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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    Surpise! This week's Dick's Gadget Warehouse is actually something from, you guessed it, Dick's Gadget Warehouse! 

    Long before dishonest folks could just hack your account and get your money, there was a thriving business in mail order rip-offs. Ads offered what looked like interesting items for very little money. The surprise came when your package arrived and you realize you got very, very little for your small amount of money, plus 'postage and handling' or course. You'll see exactly what I mean in this video about the Early American Style "Country Store Organizer". In the video I say it probably 20 to 25 years old, it actually is from 1986, so it's 30 years old. (As of 2016)


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    We’re looking for more Viewer Videos!


    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so here's what we're looking for! Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:


    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.-


    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.-


    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.-


    My Favorite Gadget of All Time: Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.-


    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll a tiny amount of fame (hopefully), an autographed MAD magazine and a 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video! IMPORTANT: We'll just shower you with praise for your video if you live outside the US or Canada since we can't afford to send stuff outside of those two places. (Thanks for understanding.)


    All show submissions go to




    Letter of the week:


    This week's email is from Douglas Ferguson.


    And the subject is: Here's a "What The Heck Is It?" for you.


    Hey Dick and Chad,


    A friend of mine does building demolitions, and runs across strange things. He found this item, and in 2+ years nobody has been able to identify it.


    Any ideas? The metal piece is hollow and the wood is solid.


    Douglas Ferguson

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