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Marijuana at Target
image This is either a prank by a low-level employee, or some kind of error. Target.com apparently is selling marijuana for only $25.25 (how much do you get for that price?). The link might be dead pretty soon, so here's a screen cap. Of course, Target does have a garden department, so maybe it's real... (via Boing Boing)
Categories: Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Mon Nov 29, 2004
Comments (18)
This would definitely boost their holiday sales! cool smile
Posted by Myst  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  05:29 AM
Well, according to the bit under the "Shipping Info" tab, "Estimated Ship Dimensions : 956 hundredths-inches length x 672 hundredths-inches width x 41 hundredths-inches height". smile
Posted by Ponygirl  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  07:37 AM
According to Adam Kalsey, this fascinating item is actually some Amazon book. Apparently, not all of the product data is showing up here.
Posted by Debbie  in  Chicago  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  09:48 AM
It's a book. Anything Amazon offers is visible through the Target website.
Posted by Patrick Harris  in  Rochester, NY, USA  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  10:03 AM
Here's the link to Amazon. If you google ASIN# 0823916839 you'll find more.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0823916839/qid=1101744157/sr=11-1/ref=sr_11_1/002-7678910-1899213
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  01:05 PM
I love how the Reading Level is listed as "Young Adult".
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  01:07 PM
You're telling me that a book with comments on it like "I got this book from my peeps just the other dizzle. After I learned how to roll one phat doob, I got so wasted I was flyin like handi-man. Then I got the munchies and ate the book. Now I need another." is a real book?

Maybe all the comments are jokes, but I'd think that there'd be real comments in the mix if it was a real book.

Oh, and by the way...not only can you buy Marijuana, you used to be able to get Anal Massage for $36.
http://www.meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/2004/11/22/targets-backdoor-sale/
Posted by Ponygirl  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  03:12 PM
"Marijuana" is still available on Target's web site as of midday Monday (11-29-2004). I notice next to the "marijuana" listing it says "Browse similar items: Substance abuse." It gets less exciting after that, though: all the "Substance Abuse" items are actually books.
So I guess what you get for $25.25 is a book entitled "Marijuana." Free shipping, though.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  03:18 PM
I e-mailed Target and got the reply that yes indeed, it is a book. Here's their message in reply to my e-mail. Funny thing is I just told them that the link was there and that I thought it was funny...

Thanks for taking the time to share your concerns.

In order to offer you the broadest selection possible, Target.com provides links to thousands of items from Amazon.com. We maintain the highest standards for our selection, and we regret that on
occasion an Amazon.com item may be considered offensive.

Please note that this item is a book.

We take your feedback very seriously and we are currently looking into the matter.

Thank you again for contacting us.
Posted by Fay-Fay  in  Way Up There MI  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  04:21 PM
"In order to offer you the broadest selection possible"

Cool.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  04:27 PM
So ... are some people telling Target they're offended that Target's selling a book about marijuana?
What a pity.
Don't tell me what I can't read and I won't tell you what you can't read.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  04:34 PM
checkout this
Posted by the man  in  work  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  06:50 PM
CRAP! Did anyone save an HTML (w/images) copy???

Or at least a full screen capture??

I didn't think to do it at work.. and now it's gone.

Please could you guys check your cache for it?

If someone has a copy, please email it to me via:
http://vidman.ca/feedback.html

Many thanks :]

-=vidmĚ´n=-
Posted by Vidman  in  Ontario  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  10:32 PM
It's too compressed, and I was looking for something full-size. I found someone with a copy.
Posted by Vidman  on  Tue Nov 30, 2004  at  12:18 PM
A year or so ago, I stumbled upon a even funnier situation involving Amazon being used as a backend for someone's store. It was an ostensibly Christian family book store, with very family friendly looking graphics of parents reading to their children and crosses and what not, only, as I said, it was just a front end slapped on top of Amazon (I guess Amazon allows people to do that, like with their referral program thingy).

Every product that Amazon sold was available though this store, and of course they sell lots of things of decidedly un-Christian and un-family-friendly natures. So you could have hours of wacky fun making links to a Christian bookstore selling Satanic Bibles or Playboy videos.

That site unfortunately doesn't exist anymore, but if anyone is bored, I bet you could find other similar sites out there, probably by Googleing for lines from Amazon search result pages.
Posted by JPF  on  Tue Nov 30, 2004  at  10:25 PM
Today Target is selling BJs...
http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/602-8204019-8547869?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B000005D70
Posted by WCM  on  Thu Dec 02, 2004  at  10:38 AM
Did anyone save the screen for the Target blow job sale in the days following the marijuana sale? It was a big hit when a friend posted a link, but it has been removed since then.
Posted by Quad  on  Sat Dec 04, 2004  at  05:11 PM
Yeah, this was one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time. How could target.com actually let products like these make it onto their site? lol
Posted by Jonathan  in  California, USA  on  Wed Jul 27, 2005  at  05:27 PM
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