The most annoying toy lot ever. Everyone who has kids or who knows
people who have kids should see this.
Crossposted to my regular hangouts.
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
Shamelessly whoring my website since 1999
What has happened to Ebay recently? Typical prices are now $1
for the item and $12-$30 to ship it next door. WTF,O?
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At least you hear up front now...I've gotten some stuff from some real
crooks on there (including one who insisted on $75 to ship a fly rod...it
was a NICE fly rod, but it didn't cost him anything like that to ship).
Another real annoying one was someone who charged me $3.85 to ship a Xerox
copy of a short manual...the charge was represented as the charge to send it
Priority Mail (which would have been fine)...however the thief pocketed the
difference and sent it "Media Mail" which took 8 weeks after the postmark to
arrive. (Yes, I live in the continental US.)
Fee avoidance. EBay charges the seller, based on the final bid price,
but excluding the shipping.
This lot sounds like a candidate for divorced fathers to give their
non-resident kids 8-)
Die Gotterspammerung - Junkmail of the Gods
You bet your ass it is. My parents have had a frickin' *field day* with my
kids. It all started with the lights-and-siren fireman helmet.
They buy my kids batteries by the truckload too, to make sure none of that
stuff ever runs out of juice.
Plus toys these days are just noisy anyway. Everything talks and plays
movie soundbites. Sure, I had some toys that did that too, with little
plastic records inside, but they were a novelty, and didn't make much
noise. Now everything makes a ton of it, and the art of making vocal sound
effects is now right up there with slide rules and mechanical typewriters.
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I had toys that did that. But they _did_ that, that was what they did,
that was all they did. Now you can't have a plastic sword without it
doing "Avast sirrah" sound effects too.
How about using some _imagination_ ?
Die Gotterspammerung - Junkmail of the Gods
It's not limited to grandparents. Some years ago a friend of mine
was in a contest with his brother. It started out with sending noisy
toys to the others kids. Then it escalated to costing the other money.
For example the kid receives a game cartridge and you don't own the
Nintendo machine it's played on. Or give one kid a ticket to Disneyland
and his brother a ticket to Knotts Berry Farm.
Count yourself lucky if you're still in the noisy toy stage.
Drum sets, slide whistles, toy pianos, are kids stuff. Try a small
accordian for real fun. Better yet, a few model rocket kits with lots of
engines will certainly make for a great christmas for the kids.
A camera with tons of film also can be fun. Those candid pics of dad in
the shower will certainly be entertaining.
Send do-it-yourself doll house that one can put together in just a few
dozen 40 hour sessions.
A really effective subwoofer will certainly please that teen. Send 2 just
in case one goes out.
The teen into PC gaming? Get him a 5.1 sound system! Gunfire and
explosions at 1am never hurt anyone.
Sent that young lad a years subscription to Guns and Ammo and Soldier of
Fortune along with a few posters of Brittany.
A case of assorted fireworks will be an instant hit. Don't forget a few
Bic lighters too.
Send the parents a stuffed monkey and a 1 gallon gas can with a card
apologizing for the stuffed monkey. You wanted to send them a real one so
that they could realize their fantasy, but couldn't find a real one in
time. This one works great when all the family is around including
Grandma and Grandpa. Let them explain the fantasy to them. Dont forget
the box of matches.
Nothing beats the bandwidth of a station wagon filled with DLT tapes.
She has two boys, both age 6.
Their beyond kids stuff but not yet ready for fireworks.
I like the accordion idea. maybe a squeeze box, or two (they fight over
the hot toys).
Sisters in Florida, I'm in Ohio, far enough to be out of the blast zone.
I was about 8 when I got my favorite birthday present from my uncle.
One of those plastic rockets you fill halfway with water, then pump up
with a little air pump. Mom made me wait until dad got home from the
office to test it out so he got the first launch. Good thing, too,
else I would have had to learn the hard way that it is not a good idea
to stand in rockets' exhaust. Especially in your best suit.
eBay has (or least did last time I looked) rules against idiotic shipping
amounts. There's a certain threshold of craziness that they frown upon
If someone says "actual shipping", then they better damn well charge that. If
they say "all shipping costs" then it just needs to be reasonable.
I once bought a laptop for $5 that some goofball wanted $30 to ship. Showed up
at his from door the next day with $5.
On 22 Nov 2003 02:49:11 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (GTO69RA4) wrote:
Keep in mind that sometimes it all makes sense.
I just sold 3 Harbor Freight hammers for $1, with a $7 shipping fee.
They will cost all of $7 to ship via USPS. I just wanted them out of
the shop, and I hate to throw things out.
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