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March 9, 2005 12:14 AM

Broken: Battery close-up

BatterySteve Davis points out this page, which offers a zoomed-in version of a plain 9-volt battery. Why would anyone need to zoom in to such a common item?


How on Earth is this broken? It simply provides more information than absolutely necessary. And not that much more at that. *And* you have to explicitly ask for the extra information by clicking a link.

Actually, since the site has an enlargement for everything, this ensures consistency of interface between items. Which is the opposite of broken.

Posted by: scotfl at March 9, 2005 12:31 AM

Geez, you guys, lighten up. Who cares if it's broken or not? ANYTHING is broken if you look at it closely - fuzzy slippers, paint cans, I could go on. Just see the humor, make your clever comments and then go to work!

Posted by: seethehumor at March 9, 2005 07:29 AM

I thought it was interesting that the title for the window of the battery was "Educational toys for children and families". Now that had me laughing...

Posted by: bobbycfromep at March 9, 2005 08:05 AM

The educational part, I think, is what you learn from shorting the battery across your tongue. I'm pretty sure that every kid has tried that at least once.

Posted by: Anonymouse Coweird at March 9, 2005 08:07 AM

Nothing broken here except for This is Broken's entry selection process.

Posted by: Jay at March 9, 2005 08:57 AM

I suspect that the e-store application used at the site has a standard template for each item that includes a zoomed view. Even though the zoomed view for a battery is not particularly useful, having it provides consistency of behaviour for the site. Furthermore, having the zoomed view available does not degrade the functionality or user experience in using the site. Although amusing, this is far from broken.

Posted by: Carlos Gomez at March 9, 2005 09:14 AM

This is not broken for the reasons that Carlos Gomez gave, however it does give me fond memories of my childhood. I used to connect to 9Volt batteries together and then assemble cover them in lighterfluid. Good times.... good times.

Posted by: Joshua Wood at March 9, 2005 11:03 AM

Far *more* broken are the websites whose 'enlarged views' of products are only enlarged by about 3% over the original size. I have even seen some where the 'enlarged' view is actually *smaller* than the picture on the main page.

Posted by: Tino at March 9, 2005 11:04 AM

Whats broken is the price of the batteries. I have seen a 4 pack of AAs for the same exact price. Yes they were duracell too.

Posted by: unknown at March 9, 2005 03:44 PM

That is kind of broken.

Zoom in on a 9Volt battery. Great.

Meanwhile, you want to buy a pair of shoes or something that counts, and you get one of those "Picture coming soon" things.

Posted by: JC at March 9, 2005 05:56 PM

Not particularly broken. Perhaps a bit redundant, as scotfl says, but it's probably better to use a standard template for the web pages rather than create a bunch of special cases which will eventually come, bite you on the tush, and result in something that's really broken.

Posted by: Steve at March 9, 2005 06:11 PM

Ya,but then we can say that is broken and it would be way better than this entry.

Posted by: unknown at March 9, 2005 08:17 PM

Which is why they don't do it.

Posted by: fuzzy at March 9, 2005 09:12 PM

This is broken if you look at it closely. It says Educational toys for children and families at the top. when is a battery an educational toy?

Posted by: Kristi at March 10, 2005 03:08 PM

Already noted. Probably either educational for electricity experiments, or part of an electronic toy.

Posted by: fuzzy at March 10, 2005 06:00 PM

I'd like to question why a battery would need to be gift wrapped.

Posted by: Dragon at March 11, 2005 12:10 AM

Just hope the gift wrap isn't metalic paper!

Posted by: Squig at March 11, 2005 04:23 AM

It all comes down to how we define "broken". For me, if it includes absurdity (and zooming in on a giant 9v battery is absurd), it's broken. For the perfectionists among you, maybe what's broken is the lack of common sense in letting it get through the "standardized template" inclusion process.

Posted by: ribverb at March 11, 2005 12:28 PM

Well, lets go for absurdity then.

2.25 for a 9-volt = absurd

Able to gift wrap = absurd

Education toy for children? = absurd

needing a zoomed in picture for something with non specific exteriors = absurd

yes.. very broken.

Posted by: Dragon at March 11, 2005 03:19 PM

Heck, I had to masturbate the minute I saw that battery. Am I the only one??

Posted by: JT at March 13, 2005 11:54 PM


Posted by: fuzzy at March 14, 2005 05:47 PM

oh, so that's what one looks like...

Posted by: bemdude at March 15, 2005 08:24 PM

I run a small online business and the reason for pages like this is that these pages are dynamically loaded. No one actually sits down and says, "OK, let's include the big 9-Volt picture here!". You get a CD-ROM with the item database information on it directly from your supplier, in this case, Duracell.

You dump it on the website and the information is accessible.. Why Duracell would include a high-res picture of a battery in their database package is beyond me, but the error (which I don't believe to be any) would lie within them and not the website.

Posted by: Alex Fierro at March 17, 2005 11:47 AM

My god, im glad there is a picture - whats going on with the mangled battery terminal and two bits to it. Noooo, all my batteries have only 1 terminal. u wont buy that by mistake

Posted by: eviledna at March 17, 2005 08:29 PM

Why is it zoomed? Because you have dumb people out there who would buy AAA for a 9V slot, and then complain about it not fitting and how AAA should fit in all battiery slots, but of course, its this contant thing about people trying to get money any cheap and easy way they possibly can, or attention. Prehaps we should all be stupid and complain about a little thing like this, when you have the people who sit there and complain about things being broken even though its more informitive. Ever try to get an old person to relize that not all battierys are the same a nice an friendly way? Ever write a absurdly long post and lose your train of thought half way in the middle due to the human mind being such a broken contraption?

Posted by: Picho at March 27, 2005 06:32 PM

I think what's more broken is that you can get a 9-volt battery gift wrapped.

Posted by: cheeseman at April 27, 2005 08:15 PM

I love shoes.

Posted by: ghghg at April 29, 2005 05:54 PM

Instead something day feet duracell, point last parts draw.

Posted by: Nyla at November 13, 2005 01:00 AM

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