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[[ButWaitTheresMore But Wait, There's More]]: available for a limited only at your local HonestJohnsDealership!

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[[ButWaitTheresMore But Wait, There's More]]: available for a limited time only at your local HonestJohnsDealership!

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** In some cases, sellers are deliberately selling just the packaging (usually of rare or old games). Complete in box collections of classic games tend to be fairly rare (and expensive), and it's often cheaper to buy just the cartridge only, and get the packaging separately. And there are collectors who are specifically looking for just the packaging to complete their collection. Some people see the comparatively lower price for just the packaging and think it's the whole game without reading, even if the seller advertised the item correctly and didn't intend to scam anyone.


** At one point, you're offered a Farfetch'd, which can be found nowhere else, for an incredibly common Spearow. The catch is that Farfetch'd's battle potential is nowhere near what Spearow's is, especially when you factor in that Spearow can evolve into the much stronger Fearow. This was entirely intentional by the developers, as Farfetch'd is based on a proverb about a duck with an onion leek, which can refer to either a stroke of luck (finding such a duck) or being an easy mark for a con (being the duck itself).

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** At one point, you're offered a Farfetch'd, which can be found nowhere else, for an incredibly common Spearow. The catch is that Farfetch'd's battle potential is nowhere near what Spearow's is, especially when you factor in that Spearow can evolve into the much stronger Fearow. This was entirely intentional by the developers, as Farfetch'd is based on a proverb about a duck with an onion leek, which can refer to either a stroke of luck (finding such a duck) meal that comes with its own seasoning) or being an easy mark for a con (being the duck itself).


* Terrytoons' character Hector Heathcote had an episode called "Pig In A Poke," which dealt with the Louisiana Purchase. Heathcote and his dog Winston are sent to meet Lewis and Clark to see if the deal is worth it. The villain Benedict and his stooge pretend to be Lewis and Clark in attempt to scuttle the Purchase.

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* Terrytoons' character Hector Heathcote ''WesternAnimation/TheHectorHeathcoteShow'' had an episode called "Pig In A Poke," which dealt with the Louisiana Purchase. Heathcote and his dog Winston are sent to meet Lewis and Clark to see if the deal is worth it. The villain Benedict and his stooge pretend to be Lewis and Clark in attempt to scuttle the Purchase.


* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', leprechaun's gold vanishes shortly after you pick it up, rendering it completely worthless except for screwing over people you owe money to (which is exactly what it gets used for).

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', leprechaun's gold vanishes shortly after you pick it up, rendering it completely worthless except for screwing over people you owe money to (which is exactly what it gets used for). It does have other uses - namely, some magical creatures are attracted to gold, which means leprechaun gold can be a cheap substitute.


* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' a salvager tries to sell you a holocron for 500 credits. When you ask to see it, he says that it doesn't work that way: he doesn't know the item's real value, so you would both be gambling on this deal. (it turns out to be fake)

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* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'' a salvager tries to sell you a holocron for 500 credits. When you ask to see it, he says that it doesn't work that way: he doesn't know the item's real value, so you would both be gambling on this deal. (it turns out to be fake)


* In ''Roughing It'', MarkTwain describes a type: combing an otherwise worthless mine for one tiny chunk of rock containing silver or gold, presenting it to the assay office as an "average" sample, then selling shares in the now grossly overvalued mine.

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* In ''Roughing It'', MarkTwain Creator/MarkTwain describes a type: combing an otherwise worthless mine for one tiny chunk of rock containing silver or gold, presenting it to the assay office as an "average" sample, then selling shares in the now grossly overvalued mine.


** Many in-game trades throughout the series seem to count as this, mostly due to the fact that their stats, genders and nature are usually fixed. The only thing that varied was the level, which will be the same as the Pokémon you just traded (This is also fixed in Gen V as well). Generally, these stats are mediocre at best. One trade in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' promises you a Haunter (which evolves into Gengar by trading), but when you trade the Pokémon for said Haunter... It doesn't evolve because it is holding an Everstone; an item used to specifically ''prevent'' evolution.

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** Many in-game trades throughout the series seem to count as this, mostly due to the fact that their stats, genders and nature are usually fixed. The only thing that varied was the level, which will be the same as the Pokémon you just traded (This is also fixed in Gen V as well). Generally, these stats are mediocre at best. One trade in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' promises you a Haunter (which evolves into Gengar by trading), trading) in exchange for a Medicham, which can be found right nearby; but when you trade the Pokémon Medicham for said Haunter... It doesn't evolve because it is holding an Everstone; an item used to specifically ''prevent'' evolution.


Then you unwrap it and take a closer look. And it's not what you thought you were buying. Maybe it doesn't work nearly as well as the seller said it would. Maybe it doesn't work at all. Maybe it isn't even close to what was described. You just bought a PigInAPoke.

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Then you unwrap it and take a closer look. And it's not what you thought you were buying. Maybe it doesn't work nearly as well as the seller said it would. Maybe it doesn't work at all. Maybe it isn't even close to what was described. You just bought a PigInAPoke.
[[TitleDrop Pig in a Poke]].


* ComicBook/DoctorDoom often did this to Latverian nobles in his early years, with help from his GadgeteerGenius qualities. For example, he sold a device that he claimed was a violin that played amazing music regardless of the player's skill, but was actually a remote-controlled radio.

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* ComicBook/DoctorDoom [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Doctor Doom]] often did this to Latverian nobles in his early years, with help from his GadgeteerGenius qualities. For example, he sold a device that he claimed was a violin that played amazing music regardless of the player's skill, but was actually a remote-controlled radio.


* Doctor Doom often did this to Latverian nobles in his early years, with help from his GadgeteerGenius qualities. For example, he sold a device that he claimed was a violin that played amazing music regardless of the player's skill, but was actually a remote-controlled radio.

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* Doctor Doom ComicBook/DoctorDoom often did this to Latverian nobles in his early years, with help from his GadgeteerGenius qualities. For example, he sold a device that he claimed was a violin that played amazing music regardless of the player's skill, but was actually a remote-controlled radio.


* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom often did this to Latverian nobles in his early years, with help from his GadgeteerGenius qualities. For example, he sold a device that he claimed was a violin that played amazing music regardless of the player's skill, but was actually a remote-controlled radio.

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* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Doctor Doom often did this to Latverian nobles in his early years, with help from his GadgeteerGenius qualities. For example, he sold a device that he claimed was a violin that played amazing music regardless of the player's skill, but was actually a remote-controlled radio.


Compare ViolinScam, where the buyer is convinced that ''he's'' scamming the seller by the seller's confederate.

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Compare ViolinScam, where the buyer is convinced that ''he's'' scamming the seller by the seller's confederate.
confederate. See MockGuffin when the hero discovers that the MacGuffin is a worthless and/or insignificant object.


* The basic plot of ''Film/BurnAfterReading'' is that a few morons discover a manuscript for the written memoir of a former intelligence agency employee and, falsely believing it to contain classified information, try to sell it to the Russian government. The Russians can't be fooled though and reject what turns out to be useless drivel.

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* The basic plot of ''Film/BurnAfterReading'' is that a few morons discover a manuscript for the written memoir of a former intelligence agency employee and, falsely believing it to contain [[CompromisingMemoirs classified information, information]], try to sell it to the Russian government. The Russians can't be fooled though and reject what turns out to be useless drivel.


* The basic plot of ''Film/BurnAfterReading'' is that a few morons try to sell what they deem top-secret information to the Russian but it turns out be be useless drivel.

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* The basic plot of ''Film/BurnAfterReading'' is that a few morons discover a manuscript for the written memoir of a former intelligence agency employee and, falsely believing it to contain classified information, try to sell what they deem top-secret information it to the Russian but it government. The Russians can't be fooled though and reject what turns out be to be useless drivel.

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