Get too many DVDs for Christmas this year?
If you, much like absolutely nobody I know, were plagued by just too many DVDs and CDs this year,
Alera Technologies has come to your rescue with their new
According to Alera's brochure, this handy-dandy disk destroyer can shred up to thirty CDs or DVDs
per minute. I don't even know anybody whose dog works that fast.
While it sounds like a weird product idea to me, it may be that I'm not really representative of Alera's
target market for a product like this.
Judging by how popular they seem to be, I'm probably the only person left in the continental US who's never even
gone out and bought a paper shredder. It's not that there aren't things in my life that I'd like to have
shredded: tumbleweeds, for example. Unfortunately I suspect that if I tried to feed even a modest-sized
tumbleweed into either a paper shredder or a DVD/CD shredder that the shredder would wind up in worse
shape than the weed.
On the other hand, I could branch into the business of selling tumbleweeds over the net.
Prairie Tumbleweed Farm
does, and presumably somebody must buy them. (Their tumbleweeds, BTW, are guaranteed
to be 100% Y2K compliant.) I'm not sure how much a good-sized tumbleweed would go for on Ebay,
but it's worth a try. Doing a quick search on Ebay, I see one hundred and forty current auctions for AOL
CDs, and if somebody will buy an AOL CD on Ebay, the odds are good that they'd go for some
prime-quality lawn debris too.
For that matter, maybe I should put my own AOL CD collection up on ebay. I'm sure nobody will mind too
much that I'd melted them and folded them into Christmas ornaments. At least they haven't been
After all, AOL CDs are easier to ship than tumbleweeds and It's not like I won't have amassed a new
AOL CD collection in time for next Christmas.