn't clean up. No telling how much longer it'd last, though. The price? $40. Yeah, what a bargain. I told them $15 max.

"No", of course, was the reply. I explained the crappy condition of the unit and they pointed out one of the newer ones that was $69. "The same model goes for new at Wal Mart and it has a warranty," was my reply. I was invited to go buy one from them, so I left the shop.

It kind of makes me wonder how this place manages to turn a profit. I realize they buy items, probably from desperate college students and meth users for pennies on the dollar, but the prices they try to resell them at is just insane. Is the broker who prices things there completely clueless about the value of junk or is he counting on completely clueless customers?

Beats me, but they won't be getting my money.
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It's likely a front for something more organized crime-y. If you never sell your stock, you never seem understocked.
 
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I wouldn't pay more than 20$ for that.
No warranty, shitty condition.. /facepalm
 
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It's likely a front for something more organized crime-y. If you never sell your stock, you never seem understocked.
I wouldn't go that far, not in a small town like this.
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Are you looking for the kind of percolater you can use on stovetops or on a fire? Because you can find those at stores that sell camping supplies. We have two different kinds that we use for Scout camps.
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I can tell you how these places make money by directing you to a business that does the exact same thing, but gets a lot more customers. It's called GameStop.
 
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Are you looking for the kind of percolater you can use on stovetops or on a fire? Because you can find those at stores that sell camping supplies. We have two different kinds that we use for Scout camps.
Yeah, but I'm not about to pay $35-$40 for one. I bought one a few years back that I gave to a friend (wish I didn't) that was $6 new.
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i'm gonna go with completely clueless customers
talk about alliteration!
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Hey! A ballad is way more rhythmic than this. And it'd have a refrain somewhere, usually.

This is no ballad! False advertising!
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more like requiem :<
 
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more like requiem :<
I stand corrected
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Markup prices for the lol...

The buyer would have to be really, really, clueless/desperate/(not smart) to buy something from that shop. '-'
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It's likely a front for something more organized crime-y. If you never sell your stock, you never seem understocked.
I'm leaning towards this too..how small is the town?
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I'm leaning towards this too..how small is the town?
let me put it this way

our water supply is a cactus
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Yeah, but I'm not about to pay $35-$40 for one. I bought one a few years back that I gave to a friend (wish I didn't) that was $6 new.
You should probably try a thrift store, if you can find one. You'd be amazed at what they have. I got a rice cooker (the kind that runs about $60 new) for $5, and the only problem on it was some cosmetic damage. And I got a decent computer for $10 (which I later scrapped for parts).
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Wrong, a Requiem is a song for dead people, like a dirge.

This talks nothing of the dead, so you can't call it a Requiem either.
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You should probably try a thrift store, if you can find one. You'd be amazed at what they have. I got a rice cooker (the kind that runs about $60 new) for $5, and the only problem on it was some cosmetic damage. And I got a decent computer for $10 (which I later scrapped for parts).
Wait what, there were decent parts in that $10 computer?
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Wrong, a Requiem is a song for dead people, like a dirge.

This talks nothing of the dead, so you can't call it a Requiem either.
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The reader does not personify, the writer does, Mongo.
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Young'uns these days have no imagination. Have you no feelings for that poor fridge ;_;

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