Cards Against Humanity Sold Poop, and People Actually Bought It

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Cards Against Humanity Sold Poop, and People Actually Bought It

Everyone who bought Cards Against Humanity's Black Friday bullshit special has found out that, yes, they bought poop.

For Black Friday, Cards Against Humanity put up a once-in-a-lifetime offer; they were selling bullshit for the holiday. Many people thought the company was just fooling around and that there would actually be cards inside the box.

Anyone who was still left thinking maybe Cards Against Humanity couldn't send poop in the mail was left in hilarious despair when the packages arrived. About 30,000 people received their literal bullshit in the mail to discover it is just poop.

But one person's trash is another person's treasure. Some people are reselling the bullshit on eBay at a markup. One even lists it for $36; Cards Against Humanity sold each box for $6.

Cards Against Humanity co-creator Max Temkin said this was another year in the company's loathing of Black Friday. Last year it sold the card game at a $5 markup on Black Friday.

"We also had the idea of issuing people a one penny off coupon, but that felt weird because it was still a deal," Temkin said. "That's sort of still doing Black Friday."

So Cards Against Humanity settled on bullshit. Temkin said the company wanted to do something nobody else had done. After some searching online on whether you could buy and sell bullshit, the team found a ranch in Texas that sold pasteurized bull feces.

If you bought some poop, don't feel bad. Cards Against Humanity is donating the profits - 20 cents on each box - to Heifer International, a charity for ending poverty and hunger by providing livestock to communities.

Source: TIME

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The 10 days of Kwanzaa or whatever has been great I'm loving the gifts I've gotten so far.

OMFG why did you touch your camera??? you &*%&%(*% ew ew ew.

Someone's getting a 500% markup on Ebay from the box of shit they bought. Huh? Sounds like the typical rare Black Friday product/console release/special edition something or other to me. (Also, late to the party, eh, Escapist?)

This company (or at least its PR department) seems like the bunch pretentious SJWs we are getting quite tired of hearing about with all its anti-Black Friday banter and paper supplier switching. Of course, this could be another PR stunt to get their name out. Some of us on the Escapist thought they were being big drama when they dropped one paper supplier for another (which likely has similar political issues as the last), because of CEO the supporting things they didn't agree with. We might very well see another marketing ploy from them in another six months under the cover of some other sociopolitical agenda they claim to be behind.

Now, for those that bought the box thinking it would have a prize better that actual biological waste, they really did say the box would have genuine bullshit on the website. The jokes on anyone who though otherwise, just like the flood of console boxes being sold on ebay after a launch with the discrete warning you're buying a chunk of cardboard with a logo printed on it.

piscian:
OMFG why did you touch your camera??? you &*%&%(*% ew ew ew.

Did you read the part about the shit being pasteurized? It's not that disgusting...cleaner than a lot of things you touch every day.

Hairless Mammoth:
This company (or at least its PR department) seems like the bunch pretentious SJWs we are getting quite tired of hearing about with all its anti-Black Friday banter and paper supplier switching. Of course, this could be another PR stunt to get their name out. Some of us on the Escapist thought they were being big drama when they dropped one paper supplier for another (which likely has similar political issues as the last), because of CEO the supporting things they didn't agree with. We might very well see another marketing ploy from them in another six months under the cover of some other sociopolitical agenda they claim to be behind.

If anyone says they are doing something in support of something they believe in, do you immediately assume it's a publicity stunt? I don't understand that mindset. I despise "black friday" and everything it represents and am in full agreement with the Cards Against Humanity chaps.

Flames66:

Hairless Mammoth:
This company (or at least its PR department) seems like the bunch pretentious SJWs we are getting quite tired of hearing about with all its anti-Black Friday banter and paper supplier switching. Of course, this could be another PR stunt to get their name out. Some of us on the Escapist thought they were being big drama when they dropped one paper supplier for another (which likely has similar political issues as the last), because of CEO the supporting things they didn't agree with. We might very well see another marketing ploy from them in another six months under the cover of some other sociopolitical agenda they claim to be behind.

If anyone says they are doing something in support of something they believe in, do you immediately assume it's a publicity stunt? I don't understand that mindset. I despise "black friday" and everything it represents and am in full agreement with the Cards Against Humanity chaps.

I am not saying, nor do I believe, it's just a PR stunt. They could fully be out to get as many people out of the mindless shopper mindset. And, they probably succeeded a little with the unsuspecting poo buyers. Or they could be doing this just to get attention. Likely, it's a little of both. I assume any company with brains is trying to get as much return out of any effort they make, whether it's a personal agenda of a few higher employees or more public recognition, or both.

I don't really like black Friday, either. It was a ploy to get us to buy as much as possible since these "values" would supposedly be gone by the end of the weekend, another way advertisers toy with the human psyche. The good new is it is dying, thanks to business realizing they are in competition with each other and some are extending sales outwards by weeks or improving their customer service. Maybe the Cards fellows should send their customers some information explaining how much of a sham black Friday is and offer donation sales every so often, instead of putting literal shit up for sale on their site.

piscian:
OMFG why did you touch your camera??? you &*%&%(*% ew ew ew.

You know its essentially just dried grass compacted together? didn't you ever throw dried cow/bull shit at your friends in a poop fight?

That is amazing

My OCD would've had me burn my mailbox if I ever got this.

This makes me want to get this game even more, which is sad since it does not ship outside the US. But I guess that's just part of the mentality.

Cards Against Humanity - Horrible people selling bullshit to horrible people. Just the sheer audacity of this deserves my respect.

On the one hand, this is hilarious. On the other, it's kinda a shitty move.

bartholen:
This makes me want to get this game even more, which is sad since it does not ship outside the US. But I guess that's just part of the mentality.

Cards Against Humanity - Horrible people selling bullshit to horrible people. Just the sheer audacity of this deserves my respect.

I have to say that it's a lot of fun to play. But you have to have a dark sense of humor. You seriously have to be able to laugh at racism, sexism, holocaust jokes, and more. I once won a round with the card "foreskin". Basically saying that, once I made it rich, I would build a statue commemorating my foreskin. The girl was just laughing saying that she had trouble imagining such a statue and that's what made it so funny. "What would that look like?"

Reselling poop in eBay!?

Faith in humanity... lost.

Hairless Mammoth:
The jokes on anyone who though otherwise, just like the flood of console boxes being sold on ebay after a launch with the discrete warning you're buying a chunk of cardboard with a logo printed on it.

Hairless Mammoth:
Maybe the Cards fellows should send their customers some information explaining how much of a sham black Friday is and offer donation sales every so often, instead of putting literal shit up for sale on their site.

In case you missed it they had this on their store page on the day:

FAQ

Are you selling any of your normal products today? No.

Is this actually poop? Yes.

Is it also something that's not poop? No.

Can I return it when I realize that it's actually just poop? No.

Is the poop dangerous? No. The poop is sterilized.

Is it legal to mail poop? Only one way to be sure.

Why is the poop only $6? Through the magic of incredible Black Friday super-savings.

Apparently in size 24 Helvetica.

I can somewhat sympathise with people being bamboozled by Ebay ads with tiny little notes of "this is a box, not a console" when its buried in a mass of text because its trying to be deceptive. But the CAH people were VERY clear about exactly what they were selling; reiterating it over and over and responding to people on twitter speculating about it by saying "no, its just poop". And the last point makes it pretty clear they're taking the piss out of Black Friday with it.

Also apparently someone sent them a letter asking CAH to stop sending them. It seems that someone who knows said victim ordered ten of them to be sent.

I once worked with a guy who had literal bullshit encased in clear plastic as a paperweight.

It wasn't nearly as disturbing as the other, similar paperweight he owned, that contained a chunk of radioactive glass from one of the Nevada test sites, but still.

He willingly payed actual, real, grown-up dollars for shit.

Lightspeaker:
In case you missed it they had this on their store page on the day:
[quote from the CAH site]

Apparently in size 24 Helvetica.

I can somewhat sympathise with people being bamboozled by Ebay ads with tiny little notes of "this is a box, not a console" when its buried in a mass of text because its trying to be deceptive. But the CAH people were VERY clear about exactly what they were selling; reiterating it over and over and responding to people on twitter speculating about it by saying "no, its just poop". And the last point makes it pretty clear they're taking the piss out of Black Friday with it.

Also apparently someone sent them a letter asking CAH to stop sending them. It seems that someone who knows said victim ordered ten of them to be sent.

Um, are you saying I didn't know about the clear warning they gave? Because the first sentence of that first paragragh of mine you quoted was: "Now, for those that bought the box thinking it would have a prize better that actual biological waste, they really did say the box would have genuine bullshit on the website." (Also, most of the ebay box listings I bothered to look up had "this auction is just for the box, not the console is pretty good sized fonts. Suckers just eat them up anyway.)

The fact that they went through the trouble to source and sell, as a card game producer, poop is pretty ridiculous. And the fact people bought it, regardless of truly knowing what they were about to get is even more bamboozling. (Collectors can be weird.) But, these guys are basically reading from the same playbook as Square Enix. (That or they were taking notes from Kingdom of Loathing but stopping before writing down "this is parody.")

They do want attention, both to say black Friday sucks and also to get more customers. I just wish they didn't do crap (pun not intended) like this to get it.

NickBrahz:
You know its essentially just dried grass compacted together? didn't you ever throw dried cow/bull shit at your friends in a poop fight?

Farm raised, so yes I do know. I've also thrown / had been hit with Horse-shit, sheep-shit, and cow-shit. In fact, frozen cow-pies make great Frisbees, and if you can stack them well enough you can sit on shit. It can also make great fuel for fire in the early morning before one bucks up a cord of wood.

Citified people are such pussies. I can't wait for the power to go out, we'll be rid of a lot of useless people when that happens, for they won't know how to survive without a super-market. Natural Selection on a huge-scale!

Ajarat:

NickBrahz:
You know its essentially just dried grass compacted together? didn't you ever throw dried cow/bull shit at your friends in a poop fight?

Farm raised, so yes I do know. I've also thrown / had been hit with Horse-shit, sheep-shit, and cow-shit. In fact, frozen cow-pies make great Frisbees, and if you can stack them well enough you can sit on shit. It can also make great fuel for fire in the early morning before one bucks up a cord of wood.

Citified people are such pussies. I can't wait for the power to go out, we'll be rid of a lot of useless people when that happens, for they won't know how to survive without a super-market. Natural Selection on a huge-scale!

Yes! Why have a society based on learning and expanding our knowledge of reality, and using that knowledge to expand our access to enjoyable things, when we could live in a society run by people who know what it feels like to be hit by multiple different types of animal shit and can finally answer that great philosophical question; how many cowpats does it take to make a seat? I'm convinced, bring on the Pootopia!

Also, probably not a good idea to talk about natural selection while boasting about throwing/being hit by giant chunks of disease vector.

Finally, my rural upbringing will have some dollar value in the online world! I have to get a supply system rigged up now!

Caramel Frappe:
.. It's so cute, i'd literally buy my friends this just for laughs. To see how they'd feel opening up the little box and getting poop, literally. Darn sure it's worth $6, because of how nicely wrapped it is and how it defied 'You can't get poop in the mail' when surely, yes you can haha.

My army mate tells me that you can send bees in the mail, in opaque cardboard tubes. They're lightly drugged for the journey and understandably peeved when they arrive, and you can put hundreds of them in a tube. So apparently, lots of bored soldiers coming back from exercises with too much money are going to be making their comrades' lives hilariously miserable for Christmas.

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You can also send a queen in the mail so people can make their own colony in their room...until the Sergeant Major gets wind of it.

I just love it! They honestly said they are selling shit and people bought it because of their brand. And now they are selling the same shit at a higher price because of the fact they bought shit from a known brand. It scary how easily one can manipulate people especially "trained" consumers. Talk about selling refrigerators to the "Eskimos" (Inuits).

Please somebody tell me that they refrained from buying shit after they heard about this "stunt", otherwise I will loose all hope for humanity.

Ok, my day is officially saved after reading this "news" :)
Great job CAH!!

Ajarat:

NickBrahz:
You know its essentially just dried grass compacted together? didn't you ever throw dried cow/bull shit at your friends in a poop fight?

Farm raised, so yes I do know. I've also thrown / had been hit with Horse-shit, sheep-shit, and cow-shit. In fact, frozen cow-pies make great Frisbees, and if you can stack them well enough you can sit on shit. It can also make great fuel for fire in the early morning before one bucks up a cord of wood.

Citified people are such pussies. I can't wait for the power to go out, we'll be rid of a lot of useless people when that happens, for they won't know how to survive without a super-market. Natural Selection on a huge-scale!

Yes... Quite true... Gotta laugh at the rich people or those with desk jobs calling the poor parasites, when in some ways pretty much 99% of society is really just leeching off the work of farmers.

(And in ancient societies would have been regarded as just that; Parasites)

Granted, I'm one of these people, but it amuses me no end how self-important some people think they are when in reality their continued existence, and ability to spend all their time doing what they do is all down to some farmers somewhere providing them with food. (Yes, yes. they 'pay' for things, but this only balances it out in an abstract sense... XD)

Hairless Mammoth:
Um, are you saying I didn't know about the clear warning they gave?

I was more just highlighting that this wasn't even a "discrete" warning. They couldn't have made it more blatant, and STILL people were dumb enough to think it wasn't what they kept saying it was. So I feel a hell of a lot less sympathy for those who bought it out of ignorance than the ebay box victims.

Ajarat:

NickBrahz:
You know its essentially just dried grass compacted together? didn't you ever throw dried cow/bull shit at your friends in a poop fight?

Farm raised, so yes I do know. I've also thrown / had been hit with Horse-shit, sheep-shit, and cow-shit. In fact, frozen cow-pies make great Frisbees, and if you can stack them well enough you can sit on shit. It can also make great fuel for fire in the early morning before one bucks up a cord of wood.

Citified people are such pussies. I can't wait for the power to go out, we'll be rid of a lot of useless people when that happens, for they won't know how to survive without a super-market. Natural Selection on a huge-scale!

Sure, because who would even want the potential cure for age-related blindness that might come out of my research, eh? Or those guys working to develop a treatment for the ebola epidemic, useless lot.

Honestly...that "natural selection" argument is absurd. Socially we're beyond the point of individual dependence. I'm somewhat reminded of a Blackadder quote here:
"To you, Baldrick, the Renaissance was just something that happened to 'other people', wasn't it?"

CrystalShadow:
...their continued existence, and ability to spend all their time doing what they do is all down to some farmers somewhere providing them with food.

Whose ability to eat is down to someone else making the tools they use to grow food. Whose ability to make tools is down to someone else mining the metal.

Not everyone can, or should, be a farmer.

ForumSafari:

CrystalShadow:
...their continued existence, and ability to spend all their time doing what they do is all down to some farmers somewhere providing them with food.

Whose ability to eat is down to someone else making the tools they use to grow food. Whose ability to make tools is down to someone else mining the metal.

Not everyone can, or should, be a farmer.

Who in turn can only do that because of the farmers... Farmers came first. Everything else was of necessity originally just a hobby someone had.

That's not to say we should still be thinking like that now, but some people really need some perspective.

People can still farm with improvised tools they made themselves. All these other activities (including the making of more advanced farming tools) are only possible after you reach a situation where farmers can make more food than they need themselves.

Before that, it would be quite impossible for anyone to dedicate their time exclusively to anything else.

Hairless Mammoth:
This company (or at least its PR department) seems like the bunch pretentious SJWs we are getting quite tired of hearing about with all its anti-Black Friday banter and paper supplier switching.

Is there anything that can't be blamed on the SJW boogeyman?

I bought the poop knowing full well it was likely just poop. I did so because CAH is really great about doing something amazing with the profits (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cards_Against_Humanity#Philanthropy). And they delivered yet again (not just talking about the poop).

I'm a little disappointed there was only $0.20 profit per unit, but I guess I don't know the current marketplace value for poop or how much it cost to produce each box (which is a really nice box, apparently made by the same factory that does all the packaging for Apple...the box is sitting on my desk at home, the poop is in the garden). Also: shipping/handling.

Overall, I have no regrets.

CaitSeith:
Reselling poop in eBay!?

Faith in humanity... lost.

They have a game for that. It uses cards.

I'm pretty sure this is a subtle statement on the whole Black Friday holiday itself.

Either way, ew for the factory people who have put it in or did they had lines of people pooping into the box? Either way, it must of been smelling!

What I'm most surprised at is that people are buying shit for a 500% markup.

Ark of the Covetor:

Yes! Why have a society based on learning and expanding our knowledge of reality, and using that knowledge to expand our access to enjoyable things, when we could live in a society run by people who know what it feels like to be hit by multiple different types of animal shit and can finally answer that great philosophical question; how many cowpats does it take to make a seat? I'm convinced, bring on the Pootopia!

Also, probably not a good idea to talk about natural selection while boasting about throwing/being hit by giant chunks of disease vector.

This is the funniest thing I've read all day.

Avaholic03:

piscian:
OMFG why did you touch your camera??? you &*%&%(*% ew ew ew.

Did you read the part about the shit being pasteurized? It's not that disgusting...cleaner than a lot of things you touch every day.

YOU don't know what I touch and even if you did you couldn't prove it. It would never hold up in court!

Lightspeaker:

Hairless Mammoth:
Um, are you saying I didn't know about the clear warning they gave?

I was more just highlighting that this wasn't even a "discrete" warning. They couldn't have made it more blatant, and STILL people were dumb enough to think it wasn't what they kept saying it was. So I feel a hell of a lot less sympathy for those who bought it out of ignorance than the ebay box victims.

Oh, ok. Sorry, I didn't know exactly what you were going for in your post. I'm just getting so worked up about buying people a box of poop when I could just go up to my uncle's farm and get some cow pies (not authentic bull droppings but close) and donate 100 times the amount that would have gone to the charity if I bought a box.

Spot1990:

Hairless Mammoth:
This company (or at least its PR department) seems like the bunch pretentious SJWs we are getting quite tired of hearing about with all its anti-Black Friday banter and paper supplier switching.

Is there anything that can't be blamed on the SJW boogeyman?

Nope, it's the latest scapegoat generalization phrase that everyone likes to sling around. As much as I don't like that term, I'm guilty of using it a few times.

CaitSeith:
Reselling poop in eBay!?

Faith in humanity... lost.

Mine was lost awhile ago, but that just reinforces in.

Unrelated: I HAVE RETURNED.

CrystalShadow:

ForumSafari:

CrystalShadow:
...their continued existence, and ability to spend all their time doing what they do is all down to some farmers somewhere providing them with food.

Whose ability to eat is down to someone else making the tools they use to grow food. Whose ability to make tools is down to someone else mining the metal.

Not everyone can, or should, be a farmer.

Who in turn can only do that because of the farmers... Farmers came first. Everything else was of necessity originally just a hobby someone had.

That's not to say we should still be thinking like that now, but some people really need some perspective.

People can still farm with improvised tools they made themselves. All these other activities (including the making of more advanced farming tools) are only possible after you reach a situation where farmers can make more food than they need themselves.

Before that, it would be quite impossible for anyone to dedicate their time exclusively to anything else.

Hunters and Gatherers came first. Farming only came about when they realized they was doing it the hard way. When they could give the job to one or two farmers and focus on what they wanted to do, everything else grew from that. In that aspect, farmers are just people who couldn't think of anything else to do with their time when everyone else went to do other things.

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