From the annals of the weird comes my absolute favorite item for sale on Amazon.com.
What is it?
I’m sure you think it might be my new book, but nope, it’s not. So what is it then?
Well, it is quite expensive, but it also is one of the most well-reviewed products on Amazon.com — it has 163 reviews and counting.
This mysterious item appears after the break.
It’s the JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank. Yours for only $19,999.95. It weighs 1100 pounds. Sadly, no free shipping on this one.
From the product description:
The JL421 Badonkadonk is a completely unique, extremely rare land vehicle and battle tank. Designed with versatility in mind, the Donk can transport cargo or a crew of five internally or on the roof, and can be piloted from within the armored shell or from an exposed standing position through the hatch, thanks to special one-way steel mesh armor windows and a control stick that pivots up and down to allow piloting from the standing or seated positions. The interior is fully carpeted and cozy, with accent lighting and room for up to five people. A 400 watt premium sound system with PA is mounted to project sound both into the cabin and outward from behind the windows. The exterior is a steel shell with a rust patina, and features head and tail lights, turn signal lights, trim lighting, underbody lighting, fixed slats protecting the windows, and a unique industrial-strength rubberized flexible skirt that shields and protects the wheels to within an inch of the ground, while still allowing for enough flex to give clearance over bumpy and uneven terrain. Master power, ignition, all lighting, and stereo features are controlled from a single switchboard to the left of the driver, again accessible from either the seated or standing position. Standard drive is an air-cooled, 6hp Tecumseh gasoline (unleaded only) engine, with centrifugal clutch, giving the Donk a top speed of 40 mph. . . .
As I said before, the product has 163 reviews! Here’s what one reviewer had to say:
I’ll admit it. Shopping for a personal tank can be a bit daunting. Many times in the past I’ve purchased overpriced, so-called “battle tanks”, then driven them into battle only to be wrecked in ten minutes by the first blow off of some insurgents home-made morter.
But not this baby, no way. . . .
The only real negative with this tank is that it shows up on radar a little more than I like (although there is a polyresin graphite stealth model available). Also, the included spare isn’t full size.
Overall, a great tank.
Some people have sticker shock when they see the price of the Badonkadonk, but what did they expect? A tank for the price of a Kia? Come’on! Let’s be reasonable! If you were considering a Hummer, you’d have to cough up around fifty grand. Or more. This bad boy is cheap at 19K and even my Hyundai cost more than that. This is a stone bargain, make no mistake.
Read the rest of the comments — some of them are quite funny.
And if you buy this tank, please please use my Amazon Associates link! It’s only about $20,000. What are you waiting for?
Originally Posted at Concurring Opinions
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