I love DIYs – I fixed my own iPhone screen!!

I suck at handling tech toys.  Phones, MP3 players, laptops – I break them all.  It’s almost a talent, what I do to all things tech.

So when I got the iPhone 3GS almost two years ago, everyone said it was just a matter of time before it had to be replaced.  They were right, of course.  Thankfully, it wasn’t my fault.  The phone had issues since I got it, and eventually it became too much for me to deal with.  So I took it to the Apple store and they replaced it.

About six months later, however, there was a small accident.  I was texting away while on a ghost tour, and I didn’t pay attention when I tried to put it back in my pocket.  And so it fell and hit the floor.  Now, this had happened before and the phone had been okay, but this time, it fell directly onto the screen and landed on a few pebbles.

Not only did we watch it fall, we heard the glass shatter.

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Apple’s new high-tech device??

People can be stupid.  And they can shop stupid.  But this story here has definitely got to spotlight that people will buy anything if it has the right brand name on it.

http://gawker.com/5835890/woman-buys-a-block-of-wood-with-an-apple-logo-thinking-its-an-ipad

So basically, a woman goes to McDonald’s and has some guys come up to her and offer to sell her an iPad for $300.  She tells them she only has $180 on her, and they sell it to her anyways.  She goes home, opens it, and realizes it’s nothing more than a block of wood with a logo painted on it.

Yes, you read that right.  A block of wood.

Now, I don’t know about you, but if I’m getting a “great deal”, I would want to inspect the goods before I buy them, be it from strange men in a parking lot or in a department store.  I would NOT take their word, and the word of the “contents” section of the FedEx label.

So then this woman goes home, finds out it’s a fake, and CALLS THE COPS.  I’m not gonna lie, I’d love to have heard that conversation.  I bet it gave the police officers a nice laugh.  How do you call and ask them to investigate how you stupidly bought a fake item??

I’m not sure if I consider that robbery.  I mean, if she’d asked to see the iPad, she would have known it’s a fake.  Technically, all they did was lie.  But don’t all salesmen do that??

My opinion, since you asked, is that this is just another example of dumb people making dumb choices.  Should we feel bad for her??  Yes.  Should we punish the clearly great salesmen for lying about the product they’re selling??  No.  In fact, Apple should hire them.  They can obviously sell anything with an Apple logo.

And in the end, was the block of wood really less useful than the iPad??