I was browsing for tools recently and came across an Estwing axe over at Sears’ website. Behold, the Fireside Friend Splitting Tool! Great for splitting those friends that never return borrowed tools!
Okay, so someone goofed and didn’t properly punctuate or edit the title or description of the axe. Surely other retailers’ were wise to how the wording “Fireside Friend Splitting Tool” sounded, right? Right?
Nope. We took a look at the Estwing tool listing via Amazon, and it wasn’t much better – Estwing Fireside Friend Axe. Then, in the product description: “Estwing” Fireside Friend Splitting Tool. Shouldn’t they have instead quoted the “Fireside Friend” part?!!
Also included in the product description: Forged one piece solid steel construction to eliminate loose heads.
I had first discovered this oddity about a month ago, and earlier today decided to see if the product description had changed. It did not, but I did notice that the price had increased by just a little bit. The original price had been in the neighborhood of $30-40.
The current price? A dollar less than one hundred billion dollars, or $99,999,999,999! But, if I sign up for an Amazon Visa card, they’ll take $40 off the order, making it $99,999,999,959!! What a bargain!
So not only is the Estwing Fireside Friend Splitting Tool the cruelest tool ever for encouraging the splitting of friends, it is also the most expensive hand tool ever. It’s too bad that shipping is $8 and not free – this sets the price of the tool slightly above my budget.
Note: Please don’t take this post too seriously. Product description and pricing errors are common in today’s world; this just happens to be one of the more hilarious compounded ones.
Edit: It looks like the pricing error has been fixed. The Estwing Fireside Friend Splitting Tool is now (correctly) priced at $37 – a lot less than the previous $100 billion!