Thursday, February 18, 2010

Markets In Everything: Homemade Wood "Shovels"

Picture taken at a Home Depot in the DC area during the recent Snowpocalpyse when regular shovels were scarce, and these wood "shovels" were selling at the "low, low price of $4.01."

11 Comments:

At 2/18/2010 12:43 PM, Anonymous gettingrational said...

We can be probably be assured that DC shoplifters were heeding that old adage: "don't take any wooden shovels"! Abide

 
At 2/18/2010 12:50 PM, Blogger OA said...

I don't know if it's an artifact of the picture, but the left handle does not look square to the board. And the one on the right doesn't appear to be centered on the board.

But maybe that's why those are the two that are left.

 
At 2/18/2010 1:27 PM, Anonymous morganovich said...

and best, they can be used as protest signs in the spring!

 
At 2/18/2010 3:10 PM, Blogger W.E. Heasley said...

Sure those aren’t Joe Biden teleprompters?

 
At 2/18/2010 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see Detroit has found a new product they can produce.

 
At 2/18/2010 4:07 PM, Anonymous Endurance said...

Anonymous, most of this kind of junk is imported. About Detroit: have yourn driven a Ford lately? Damn good products that would sell well in any market if trade barriers could be removed.

 
At 2/18/2010 5:16 PM, Blogger Adam Freund said...

I wonder if anyone has thought about bringing a lawsuit for price gouging? 4 bucks for a wooden shovel? Come on!!!

 
At 2/18/2010 5:18 PM, Anonymous Titus Pullo said...

I can't wait to see the liability suits when someone gets a splinter from one of these.

 
At 2/19/2010 12:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, you're right, I did get to drive a Ford Focus as a rental last year and was VERY impressed.

Guess I should have said GM rather than Detroit as a whole.

 
At 2/19/2010 9:23 AM, Anonymous Dave said...

Curious whether or not those who bought these "shovels" for $4.01 actually went over a few aisles to see how much it would cost to buy some wood and nails and build it themselves? Oh wait, you have to factor in the value of their time to construct. Afterall, anyone who buys a wooden shovel also considers their time extremely costly!

 
At 2/22/2010 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best comment I read about the "BIG" snow storm was that while the National News media as a whole referred to it as "Snowpocalpyse" etc., people in places like Detroit and Chicago simply called it "Tuesday"!

 

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