Man Buys iPod Classic From Target, Gets Box Full Of Erasers — Twice

Back in November we reported on the UK resident thrown in jail for accidentally buying what turned out to be a clay iPad from his local supermarket.

Well, jump forward another month and here’s a similarly bizarre tale: the man who set out to buy an iPod Classic for his wife’s Christmas gift — only to discover a box full of erasers and index cards instead. Twice.

Jim Nevarde initially purchased the iPod Classic from the Mira Mesa Target store. When his wife opened it on Christmas day, however, the couple discovered that the iPod itself had gone missing — replaced instead by the aforementioned office supplies, fit neatly into the space where the iPod should be.

“It was a little strange,” noted Nevarde. “Obviously, somebody got in there and rewrapped it with shrink-wrap.”

He returned the iPod and had it replaced by another — this time from a different Target store in the Midway area. Second time around, Nevarde insisted that a clerk open the box before he left the store.

“Sure enough, it’s full of erasers,” he said. “Different color erasers but it’s full of erasers again.”

“Either Target has an issue or Apple [does],” Nevarde continued. “Somebody in between has an issue with these.”

Apple advised 1oNews, who initially reported the story, to contact Target — who released the following statement:

“At Target, we are committed to providing our guests with an outstanding shopping experience. We take this incident very seriously and worked directly with the guest to resolve the issue and make it right. We are looking into this incident and have no additional information to share.”

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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