Send Them $10 And They'll Send You… Something

If you enjoy receiving mysterious packages with unknown contents, (control freaks with anxiety disorders, this store may not be for you,) meet the “Something Store.” The concept is simple. You give them $10. They give you something. Shipping is included, and the quality of the “somethings” varies wildly. (For example, one customer got a duct tape wallet, another one got a leather wallet from Fossil.) You can get an idea of what sort of something you may be in for by checking out the “something tracker.”

The something could be anything, but they do have a list of somethings that they will not send. The list includes pornography, cable descramblers, drug test circumvention kits and “unsubstantiated cures, remedies or other items marketed as quick health fixes.” What? No kinoki detox foot pads? Deal breaker!

Something Store [via BuzzFeed]

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  1. SkokieGuy says:

    Wow – this isn’t April Fools, right? Well I’d like to make a special offer to all Consumerist Readers.

    Send me $5.00 and I’ll send you something. That’s 50% off the Something Store’s grossly inflated prices.

  2. scarysnow says:

    oh wow, buying christmas gifts just got a lot easier.

  3. Parting says:

    Same as ”mystery auctions” on eBay.

  4. strangeffect says:

    Michael Bolton: That’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard in my life, Tom.
    Samir: Yes, this is horrible, this idea.

  5. Saboth says:

    If you send me $1, I’ll send you nothing…that is 1/10 the price of Something.com and 1/5 of the price of Skokieguy.com…I’m craaaaazy. It’s the Nothing.com going out of business sale!!!

  6. MayorBee says:

    A boat’s a boat, but a Mystery box could be anything, it could even be a boat!

  7. SkokieGuy says:

    Even better – give your loved ones a GIFT CERTIFICATE to the Something Store. That would let them NOT choose what they are getting.

    Does this site have to pay P.T. Barnum royalties?

    And they need virtually no customer service, as their terms of sale are:

    Return, Exchange or Refund Policy
    SomethingStore will not send any damaged or unusable products as something. Because of the unique nature in which SomethingStore.com operates and because of the random merchandising policy, all sales are final; no returns, no exchanges, no refunds. However, if your something becomes damaged or unusable during shipping, we will replace it at no cost to you. SomethingStore reserves the right for item to be returned before a replacement can be sent.

    I.E. spend at least $10.00 in shipping costs to us to return the item and we’ll consider replacing it with SOMETHING.

  8. katra says:

    Don’t show this to the Wooters, whatever you do.

  9. javi0084 says:

    OK, their tracker is showing us all the cool stuff they have shipped now can they show us the junk?

  10. SkokieGuy says:

    @Saboth:
    BTW, there’s a website called silverjewelry.com that everything IS free, (you pay shipping only). And the gimmick is the items change every 15 minutes, so if you don’t order quick it’s gone

  11. pizza_perogies says:

    I’m not sure if I believe it but they sent out a Clocky! It makes me want to buy something from the SomethingStore soooo bad.

  12. chelseabill says:

    Great idea for asshats. Explain to the Law how you got: a how-to book on bomb making, ricin, child porn, etc. Oh, explain to your wife too.

    retards.

  13. ConsumptionJunkie says:

    Anyone so dumb as to buy something from this store deserves to lose their ten dollars.

  14. MayorBee says:

    @chelseabill: If you read their FAQ, they say they won’t mail out anything illegal. So you have the same chance of getting something like that from them as you do from Amazon. For that matter, I could embed a kiddie porn image right here –> [ ] and make it 1 pixel by 1 pixel. You’d never know you had it, but now it’s on your computer. Try explaining that one.

  15. winstonthorne says:

    Well, it’s safer than a $10 lottery ticket – at least you’re guaranteed to get *something* every time.

  16. PatrickIs2Smart says:

    @katra: Too late! I JUST BOUGHT ONE SOMETHING!

  17. PatrickIs2Smart says:

    @ConsumptionJunkie: Hooray disposable income!

  18. Jesse says:

    So, essentially this store is a huge quasi lottery.

  19. 10intheCrunch says:

    Random Crap works on Woot…but they do have something of a positive reputation. And you get three craps per order!

  20. GenXCub says:

    Woot does this with their Bag of Crap. They guarantee it will be crap. That’s it.

  21. samurailynn says:

    Haha… I have a friend who would love this – she loves getting things in the mail, and she loves surprises. I just might buy her a “something” for her birthday along with a regular present.

    If you think of it as silly and fun, it’s not really that bad a deal.

  22. sir_pantsalot says:

    It is nice just knowing the site is there. If someone sees something in your house (maybe a guilty pleasure that you are embarrased about) like a no talent ass clown a.k.a. Michael Bolton CD you can always say you got it from somethingstore.com.

  23. smirky says:

    I’m so going to do this instead of my next garage sale.

  24. Juggernaut says:

    Send me $1 and I promise not to become “a direct negative impact on 99.9% of” your life…

  25. Dobernala says:

    A clever scam.

    When you do it in such a way that x% of the recipients receive total crap and y% receive something good, you can turn a profit because of the small chance that you might get something interesting drives people to buy.

  26. chelseabill says:

    @MayorBee:
    If your read through all the Fed, State, local and city laws in the US laws it would take you a several lifetimes. In NYC you can’t have a BB gun (without a gun permit). What happens when these guys ship you a box of BBs? I guess you chuck them PDQ. The possibilities of screw ups are endless. I doubt this site is set up to know the rules of each zip code. Get ready in court for your “somethingstore” defense. I don’t think the Judge will buy.

  27. oneTee says:

    @MayorBee: lol, awesome reference

  28. Balisong says:

    Oh you people are so stuffy. It looks like fun, and I don’t even do lotteries. I wonder how many orders they get per day though since judging from their “Something Tracker” they send out 4 good somethings a day, and I’m guessing all the other somethings are junk.

  29. Wormfather says:

    @SkokieGuy: I know, it’s stupid, but I’ve got my credit card out already…I just cant resist :(

    @katra:

    I’m a wooter :(

  30. Ickypoopy says:

    I ordered a something about two weeks ago. I got a hand-crank flashlight with built-in FM radio.

  31. I just ordered one “something”. What the heck, right? I think this is a fun idea and people who think otherwise need to unclench their ass cheeks. Besides, I could us a little excitement in my life and if I’m lucky I’ll get a country ham.

    Please be a country ham. *crosses fingers*

  32. donkeyjote says:

    @chelseabill: Well, I think they have a reasonably illegal list. Like child porn. Or Flammable Liquids via USPS. Or hardcore goatsecks videos. Or nuclear material needing registration and/or government approval.

  33. MayorBee says:

    @chelseabill: Again, you have the same chance of getting something possibly illegal from these people as you do from Amazon. What if someone malicious working in the Amazon shipping felt like ruining someone’s life? The invoice/packing slip would say you bought Saving Private Ryan, but the DVD you have in hand would be Shaving Ryan’s Privates.

  34. donkeyjote says:

    @PhiCancri: YOU’RE a country ham :P

  35. thelushie says:

    @Wormfather: I’ll be doing it on payday. Already have the site bookmarked. Report on what you got!

  36. pengie says:

    Apparently your something will not be one of these fine items: “organs or other body parts; body fluids; stem cells; embryos”

    Darn, and I really had my heart set on a new kidney.

  37. MustyBuckets says:

    I really do wish that some people will loosen up about this. I just bought two somethings, and the way I figured it is that this 20 dollars that I would have probably used this week to buy a DVD, will go towards a surprise. Instead of getting two or three hours of entertainment from this DVD, I’ll get the same amount of time watching it ship, I get to have a package delivered to me, which is always fun, and I get whatever is in the package. I think it was a good deal.

  38. Balisong says:

    Wait…I just looked at the picture of the “duct tape” wallet. Is that a brand or something? I was thinking…ya know…a wallet made of duct tape. Which would actually be pretty cool methinks.

  39. phead says:


    + Watch video

    We have the similar bag of crap in the uk, with a company dumping their warehouse excess

    [tinyurl.com]

    Actually most people seem quite pleased with what they got

  40. MayorBee says:

    @Balisong: Here’s the website for those duct tape wallets. [www.ducti.com]

    I prefer these wallets, though. [www.all-ett.com]

    They’re made of some nylon sailcloth or something. They’re much thinner than regular wallets. I won’t go back to huge honking wallets after this one.

  41. MayorBee says:

    @oneTee: Thank you. I kinda worry about myself, though. I can usually come up with a Family Guy reference for almost any situation. Either I’ve been watching too much Family Guy or I’m in too many strange situations.

    I’m in for one of the somethings, BTW. I hope I get a case of ipecac.

  42. forgottenpassword says:

    SO I assume that they send out VASTLY more items that are worth less than 10 bucks? SOunds like a lottery for suckers!

    Yeah, I must be one of those control-freak anxiety ridden types. :(

    ps. you also run the risk of getting something you dont want or cant even use.

  43. Wormfather says:

    Cant. Hold. On. Much longer…there, done, one for me and one for the lady. I feel so much better now.

    It’s good to be stupid sometimes.

  44. donkeyjote says:

    @MayorBee: Pfft. It’s clearly a Simpson’s reference.

  45. donkeyjote says:

    @SkokieGuy: Thanks for that silver site. I already see three great gifts.

  46. I did it.

  47. Bladefist says:

    @GenXCub: the woot BOC has gone too far. I mean people will wait through a 2 day woot-off, for a chance at a BOC. I got 2 BOC’s back in the day, and I said forget this.

    People are genuinely nuts.

  48. Wormfather says:

    @Bladefist: I think it’s generally the chance to throw caution into the wind and do something crazy without worring about horrible concequences.

    BTW, you guys gave them some good advertising. You just cant pay for this type of PR, esspecially if the story gets dugg.

  49. Bladefist says:

    @Wormfather: I agree. And it is exciting. And I would buy this or maybe a BOC. But I can promise you, I would not commit my life to refreshing woot for a BOC. People who need that need to get off welfare and find a job

  50. bobfromboston says:

    I gotta think the reason this isn’t flying in this forum is because Consumerist readers, by definition, watch every dollar and are very careful about getting scammed.

    Of course, most of them sound like they have sticks up their arses as well.

  51. BJH909 says:

    I got a flashlight!

    I got a leather wallet!

    I got a rock…

  52. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    I was a Wooter before it was cool. Whatever that means. I mean, I was a charter Wooter. I don’t order BOCs anymore because they are, really, truly, crap, although I did find uses for most of the stuff.

    I did order a Something. It looks like you have a fair chance of not-crap. We’ll see, I suppose. It’ll either be something I like, or a cheap enough gift for someone else.

  53. JMH says:

    *whew*… I was starting to think I was drunkenly hallucinating those Kinoki Foot Pad commercials.

  54. EyeHeartPie says:

    This is like B.O.C! But all the time! And the possibility of getting something nice, whereas B.O.C guarantees crap.

  55. BigBoat says:

    Me and gf bought a something each. We smiled the whole time :)

  56. I bought a something as well … figured it would be fun to do, and if I don’t like the something, I can always give it to a friend or pass it along to Goodwill

  57. donkeyjote says:

    @EyeHeartPie: Haven’t people gotten a 52 inch projection Tv from B.O.C.?

  58. katekate says:

    God, I am ashamed to admit that I’m even toying with the idea of buying a something.

  59. ptkdude says:

    @bobfromboston: Actually, aren’t “Consumerist readers”, by definition, “people who read the Consumerist”, and nothing more?

  60. Zerkaboid says:

    Just ordered something. Now I kinda wish I didn’t. But like scarlet said I can always just give it to goodwill.

  61. Bauer22 says:

    This goes perfect with them stimulus checks. 60 somethings!!!!!

  62. theblackdog says:

    @Bladefist: Oh but it’s funny to watch the wooters freak out over trying to get the bag of crap!

    Except when they post some rather nasty pictures on the forum…

  63. MykalBloom says:

    @Bladefist: Did a Bag of Crap violate you as a child or something? Why all the hate? I’ve ordered a few, and once I got a digital camera. I didn’t need a digital camera, but it was still nice to get one. Chill.

  64. BII says:

    sounds like fun.

  65. Goutnout says:

    @chelseabill:

    Who pissed in your cereal this morning? Just crawl back into your hole we’ll call you when its safe to take off the tinfoil hat.

    I’m buying one just to spite this guy.

  66. ChChChacos says:

    This thread has been very entertaining to read. I too fell for this “scam” and just ordered one. We should see if we all end up getting the same thing as most of us placed an order today.

  67. KarmaChameleon says:

    They totally got this from DiGi Charat.

  68. SkokieGuy says:

    @Goutnout: Who pissed in your cereal this morning?

    Well I suspect R. Kelly.

  69. KarmaChameleon says:

    @SkokieGuy: Well, he does want to pee on your food.

    Drip, drip, drip.

  70. EyeHeartPie says:

    Couldn’t resist the call of unknown items…

  71. ganzhimself says:

    Well, I’m not ordering a something if they won’t ship me stem cells, weapons, pornography, miracle cures, or batteries containing mercury. BOO!

  72. @chelseabill: Wow, you are a real barrel of laughs.

    I think I might do this, just for a laugh. Why not?

  73. Lambasted says:

    Wow, what a clever way to empty out a junk drawer and make money too. Likely these people own a Dollar Store and are sending out random overstock. But hey, as long as their stuff isn’t all worthless junk, it seems like a fun harmless idea for those who want to participate. Personally, I would rather go out on my own and find “something” that I will actually use for $10.

  74. Bladefist says:

    @MykalBloom: Yes it did, but I liked it. My problem isn’t with the BOC, it’s with the nut jobs who wait 2 days straight, fill up the forums full of crap, sitting their waiting to buy a BOC. And actually I don’t have a huge problem with them, I’m just pointing out, they have a terrible life. :d

  75. macinjosh says:

    @sir_pantsalot: Why the hell should I change my name? He’s the one who sucks!!

  76. bigroblee says:

    I bought two somethings… I’ll let you know.

  77. celticgina says:

    LOL!

    I think this is very clever…..hoping agains hope for

    a real live something or if I get really lucky, something else!!

  78. DeltaPurser says:

    @SkokieGuy: Ah, you’re running a sale already?!

  79. gina227 says:

    @SkokieGuy:

    I’ve ordered from http://www.silverjewelryclub.com several times and I’m always pleased with my items. It’s a great site and they always have new stuff on offer.

  80. LucyInTheSky says:

    so am i the only one here who thinks this is a silly but cute idea?

  81. Lambasted says:

    @Ickypoopy: Not too bad for your $10. I’ve purchased these type of flashlights for about $6 each to use as whatnot gifts around Christmas.

  82. Pithlit says:

    I got one. I’ll post what it is when I get it. I couldn’t resist…

  83. chelseabill says:

    Okay-
    All you haters of my paranoia can rest easy. This new toy (somethingstore) will be gone soon. Ebay will buy this POS within a month and fly under their TOS and team of lawyers.
    Then…YOU will be free to start your own tool-bag/google checkout machine.
    Oh..it will be too late.
    In this world you can only make quick money for a month or two.
    If you community college slackers would/could create a better Facebook, then you might get some real fame and fortune.

  84. sleepydumbdude says:

    Heh I seen this at work and some of my coworkers gave me a few bucks. I had enough for two with what they gave me and had them sent to two different addresses. Everyone just was just curious what we would get.

  85. biswalt says:

    @MayorBee:

    Umm, correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t a 1×1 pixel image just be a speck of color.

  86. Channing says:

    @KarmaChameleon:
    No. A thousand times no.

    I personally think this idea is cute but my friends all think it’s really dumb.

  87. MayorBee says:

    @biswalt: It’s was going to be a really dirty, dirty speck of color, though. :) Actually, I was thinking more along the lines of a full image, but with height=1px and width=1px in the tag. That way the whole image is downloaded (in the cache), but you don’t see it on the page so you don’t know it’s there.

  88. IrisMR says:

    …I find that funny. It’s like a lottery!

  89. Wormfather says:

    @KarmaChameleon:

    You sir, win this thread

    /winner music

  90. I see people spend more than $10 all the time for less fun than could probably be had ordering something from, er, Something. If you’ve got the cash and you like surprises (or someone you know does), this is a win. I haven’t seen the site yet, but I hope they do something like a “mystery gift” that you can order for other people, which explains that they’ve been given “something” as a present! I would totally do that.

  91. TPS Reporter says:

    I think its more meant for fun. Of course I could go buy 2 gallons of gas with my $10 and that’s NOT fun. It might be fun for someones birthday, as it could turn out to be a real gift or a gag gift.

  92. Whoa, these guys could end up posing serious competition for Huhcorp.

  93. lind777 says:

    If you want to know what you are getting each week for your freebie [www.gofrostfire.com] give away free items every Monday, again the quality varies

  94. caligirl626 says:

    The dollar store comment is right on. After ordering 3 somethings, received items you could find at the 99c store. (Art coloring kit, tool set, cheap junk bracelet). Ugh….

  95. I got a r/c car. Appears to be repackaged, however. At least it might be fun to have the dog chase it.

  96. ChChChacos says:

    I just got my something. It’s a blue laptop case (fits my laptop, but its pretty snug) and it has some brown leather accents on it. Cheap-looking, but hey, it’ll work if I ever need a backup bag for my laptop.