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Ah, the most wonderful time of the year—when punks with bad haircuts at electronics chains tell baldfaced lies to sell products, and the electronics chains themselves do the same. That's the cautionary tale from Frau Boekhoff, who saw a Toshiba M45 S169 laptop—with a serial parallel port—advertised on the Circuit City website for under $1k. After much to-do, and prying open a door on the back of the machine with a screwdriver, she learned that the laptop did not have a serial port—only a hole for a serial port. After basically being forced to buy a higher-priced laptop, she is sent to Radio Shack for a $40 USB conversion cable.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! Anyone else out there care to share tales of shopping cheer with us?

Saga of Circuit City False Advertising and Customer Abuse [blog]