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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).


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1 posted on 08/09/2006 7:43:38 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

I recommend video games. They cost less and are more fun.


2 posted on 08/09/2006 7:45:15 PM PDT by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: SamAdams76

But, that's like the opposite of shoplifting!


3 posted on 08/09/2006 7:46:25 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: SamAdams76

"Too much time on my hands . . ."


4 posted on 08/09/2006 7:46:44 PM PDT by cornelis
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To: SamAdams76

You need to find a better way to spend your "leisure" time.


5 posted on 08/09/2006 7:47:43 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: SamAdams76

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.


6 posted on 08/09/2006 7:49:03 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (let's all toast islam.)
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To: SamAdams76

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".


7 posted on 08/09/2006 7:49:43 PM PDT by alicewonders
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To: SamAdams76
Isn't you time more valuable than THAT?

Ever take an economics course? SUPPLY and DEMAND?

Also why bug a small store owner with such deception?

Me thinks you have a few issues going on that aren't very nice ... .
8 posted on 08/09/2006 7:50:21 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: SamAdams76
Sam, the only conceivable answer here is to stay at the pump outside, get your 5 gallons and move on. ; )
9 posted on 08/09/2006 7:50:53 PM PDT by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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10 posted on 08/09/2006 7:54:24 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: SamAdams76

Nope, I don't do because I'm not a jerk that enjoys making life more difficult for others.


11 posted on 08/09/2006 7:54:35 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (http://www.wingercomics.com/d/20051205.html)
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To: SamAdams76

Why?


12 posted on 08/09/2006 7:55:05 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: SamAdams76

Oh, man! That's hysterical! Shaking-my-head-and-wondering-about-you hysterical also!


13 posted on 08/09/2006 7:55:37 PM PDT by Big Giant Head (I should change my tagline to "Big Giant Pancake on my Head")
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To: SamAdams76

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.


14 posted on 08/09/2006 7:59:44 PM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: alicewonders
Maybe you should just "get a life".

My sentiments exactly ... this individual must lead a very boring one indeed.
Not to mention wasting bandwidth here at FR.

15 posted on 08/09/2006 8:00:54 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: SamAdams76
Then late one Saturday, after maybe one too many margaritas at the local Mexican restaurant...

You answered my questions.

16 posted on 08/09/2006 8:03:48 PM PDT by bannie (HILLARY: Not all perversions are sexual.)
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To: SamAdams76
"And there are some convenience store clerks in my neighborhood shaking their heads."

And there are many on FR that are shaking their heads... because they are speechless.
17 posted on 08/09/2006 8:06:04 PM PDT by DocRock
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To: SamAdams76

I'm guessing you're just nuts.


18 posted on 08/09/2006 8:09:07 PM PDT by toddlintown (IT)
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To: DocRock
I can't get a read on the perpetrator of this hoax ....

try as I might , only one thought comes to my mind.

www.democraticunderground.com

trust me , Author... it suits your sensibilities
19 posted on 08/09/2006 8:13:24 PM PDT by daku ("Behold this creature that walks like a man. It wants ketchup on its hot dog.")
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To: SamAdams76
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20 posted on 08/09/2006 8:14:50 PM PDT by I'm ALL Right!
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To: SamAdams76
Perhaps you should call

This man. Ten bucks says you'd make it onto the show.

21 posted on 08/09/2006 8:17:43 PM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline has been Reutered. (Can you tell?))
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To: SamAdams76
Is your real name Navin Johnson?

You average run of the mill random ........

22 posted on 08/09/2006 8:18:19 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather be carrying a shotgun with Dick, than riding shotgun with a Kennedyl! *-0(:~{>)
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To: SamAdams76
So you spent good money on junk and then you never actually used it, in fact you gave it back to the store. Waste of money and makes no sense.

Sounds like something Jack Handy would do.

23 posted on 08/09/2006 8:20:15 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles (A)
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To: nmh
"Ever take an economics course? SUPPLY and DEMAND?"

Actually there was a demand. He bought the things and the store got the profit. Not only that, he put them back so the store will make a profit again when/if someone else does buy them. Finally, those junky little things probably cost the store pennies I bet they made 200 percent profit when he bought them.

24 posted on 08/09/2006 8:23:46 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles (A)
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25 posted on 08/09/2006 8:24:06 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President** I get it, Glenn.)
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26 posted on 08/09/2006 8:25:55 PM PDT by DocRock
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To: Dysart

Hahahahaha! It's perfect.


27 posted on 08/09/2006 8:26:26 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles (A)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

I can't breathe I am laughing so hard!


28 posted on 08/09/2006 8:27:23 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles (A)
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To: SamAdams76

Man, you're an outlaw! Wow! Born to be wild, eh? I bet you don't return library books either, right?


29 posted on 08/09/2006 8:28:42 PM PDT by Trampled by Lambs (A storm is coming...)
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To: SamAdams76

This is one odd post, and very out of character for you. What's the story? Did your account get hijacked, or have you been drinking heavily?


30 posted on 08/09/2006 8:31:56 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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Democrats. You never know what they'll do next.
31 posted on 08/09/2006 8:34:29 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: Hound of the Baskervilles
He bought the things and the store got the profit.

Yeah, and then they lost that profit again when they reordered a dud product that will sit on the shelves forever. We have customers everyday that act like because we own our own business "we must be rich".

I could understand if this guy was 10 years old, doing something like this - but I'm assuming this is a grown-up adult that should know better.

He must be drinking those margueritas tonight - no sober person would admit to being such a jackass.

32 posted on 08/09/2006 8:40:08 PM PDT by alicewonders
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To: Hound of the Baskervilles

I know. Aren't they great?


33 posted on 08/09/2006 8:47:52 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President** I get it, Glenn.)
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To: SamAdams76

why not go around the internet and start donating amounts like .17 cents to various Dimocrat and leftists groups via credit card so the fees will end up costing them more money that you donated? At least you will be targetting somebody worthy of mocking and harassment.


34 posted on 08/09/2006 8:58:45 PM PDT by bpjam (Remember our fallen Marines in Beirut. Hezbollah deserves no peace.)
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Sorry Sam, I work in a convience store and folks like you are a real pain. So are the ones that let their kids run wild and trash the store.


35 posted on 08/09/2006 9:05:04 PM PDT by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: SamAdams76
Try doing it with natural lambskin condoms in a drug store. Hardly anybody ever buys them and they sit there for an eternity.

The clerks will be even more curious and think you are really baaaaaa....aaaad!

36 posted on 08/09/2006 9:07:50 PM PDT by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: PistolPaknMama
Why?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Reverse Kleptomania, try it! (LOL) This is a trick worthy of Inspector Cleuseau!

37 posted on 08/09/2006 9:11:14 PM PDT by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: SamAdams76
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The Geek Die has spoken.

38 posted on 08/09/2006 9:13:26 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SamAdams76

You need to find a real hobby...


39 posted on 08/09/2006 9:18:47 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Hound of the Baskervilles

Ya really think there is a BIG demand on that item and peoples time is not worth money?


40 posted on 08/09/2006 9:25:49 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: SamAdams76
Sam, ignore the humorless nay-sayers. I have a great love-hate relationship with the Pakistani guy who runs the local convenience store. This would be the perfect prank to play on him. And if he got wise to it, it would still, in some small way, absolutely make his day.

Genius, sir!

41 posted on 08/09/2006 9:32:47 PM PDT by JennysCool (Roll out the Canarble Wagon!)
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Ha....I used to set all the mousetraps in a Woolworths store.....


42 posted on 08/09/2006 10:00:53 PM PDT by spokeshave (The Democrat Party stands for open treason in a time of war.)
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To: SamAdams76

An intoxicated "Mel" moment here?


43 posted on 08/09/2006 10:15:41 PM PDT by Mark (REMEMBER: Mean spirited, angry remarks against my postings won't feed even one hungry child.)
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To: SamAdams76

I wasted 60 seconds of my life trying to figure out why anybody would engage in this behavior.Good luck to you in the future,you will need it.[Karma, dude]


44 posted on 08/09/2006 10:17:36 PM PDT by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: SamAdams76; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Frankly, you sound like a bit of a jerk.


45 posted on 08/09/2006 10:40:14 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: SamAdams76; Slings and Arrows
I sometimes wonder what drives people to want to annoy or irriate other people who have done them no harm. I've never understood the motivation for things like that.

Perhaps you can enlighten me?

46 posted on 08/09/2006 11:02:02 PM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: Allegra
Beats my pair of jacks. I save my venom for the people who really piss me off.
47 posted on 08/09/2006 11:04:29 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ROFL on the Green Helmet Guy site!


48 posted on 08/09/2006 11:21:29 PM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: Allegra

Thank you very much! G-d, I'm having fun!


49 posted on 08/09/2006 11:23:06 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: SamAdams76

So you paid $2.99 each for 7 items the store bought for 25 cents each. The store bought 14 more.

The store gets about $21.00, and spent about $3.00. And got all their inventory back.

Yep, you showed them.


50 posted on 08/09/2006 11:35:08 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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