YSaC, Vol. 583: Gotta spend money to save money, right?

2010 February 20

$10 worth of baby diaper/ pull up coupons – $15


got them in the mail, no need for them
the extra five dollars is for shipping.
please cash only
email if interested

Why yes, I would love to spend $15 to save $10. What a wonderful idea! How generous and kind of you!

Thanks, Jamon!

77 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 February 20
    Windrose permalink

    Inflation really sucks. I’d have to charge this person $20 just to inquire into this great deal. And if they needed more information from me, well, they couldn’t afford it!

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  2. 2010 February 20
    penguin permalink

    OMG – it’s the answer to my prayers. What a brilliant business idea. I have extra coupons, stamps and envelopes. A few CL ads and I’ll be able to get mine hors rides for my daughter, a 16 for my husband and sarcasm lessons for me. What a glorious day!

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    • 2010 February 20
      sarajean80 permalink

      You could probably skip the lessons. 🙂

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      • 2010 February 20
        Lola permalink

        And save your $ in the bargain!

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      • 2010 February 21
        Lurker from the North permalink

        What, and miss out on the easy A? No way.

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  3. 2010 February 20
    Tasha permalink

    Cash only? But they want to mail you the coupons, not have you pick them up. So you have to mail them cash and then they’ll mail you the coupons? And, also, $5 shipping for coupons? There’s this thing called a stamp and I gotta tell you, it doesn’t cost $5.

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  4. 2010 February 20
    Lola permalink

    “Please cash only.”
    I prefer to either spend or save my cash. I don’t try to please it. It pleases me; isn’t that the point of it? When did money itself get so demanding?

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    • 2010 February 20
      Windrose permalink

      Well, first all those European currencies got together and transformed into the Euro, and didn’t they think they were hot! Then the dollar went down, the pound went up, but the Canadianian dollar stayed the same. Soon the penny was all upset that it wasn’t valued any more, and people were putting them into computer heat sinks. Somewhere in India, a cricket bat was being sold for Greek Drachmas, twice the going rate. I blame George W. Bush.

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  5. 2010 February 20
    keelhaulrose permalink

    And the sad thing is that somewhere in the world someone has fallen for this before. And will fall for it again.

    On that note, I’d like to inform you all that you’ve won the Nigerian lotto…

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    • 2010 February 20

      I had a boss who once actually thought she’d won the Irish National Lottery.

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      • 2010 February 20
        sarajean80 permalink

        I work for a bank and it is quite depressing the number of people who still fall for those schemes. One fellow got fleeced on five separate occasions by what was essentially the same ploy. One of the reps finally talked him into putting a block on his account so he wouldn’t be able to do any more wire transfers without talking to her first.

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        • 2010 February 21

          ugh that’s awful. my boss at least had the sense to listen to me when i told her that the probability of her winning a foreign lottery was so low it was in the negatives.

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  6. 2010 February 20
    tigprincess permalink

    Is this Cat Math again? So I give you $15 cash you post me $10 of coupons and I’ve really only spent umm…umm…$42
    Great deal will you send internationally? I live on Betelguise.

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  7. 2010 February 20
    Hartster permalink

    It doesn’t say US cash. I have $15 in Zimbabwe dollars. Heck, I’m so generous, I’ll send the poster 15 billion old old Zimbabwe dollars, which is what, 50 cents US after doing all the conversions?

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    • 2010 February 20

      I prefer Space Bux.

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      • 2010 February 20
        CapnMac permalink

        Can I prefer Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast?

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        • 2010 February 20
          emesis permalink

          Indeed, you can, and should.

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        • 2010 February 21
          CapnMac permalink

          Good, as FLCL confuses the Brak out of me.

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        • 2010 February 21
          Meredith permalink

          HA! I just sat through a whole episode of FLCL, and then turned to my guy and went, “okay, so WHAT was the plot????” “Damned if I know..that chick just really likes to hit shit with her guitar”

          Space Ghost, on the other hand, is on of my faves, as is Brak Show.

          Prefer it, Prefer the crap outta it.

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        • 2010 February 21
          CapnMac permalink

          Well, FLCL, is completelt devolved anime.
          They actually start for ma premise of “fan service,”
          then wander off into genre-satire.

          But, like only seeing one Noh performance, there’s context that is presumed, rather than given.

          Makes me wish I could have been in with the Funimation people when they battered out the English-language version.

          (Were you watching last night after Bleach? )

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    • 2010 February 20

      Can you make change for 150 Rhodesian dollars?

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      • 2010 February 20

        I wish I could have paid for my Rhodesian ridgeback in Rhodesian dollars.

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        • 2010 February 20
          Windrose permalink

          Steve-O +/- Fireman, do you really have a ridgeback? The one I knew was the smartest dog I ever encountered. 8)

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        • 2010 February 20

          Rhodesians are brilliant and beautiful, but boxers will hose you at poker.

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        • 2010 February 20

          I did. She is gone now. 🙁 I have had 4 Rhodesians in my lifetime. They truly are very intelligent. They are very much like raising a 3 year old. They get their feeling hurt easily, they have to be with you constantly, and are pretty rambunctious. They are not for everyone, but if you fall in love with a RR, you will have a hard time going to another breed. They are the best cur hounds I have ever seen.

          Adores: 2
        • 2010 February 20
          otter permalink

          Ridgebacks are wonderful! I have my 3rd, but she’s getting old, at 14, so I will eventually get my fourth. She has converted several dedicated cat people into being cat and dog people. She lives with a beagle, and multiple cats, and is fabulous.

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      • 2010 February 20
        christina permalink

        I wonder if they would take depression era tax tokens. I have about 100 of them which puts the face value at about 10 to 20 cents (most are one tenth cent but I’ve got a few half cents) which with inflation should be $15 right?
        Oh wait. I’m not in the market for diaper coupons.

        Adores: 6
        • 2010 February 20
          sarajean80 permalink

          I’ve got a handful of Confederate dollars around here somewhere. Wonder if they would take those?

          Adores: 2
  8. 2010 February 20

    This made so little sense to me that I had to go back to bed.

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    • 2010 February 20
      Windrose permalink

      Me too. But it still doesn’t make sense. Or cents.

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      • 2010 February 20
        christina permalink

        I sent a cent to this guy with no sense…umm…I was following a witty thought but I lost the scent.

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        • 2010 February 20

          Well at least he made some money…..

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    • 2010 February 20

      Going back to bed sounds nice. Maybe I will do that.

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  9. 2010 February 20

    I sure hope these aren’t WIC vouchers that someone is trying to turn a profit on.

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    • 2010 February 20
      Lola permalink

      If that were so, I think my head would asplode. I worked while in college at a grocery and because WIC usually is really specific about what people get – and it is healthy – I really approve of it. Someone selling that would be depriving a child, somewhere, if not their own, of something they need. Even if it’s diapers. If they actually did this I would hope they were rightly arrested.

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      • 2010 February 22
        jackie31337 permalink

        Years ago, my brother and his friends somehow got their hands on a bunch of “WIC approved” stickers. They went around the store sticking them on things like margarita mix. The sad thing is, I’m sure some people tried to buy the items they stickered.

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  10. 2010 February 20
    LSK permalink

    I’d wager that the author of the Craiglist post started dancing about like a sniveling madman upon thinking up this idea. “Someone’s going to pay me $15 for these coupons I got! I’m a genius! I’m going to be rich!”

    I’d also wager that they dropped out of high school.

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    • 2010 February 20
      Linnee permalink

      No doubt they dropped out of high school to have the baby who doesn’t need diapers any more.

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      • 2010 February 21
        Lurker from the North permalink

        That would explain why the coupons are written in crayon.

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  11. 2010 February 20
    Windrose permalink

    Attn: Dr. Who folks. You know who you are. (haha) http://photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com/2010/02/doctor-who-trousers-of-doom.html

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    • 2010 February 20

      Pardon my ignorance here–is that the new Dr? I am mourning the loss of Tennant (and Eccleston, for that matter) and have not seen the new one as of yet…
      Is it worth the web episode search? Or should I just remain a Dr. Who v. 11 virgin?

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      • 2010 February 20
        Windrose permalink

        Sly, I can’t answer your question as I am a Dr. Who fan only by osmosis. I just know Develish1 and a few others who I can never remember are Dr. Who fans and when I saw this bit on another blog, I decided to publish the link. I could be totally mistaken about their interest in this Doctor. 8/

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      • 2010 February 20
        CapnMac permalink

        If you became a Dr. Who fan watching late-night PBS, then yes, watch.
        Watching on SyFy (nee Scifi) can be some tedious for the commercials and previews being spoilers.

        But, if you can embrace storylines having nothing to do with ‘who’ the Dr is, then, the new ones are better, for having SFX, but just-cheesy-enough sfx.

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  12. 2010 February 20
    Sosij permalink

    I really, really hope that anybody who thinks this is a good deal has no use for baby diapers.

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    • 2010 February 20

      Furthermore, I hope that anyone who thinks this is a good idea would be prohibited from raising a baby. (Which might be exactly what you meant.)

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      • 2010 February 20

        Also, I hope that anyone thinking this is smart wouldn’t be inclined to form the babby.

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        • 2010 February 20

          Statistically, people who think this is smart are probably more inclined to form the babby.

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        • 2010 February 20
          christina permalink

          See the opening sequence in Idiocracy.
          Sadly I think Mike Judge was being optomistic by setting it 500 years in the future. I’m think more like 10.

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        • 2010 February 20
          sarajean80 permalink

          Even that seems optimistic, christina.

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        • 2010 February 20
          Lola permalink

          10? I live in a neighborhood that has some (though definitely not all, and decidedly not mine) families whose grandparents are in their 30s. You can do the math. It’s entirely possible that this is happening … oh, already.

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        • 2010 February 20
          christina permalink

          Well okay. In my defense, the local Fuddruckers has yet to change their name to Buttf***ers. But yeah everything else is happening now.

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  13. 2010 February 20
    CapnMac permalink

    $15 in please cash only? Sorry, all my cash is unpleasant and needy. Can I send you $35 worth of 16 instead?

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    • 2010 February 20
      Camille permalink

      Ah, so YOU’RE the one who bought the 16.

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      • 2010 February 21
        CapnMac permalink

        Bought, no; have elebenty gross of ’em, just never was brash enough to try and connive $35 the cat-dozen for them in public is all

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  14. 2010 February 20
    user 6437378 permalink

    See you all think no-one would be stupid enough to take this offer up and that the person who posted it is a moron but there are people stupid enough to take the offer and then the person posting the ad is a genius.

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    • 2010 February 20
      sarajean80 permalink

      I’m pretty sure “genius” is not the name I would use.

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    • 2010 February 20

      It’s not genius if it works because someone out there happens to be a bigger idiot.

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      • 2010 February 20
        Bianchi Sound permalink

        Glad to see you’ve returned, GT. How’s California treating you?

        Adores: 1
        • 2010 February 20

          Pretty well, so far. Interesting place you all have here. People seem to be under the impression that if a sliver of the ocean is visible from a residence’s window, I will be willing to pay $500-$1000 more a month for the privilege of staying there.

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        • 2010 February 20
          Windrose permalink

          Hey Graham, I’ll put up a photo of the ocean and only charge you $100 extra per month! I’m good like that.

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        • 2010 February 20
          Bianchi Sound permalink

          I’ll sell you a coupon for $100 off a picture of the ocean for $200 cash please only.

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        • 2010 February 21
          Meredith permalink

          Graham, when I was growing up, my family moved down to a small beach town in Maryland. It was the only place we could afford to live, and we were one house from the water. I got hassled in high school from being a “Beacher”…and now those same kids have all had families and moved to that town to pay 500% more than my parents did for the privilege of being “Beachers”

          And yes, 500% more is not exaggerating.

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    • 2010 February 20

      Actually, I think a piece of my soul died when I relized the OP most likely had to send out an email letting at least one other person that the coupons were gone.
      I don’t at all think the OP is a moron. I think they are opportunistic, and we should all weep for humanity.

      Either that, or it’s cat math, and the answer is tapicoa pudding divided by the square root of a not.a.lion in extra minty condition.

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      • 2010 February 21
        Lurker from the North permalink

        Which we all know equals… Pancakes!

        Either that or 42.

        That’s it, I’m confused now. Could somebody hand me a towel. And some peanuts.

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  15. 2010 February 20
    Bianchi Sound permalink

    Dear Sir or Maam,

    I am very interested in buying your $10 of coupons for for $15. Please send me $5 (Cash, please. You understand…) to cover the cost of me mailing you the $15. I will send you the $15 when I receive your payment.

    Best,
    Bianchi, Prince of Nigeria

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    • 2010 February 20
      penguin permalink

      You forgot to mention that you are wanting the coupons to buy diapers for the child of Mrs. Roseline Gupta who is the widow of Dr James Gupta who worked at the embassy in Nigeria before Prince Eli (a distant cousin to Maj. Tom Collins who was killed in Iraq just after stashed the $25 million in a safe deposit box) was overthrown and had to escape the country.

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    • 2010 February 20
      Lola permalink

      Ah, so Nigeria is where the Bianchi Sound is located. I had wondered.

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      • 2010 February 20

        Yes, near the This Too Will Pass and the No Money Atoll. All the same region, you see.

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      • 2010 February 20
        lost_compass permalink

        I went on a cruise there once… visited Sunnuva Beach, and the Isle of Lucy. Unfortunately we took a side trip to Michael Bay, where the ship blew up.

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        • 2010 February 21
          Hugh Jim Bissel permalink

          I was there not long ago, my hotel was near the tip of Theresno Point. I wanted to go surfing, but there were reports of Not.A.Lion Sharks in the area. I spent the whole time sitting on the beach in the shade of the Fingersand Palm trees.

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    • 2010 February 20
      Jamon permalink

      You still don’t save any money, after all they’re simply coupons. 😀

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  16. 2010 February 20
    Wyn permalink

    I suppose if you were *really* desperate to save anything you could, and you shop at a place that doubles all coupons (our stores do, up to a certain amount) you could conceivably save $5 in the end…theoretically…or, you know, just download some coupons or look in the paper.

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  17. 2010 February 20
    Jamon permalink

    The best part is, soon after this they posted this someone put up another listing telling them how dumb this was. So they changed the price to $13.

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    • 2010 February 21
      tigprincess permalink

      Jamon – really ? So there is no hope for mankind!
      Changing $15 to $13 is cat math again – and all the cats I ever owned were a damn sight better at math than this poster.
      Dealing with money seems to be a bell-curve with those at the top (derivative traders, bankers etc) and those at the bottom (see above) operating on a different logic from me-in-the-middle.
      My brain hurts – I’m going for a little rest
      *sucks thumb and goes to watch some individual hurtle on a piece of plastic at gazillion miles per hour down some icy walls*

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  18. 2010 February 21
    Windrose permalink

    So, Mudsy, how would you like your card punched? Easy, or hard?

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  19. 2010 February 21
    queensbee permalink

    greedy and stupid. what idjits.

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  20. 2010 February 21
    Meredith permalink

    AOL sign up cd’s-34 Pie

    Got in mail, have no use for

    The extra pie is for me to eat

    Please, Pie only

    Smoke Signals if interested

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