Best Buy hit by Banksy-style prankster [PHOTOS] [UPDATE]

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"Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life too short to be of use."
-- Original post published August 13 at 7:45 a.m.; update at bottom --

As if Best Buys aren't having a hard enough time selling products, over the weekend, stores in L.A. unknowingly offered an especially unsellable item -- "Useless Plastic Boxes."

SEE ALSO: Best Buy employee wages Reddit campaign to save vintage R.O.B. robot

The boxes were the work of Plastic Jesus, an L.A.-based street artist whose work is inspired by "news society [and the] environment," according to his Twitter profile. The Daily Mail notes that he's "been compared to Banksy."

Plastic Jesus tweeted out a number of photos of his latest work, which consisted of inconspicuously placing one of the "Useless Plastic Boxes," complete with a realistic tag, next to real products: And here, via the Melrose & Fairfax street art blog, is a closeup of the tag, which advises prospective buyers that "There is no warrenty [sic] with this piece of crap. If you are dumb enough to buy it you deserve all you get" (click to enlarge):


In a statement given to Melrose & Fairfax, Plastic Jesus went further in depth about his artistic motivations:
We are sold these gadgets in a way that makes us think that THIS new gadget is THE one. The piece of kit that will transform our lives. How often do we pay out hundreds or thousands of dollars and in-fact the product will not do much of what it is claimed. The frustration these things actually create in out lives is far greater than any possible benefits. It's only once you've purchased the item and you try to set it up and use it, often faced with long phone calls to overseas call centres, speaking to 'help desk' staff who read from scripts and leave us more frustrated.

We all need to make a strong statement to gadget manufacturers and demand products that work and customer support that actually support the customer and not the profit of the companies...
As intriguing as Plastic Jesus's "product bombing" is, in fairness to the tech giants and the stores that sell their gadgets, I gotta say -- my post-Galaxy s3 life contains a little less frustration than it did before, though I am kinda annoyed I won't be able to upgrade to the s4 until the s5 is about ready to be released.

:::: UPDATE ::::

A Best Buy spokesman contacted City Pages to provide the following statement about Plastic Jesus's prank:
"A few stores were affected and the boxes were removed immediately. We are also flattered that Best Buy is so top of mind for Mr. Plastic Jesus, and are happy that he presumably had the opportunity to witness our expert Blue Shirts and Geek Squad members in action during his visits. Hopefully he also had the chance to check out our fabulous back to school deals."

Jon Sandler
Spokesman, Best Buy
We appreciate the attempt at humor, but something tells us Plastic Jesus isn't in the market for back to school gadgets.

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Mark Witte
Mark Witte

i didn't know best buy was still in business.

k2yeb topcommenter

Whoever is running this place is the biggest prankster. 

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Are you trying to hurt my feelings or turn me on? Because I have to admit, I kinda like it when you talk dirty to me.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

said the underwhelmingly boring douche

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Another overly self indulged 'artist', no way!?!


In a way I agree to this.  But you get what you paid for.  If you want this electronic for the price, then you may get screwed.  Buy a cheap receiver or an expensive one.  And everything in between.  I just don't like how we are stuck with certain items like cell phones.  Where can I find a cell phone that will not shatter if dropped and then told to pay $500 for a new one?  I want the option to pay more for a phone that can be tossed carelessly.


Banksy does work about totalitarian governments and human rights violations.

This guy sounds like he's upset his mom didn't buy him an iPhone.

It's unfortunate to compare the two.

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