Scam O’Clock High

You probably know I’ve gotten into wristwatches. I certainly blog about it enough. Well, our daughter Polly is into watches as well. Hers are more blingy than mine, and our tastes differ, but when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and she showed me one for sale online, I ordered it for her. This watch:

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I thought the price, nearly forty bucks, was coming it pretty high. Not to insult Polly, but hey, it’s a novelty watch, am I right? Anyway, I ordered one well in advance of her birthday. And of course her birthday came and went with no watch. We waited another couple of weeks, and then I sent an email to customer service. They actually responded, and that’s when I realized the online store we’d ordered from is Chinese.

Before canceling the order and asking for a refund, I thought I’d check to see if we could get the watch from a US-based vendor. Why, yes:

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Remember during the early days of the Covid lockdown how QAnon idiots discovered some Wayfair furniture items listed at insanely high prices? Like wooden storage cabinets for $12,000? And they decided they’d discovered the Democrat’s pedophile underground railroad for child sex slaves? After all, it stood to reason a $12,000 cabinet would contain a live child, fresh from Hillary’s pizza parlor sex dungeon, no? And wasn’t that proof, right there in plain sight, that Wayfair executives were snorting lines of adrenochrome with George Soros and Tom Hanks? Bring on the Storm!

Well, Wayfair actually was selling $12,000 storage cabinets, and I don’t think we ever got a good answer as to how such pricy items came to be listed on a discount furniture website. The linked article offers some mumbo-jumbo about pricing algorithms, but I’m not buying it. Wayfair was pulling a scam. If Polly’s watch is any indication, the scam is alive and well.

Despite encouraging replies from customer service, my forty bucks continues its journey in cyberspace. I think we’re still in the window for canceling the charge with our credit card company, so no biggie. I asked Polly to pick another watch in the same price range ($40, not $3,600), this time from Amazon or better yet a brick & mortar Target, and that’s where we’re at.

Who’d pay thousands for a forty-dollar watch, though? Maybe the U.S. Air Force — remember the $10,000 cargo plane toilet seats? I can’t figure out the scam, but there must be money in it or they wouldn’t be doing it.

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