I really don't know what to say (and that's not something you hear me say very often)...
Following my Our society is doomed blog, we ended up with a series of comments about the price of cables.
For my part, I noted that cables can be a mega-rip-off especially for those consumers who don't know what they are doing. Even a little 6-foot USB-A to USB-B can cost you an arm-and-a-leg in the wrong store.
I also noted that I'm fortunate in that there's a little computer repair and recycling shop called TechStars just around the corner from my office in Madison, Alabama. All of the services and parts they offer are really reasonable price-wise. For example, they charge only $2 for a brand-spanking new 6-foot USB-A to USB-B cable.
I know this price is current, because I purchased just such a cable only last week. But that's not what I wanted to talk to you about...
The thing is, while I was waiting for the guy to ring me up, I idly glanced around the shop, and I saw something that I simply couldnt believe a wall-size display of brand-new standalone scanners for just $5 apiece. I was so blown away that I took a picture of one of the boxes with my iPhone as shown below:
These are billed as 36-bit true color, hot plug-and-play, suitable for use with PCs and MACs, and driven and powered by USB. I took a look at one and it really was rather tasty an A4 scanner about the size of an old telephone directory (but not quite as thick).
Looking at the box we see that it says "Windows 95 / 98 / 2000", so I'm guessing that these are old units, but I have no doubt that they would work with a modern computer.Only $5!!
I had to fight myself not to purchase a bunch of the little rascals to give as gifts to friends. The only thing that stopped me is that everyone I know already has a combined printer / scanner / toaster / microwave / whatever (I cant keep track of all the functions these things offer these days).But only $5
Give me strength!!!
I cannot wrap my brain around this. I mean to say, if I decided to create a product
it would cost me more than $5 to create the box and packaging, let alone the cost of shipping the thing around the world, and that would be for an empty box without an actual product.
I really dont know what to say (and that's not something you hear me say very often)
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