What is a crapvendor?

What is a crapvendor? Joel has used the phrase a couple of times to a degree of bafflement, not least from crapvendors themselves. Please update your dictionaries:


1. A retail dealer in crap, especially wholesale consumer electronic crap from Asia.
2. Archaic. A physical outlet that sells such items.

[Origin: 1275-1325; middle English crappevendour, from Medieval Latin crappa, Anglo-Norman vendeur]

"It happened one day that a very beautiful woman went to the crapvendor to purchase an acrylic LED remote caddy, and in order to make it fit, he was obliged to look at her gadgets, which were so finely shaped that he felt his eye take an undue pleasure in viewing them." – The Travels of Marco Polo, 1298

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  1. Do any of you get the Hong Kong wholesale catalogs? 500 pages of crapware goodness mailed to you like bi-weekly. They smell funny too.

  2. I do not!

    And the more I think about it, the harder it is for me to decide if I want to.

  3. ehh, for every one good gadget you find in them there’s 100 that are absolute trash, but you probably knew that. Still you find some cool things in them (like RC toys!) Unfortunately you have to buy in 100 lots most of the time.

    If you want to check out the stuff these catalogs contain, the motherload of crapware is here: http://www.made-in-china.com

  4. Go to dealextreme.com for eye-popping deals. Green laser pointers for less than $1/mW, guaranteed free of safety features.

  5. Bastards! I’ll be wasting loads of time trawling through the crap available on all those links. Thanks 😉

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