This Is Why I’m Broke – A One-Of-A-Kind Internet Mall

Craig Snyder 22-05-2012

this is why im brokeIf there’s one thing that there’s no shortage of on the Internet, it would be things that are weird, unique, and otherwise foreign to our beady little eyes. While I don’t particularly advise spending your money on these sorts of things (because you’ll run out of cash quicker than either of us can imagine), This Is Why I’m Broke is your one-stop website for finding the Internet’s strangest products.


TIWIB is a blog updated every other day with kooky and crazy things for you and I to wish we had. With products in categories like stuff for geeks, toys, wearables, food and drink, and more, this website has something for everyone. Check the site out and let’s look over what kind of stuff you can expect to find.

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TIWIB is practically a single-page website with an infinitely-scrolling, Tumblr-esque feel to it. Across the top, you’ll see links for the aforementioned product categories, and then below the product slideshow you’ll also see ways to filter the displayed items by most popular, newest, and item pricing on both ends of the spectrum.

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For each product displayed, you’ll be able to check out a small picture, a brief description, and the price of the item. If you click on the picture, text under the price, or “Check It Out” button, you’ll be taken straight to that respective product’s page at the store where it is sold.


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Now that you know how to navigate the website, let’s check out some TIWIB items that MakeUseOf readers can appreciate!

Transformer 4GB USB Drive

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Yes, it holds only 4 gigs of data. That isn’t the point though. It is a USB flash drive that is shaped like a Transformer. That is all.


U-Socket USB Wallplug

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Starting this year, I feel like every newly-constructed home should have at least one of these outlets installed. As smartphones, tablets, and other USB-chargeable items become ever more popular, this is simply a brilliant concept.

USB Typewriter

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This is a really amazing concept. This USB typewriter is set to work with the iPad, as well as any PC or Mac computer. Even cooler is that a DIY conversion kit is offered that can turn any typewriter you’ve got into a USB typewriter.


’80s Retro iPhone Case

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Big and bulky has never been so awesome or nostalgic. I’d tough it out just to see the stare on some of the younger kids faces. In the age of the smartphone, a contraption of this shape and size is practically foreign now. Represent the old school.

Hyperkin SUPABOY Portable Pocket SNES Console

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The fact that this even exists is enough to make me smile. For those of you with those SNES cartridges from about 20 years ago, you finally may have a use for them once again. SNES games probably look even better on the smaller screen. Great idea!

Like me, you don’t have to be a buyer to be able to appreciate TIWIB. As a casual browser, the site is a great way to kill time and stay up with the latest and most interesting products that are floating around the market.


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  1. Brian Jones
    May 7, 2018 at 8:56 am is another one i find im always wasting money on... and uncrate, and even just ebay.

  2. Andrew
    March 12, 2018 at 1:16 am

    I absolutely love this site! It's impossible not to check it every day for new crazy products on the internet. Plus other sites are following suit like niching down further into geek pop culture. Thanks for making my internet buying addiction better. =)

  3. joshua
    August 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Great site, i have bought several things through this site.... is awesome!!!

  4. Vipul Jain
    May 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    great find.. XD

  5. Adam @
    May 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks for the link love =)

    One thing to note: the product slideshow always outputs the 10 newest items, so the frontpage is the 10 newest items, followed by the most popular items (by default).

  6. Rich Hill
    May 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Should get the website of the year award!

    Still laughing...

  7. Laga Mahesa
    May 22, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Gee, thanks. I got lost for 2.5 hours on this page.