Seeing the world through arbitrage-colored glasses

On the mailing list with a negative service level agreement, one of my colleagues posted the message

Free Nerf guns in my office. I've decided I'm no longer a collector.

Not one to miss the opportunity to cause some trouble, another colleague posted the message

Nerf guns for sale: $1 each. Get'em while they're hot.

That earned a chuckle from me.

Comments (10)
  1. Chris Allen-Poole says:


  2. Justin says:

    Your mailing lists sound a lot more fun than our mailing lists…

  3. ChuckOp says:

    I miss the Microsoft mailing lists.  They were informative and some highly entertaining.  SOC Pilots was a favorite hang out of mine.

    At my current company, I tried to start a "XXX Interest" mailing list, where people interested in XXX – but not neccessarly involved with the product/technology – could join to ask questions, get announcements, etc.  IT nixed the idea, along with my idea for a dedicated alias for source-code check-in email.  I got the latter, but had to give up the former.

  4. cheong00 says:

    It'd become funnier if immediately follow that message, someone replies "I've collected all the Nerf guns from the original poster, all other Nerf gun lovers please proceed to the guy above me. Thank you." :P

  5. Brad says:

    Reminds me of this classic bit of arbitrage:…/arbitrage.html

  6. caf says:

    Worf: Free ones!

  7. Jules says:

    @Brad: The WTF in that link for me is the last spam comment… which appears to be trying to sell language courses with a comment including the phrase "the article written by your very good."  Something tells me that this "Rosetta" language school should be avoided…

  8. Worf says:

    Aww, we're missing the most important point of the story! What kind of nerf guns?


  9. None says:


    My response would probably be:  "Sorry everyone, looks like I'm sold out too."

    If I didn't like you, I might add:  "Looks like cheong00 never learned to share in kindergarten."

  10. JK says:

    Nerf Ammo for sale: $1 each

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