Prankster puts "Useless PlasticBox 1.2" in several LA Best Buy stores

If you are one of those people who simply can't wait to buy the next technology gadget or product, and you happen to live in the Los Angeles area, you were likely the target audience for the prankster-artist known only as "Plastic Jesus". This week, it was revealed that he entered several Best Buy store locations in LA and quietly placed his own gadget on display next to some real products.

It was called "Useless PlasticBox 1.2" and, yes, it's just an empty box. "Plastic Jesus" did attempt to make the prank look a little more like the real thing by including a label that looked like a genuine one from Best Buy. Anyone who read the description on the label, however, was clued into the joke, as it said the Useless PlasticBox 1.2 was just "Another gadget that you don't really need." The price for the prank product was $99.99 and, as far as its warranty, the label said that there was none, adding, "If you are dumb enough to buy it you deserve all you get."

ABC News contacted "Plastic Jesus" who said that one of his prank gadgets stayed on store shelves for five days before it was discovered to be fake. A Best Buy spokesperson said all of the boxes have now been removed from its stores. There seems to be no hard feelings about the prank, with the spokesperson quoted as saying, "We are flattered that Best Buy is so top of mind for Mr. Plastic Jesus ... "

"Plastic Jesus" said that while his intentions were to be funny, he also had a serious message behind his actions. He admits to being a gadget fan himself but that, like many consumers, he comes away disappointed many times when buying the next big tech product. He stated:

If you call up Apple or Sony and tell them your product is a piece of crap or whatever, you are just complaining about a product that doesn't do what it should. I thought it was a very visual way of showing the message.

It certainly seems to be an effective one as the report claims that many Best Buy employees have reportedly emailed "Plastic Jesus" wanting to buy "Useless PlasticBox 1.2". In the end, it seems like this product-prank wasn't so "useless" after all.

Source: ABC News | Image via Plastic Jesus

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What so wrong with people criticizing Best Buy. I like Best Buy and never had any problem with them. I like going in and having look at all the electronic gadgets. For sure they have limited collection of computer hardware but I always give preference to buy it from local brick and mortar store because I want them to survive.

With price match and liberal return policy where you don't have to pay back return shipping for defective or product which you did not like after trying is a huge bonus to shop at local brick and mortar store and not to mention the employment it provides to my local community.

Their service might not be top notch but what do you expect from people working at minimum wage. Do you own research if you are teck savvy and then you don't have to reply on Best Buy staff for suggestions in a same way you do your research when you buy stuff online.

Auditor said,
..... Best Buy.....

I'm put off by the way the sales people try to sound like they know what they're talking about.

On a recent visit, the first computer tech was telling her customer that he didn't want a Windows 8 upgrade license, because he'd have to buy new Antivirus and other softwares that would just about price the upgrade license to that of a new laptop, so he should just get one of those instead.

The next salesman telling his customer that the only laptop he could recommend in the buyer's budget was one Samsung model. Why? Because he likes Samsung.

The floor displays were horrible with 2% of windows laptops and 10% of tablets (which I can't believe how they separate them out like that anyway) were non-functional but 100% of chromebooks and 100% of Android tablets / iPads were running.

Then they further insult your intelligence in the TV department by running a demo reel telling you to get the geek squad in to calibrate your new HD TV after 100hrs use by allowing them to connect their diagnostic equipment to the screen and run an excel spreadsheet to munge the #s that tell the tech how to play with all those "complicated menus you don't want to really be in anyway"

Rounding out the trip to the store, all xbox demo consoles were down with the only game system demos working were PS3 (3D) and Wii-U.

But, they won me back by donating $180k worth of electronics to camps for the disabled where my son attends annually.

*******.

This reminds me of an Onion News "report" about Sony's "Stupid Piece Of S**t" from a few years ago.

Can't post the original link here ... the full URL contains a swearword, so here's a shorter URL:
(NSFW Warning: Contains very strong language)
http://onion.com/bDfTkX

Edited by DJGM, Aug 18 2013, 11:08pm :

DJGM said,
This reminds me of an Onion News "report" about Sony's "Stupid Piece Of S**t" from a few years ago.

Can't post the original link here ... the full URL contains a swearword, so here's a shorter URL:
(NSFW Warning: Contains very strong language)
http://onion.com/bDfTkX

It's already posted in the video thread thanks to me

I wonder how many people wanted to buy it. You know everyone that shops at Best Buy is usually clueless and will buy anything

Actually nobody buys anything at Best Buy. They should call it Best Look because all people do at the store is play with the gadgets and then buy them online elsewhere.

Enron said,
Actually nobody buys anything at Best Buy. They should call it Best Look because all people do at the store is play with the gadgets and then buy them online elsewhere.

Hehe, guilty!

Enron said,
Actually nobody buys anything at Best Buy. They should call it Best Look because all people do at the store is play with the gadgets and then buy them online elsewhere.

did y'all know that match all the major sites prices jsut show em on your phone

Kenneth Wayne Arnold said,

did y'all know that match all the major sites prices jsut show em on your phone

Wow, here the Media Markt(our version of Best Buy I suppose) doesn't even want to match the pricing on their own frigging website if its lower then in the store.

With the web now, I honestly can't say that I've ever seen a competitive price from Best Buy that was available locally. And yet although Future Shop appears to be owned by the same corporation (in Canada at least), it seems that the clueless buyers crowd Best Buy on Boxing Days and the Future Shop in the exact same plaza gets no shoppers, despite being essentially identical. Go figure.

timster said,
You know everyone that shops at Best Buy is usually clueless and will buy anything

The same could be said about Amazon.