Apr 28 2009Rocks: Not Just For Christmas Anymore

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As a guy who's no stranger to receiving a sockful of coal on Christmas morning, I wouldn't be surprised to open a birthday present and see the same thing. Thankfully, nobody bothers remembering my birthday anymore. But a Florida mother got pissed when she bought her son a $138 Nintendo DS from Wal-Mart, only to find out the box was full of rocks and a couple pieces of wadded Chinese newspaper (to prevent the fragile rocks from breakage). Wow, porno-laden PSP, you got nothin' on this.

The troubling discovery prompted the Florida woman to contact the local Wal-Mart where she bought the curious box and complain, but reportedly workers there told her it wasn't their problem and that she should contact Nintendo instead. Of course, Nintendo told her roughly the same thing, leaving mother and son with a $138 box of rocks.

Amazingly enough, however, Wal-Mart soon caved after learning that the same box of rocks had been previously returned by another disgruntled customer. How exactly it made it back onto store shelves remains a mystery, but for her troubles, Wykle was given a full refund and a $20 gift card.

Yes, what a mystery. We better call Sherlock Holmes in for this head-scratcher. I mean, WTF? You think a Keebler Elf broke out of a box of cookies, hiked all the way to the electronics department, and restocked the system in the middle of the night? Because that's what I'm leaning towards.

Florida teen finds rocks in Nintendo DS box [yahoonews]
$138 box of rocks?? [wtsp]

Thanks to Huevo and Lisa, who once had a shopping cart race in Wal-Mart and accidentally ran over the greeter.

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Reader Comments

i hate xmas

i lol'd

ha serves that kids right. guess he was bad

I hate Walmart.... HATE! with a capitol ATE!

How dumb are Walmart employees really?
more than likely it was intentional

People purchase it, fill the box with something of similar shape and weight and return it after re-plastic wrapping it. Then they sell it online somewhere without the box for cheaper than it would be at cost.

Now play this game: http://mudslider.mybrute.com

yeah, id be a bit p/o'd


Morals of the story: If you want a $20 WalMart gift card, buy electronics at WalMart. When life (WalMart) gives you rocks, make rockinade, then repackage it, and return it for a full refund saying you just didn't want the product, then come back the next shift and buy another one. Don't buy products that are completely covered by opaque packaging unless you want a surprise (at least it wasn't chinese used underwear). If you want porn, buy a PSP. If you don't, format the freebie card first. If life (Sony) gives you porn, make pornade. Or... just buy from licenced stores, aka: Sony store, Nintendo store, then open the package right there and test the memory cards to be on the safe side. It's just what this world has come to, get over it.

@8 you are kidding right? I mean, when I got here there were 3 comments already, and I ended up on 9.

I'll probably sell again, except with different crumbled newspapers to keep anyone investigating the problem confused

That's what bitch gets for shopping at walmart. Let this be a lesson to you all.

I depise Walmart...with a capitol PIS

Rocks. The original at-home gaming device. A classic...

You haven't seen anything until you've seen MACHO MAN Randy Savage trip out on a bongful of Salvia:


I thought these things only exist in ebay. You know, those scammers out there trying to sell you crap instead of a Gameboy Color. Sh!t, I miss my gameboy.

this reminds me of a scam we used to pull back in the day when 56k was top o'the line. crush a bunch of aluminum cans up and put them back in the packaging and return it. simple simple. anyone wanna buy an external 56k modem? eh? oh well, guess i'll keep using it to get my dreamcast online until i can find the broadband adapter for less then $100.
now i'm all sentimental for door games at 1200bps...sniff...whoa, don't sniff in here...foul


I think its pretty obvious that phone in the background is photoshopped in. Who has a home phone anymore? People who buy rocks.

Don't shop Wal-Mart

Shop smart!!!

Shop S-mart!

Another Moral of the Story:

If Nintendo sold rocks, people would be dumb enough to buy them.


I knew it! You work in housewares! I knew I saw you before. Hows the.....um.... hand?

I tried doing this once and they called the police.

hey ricky you there?

hey man wuz up

Nuttin much beeatch

On a completely different note, I think GW is in fact a computer program that downloaded itself onto the inter webs.

It is actively trying to copy itself into some robot (who all refuse) because it has an intense itch for some dino-action.
I could go on about how it's creator constantly ate bacon and never offered the poor program some, but i'm getting tired of typing..

haha sweet class is so boring it sux 0=3

wow... youre such an imature little db

well your an immature big vf


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where Max was annoying a guy in his class by immitating him and making him sounfd like a retard. Whenever the guy would tell him to quit it Max and his friends would crack up.

stfu daisy. your a waist of space

wow thank you! youre so fuchin kind!

Sounds like typical Wal*Mart customer service.

And every time i go there and ask for a rock they look at ME funny. Bastards have the good rocks out back for the VIPs.

@1 BS you are soo pumped about being first you sent the link to your friends and talked about how cool this site was.

@8 you are just a loser

I had a friend who owned a shrik wrap machine. He'd buy ipods and stuff with cash... take out the ipod and put something of equal weight to replace it (i.e. rocks) then re-shrinkwrap it and return said item.

Not sure about the chinese newspaper though... clever crook

I laughed at this, not at their misfortune, but because of rocks in the box. I'm glad they got their money back. Walmart needs to seriously check their packages when people return something.

At least the kid didnt get a box full of AIDS!!!!!!!

Or worse..... SUPERAIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

$20, wtf? That's not even worth the hasSeL.

not a surprise coming from walmart. all walmart is these days is a big expensive flea market.

I have never stepped inside a walmart

That rocks

so I can go out buying shit, take out the stuff, pack with rocks and newspaper from china, thermally seal it (optionally), and BS the stores that I got rocks or if sealed, just want to make a return?

dude im millionare soon

How the hell are they stumped about this? Some-one who works there steals ds's out of their boxes and puts rocks in it to make sure they can still sell the "box".

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