241 titles on 282 disks, just $4,995 (after discount).
It's the Criterion Collection Holiday 2004 Gift Set, exclusive from Amazon, all of the series' published DVD's through October*. One wonders who has the money for such a thing. (Not many -- current sales rank 26,154). Heck, for that kind of dough you can get one of these contraptions.
Or, alternatively, you could feed 72 third world children
for a year. Now, Criterion does great work, but as the comments point out, this supposedly complete collection does not include its out of print titles like John Woo's "The Killer" (current eBay bid: $148)
and, sadly, the beloved This is Spinal Tap (High bid: $61)
. (At least it's a good investment). So, subtract the ones I already own and love, like The Third Man
and some that are simply awful
you could probably save scads with some selective shopping. Sure, it would be satisfying to own so much great film, but I find more and more I have no use for re-watching movies, unless I am joined in my satellite of love
by some good companions. Anyway, happy consumer month!
posted by Slagman
on Dec 10, 2004 -
To Whom It May Concern
: This letter is to be considered an authorization to condantiques, a seller on Ebay, to offer on auction, for the Feinstein Foundation, the 1919 Original Ruth contract to the highest bidder which exceeds the reserve. All proceeds of this sale will go to charity.
posted by anathema
on Nov 5, 2004 -
Biker angst on Ebay
It's been poltergeisted and cootie-scanned -- man sells ex-wife's helmet. Description reads like drunken letter to Penthouse.
posted by joaquim
on Oct 13, 2004 -
Slightly Used, Amazingly Versatile 7-Letter Kit. (Letters included: L-I-N-D-O-W-S) Warning: Improper placement of W may result in lawsuits.
posted by Mwongozi
on Sep 27, 2004 -
according to the founder
, ebay has acquired a 25% stake in the site.
there is a lot of concern
that ebay will influence the way craigslist works, despite craig's assurances that it won't, but will ebay allow things like the 'casual encounters' section of the personals to continue?
or is this just the next logical step for craigslist, and is a 25% stake not enough for ebay to do any real damage?
(the way ebay acquired the stake seems a little weird to me too, even though it's all perfectly legal.)
posted by dolface
on Aug 13, 2004 -
An American Ebay seller realises a European bidder is trying to scam him out of a Powerbook (fake escrow site, hijacked ebay account), so he sends him something far better, a P-P-P-Powerbook!
Now, for you non-techies here, a factory model p-p-p-powerbook weights half what it's competitors weigh, comes with an A4 screen, the latest in internet adventure software
, zero boot time, a fullsize keyboard (often with Key RedundancyTM
) and a state-of-the-art laser bluetooth mouse
. This is technology. The seller posts to a forum
and amongst the chatter people follow the package via the the Fedex tracking page
and some even visit the delivery address (a barbershop/internet cafe) and take photos, video, and a seat for their hair cut. The duty tax on this particular p-p-p-powerbook is around £350 (paid for by the scammer) before he sees the package, and a few days later it's released by Customs as they watch in anticipation
. A forum member arrives at the internet cafe, takes a seat and soon the package arrives. The scammer opens the box and there are angry raised voices heard. The barber doesn't understand what's wrong and asks... "Is it broken?"
posted by holloway
on May 13, 2004 -
A free place to dump pictures you want to hotlink from sites like eBay, Craigslist, or even your personal site. There is a 100MB limit, but even that isn't absolute
. This seems like a too good to be true service, how long can something like this last?
posted by jonah
on Jan 26, 2004 -
Who wants to own an aircraft carrier
? Possibly the best geek gift ever, if you're Bill Gates or someone. Note especially the *category*...
posted by baylink
on Dec 29, 2003 -
Has PayPal's acceptable use policy
become much broader recently? I just received notice of changes to PayPal's acceptable use policy. I was surprised at the number of things that they have restrictions on. One in particular seemed like the kiss of death: No porn for you
unless it's from eBay's Mature section. Won't somebody think of the cam girls? With many banks now offering some sort of internet check-writing facility is PayPal really even a valid business model anymore outside of eBay?
posted by substrate
on Mar 14, 2003 -