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The ultimate geek store

Postby afreak » Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:24 pm UTC

I have been thinking about scientifific notation after I spent three hours in a lab yesterday, working with math equations that I don't normally work with. The idea came to mind that I create a store where prices are all in said notation.

That $299.95 Wii that we have on the shelf? Well, it is really priced at $2.9995x10^2!
We also sell used cars! A used, 1999 Ford Focus ZX5 is priced at $3.99952x10^3!

How would you run your geek store?

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Postby d3adf001 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:43 pm UTC

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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Aleril » Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:32 pm UTC

I wouldnt run it, it would run itself.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Lycur » Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:12 pm UTC

All prices would be irrational numbers.

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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Ended » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:16 am UTC

It would sell denimite mem-shards. And decent coffee. Prices would be prime integers where possible. (Because dealing with small change is annoying. I mean, £9.97, wtf?)
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Bando » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:34 am UTC

Just imagine, a store that wouldn't need customer service because all the customers already know what they're doing.

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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby afreak » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:36 am UTC

Ended wrote:It would sell denimite mem-shards. And decent coffee. Prices would be prime integers where possible. (Because dealing with small change is annoying. I mean, £9.97, wtf?)
If you're going to go with prime numbers, then mersenne primes would be more appropriate. A cup of coffee would cost $1.27x10^2.

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Postby Ended » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:55 am UTC

That's a pretty expensive cup of coffee, not sure if I could afford your shop. Your avatar is cool though, PBF ftw!

Also, some of the prices would merely be strong pseudoprimes, and that would mark those items as being on sale.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Upsilon » Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:03 am UTC

At my store the prices will be in binary.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Miles Invictus » Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:49 am UTC

My store's prices will use complex numbers.

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Postby akashra » Sat Jan 12, 2008 3:03 am UTC

Items not for sale would have to be priced at values in imaginary numbers. Eg, the counter would be available to purchase at $89.95i.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Spoffin » Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:08 am UTC

akashra wrote:Items not for sale would have to be priced at values in imaginary numbers. Eg, the counter would be available to purchase at $89.95i.

But then they could buy it with imaginary money. That means everything you didn't want to sell you'd end up giving it away for free!

"Yes, I've just telepathized $89.95i into your bank account. I'll take that cash register now please."
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Toeofdoom » Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:13 am UTC

All payments via bank transfer have to be verified before theyre accepted. However, if you give me the portion of your imagination worth $89.95, I think I'm getting the better deal.

My geek store would not be me my store, it would be way more than that. Somewhere around a store, a lan cafe, a house, a raptorproof fortress, a city and a university in one.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby stockpot » Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:25 am UTC

Geeks! Only $2,999!* For a limited time only, last year's models for only $1,999!

*Fashion sense and social skills sold seperately. Offer available for a limited time only in participating retail stores.

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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby cephalopod9 » Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:19 am UTC

Clothing sizes that make some dang sense.
For that matter clothes that make sense.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Mystitat » Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:38 am UTC

The people who ring stuff up would actually smile, because they'd be actually happy where they work.

The fact that cash register opperators never smile is just kinda my beef with the system ...
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby litework » Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:43 am UTC

I think I would go with a barter system, just to do my part to help crash world economy as we know it.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby SilentSigil » Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:47 am UTC

My store would have a meter like that of the science-guy in Lufia II at the entrance, but judging the worth of your very existence by potential in your animus...

if you couldn't concentrate enough to open the door, you would either be destroyed or dropped into a silly little trap that made you run around and feel like a fool for a moment.

*edit* I would sell AWESOME
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Berengal » Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:15 pm UTC

Actually, complex prices would be doable. "Yes, that's (13 + 23i)$. Thank you, and 23i$. You don't have any imaginary money? Just go over in the kids' section and make use of the paper and crayons provided. Why yes, I do think imaginary money is quite normal compared to real money. In fact, you wouldn't find a single mathematician who wouldn't agree with that statement."

All item names would be prefixed with item type. All comments would be in comment tags. At least some sections of the store where this would be appreciated.

I feel like I should fledge out my geek store idea a little more, because I've actually thought of it somewhat. It would be a gamer store, as any store with computers should have games. A room for guitar hero/rock band (most likely rock band, as it's more-player), a LAN/internet cafè area, a book section of geeky books (programming books, awesome fiction litterature, etc. etc.) I'm torn on a fantasy section, since I wouldn't want the store to become one of those goth-fantasy-vampire stores. I'd also like a lounge area for people to hang out in, with small-time cafeteria if possible. I also need some completely arbitrary restriction, like, oh I don't know, matching socks forbidden, or no tigers. I'd also have a Bill Door through wich assholes would be kicked out.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Aleril » Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:01 pm UTC

Everything must be paid in isk.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby OneLess » Sat Jan 12, 2008 7:27 pm UTC

Instead of a stock boy, I'd have a crawler :)
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Berengal » Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:07 pm UTC

Aleril wrote:Everything must be paid in isk.

You know, that's actually a real currency.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Aleril » Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:29 pm UTC

Berengal wrote:
Aleril wrote:Everything must be paid in isk.

You know, that's actually a real currency.


Not really. That's only the code for it, there technically isn't an isk.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby blob » Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:32 pm UTC

I'd sell katanas and computers preloaded with BSD and instant jobs at Google. (Imaginary items would be sold for imaginary money.)

Then at night I'd switch on the 'r' in the sign and sell moussaka and kataifi. Mmm.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Torvaun » Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:17 am UTC

I'd sell Photoshopped sabers.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby M.qrius » Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:31 am UTC

Price everything in factorials of negative numbers, so our children will be able to calculate the Gamma function in their heads.

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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Alpha Omicron » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:41 am UTC

Would sell the same sorts of things as an Ideal Hardware Store.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Avram » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:08 am UTC

stockpot wrote:Geeks! Only $2,999!* For a limited time only, last year's models for only $1,999!

*Fashion sense and social skills sold seperately. Offer available for a limited time only in participating retail stores.


$2,999! is a lot of freakin' money

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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Alpha Omicron » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:14 am UTC

Fonkey wrote:
stockpot wrote:Geeks! Only $2,999!* For a limited time only, last year's models for only $1,999!

*Fashion sense and social skills sold seperately. Offer available for a limited time only in participating retail stores.


$2,999! is a lot of freakin' money

Not if you're in Quebec or Europe.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Avram » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:15 am UTC

2999! is a big number no matter which country you're in.

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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Midnight » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:21 am UTC

Aleril wrote:Everything must be paid in isk.



isk or no isk, i'd have an internet cafe in there with about 10 consoles, that would have all popular mmos including EVE-O.
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Alpha Omicron » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:38 am UTC

Fonkey wrote:2999! is a big number no matter which country you're in.

Nuh-unh: Take "," as the radix (as it was meant in the post). (The "!" therefore could not represent a factorialization.)
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Avram » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:43 am UTC

oops

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Postby Alpha Omicron » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:53 am UTC

Fonkey wrote:oops

pwned. :D
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Phi » Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:25 am UTC

Mystitat wrote:The fact that cash register operators never smile is just kinda my beef with the system ...

Just try to work the cash register and smile. I don't care how much you like your job, you're dealing with people now at the register. And that's no smiling matter.

I'd just sell random oddities I find cool, and at prices that, after tax, would be even change stuff (Like, if the price ever went into decimal places it'd be .25, .50, or .75. Just because it's nicer that way in the end)

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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby afreak » Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:32 am UTC

I think that a history major's store should have everything in Roman numerals.

That coffee maker will be $XXXIV.VII please!

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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Govalant » Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:47 am UTC

I wouldn't sell math T-shirts or stuff to someone who doesn't know math. They would have to pass a challenge.

And also, no 9.99 bullshit. It's 10$.



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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby IronyandParadox » Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:51 am UTC

afreak wrote:I think that a history major's store should have everything in Roman numerals.

That coffee maker will be $XXXIV.VII please!


Dollars?! Make them convert from denarii!
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Dream » Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:33 pm UTC

My store would be a whole load of stuff I think is cool, all my friends as staff, paid way more than we normally are, and a load of booze. Loud music. I was going to bar customers, but instead I'll just have a warning sign on the door that tells them the staff are very likely drunk, and that any impoliteness will be dealt with in an extremely direct manner. Enter at own Risk.

How would this magical store stay in business? We'd sell tickets to other retail workers, advertised as Customer-Baiting! You could all come in, sit in bleachers in the back with beer, (or in the CCTV control room, for those who are really hardcore retail professionals) and watch us drunkenly abuse people for throwing change on the counter instead of handing it to the person like would have been polite. Like a cross between Black Books and team sports :)

And no, it's not necessarily a geek store. But it is a cool store :)
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Re: The ultimate geek store

Postby Ian Ex Machina » Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:00 pm UTC

I'd make them have to carry a weighted companion cube round the store, to remove your goods from the store after paying you have to euthanise the WCC.

So either they get a WCC (which would be cheap to make) for whatever cost their shopping came to (possibly=profit) or they carry the WCC home.
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