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What makes people feel the need to capitalize on this? Tragedy brings the best and worst out in people.
posted by da5id (22 comments total)

 
Hi-Res Pics from a park:

Pictures
posted by da5id at 11:45 AM on September 11, 2001


people who try to make money off this tragedy are inhuman scumbags.
posted by bwg at 12:04 PM on September 11, 2001


Sorry, but the link has already been taken down by Ebay...

It was a picture of the World Trade Centers titled: "Pictures of the World Trade Center Towers, Pre-Explosion"

Starting Bid was $100
posted by da5id at 12:15 PM on September 11, 2001




Is Nick cool with you posting a personal email from him on Metafilter? Not that it's any of my business.
posted by Karl at 12:35 PM on September 11, 2001


Someone on a listserv I'm on reported that Avis doubled the price for a rental car after air traffic was grounded. Fuckers.
posted by scottandrew at 12:38 PM on September 11, 2001


I got the same email to two different accounts, I don't remember every downloading their product or giving their email. I did find the note to be a pretty stupid idea, but he was probably just as shocked and confused as everyone else.
posted by cell divide at 12:38 PM on September 11, 2001


Karl, it's from a product info mailing list, and is 100% public communication, "on record." (You should see the shit I am getting private from the hacker kids right now...)
posted by tranquileye at 12:47 PM on September 11, 2001


I don't know if this is the eBay auction you mention above, but earlier someone claimed to be auctioning a WTC subway sign. That has also been taken down.
posted by Grangousier at 1:17 PM on September 11, 2001


gas prices in michigan leaped 30 cents per gallon with the attacks thismorning. fucking greed-ridden cocksuckers are worse than terrorists...
posted by quonsar at 1:26 PM on September 11, 2001


Then, of course, there's still X10...
posted by mrbula at 1:31 PM on September 11, 2001


... As if terrorists are going to tremble at the wrath of the CEO of CoffeeCup Software. Yeesh.
posted by MegoSteve at 2:13 PM on September 11, 2001


I here gas prices here in Indianapolis are going up... way up. $1.70 this morning, now around $4.00/gallon. Hmmm...
posted by internal at 2:21 PM on September 11, 2001


"$1.70 this morning, now around $4.00/gallon. Hmmm..."

You are shitting us! That is inane!... um, insane.

I would like to see confirmation on the Avis statement above, if it is real, I say we rain down on them with a hailstorm of email condemming them.
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 3:05 PM on September 11, 2001


Kansas City, Missouri is reporting $5/gallon for gas...gasoline is over $4/gallon in Louisville, KY. Rumors of $5/gallon gas in Detroit. Via Drudge.
posted by Johannahh at 3:34 PM on September 11, 2001


Wow

I'm glad I gassed up last night...
posted by delmoi at 3:57 PM on September 11, 2001


I'm in Kansas City, I haven't seen $5 gas, it is up to $3 now though. The lines are as long as I've ever seen them.
posted by geoff. at 4:00 PM on September 11, 2001


Buy it now for 40k.

I keep waffling between tearful joy at our nation pulling together, and tearful woe at the shitbags who would try to make a buck off of this today.
posted by glenwood at 8:10 PM on September 11, 2001


Note eBay's censorship.
posted by j.edwards at 12:28 AM on September 12, 2001


Note eBay's censorship.
posted by j.edwards at 12:29 AM on September 12, 2001


....reported that Avis doubled the price for a rental car after air traffic was grounded...

which is weird cos they are on that roster of tenants in the WTC itself. What were they thinking?
posted by kev23f at 9:05 AM on September 12, 2001


(This is posted elsewhere on the site as well)

Regading AVIS, I sent a message to one of those listed on their site for press queries, regarding price gouging:

Q: There are rumors that Avis increased its rental rates (by 100% or more) as soon as the NYC tragedy took place on 11-September. Is this true?

Here is the response from Mr. Fuller at Avis:

"At 9 a.m. yesterday Avis froze its prices at all U.S. locations and waived drop-off fees for one way rentals to help peple who needed to drive one-way to a destination because airports were closed."

If this was the case, it was a nice reaction from the company, so unless someone has specific information to the contrary, we shouldn't slam them...
posted by troybob at 9:54 AM on September 12, 2001


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