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Artist 'Plastic Jesus' Puts Fake Products in Best Buy Stores

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An LA-based street artist pranks Best Buy with fake 'gadgets.'

We're the first to admit that though technological advancements have made our lives much easier, they've also made us a little gadget obsessed. With most companies refreshing their smartphone and tablet lines every year, the newest, hottest product is hardly new for very long. Hoping to spread the message that we should all relax a bit on the gadget front, one artist visited several Best Buy locations and slipped some fake produces onto the shelves.

Street artist 'Plastic Jesus' placed his own creations in five Best Buy stores around LA. Priced at at $99.99 his product was called 'Useless Plastic Box 1.2" and appeared among the GPSes and tablets at Best Buy retail stores. He even printed up some very convincing display labels, each sporting the following message:

"Useless PLASTICBOX 1.2 for $99.99. Another gadget you don't really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of use."

The warranty? It doesn't have one, as Plastic Jesus says anyone dumb enough to buy 'this piece of crap' deserves what they get. Ouch.

Best Buy seems to be taking the whole stunt in its stride. A spokesperson told us via email that only a few stores were affected and the offending items were removed immediately.

"A few stores were affected and the boxes were removed immediately," Best Buy told us. "We are flattered that Best Buy is so top of mind for Mr. Plastic Jesus, and are happy that he presumably had the opportunity to witness our expert Blue Shirts and Geek Squad members in action during his visits. Hopefully he also had the chance to check out our fabulous back to school deals."

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    Jack Revenant , August 18, 2013 6:13 AM
    Pfft. Tom's really needs to get quicker on the uptake. I saw an article on Anandtech comparing Useless Plastic Box 1.3 and 1.4 two days ago.
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    amoralman , August 18, 2013 7:37 AM
    It was worth a smirk, and he will be forever forgotten. Hope he didn't spend too much on this,
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    Jack Revenant , August 18, 2013 6:13 AM
    Pfft. Tom's really needs to get quicker on the uptake. I saw an article on Anandtech comparing Useless Plastic Box 1.3 and 1.4 two days ago.
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    Jack Revenant , August 18, 2013 6:16 AM
    Pfft. Tom's really needs to get quicker on the uptake. I saw an article on Anandtech comparing Useless Plastic Box 1.3 and 1.4 two days ago.
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    cozmium , August 18, 2013 6:39 AM
    I hate people that are retarded enough to by the latest version of whatever phone they have constantly, as much I hate anti-gadget people like this. If people are stupid enough to constantly need the latest electronic equipment for psuedo-social reasons rather than a genuine point of changing device, then that's their problem - you don't have to moan about them doing what THEY want to do.
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    drwho1 , August 18, 2013 7:27 AM
    LOL
    wonder if Best Buy employees tried to sell this.
    LOL
    with extended warranty
    LOL
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    amoralman , August 18, 2013 7:37 AM
    It was worth a smirk, and he will be forever forgotten. Hope he didn't spend too much on this,
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    audiophillia , August 18, 2013 11:06 AM
    pics or it didn't happen.
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    dark_lord69 , August 19, 2013 7:05 AM
    I have a friend that has used that internet handle "Plastic Jesus" for years because he had a very small plastic Jesus he found when we were in high school.
    He's not religious, actually he's goth it was more of a mockery/joke of how Jesus was made into a plastic figure.
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    vestibule , August 19, 2013 9:56 PM
    "I hate people that are retarded enough to by the latest version of whatever phone they have constantly, as much I hate anti-gadget people like this. - you don't have to moan about them doing what THEY want to do."

    Artists have been taking stabs at consumerism for decades, deal with it.

    One of my personal favorites being Dawn of the Dead.
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