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Knock-off: A Stocking Stuffer Tale of Frugality

Posted on 2009.09.08 at 07:30
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Both my kids want iPods for Christmas this year. But I don't want to spend the $100 it would cost for me to get them each a Shuffle. Then I saw an ad on TV when I was at my dad's house a couple of weekends ago:


That's a $12 cheap Chinese knock-off with a $7 coupon. $5. I bought two (coupon applied only to one), one black, one pink. Shipping was $10 for both. They failed to send the black one, replacing it with a silver one, but shipped two 2GB models at no extra charge.

Here's a side-by-side comparison with my authentic iPod:

It doesn't use iTunes, rather it shows up as a drive in Windows. You simply populate it and it plays whatever you throw at it. drax0r got one of these as a vendor gift the last training he had which was the first time I've seen one. I can't speak on its battery life, but last I heard his wife was using it as her primary portable mp3 player.

My kids will be thrilled and are too young to know the difference.

Go me.


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-09-08 14:43 (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes, you amaze even me.
ehowton at 2009-09-08 15:34 (UTC) (Link)
Its fantastic! A couple of days before Christmas, I'm going to load'em up with all their favorites and full charge them. They came with a USB cable, an A/C outlet charger and headphones. BAM!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-09-08 15:55 (UTC) (Link)
That AC adapter is going to come in mighty handy not having to tie up a USB port to charge. Just make sure it doesn't overheat the player or the charger.
anakngtinapa at 2009-09-08 15:11 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Very very clever.
ehowton at 2009-09-08 15:35 (UTC) (Link)
I have my moments.
panacea42 at 2009-09-08 15:32 (UTC) (Link)
Very impressive deal, FTW :-)

It'll be interesting to see how long they last, but at $5 ea. you can afford for them to be disposable!
ehowton at 2009-09-08 15:51 (UTC) (Link)
My research prior to purchasing didn't turn anything up nefarious, but yes, if they don't last long, nothing lost! Mostly I wanted to be able to use these as a tool to ascertain the level of responsibility of my children. They both have a Nintendo DS, but those aren't allowed to leave the house. This will be an inexpensive assessment.
bry_the_heretic at 2009-09-08 23:20 (UTC) (Link)
My boys keep failing miserably at responsibility assessments. I began testing them ,on this most important of life tools, after I caught one of them using their Game Cube as a surfboard. A month later the Cube was dead. I won't even go into the conditions or the locations of the games.

Maybe I should reassign the cat upkeep duties to their mother???
bry_the_heretic at 2009-09-08 23:15 (UTC) (Link)
You are a master Frugalogist!
ehowton at 2009-09-08 23:23 (UTC) (Link)
Everything has its season.
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