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tavenger5
, 07-20-2008 at 07:20 PM (20332 Views)
I'm sure some of you have seen the recent ads for a new 9/11 commemorative "twenty" dollar bill. This "collectible" is awesome if you like to collect lies and crushed dreams.

The ad leads you to believe you're buying from a US mint, and the thing is actually worth $20. Here are some key points taken directly from the ad:

  • It dwarfs all "legal" tender - yeh! suck it regular bills! I'm bigger, and not legal tender!
  • "This is the first time ever the two numbers have been used to add up to the twenty dollar face value!" 9 + 11 = 20. Thanks for that - I just got dumber.
  • "Struck in .999 Pure Silver Leaf" Oh, so it's coated with silver you can buy at the craft store.
  • "The frosted Twin Towers stand out against a mirror-like background, much as they did in the gleaming sunlight of that fateful morning." - you're just fishing for bull**** now. Will the second edition feature the planes crashing into the towers?
  • "Donít miss out on this exclusive, private striking" - this sounds more like an ad for domination than denomination. I'd like to strike the ass that thought this was a good idea.
  • "Government Authorized Non-circulating Liberian legal tender" - WTF? So I can spend it in Liberia? After some research it's actually worth a whopping $0.32 in American tender. Also, 'legal' and 'Liberia' should not be in the same sentence.
  • "Strict limit of 5 per customer" - unless you're willing to provide them with a bank account that the self-deposed king of Liberia can use to deposit 13 million dollars. Then you can have all the 9/11 dollars you wish.
  • 7th anniversary? Apparently The National Collectors Mint doesn't discriminate against non-traditional anniversary years, especially ones that are prime numbers.
  • "The National Collectors Mint" has nothing to do with the US government. They self describe as a company that creates collectibles to "evoke an emotional response Ė whether pain or joy" - in this case, pain. Assholes.

There should be laws against capitalizing from national disasters. This is one of those marketing meetings I would've liked to be a part of when the question was asked 'is it too soon?'. Yes it is, and you're scum. I feel sorry for the people that are tricked by this ad and think they're getting a true collectible.

Click here to see the ad. Be warned, epic fail to follow.


Updated 10-03-2008 at 01:54 PM by tavenger5

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