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."