maxtor hard drive from staples

So we can't vouch for the validity of this story, but according to intrepid reader "Paul," a Florida-area Staples sold him a box that was supposed to contain a new Maxtor 300GB hard drive, and was instead filled with two D batteries and a "rusty yellow battery pack." "Paul" speculates that either a foreign factory worker has some sticky fingers, or that a Staples employee is pulling some shady warehouse shenanigans (retail employee theft? we've never heard of such a thing!). No word on Paul's success or lack thereof in writing data to his new "hard drive(s)," but you can follow the "Read" link for a pic of this supposed bait-and-switch, and please let us know in the comments if you've ever bought one product and found another inside the box.

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