What's the most useless thing you've ever purchased?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Blue Velvet, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    What stupid things have you purchased only to have never or hardly used them?

    It seemed like a good idea at the time, but somehow you and it never really hit it off... it could be something you bought for your computer, too.

    Probably the most useless item I once paid a lot of money for was an expensive coat, a black leather one, which I hardly wear. I also recently paid £30 ($60) for a bottle of wine in the supermarket, only to find it was really horrid; it ended up down the sink.

    For my Mac, I bought some gel-filled keyboard and mouse pads a few years ago to prevent wrist problems. They got chucked away after a week... :D
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    I suppose it is probably a 300w disco light it has been used a few times but it is really for installation in pubs and clubs.

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    I also bought those gel pads.
  3. tracetritt macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2007
    Northwestern Wisconsin, USA
    I bought my PSP a few months ago....the only that I did with it was take it apart...alas it is dead now..:) but a fun dissection it was :D
  4. iMpathetic macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
  5. poopyhead macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2004
    in the toe-jam of greatness (Fort Worth)
    palm t5 and a crap load of suits I thought I would need for law school that no longer fit
  6. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    Oh dear lord. A ton of stuff...

    Let's see what I have just within view:

    2 guitars (acoustic and electric), a bunch of programming books, 3 iPods, a music keyboard, an exercise ball, an Apple Newton eMate 300, some miniatures, m-audio thing to hook the electric to my computer, xbox 360 camera, a rarely used Nikon D50, and a rock climbing thingie that hangs above one of my doors.
  7. khosna macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2008
    Sony Mylo for the kids .. they used it a few times after coaxing me to fund a skype account so they could use it as an internet phone.
  8. joekix macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2007
    earth, long beach CA to be exact
    i bought a 17" lcd flat screen tv that i never use. i live in a studio and i can see my 50" plasma from my bed. i have the 17" lcd hanging on the wall really close to my bed, but since i only have basic cable on it, i rather use my plasma which has the dvr box. all in all, it looks pretty cool hanging on the wall.
  9. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
  10. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    $1 DVD at Walmart double feature called Hercules and the Masked Rider and Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon. It was a gag gift type thing. The picture on the front was hilarious, and the summaries on the movies on the back had horrible misspellings. Additionally, we couldn't tell if it was dubbed in english or if was just the fact that the audio never seemed to line up with the video very well.
  11. richkent72 macrumors regular

    I've just bought my fourth USB hub. None of the others were used for more than a few weeks. I've now got a Kensington seven port hub that appears to have been designed by someone who actually uses a hub and understands what people need (i.e. a port on top for easy access and enough weight so that the cables plugged in don't drag it off the desk) so this should hopefully remain in use a little longer.
  12. Jade Cambell macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    The most useless thing I ever purchased was a fake ******.
  13. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Yeah, can't say I've used my Fleshlight all that often...
  14. Jade Cambell macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    That's not what the "******" was at all.

    If I purchased a fleshlight, i'd probably kill myself shortly afterwards. No offense to anyone who bought one.
  15. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    None taken. I just use mine as a pencil holder on my desk now.
  16. Jade Cambell macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    Hah. That's great. Yeah, i'd kill myself if I bought one because i'm a virgin.. so it would be like inviting God to make sure that I die a virgin. I'd like to believe that I don't need one. :)
  17. elcid macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2007

    College textbooks. Useless.
  18. Iscariot macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2007
    I've got a striped hoodie that really only goes with one shirt.
  19. ij3ffy macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2004
    Top 5 for me, most of them video game systems that ended up letting me down big time.

    1. Sony MiniDisc player.
    2. Sega Dreamcast
    3. Nintendo Gamecube
    4. Sony PSP.
    5. Nintendo 64
  20. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    :eek: How. Dare. You!
    Hoodies can NEVER be useless! :mad:

    Hmm, I ono. Can't think of something, I know there are plenty of things that would qualify for this thread, just can't really narrow it down. The college textbooks one was pretty good.

    Might have to go w/ my UE Super.fi pro earphones. I used them (w/ the foamies) once. :eek: Oops. So not an audiophile.
  21. Southerner macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2005
    The deep south of England
    Possibly my HD-DVD player I bought recently. I should have gone for a Blu-ray version instead! :rolleyes:
  22. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    One of those USB book light things. So impractical and I think it vanished into a drawer, never to see the light of day again.

    Also a skateboard, and those heel wheel things that you attach to your heels to glide. Could never get the hang of either of them. Both are gathering dust somewhere...
  23. LinuXtreme macrumors regular


    Jul 15, 2007
    Near Aspen
    In 2001 I bought a Franklin eBookman (901?). For those who aren't familiar with it, they look like PDA's and use a stylus. They can be used as e-book readers and for light PDA tasks. I thought it would be cool to have so that I wouldn't always be hauling a book around for those moments when I had time to take a break. I didn't do enough research on it before buying and I soon found that it uses RAM instead of EEPROM for storing data and the OS itself, which meant that it was always drawing power from the batteries to keep it stored. The batteries would drain in a matter of a week, even if it were off. :mad: Whenever this happened I would have to reinstall the OS from a disk - poor design on Franklin's part. I used the eBookman for a total of a few weeks before I got tired of reinstalling everything once a week and relegated it to the back of my junk drawer.
  24. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Is that what you're calling it now?

    I suppose it's accurate.



    Probably the most useless thing I've ever bought is my course reader for a history class. I never opened the damn thing! :eek: :p
  25. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    I had to google what it was.
    my reaction:
    wow just wow. how sad do you have to be to get one and use it.
    get a RealDoll instead.

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