Shopdropped iPods Implore Buyers: "Reclaim Your Mind From The Media Shackles"

Joe Ellis arranged for Santa to deliver an iPod to his daughter for Christmas. Santa instead left an anti-capitalist rant. The iPod purchased from a Maryland Walmart contained a note written in ransom-letter caps reading:

RECLAIM YOUR MIND FROM THE MEDIA SHACKLES. READ A BOOK AND RESURRECT YOURSELF.

TO CLAIM YOUR CAPITALISTIC GARBAGE GO TO YOUR NEAREST APPLE STORE.

Now%20Im%20Confused.jpgHold on. What about those faux-RIAA reminders that downloading music is communism? If the content is communism and the player is capitalist garbage, wouldn’t the combination even out? Besides, the iPods themselves don’t support any particular ideology—what stops you from subscribing to the Marx-Engels Proletariat Podcast? Right, nothing. These shopdroppers need to reconsider their message.

The little girl who expected a Christmas iPod was undoubtedly confused. Her father returned the iPod to the Germantown Walmart, where he learned that “another customer returned an iPod with a similar issue.” MyFoxKC doesn’t mention whether Walmart exchanged the political rant for a real iPod. You know those pesky capitalists, always so distrustful.

Girl Gets Bizarre Surprise Instead of iPod [MyFoxKC]
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  1. Hambriq says:

    I hope she goes to the bookstore and buys a copy of The DaVinci Code and the latest Tom Clancy novel.

  2. Myotheralt says:

    Isnt there a fraud charge in here somewhere?

  3. t-spoon says:

    Yes, because if there’s one thing that shouts ‘EVIL MATERIALIST’ it is wanting to listen to lots of music.

  4. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    What, no porn????

  5. Me - now with more humidity says:

    DWAYNE: Read the note backwards ;-)

  6. Jean Naimard says:

    Poor girl. Now her faith in the capitalist consumer society has been shaken. Will she ever recover??? Let’s hope so, since the poor bourgeois need all the purchasers they need to stay fat!

  7. SuffolkHouse says:

    I support the shopdroppers, the AdBusters, and the rest of the folks doing this. The media has so tightened the clamps on even the slightest criticism that these more radical messages are the ultimate result. So, this is the fruit of their own efforts.

    What, you can’t advertise “Don’t Buy Day” on public airwaves? You can’t advertise about national debt during the Super Bowl? What a bunch of crap that is.

  8. Trick says:

    So the anti-capitalist is now enjoying the iPod?

  9. Amy Alkon says:

    Where is there evidence that “the media” is turning away ad dollars from anyone?

  10. mgyqmb says:

    I never understood those people who boycotted Christmas and whined about the degradation of society because we want cool stuff.

    It always seems like they’re the most brash and unlikable people you’ve ever encountered. It’s no wonder they yearn for a time where people started caring about them, rather than blowing off a dinner date to play Ratchet and Clank.

  11. madanthony says:

    If they had left the rant and the iPod, maybe I’d believe that this was some attempt to shake the roots of capitalism.

    But since the “shopdroppers” walked off with at least two iPods, it’s not shopdropping, it’s shoplifting,covered with a crunchy anticapitalist shell.

  12. Televiper says:

    I used to read Adbusters. But, I found as I developed a world view the magazine exposed itself to being pretentious, myopic, and down right condescending. There’s a point where even the noblest caused get consumed by the blind hatred for corporations.

  13. simplehuman says:

    Pssh. This is some 12 year old who read a copy of Adbusters and now thinks his theiving is “culture-jamming”.

    Actual shopdropping causes shoppers to stop and rethink over-consumption. It can also be artistic.
    [www.shopdropping.net]

  14. macinjosh says:

    @shopdroppers
    “TO CLAIM YOUR CAPITALISTIC GARBAGE GO TO YOUR NEAREST APPLE STORE.”

    How about I come to your house and get the one I paid for, you thieving assholes?

  15. cde says:

    @macinjosh:
    @madanthony:

    They didn’t have to have stolen the ipods, or returned an empty box for the money. They could have bought the ipods, filled the box, then drop the empty box back in the store, or they could have gotten the ipod boxes from someone else and done the same thing.

    Don’t automatically jump to “they stole’ed it”

  16. headon says:

    Kinda cool and creepy at the same time. Ya gotta love it

  17. LucyInTheSky says:

    i think shopdropping is possibly the most awesome thing i have heard of this year, but this is… missing the point. i’m pretty anti-capitalist, but ipods aren’t just naturally evil. i have one, but only because i need (yes, need) and mp3 player and i like the design, not because of media brainwashing (as far as i know). i think whoever did this is missing the point and causing more problems for the consumer than the company that they are protesting.

  18. Buran says:

    @suffolkhouse: Do you also support committing fraud against the store, and the store committing fraud against the buyer who buys an empty box?

  19. bohemian says:

    Shopdropping can be a huge way to wake people up. Doing it wrong is going to get it labeled as the same as shoplifting or tampering with products like the Tylenol problem in the 80’s.

    I don’t think their message on the Ipods was very effective. If they had focused on the blind brand following of the product it would have made more sense. MP3 and video players are a tool and can be used for all sorts of mind expanding content. There are other similar products on the market that can do the job and cost far less. Buying a brand image is the stupid part of the equation.

  20. JustRunTheDamnBallBillick. says:

    @bohemian: Do you really think anyone has ever been “Woken up” but a stupid stunt? Im sure my little cousin was impressed by the note in her new Barbie that called her a whore for wanting to follow a poor image.

    I think Ive become more conservative over the years as a reaction to the idiotic things people do to stick it to the man.

  21. JustRunTheDamnBallBillick. says:

    damnit nibbles..

  22. Trae says:

    @suffolkhouse: So you support making someone spending a couple hundred dollars and just getting a piece of paper? I mean, shopdropping can be funny when it’s silly products the store doesn’t sell, but this is just creating hassle for some poor shmuck and potentially ruining his and his daughter’s Christmas. Way to go shopdroppers, you ruined a kid’s Christmas. Go you. *rolls eyes*

  23. ct03 says:

    @Hambriq: Awesome.

  24. forgottenpassword says:

    This isnt shopdropping…. its theft! Now if there had been a note inside WITH the ipod… then THAT would have been closer to shopdropping.

    Btw… i dont support shopdropping…. I think its foolish & pointless. If I want to buy something… some stupid sticker on the front (or note inside)sure as hell wouldnt change my mind. I’d see it for what it was…. a lame attempt by some little anarchist misfit to make himself feel important.

  25. chili_dog says:

    @bohemian: “Shopdropping can be a huge way to wake people up.
    You sir are a fool. There is nothing to be learned from some childish idiot. But I have decided something just today.

    I’m gonna start shop dropping stuff myself. See, I;m gonna go to the places you faux-communists shop and drop capitalist propaganda telling you to be successful, buy more Microsoft stuff and invest in Halliburton.

  26. WraithSama says:

    @bohemian:

    A huge way to wake people up? More like a huge way to piss people off. You think some stupid prank is actually going to change people’s minds? Wise up.

  27. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    @bohemian: There’s a way to bring your cause to attention that will win support, but if you do it the wrong way, it’ll just piss people off. This is the wrong way. I have the same issue with organizations like Greenpeace and PETA vandalizing ships and breaking into animal labs. I don’t disagree with the message, but the end doesn’t justify the means.

  28. simplehuman says:

    The best bit of Shopdropping I’ve seen was the Artist Banksy buying up Paris Hilton Cds, defacing the liner photos with captions like “Every CD you buy puts me further out of your league” and putting them back on shelves. It was a work of artistic protest. And oddly enough, the cds started selling on Ebay for hundreds of pounds.

  29. madanthony says:

    @cde

    possible, maybe, but unlikely. I don’t frequent wal-mart, but I know at Target the iPods are kept in a locked glass case, which means it would be much more likely that someone bought it and returned it than that someone somehow snuck it into a locked glass case. I’d say it could be an employee, but I can’t imagine an employee would go through the trouble.

    what would have actually been clever is if someone had left the ipod, and filled it with underground or independent music and a note.

  30. krakbuste says:

    This is just beautiful.

    People bitching about out of control consumerism whilst typing on their Dell laptops sending data with their Cisco routers over AT&T networks at the same type drinking their Starbucks coffee and drinking their Fiji water.

    Yeah corporate greed is bad. I hate materialism.

    To all the self-loathing commies out there: If you want to go live in the sticks, hunting and gathering, be my guest. But don’t judge me because I live with profit motive and actually am a student of history.

    Go read a book, indeed, why not start with “Atlas Shrugged.” Numbskulls.

  31. EvilConservative says:

    It is nothing but a stupid, childish act of hopelessness. Anyone who would do such a thing has waaay too much time on their hands and should get off their daddy’s dole and get a real job.

  32. themediatrix says:

    @SUFFOLKHOUSE AT 11:20 AM
    “The media has so tightened the clamps on even the slightest criticism that these more radical messages are the ultimate result.”

    oh, puh-lease. The media is not tightening any clamps. Is that why the Chevy Tahoe ads were left online? Is that why you can go to just about any website and rate products, review restaurants or talk about how crappy an airline is?

    There is far more consumer generated criticism today than ever in this country.

    Further, how many news stories are there every year about “buy nothing” day? There’s no point really in saying much more than that it’s coming, because there isn’t really any “news” to it, but every year, it gets covered. Further, there are plenty of stories on a regular basis about people simplifying their lives, eating local, using craig’s list, free-cycling…yada yada yada. Some of those stories are even in the corporate bible (*gasp!*) The Wall Street Journal.

    People who believe in media conspiracies are the *least* informed folks around. Unfortunately, they are also the most smug.

  33. themediatrix says:

    @ KRAKBUSTE
    Hah! Well said.

  34. Macroy says:

    @madanthony: Every Wal-Mart I’ve been to has had the iPods behind a glass case, as well. I think they even keep them behind the counter at the Apple Store!

  35. DrGirlfriend says:

    “Shopdropping can be a huge way to wake people up.” – I personally LOVE IT when random people I have never met assume that I need to be “woken up”. Really, I value a stranger’s opinion of me that is only based on my shopping habits much more than I value the opinions I, myself, have built throughout the years.

    When shopdropping is done with a sense of humor, I find it kind of funny. When it’s done with condescension, I tend to not only block out the message, but hate the messenger, too.

    @Hambriq: I lol’ed at that!

  36. catnapped says:

    @Me: “VOTE RON PAUL”

    Hmmmmmm…..

  37. Sockatume says:

    What a load of crap. When you run off with someone else’s iPod, that’s when you cross the line from legitimate free speech to grade-A asshattery.

    Who wants to bet that these iPods wound up on eBay, making a healthy bag of free cash for this twit?

  38. Dancing Milkcarton says:

    This is theft disguising itself as faux-anti-capitalist horseshit.

    Sorry, what these dipshits need is right good ass kicking.

  39. coren says:

    @Buran: @forgottenpassword:

    It’s not necessarily theft. Buy an IPod, take out the Ipod, put in the note, leave box in store. What fraud did you just commit? What theft? At worst, littering is the crime you committed.

  40. coren says:

    Also, misleading article consumerist. The Ipod didn’t contain this note, there was no Ipod. The box contained a note.

  41. Busybyeski says:

    @Sockatume: My bet is he purchased it to begin with, netting him no free cash. Selling it on eBay would cost him money and he wouldn’t get the same price that he bought it for.

  42. Dancing Milkcarton says:

    @coren: next time read the story. The girls father bought the iPod, but there was only this dumbass note in the box.

    Next time RTFA.

    And yes, this is theft.

  43. Busybyeski says:

    @coren: MyFoxDC had a misleading article also. “Returned the iPod” came directly from the other article, when, from my understanding, there was no iPod to return.

  44. SteveBMD says:

    @krakbuste: People bitching about out of control consumerism whilst typing on their Dell laptops sending data with their Cisco routers over AT&T networks at the same type drinking their Starbucks coffee and drinking their Fiji water.

    Correction: I have a Macbook. Wouldn’t be caught dead with a Dell laptop, that sorry excuse for a computer that are only favored by the less fortunate among us.

    At least you got the Starbucks part right.

  45. Atomike says:

    From now on, whenever I hear that someone is a “shopdropper”, I can safely assume that that person is a total idiot. From this point on, I think we can all agree that all shopdroppers deserve scorn, and probably a hard punch in the throat too.

  46. Atomike says:

    Okay, maybe not the punch in the throat – that may be a bit much – but the name “shopdropper” shall from now on mean “thief” in my book.

  47. Balisong says:

    Holy hell, I live in Germantown! So let me shed a little light on this story. Our Walmart is atrocious beyond description. Imagine being at the DMV, and they’re selling you things for low low prices! Anyone shopping for an ipod there would have to be a complete idiot. It does not one miniscule bit surprise me that someone at said Walmart stole something, though it does surprise me that they have enough literacy skills to type.

    I hate that Walmart.

    Jesus Christ I hate that Walmart.

  48. Balisong says:

    Did I mention I hate that Walmart?

  49. MrsMicah says:

    What if she wanted to listen to anti-capitalist podcasts? Or read the Davinci code (as one commenter pointed out).

    Overgeneralizations are always idiotic.

    ;)

  50. ZekeSulastin says:

    @coren: Do me a favor and tell the purchaser expecting the iPod that he and his intended recipient were not defrauded. Go on, I’m waiting. Tell him how it’s not fraud to get a sheet of paper with activistic tripe on it instead of the Apple MP3 player.

  51. Erwos says:

    I find it interesting that if a Christian evangelical comes over and tells you about his beliefs, that’s terrible and wrong, but if an anti-consumerist actively defrauds you to tell you about his beliefs, that’s right and fine.

  52. shopdrupistupid says:

    Shop dropping is retarded first of, because, like most activism it has a opposite effect. More attention has just been drawn to walmart and ipods, and not really in a negative way either. No one is going to listen to the message and no ones lives has been changed because of this note, rather walmart and apple just got some more media exposure, therefore its intent was useless. Also, If anything, this stunt has brought upon Negative outlook upon the shop dropping in general. Lastly, this really isn’t what shop dropping really is, shop dropping isn’t supposed to REPLACE items with other surprise items in the box… for shop dropping you either A. Put items that the store doesn’t really carry onto the sales racks or B. Put “extras” in existing goods… replacing one item with another is rocks in the bocks and nothing more.

    I took a whole class on vandalism and shop dropping so go ahead and say that this is shop dropping and that im stupid and wrong…

  53. yahonza says:

    “I find it interesting that if a Christian evangelical comes over and tells you about his beliefs, that’s terrible and wrong, but if an anti-consumerist actively defrauds you to tell you about his beliefs, that’s right and fine.”

    If Christian evangelicals did shop dropping, it would just as outrageously stupid. As far as I know only adbuster type a-holes do it, so let’s not give ideas to other brands of a-holes.

  54. Rusted says:

    @Hambriq: That would be a waste of money, though Tom Clancy seems to be writing better then he has in a long time. Support your local public library and you even get to give them back.

    I rely on a capitalistic system since I’m self-employed. But reading a book is the best thing ever for the mind and the imagination do the best special effects.

  55. mthrndr says:

    @cde: who are you trying to fool? they fucking stole it.

  56. coren says:

    @bitfactory: I read consumerist’s article. They said “The iPod purchased from a Maryland Walmart contained a note written in ransom-letter caps reading:”

    What IPod? They didn’t *get* an Ipod! They opened *the box* and got a note. Hence, misleading article.

  57. coren says:

    @ZekeSulastin: Sorry, please explain how that is fraud on the part of someone who left a box behind with a note in it?

    Fraud on the part of the store selling it, maybe. But if these people shopdropped, as the article’s title implies they did, then they didn’t return the boxes, they just left them sitting there. In which case, the shoppdroppers didn’t commit fraud.

  58. cde says:

    @mthrndr: So they not only took the time to remove an ipod, a highly watched item, but also to leave a note? Right, I bet they were wearing a huuugge bullseye on their back.

    Besides, who are you trying to kid? You’re not fucking psychic.

  59. Valhawk says:

    If I were that Dad, I would love to find these people to drop a fraud lawsuit on their broke communist asses.

  60. zibby says:

    Nothing says “too much time on your hands” louder than engaging in mental jerkoffs like this.

  61. what would have actually been clever is if someone had left the ipod, and filled it with underground or independent music and a note.

    @madanthony: See, that would have been cool. Why don’t we ever hear stories like that?

    Fraud on the part of the store selling it, maybe.

    @coren: So this person leaves an empty iPod box on a store shelf and it’s the store that committed fraud? How? It’s not like they knew the box was empty and unless it was an employee that did it I don’t see how this would be different than Apple sending iPod boxes that were empty.