Skip to comments.Buying strange things until the store restocks and then buy them no more
Posted on 08/09/2006 7:43:37 PM PDT by SamAdams76
Here is something I like to do and I wonder if anybody else is on the same page.
I'll go into one of those convenience stores, especially a mom-and-pop convenience store, and I'll buy multiple quantities of some stupid dust-covered knick-knack type thing that this store might sell two or three of in a given year.
After two or three visits, I'll have this item completely cleaned out of the store. Then the store will inevitably buy a whole bunch of this stuff, thinking that this item is suddenly in demand. But once this happens, I'll never buy another one of those items again.
Case in point is the item you see on the left here. Now a convenience store in my area actually stocked about 7 of these items - useless refrigerator magnets that nobody would ever buy. What were they thinking?
So one day, I bought one of them. Then the next day (when there was a different clerk), I bought another. Then I sent my sister in to buy another one and then I sent in my son to buy one. Just so the clerks wouldn't think it was the same person buying them and thus think that these silly refrigerator magnets were suddenly in demand.
Then late one Saturday, after maybe one too many margaritas at the local Mexican restaurant, I went in there and cleaned them completely out.
Then I waited. Each time I went in there, I'd look in that aisle to see if they restocked. About a month and a half later, sure enough, there were about 15 of these items back on the shelf! They actually had them on two hooks instead of one!
I never bought another one of these stupid things again. But I wasn't content to just let those 15 packages of stupid refrigerator magnets just sit there. No!
What I started doing was bringing these refrigerator magnets back into the store, one by one. (You didn't think I actually used them did you?).
I'd walk into the store to buy a Propel or a newspaper or something like that and I'd surreptitiously slip these stupid magnets back onto the shelf. So instead of 15 of these things sitting on the shelf, they now have 22.
And there are some convenience store clerks in my neighborhood shaking their heads.
I have done this with several items over the years including erasers, plastic rulers and those inserts that people buy for their wallets (that hold pictures).
I recommend video games. They cost less and are more fun.
But, that's like the opposite of shoplifting!
"Too much time on my hands . . ."
You need to find a better way to spend your "leisure" time.
gee, what a nice way someone with no life and too much time to treat hard working small business people. I'm sure they're grateful for customers like you.
As a small business owner myself (mom & pop type), I am curious as to why you would do this to someone just trying to make an honest living? I'm sure you think it's funny, but believe me, most small business owners are really struggling to survive & compete with mega-lo-marts like Walmart. People like you make our lives even harder.
Maybe you should just "get a life".
Nope, I don't do because I'm not a jerk that enjoys making life more difficult for others.
Oh, man! That's hysterical! Shaking-my-head-and-wondering-about-you hysterical also!
That seems pretty wrong dude... At least if you're gonna do something like that, do it to a big store that can deal with a little extra overhead.
My sentiments exactly ... this individual must lead a very boring one indeed.
Not to mention wasting bandwidth here at FR.
You answered my questions.
I'm guessing you're just nuts.
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