#1
Charges it to his credit card, and is entitled to ~$87 million in rewards points:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1239887/Man-buys-3billion-CD-ROM-Amazon--just-happen.html



A man in the U.S. has 'bought' an item on Amazon with a price tag of nearly three billion dollars - just to see what would happen.

Brian Klug spotted the copy of the Discovery Channel's 'Cells' CD-ROM for sale at $2,904,980,000 (£1,800,979,540).

Out of sheer curiosity, convinced the price tag was a mistake, he put in his credit card details to buy it and stepped back to see what would happen next.

First off, Mr Klug from San Mateo, California, was charged $3.99 for posting and handling.

Mr Klug has posted on the Reddit website links to the Amazon site and confirmation of his purchase.

One Reddit commentatator posted: 'This is going to end poorly, I can feel it.'

'Might be a good morning to buy Amazon stock,' wrote another, while a third pointed out that had Mr Klug had Amazon's Visa three per cent rewards card, thus entitling him to roughly $87million in rewards.

Some suggested Mr Klug pay in Zimbabwean dollars, while one left a note saying: 'Dear Sir: I hereby award you a gold star for your gallant efforts in propping up the US economy.'

'Geez, at least they could pick up the postal charges,' was the sentiment of many, while others voiced hopes that Mr Klug actually has Win98 - the only operating system the CD-ROM can run on.

Luckily for Mr Klug, however, Amazon does not charge user's credit cards until after their order has entered the packaging process.

In possible anticipation of such instances the Amazon website does state: 'Despite our best efforts, a small number of the items in our catalogue may be mispriced.

'If an item's correct price is higher than our stated price, we will, at our discretion, either contact you for instructions before shipping or cancel your order and notify you of such cancellation.'

However, the problem for Mr Klug is that the CD-ROM is not being sold by Amazon, but by a third party named suburbanbooks. And Amazon's policy on third party's is: 'This policy applies only to products sold and shipped by Amazon.com.

'Your purchases from third-party sellers are charged at the time you place your order, and third-party sellers may follow different policies in the event of a mispriced item.'

Fortunately, suburbanbooks has received a 99 per cent positive feedback rating from 4,302 users - presumably having never charged any of them billions of dollars for computer software.

Another Amazon seller appears to be trying to take advantage of the mis-pricing by offering their version of the same CD-ROM for a mere $250,000.

It is not clear if anyone has taken the second seller up on their offer though 16 customers have tagged the items as 'a little pricey'.

The CD-ROM is due to be shipped by January 4 or 5, arriving at Mr Klug's house any time between January 8 to January 26.

It was described as 'new in shrinkwrap' (presumably there would have been a discount had it been used), and is being shipped from Berkeley, California.

Whether it will actually turn up remains to be seen.



its seems that amazon has stopped selling the CD for the time being: http://www.amazon.com/Science-Collections-Cells/dp/B0026RZT3S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=software&qid=1262476131&sr=1-2
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#4
So this is how the RIAA plans to solve everything?
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#7
no insufficient funds notice? wtf?
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So this is how the RIAA plans to solve everything?

Its not music, its a CD-ROM with a Discovery Channel science software on it.
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#12
I'm gonna laugh when hes 3 billion in debt and lives on the street
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#13
Guys, this is obviously a joke. Why would such a rich guy be using Windows-98? lmao, you guys are SO gullible.
#14
Well that sucks
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Guys, this is obviously a joke. Why would such a rich guy be using Windows-98? lmao, you guys are SO gullible.
That's probably one of his computers.
#16
Quote by zipmike
Guys, this is obviously a joke. Why would such a rich guy be using Windows-98? lmao, you guys are SO gullible.


hes not actually that rich, he just thought the misprint was funny and wanted to see what would happen if he tried to buy it.
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Guys, this is obviously a joke. Why would such a rich guy be using Windows-98? lmao, you guys are SO gullible.


good lord i hope you're joking.
#19
I was joking. But seriously, credit cards can't just be charged $3 billion dollars..... Somethings fishy here.
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#21
I admire his faith in the fact that is was mispriced.
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#23
I love the tags on the amazon page for it. "a little pricey"
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#24
Quote by zipmike
I was joking. But seriously, credit cards can't just be charged $3 billion dollars..... Somethings fishy here.


his credit card company could just slap him with an over-limit fee:

Most revolving or open-end credit card come with a credit limit. This limit can be as low as $250 and as high as…well, they can be unlimited but most standard cards peak at around $40,000.

Many consumers would expect their credit card to be declined if a transaction would put the card over their credit limit. But, increasingly, credit card companies are allowing these transactions to go through, then slapping consumers with an over-limit fee of $20, $25 or more.

This isn’t necessarily a one-time fee, either. If your card balance remains over the limit, you’ll get stuck with this fee every month until you pay down the balance sufficiently.


http://www.credit.com/slp/chapter4/Over-Limit-Fees.jsp
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#25
pretty funny article, hope he doesn't get screwed over though.

also i shouldn't have clicked the link, the daily fail is pure tosh left right and centre. I don't think a single article in linked on that page didn't make me think what raging tossers they must be
#26
i already like this "mr klugg".
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#28
That guy have had one hell of a credit rating. And by next month it'll be the polar opposite of what it is now.
#30
cool story, bro. needs more dragons.
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#32

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, December 31, 2009
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I bought 2 of these and got free shipping (Amazon rocks). I was hoping to use these two to breed my own cells. I played Sinatra and left them together in a dark room. I'm guessing my two are of the same sex, as I still just have the original two cells. I'll order five more and see if I can get better results. I hope it works, as I can't keep paying what Amazon wants for these, even with the free shipping.


#35
I don't know if I've ever laughed this hard haha. First the story, and now...these reviews on amazon...
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