Jim Nevarde recently purchased the IPod from a San Diego-area Target for $293 including the warranty and wrapped it up for his wife. But when she opened it up Christmas morning, the box contained nothing but erasers and index cards.

“About five of them fit exactly in the space where the iPod goes,”

he said according to

“It was a little strange. Obviously, somebody got in there and rewrapped it with shrink-wrap.”

Nevarde returned the not-iPod to a different Target on Thursday, expecting the employees to be skeptical about the claim. The Target employees did replace his iPod, but Nevarde had the clerk open the box before he left the store.

“Sure enough, it’s full of erasers,”

Nevarde told the station.

“Different color erasers but it’s full of erasers again.”

Eventually, store employees found an iPod box that actually contained an iPod. Nevarde said Target officials suspect a distributor is making the swap somewhere between the Apple factory and the store.


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