I hate hate hate hate hate it when I order a new electronic gizmo and it turns out to be crap on arrival. Absolutely appalling. Today I received a new JVC VCR, not a top of the line model, but a presumably workable S-VHS unit. It was obviously crap the second I opened the shipping box — the thing is about half as deep as regular stereo components! It looks like a child’s toy. Plugged it in and sure enough, it didn’t work. The audio was totally screwed up and recording didn’t work at all. Now I face the hassle of exchanging it, always a pain when you mail order something. I just remembered: This is why I stopped buying bigger-ticket items online. Groan. [Here’s my fullish review at Epinions.]

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is a veteran technology journalist and the owner of Null Media, a custom blogging company.