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(Salon)   Website allows people to print out barcodes to slap on their favorite merchandise and get reduced prices   (salon.com) divider line 199
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2003-04-12 07:42:28 AM
I still think it was cooler when I submitted it LAST FARKIN' WEEK.

/whining
 
2003-04-12 07:52:26 AM
Saw this on TotalFark last week... pretty hilarious... make sure to watch the QuickTime video.
 
2003-04-12 01:42:01 PM
This sounds like the most illegal thing ever. The website tells you to use self scan lines to avoid notice of cashiers. And the video says to "only make slight adjustments to avoid notice by our competitors, the major stores and brands."
 
2003-04-12 01:53:03 PM
 
2003-04-12 01:53:16 PM
It's very illegal. Just like (back in the old days) when people would change price tags on merchandise.

You could lose your job for leaving a price tag printer unattended out on the floor.
 
2003-04-12 01:54:42 PM
 
2003-04-12 01:57:02 PM

barcode?
 
2003-04-12 01:57:39 PM
Schwing?
 
2003-04-12 01:59:02 PM
This is like a prankster's paradise.
 
2003-04-12 01:59:16 PM
Did anyone else get this message?

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Yup, gotta love the advertising-based business model. Farkers.
 
2003-04-12 01:59:22 PM
Why pay anything if you're going to steal? Stealing a couple bucks off the price is the same as stealing the whole damn thing, same crime in the eyes of the law.

Maybe I should start a "satire" site called e-bigpockets.com, selling big pockets to sew into the inside of your coat, easier to hide stolen goods... er I mean make some social commentary!
 
2003-04-12 01:59:26 PM
last one, i promise.
 
2003-04-12 01:59:48 PM
I have to pay to read the remainder of the article?
Where is the bar code to fix that?
 
2003-04-12 02:01:03 PM
Oh, lo and behold, I found the free way, just watch an ad for a car I can not afford. Good deal.
 
2003-04-12 02:01:58 PM
Wow, does this mean I can get Totalfrak for a dollar?
 
2003-04-12 02:02:13 PM
...

I can't wait until www.TheSmokingGun.com shows a mugshot
of someone arrested for pulling this re-barcode stunt!
:)


...
 
2003-04-12 02:02:51 PM
Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence. Pete fell off. Who was left?
 
2003-04-12 02:02:52 PM
-spiffy?

no.

-theft?

yes.
 
2003-04-12 02:03:03 PM
 
2003-04-12 02:03:33 PM
Deevo-

Repeat?
 
2003-04-12 02:05:18 PM
I read that and the worst joke I'd heard in ages just popped back into my brain: What's thick-white, thin-black, thin-white, thin-black, thick-white, thin-black, thick-white, thin-black, thick-white, thin-black, thin-white, thick-black?

An oven-ready Badger for one.

Farkin awful and thanks for nothing.
 
2003-04-12 02:05:32 PM
Im a total scumbag so I'm gonna try this.
 
2003-04-12 02:06:00 PM
I thought there was a policy aganst linking to this kind of stuff (pay-to-view). If not, then (a) there should be (b) should be a NSFW-type tag so we can AVOID WASTING OUR TIME.
 
2003-04-12 02:06:26 PM
political satire? thats the biggest BS I have ever read, they encourage and facilitate stealing...

On an unrelated note, im gonna go download some emulators and play my collection of 10,000 super nintendo ROMs
 
2003-04-12 02:07:37 PM

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No thank you. Is fark posting articles from subscription sites now???
 
2003-04-12 02:07:48 PM
Y'know, Drew bans sites that use pay-to-view or ad-based content to see the article in entirety, such as the farkin' NEW YORK TIMES; I have a feeling Salon should become one of those that are blacklisted.
 
2003-04-12 02:08:19 PM
Does Winona Ryder know about this re-barcode thing?

 
2003-04-12 02:09:25 PM
It'd be funny to take condom UPCs and stick them on Frosted Flakes.
 
2003-04-12 02:10:04 PM
Countdown in days until website it shutdown because of legal reasons...10....9....
 
2003-04-12 02:10:15 PM
Maybe Salon paid to get the article posted in the first place.
 
2003-04-12 02:11:15 PM
If you like that one try an old one from SNL.

When you go to the bank, take a deposit slip turn it over and write, "this is a stick up on the back". Put it back in the deposit slip holder. You might want double check and make sure you aren't in a state that allows concealed carry though.
 
2003-04-12 02:12:42 PM
One of the mods might want to pull this link. This is highly illegal.
 
2003-04-12 02:15:07 PM
I think it'd be classic to go make a bunch of barcodes for like 102.99 and go slap them onto a bunch of cereal boxes or something cheap like that. Then just sit back as people get charged 100+ too much.
 
2003-04-12 02:15:39 PM
Freaky, I know the guy who made the add for the link that you have to view to get into salon.
 
2003-04-12 02:18:53 PM
Here's a consumer tip. You may want to read these barcodes first before you attempt to use them.
 
2003-04-12 02:21:11 PM
Does anybody realise that this won't work? The price is stored in the computer, not the barcode. The bar"code" is just that, a numeric code for the item stored in the database.
 
2003-04-12 02:22:57 PM
Many states have different names, but it boils down to basic shoplifting/theft. It's stupid, it's illegal, and putting that information on a website could be subject to legal action. I'd say out for FARK's own legal safety (and perhaps some weird word called ethics) this link should go away.

It's not we really need more thieves in the world. Boobies, yes...thieves? no.
 
2003-04-12 02:23:44 PM
Hey, farking whiners, you get the gist of the article from the free amount, what do you want a book? Besides, it's worth it to sit through the ad every monday so you can get the first read of 'Tom Tommorow's' comic.
You people act like 'Fark' owes you something, "this is highly illegal", SFW, if you don't like it move on.
 
2003-04-12 02:26:52 PM
haha

Hey people, if you don't know how barcodes work, don't talk cause you sound like fools. A bar code is just a number for a database in the computer. It's the computer that actually stores the price!

Although technically you could pull this off if, for instance, you actually photocopied or scanned a REAL barcode for a cheap item...but I'm not familiar with that sort of thing...
 
2003-04-12 02:28:30 PM
04-12-03 02:01:03 PM MatthewCole
Oh, lo and behold, I found the free way, just watch an ad for a car I can not afford. Good deal.


You know, if you still want the car, I've got this bar code you can use...
 
2003-04-12 02:29:56 PM
did anybody else actually look at the main page and the following one?
 
2003-04-12 02:30:58 PM
I wanted to point that out too, Smokinjim. The UPC tag contains NO INFO on the price of an item, only a unique identifying number which the store's database then assigns a price to. Which means you can only use tags that are in the database, and even that won't be very successful since if you put the tag for a box of Frosties on a CD-player, the cashier will probably notice it since the name of the item comes up as well as the price. Think up a new scam people, sorry.
 
2003-04-12 02:31:46 PM
So basically, the odds that the barcode will work and actually reduce your price in such a manner that you won't get caught are about as equal to getting a roomful of monkeys to type the Bible??

Why take the risk?? So some judge can make a lesson out you?? How about just living within your means??
 
2003-04-12 02:35:28 PM
04-12-03 02:28:30 PM Bigevildan
You know, if you still want the car, I've got this bar code you can use...


I'm on it like a bum on a bologna sandwich!!!
Thanks Bigevildan!
 
2003-04-12 02:35:37 PM
Smok:
It works because the cashier might not notice that they just rang up one DVD when in actuality you purchased a diffrent one.



And I don't see what legal leg Wal Mart has to stand on with this.

If you want to know the bar code for an inexpensive wal mart product, all you need to do is buy the product, or write down the numbers on the bar code on the bottom. They don't take the bar code off after you buy the item.

Then all you need do is get a perfectly LEGAL UPC generation program for your PC, from any number of places, and input those numbers off the cheaper item.

This website is telling you the numbers for certain items, but these can hardly be considered intellectual property when every single item that leaves the store has those numbers on them. They're public knowledge.
 
2003-04-12 02:39:15 PM
Obviously the barcodes on this site were from other cheaper items, that is why each barcode says what store its for and even what city/state that store is in. The barcodes are customized for each stores database, so this does work.

Go to walmart, look at a $20 dvd and a $10 dvd, write the barcode number from the $10, go to this site enter that number, print out the barcode and go back to walmart and place over the $20 dvd.. thats how the site works, but its still illegal so dont even try it.. Plus I think it usually shows what item you're buying on the LED at the register, so the cashier will notice the title on the LED doesnt match the item you're buying.

If you're going to do anything with this site do what Clojita said, put $100+ barcodes on cereal boxes.. haha
 
2003-04-12 02:39:59 PM
Every company has different numbers for different items. And they change frequently. Unless the cashier is extremely stupid and you are very lucky, this won't work and I am pretty sure you are committing a much more serious crime than shoplifting.
 
2003-04-12 02:40:42 PM
SmokinJim: Does anybody realise that this won't work? The price is stored in the computer, not the barcode. The bar"code" is just that, a numeric code for the item stored in the database.

MegaDethHead: Hey people, if you don't know how barcodes work, don't talk cause you sound like fools. A bar code is just a number for a database in the computer. It's the computer that actually stores the price!

Read the site. The scheme is to find some legit item that sells for the price that you're after, get that item's barcode from the website, print it, then go to a store that sells that item (so it'll be in the database) to use the barcode. You don't need the website to pull this off, but it makes it more convenient. By the way, I hope they throw people's sorry butts in prison when they try this; I really hate thieves.
 
2003-04-12 02:41:39 PM
Re-Code.com offers a do-it-yourself product repricing service. Wal-Mart is not amused.

I won't try using the bar code scam, but anything that makes Wal-Mart pissed off is a great fvcking thing. Screw corporate hill-billies.
 
2003-04-12 02:43:08 PM
this won't work and I am pretty sure you are committing a much more serious crime than shoplifting.

It's probably somehow a violation of the DMCA. Everything else involving a computer and copying things seems to be.
 
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