How Many Are in Your Home?
Have you ever been the victim of hype? Look in those tippy-top kitchen cabinets, or in the attic or in the basement, and we bet you can find a stack of items that you were convinced you needed to have, only to put the thing away to gather dust until your next yard sale.
Our WalletPop bloggers found our houses stuffed with these things, and we put together a list of the 20 most worthless pieces of junk ever known to man. Click through our list and see if you agree or disagree.
No. 20: Rice Cookers
The rice cooker: that electric appliance that does exactly what you can do with a cup of rice, a cup of water, a pan, and pretty much zero effort whatsoever.
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No. 19: Shoe Inserts
After his bargain-priced dress shoes began to get a little uncomfortable, this blogger bought a pair of massaging gel insoles, hoping for some of the foot bliss promised by the commercials. He admits they were comfortable -- for about 5 minutes. Before he stood up.
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No. 18: Polaroid Camera
Polaroid film was expensive and the proprietary film could only be purchased from Polaroid itself. When another technology came along giving consumers the same instantaneous image without the accompanying high price -- with digital cameras, one could now see the photo the moment the shutter clicked, and an incremental cost of zero -- eventually consumers lost interest. Polaroid went bankrupt in 2001; its successor company stopped producing the film in early 2008, rendering the cameras dinosaurs.
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No. 17: The Iron
We live in a wash-and-wear world, so what use do we have anymore for that primitive device, the iron? We can find more entertaining ways to end up overheated with a sore back and scorch marks on our fingers.
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No. 16: Hobby Kits
When someone gives you a hobby kit, grit your teeth and look out: Either your initial novelty with the pursuit is going to wear off, or the item itself is bound to wear out. Ideally, both things will happen at the same time.
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No. 15: The Tie Rack
If men from Savannah to San Diego consider ties either a necessary evil of corporate life or the couldn't-care-less Father's Day gift ... then why, oh why oh why oh why do they gather around tie racks like moth-brains drawn to the pretty light?
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No. 14: Giveaway Thumb Drives
When thumb drives first entered the corporate and customer swag world, a free 128MB thumb drive was the coolest thing in the world. In today's high-capacity world, small-capacity drives just don't cut it.
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No. 13: Trade Show Swag
There's something about attending a convention or trade show that turn us into frenzied packrats who eagerly snatch up free key chains, mouse pads, paperweights, and other items that ultimately end up buried in a junk drawer.
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No. 12: Bargain DVDs
Even the best films on DVD lose their appeal after maybe six plays. This is why budget DVDs, even if you pay just a dollar for them, represent nothing more than stealthy, dust-gathering clutter slabs. Budget DVDs can make sense if repurposed as drink coasters or Frisbees, but that's about it.
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