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Final Note

Starbucks cards get $1,000 bids on eBay

Kai Ryssdal Dec 11, 2012

This final note today, which one can only file under ‘What is the matter with you people?’

I don’t know if you heard about the fancy new Starbucks card last week. It’s made of etched steel and costs $450 — but is loaded up with just $400 worth of coffee goodness.

But believe it or not, that’s not the ridiculous part. There are bids for these things on eBay for close to a thousand dollars.

Then again, this is a company that’s convinced us to pay $4 for a cup of coffee…so…

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