We're regularly talking about how the iPad continues to rule the tablet market no matter what its rivals come up with, but this is really taking it to new levels.
After all, you can get yourself a brand new HP TouchPad right now for comfortably below triple-figures and here we have the tale of a true genius who managed to pay $180 for an iPad... made out of wood.
Some people are always on the lookout for a good deal – and aren't all that concerned about where it comes from. That's the only way that someone agreeing to buy an iPad in a McDonald's parking lot makes sense to us, anyway.
It seems that Ashley McDowell, from Spartanburg, South Carolina – yes, that's in the US if you were still in any doubt – was approached by two men in the McD parking lot who said they had iPads for sale, which could be hers for just $300.
McDowell told the gentlemen she only had $180 with her, but the enterprising salesmen accepted her offer, and presented her with a FedEx box that looked for all the world to contain an Apple iPad.
Now of course the sensible thing to do at this point, considering you're buying an expensive piece of electronics from two complete strangers in a fast food restaurant parking lot, and they've happily agreed a 40% discount, is to open the box and check the contents.
Of course, had McDowell actually done that then we wouldn't be repeating this story.
She didn't, naturally, and handed over the cash on spec and took ownership of her cut-price iPad – or so she thought.
When she got home and opened it up, turns out the box didn't contain quite what McDowell was expecting. It had a good few Apple icons on it, plus an Apple logo, not to mention several Best Buy stickers for added authenticity. Only thing is it was made entirely out of wood.
We hope she at least had the good sense to keep back enough cash to actually still buy her McDonald's meal as planned.