YSaC, Vol. 330: It’s the new French Prudential.

2009 June 12
by drmk

Now that I’ve noticed this one, it’s everywhere — it’s as bad as dinning or French Prudential!

Aligator Chair with Autimn – $600

This chair and autimin is beautiful. It is tan aligator skin with felt backing. I paid 7000 for it approximatley 4 years ago. It was only used in the guest bedroom. This will be a great deal for someone.

couch and chair,automon – $225

black 7′ couch and oversized chair w/aoutmon.super soft large and great color $225.00 or best offer call xxx-xxxx pic

Modern couch/chase lounge/huge autiman – $2300

Paid $3,200.00 brand new, must sell b/c we can’t fit it into our new house. It is in mint condition, only had it for 3 months. I can be contacted at the following……
(xxx) xxx-xxxx

I could go on and on. It seems that any misspelling of ottoman you can think of, someone has already thought of and has posted it on Craigslist.

29 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 June 12
    jackie31337 permalink

    1. My best guess on “autimn” is that they memorized the spelling “autumn” at some point and forgot the context.

    2. “Automon” sounds vaguely reggae: “Hey, have you seen the keys to my auto mon?”.

    3. I think I’ve met “autiman” in the Wrong Planet chat. He’s a nice guy.

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  2. 2009 June 12
    dogface permalink

    *sigh* Is it really that hard to look up the spelling if you’re not sure? Or better yet, use Firefox. It comes with spellcheck.

    Firefox FTW.

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    • 2009 June 12

      My thoughts exactly! I keep a dictionary right by my computer. I check it frequently becuase I don’t figure I shoud snark about someone’s spelling with misspelled words. 🙂

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      • 2009 June 12
        corn flakes permalink

        Yeah, i mean you can look it up online; i know you have internet access.
        If i’m unsure i at least take the 3 secs to open another browser window and google the word.
        If it comes up “do you mean ………?” I generally use the google selection.

        I figure it’s the least i can do since i abuse/ignore punctuation and grammar anyway.

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        • 2009 June 12
          count blah permalink

          Yeah, but this is the thing: I don’t think these people ARE unsure. I suspect they are rock-solid in their faith that it’s spelled “autimn” (or whatever) and feel no need to double-check.

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  3. 2009 June 12
    laura permalink

    I’m just wondering how someone spends $3,200 on a couch! This of course, coming from someone who’s entire household is made up of yard sale and craigslist finds.

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    • 2009 June 12
      kristen55 permalink

      I worked in a home office for a rich family a few years ago, and we got much hilarity out of the statement she made that her couch ‘was not some cheap $700 couch’. I ran that one by all my friends for weeks! Not one of us had ever spent more than $300 on a couch. Come on, it’s a couch!

      These folks have that beat by a long shot!

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    • 2009 June 12
      laura permalink

      Oh my, I reread the post as see I missed the 7,000 one. And I thought 2,300 was outrageous. Oh my!

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  4. 2009 June 12
    princessluceval permalink

    Same here with the “aligator” chair. $7k? And now they only want $600? Does alligator really depreciate that quickly?

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    • 2009 June 12
      dissimilitude permalink

      That’s what happens when you let your pet alligator have a $7,000 chair. The next thing you know, it’s got claw marks and bite marks and an odd stain and you’re selling it for $600 on Craigslist.

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      • 2009 June 12
        candace permalink

        BWAHAHA exactly my thoughts. Damn pets.

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      • 2009 July 22
        Igor The Vigorous permalink


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        • 2009 July 22
          dissimilitude permalink

          The one and only! 🙂

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    • 2009 June 12
      Brian permalink

      so these people spent $7000 on a couch that was only used in the guest bedroom? wow… I don’t think I spent that much for all my furniture combined….

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    • 2009 June 14
      Dan permalink

      “The Depreciated Alligators” would be a GREAT name for a band.

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  5. 2009 June 12

    Why is it so hard to check teh google for appropriate spelling?

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    • 2009 June 12
      drmk permalink

      One of the problems with that is that if there are enough other people spelling it wrong, you get results with the wrong spelling — making folks think they’re spelling it right! That’s probably what’s happening with the “dinning” table and “French Prudential/Prevential” furniture, too.

      Plus, if you type autiman into teh google, you get back a result that says, “Did you mean automan?” Um, no, no I didn’t.

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  6. 2009 June 12
    Vanessa permalink

    A quick look at teh Google tells me that “Chase lounge” is a place to discuss The Sopranos.

    Also, I can spell ottoman and yet am still using hand-me down furniture from my folks, none of which was anywhere near $7000 bucks even when new. Last laugh=not mine.

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  7. 2009 June 12
    candace permalink

    Why don’t they just go with ‘foot stool’? Why IS it called an ottoman anyway? Hmm….off to google again…

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  8. 2009 June 12

    Are we sure that they’re not actually all trying to automatons and not ottomans?

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  9. 2009 June 12

    We need a ‘humanity is doomed’ tag here…

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  10. 2009 June 13

    the spellings aren’t even close!

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  11. 2009 June 13

    Maybe someone is selling a couch with a matching automaton? You know, a clockwork mannequin… that’s apparently been upholstered?

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  12. 2009 June 14

    An alligator chair with autism.
    I looked up the speeling (for ‘autism’) just to be sure… although I’m usually never wrong about these things, you see my special teacher told me my … never mind –
    I’ll take it! I can sit in it while I read the phone book…

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  13. 2009 June 24

    Oh my goodness — they were trying to say ottoman!? If you gave me a couple years to work on it, I wouldn’t even have figured that out!

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  14. 2009 July 10
    Sean permalink

    i feel sorry for the people who are actually trying to buy ottomans.. they may never find what they’re looking for

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  15. 2009 July 29

    I had a very nice leather couch I purchased on Craigslist for $100.
    The guy who sold it told me he bought it for $1500 and I tend to believe him. The only minor issue it has is some claw marks on the side (which is conveniently facing the wall in my apt) 😉

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  16. 2009 September 5
    panda permalink

    just another misspelling in the last post.

    “chase lounge”=chaise

    come on…

    is it that hard to put an i?

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    • 2010 January 1
      Lauren (I hope I get a cool icon this time...) permalink

      I suspect that was in response to, “Plus, if you type autiman into teh google, you get back a result that says, “Did you mean automan?” Um, no, no I didn’t.”

      They were merely noting another search item on teh google that would not help you with spelling a word you should already know how to spell.

      [Edit: Icon…mehh..*Makes shaky sideways hand gesture with a ‘humph’ facial expression and a murmured grunt*]

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