The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 April 2007

If "gullible" were, in fact, in the dictionary

Woot pulled off a suitably wack little stunt today: at midnight, they had the much-desired Brisket of Cow, though priced, not at the usual $1, but at $1 million plus $1. (Screenshot here.) I went ahead and ordered the damn thing anyway, just to see what sort of excuse they'd come back with when my MasterCard was duly declined for $1,000,006 including shipping.

They came back with this:

Whoops! Lucky for you that we just ran out of room in our money vault, so we can't take your million dollars. But if you have that kind of money to throw after garbage like this, email jtoon — at — We can work something out...

Nicely done, gentlemen.

Update, 12:35: They put the "I want one" button in Bounce Mode just before 12:30, just to add to the general level of perturbation, and some members of the community are arguing that it was, in fact, possible to buy the Blistered Old Crow, had you followed the simple instructions which were hidden in plain sight. Which, if true, makes this even better a stunt.

Posted at 12:15 AM to Bushel of Currency

Have you seen this:

Free Wireless Broadband from Google!

Posted by: Jeffro at 9:15 PM on 1 April 2007

Rather a surprisingly-large number of people sent me that, some perhaps to see if I'd bite, others maybe to see if by chance it might be real.

It's certainly persuasive. Then again, Google has a forty-year track record.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:25 PM on 1 April 2007