dealshidden wall outlet safe for $4.99

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I love how in the picture, the money that is 'stashed away' is a $1 bill...

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@fraserd: People have started putting them that way so the ground pin is on top for safety. If something falls on the plug it wouldn't have the chance of shorting the hot and neutral.

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Meh, I don't really see how this would be that useful. Most of the things that I would want to put in a "safe" (birth certificates, hard drive, etc) wouldn't come close to fitting...

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Why are the outlets upside down?

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@benyust2: The IEEE standard 602-1996, section 4.2.2 advises that hospital-grade outlets be used and that they should be mounted with the ground pin or neutral blade up to assure that any metal that may drop between the plug and the wall will most likely contact an unenergized blade.

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Well, I know where to check from now on.

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The outlets are that way so that if you drop something on a plug that is not completely plugged in then it will not complete the circuit... It is new code and it is for safety reasons.

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@fraserd: At the hospital where my son was born, I noticed all the outlets were that way. The maternity ward had just been built and seemed very nice and expensive. I assume these were installed that way on purpose. It got me thinking whether there is a "right" way to install an outlet.

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You can tell the police you didn't know why the wall outlet didn't work. Wow was that in there all these years?

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Price is down to $4.49 now.

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More likely to be used to hide drugs from the parents/roommates/cops etc than storing money or jewelry.

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Haven't these been advertised enough that thieves will be LOOKING for stashes in outlets that look empty?

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I think this is geared to people who want to hide their stash while at the hospital.

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@theselected: Well, these days you can't be too careful.

And what do they mean by "Hide everything....yes even that."? Hmm...

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@curtisl42: I'm pretty sure the target demographic is people with a very small drug stash. The outlets are probably upside down so even a stoner can remember where they hid their stuff. @theslected: if it's for a heavy meth user they probably only have a couple bucks and plastic pearls to their name.

Not to bash recreational drug users, if you're responsible about it, don't let it overtake you then that's your deal more power to you. Personally I can't stand meth heroin or acid because city next to me is a big meth producer so we got a lot of users the other two are just because of elliott smith, brian wilson.

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But does the outlet still function?

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@theselected:
They're saving that for a rainy day.

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@toge: Who the hell is going to check every damn outlet in a house to make sure it is fake or not? Are you thinking of putting it 4 feet of the ground and on that open wall where nothing else is located?

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When I was in college... ummm... a house dreamed that I knew got hit by DEA.

One of the first things they did was check the outlets, & light sockets, & of course air vents/registers.

The cops found nothing (majorly) incriminating, at least not what they were looking for. They still took all of the computers, vcrs, digital cams, coin & stamp collections.. rent money in the houses piggy bank, in the exact amount of the rent, and it was 4 days before rent was due.
Only thing w...they got back were the computers, which had tried to be tampered with by rudimentary means.

Anyway, burglars might not check an electrical outlet. The Law will.
(not that I advocate breaking the law, nor have ever broken the law myself).

Cautionary tale.

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@fraserd: the standard for comercial outlet instillation is to have the ground wire up. Residential installation is to have the ground wire down. Check it out next time you are in a business.

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It doesn't even look like a real one dollar bill.

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@macoland: That's the problem I see. Definitely looks bigger than I thought, but really only seems useful for minor or small valuables

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@benyust2: My dad is a maintenance manager, and he installs them that way! I asked him why a few weeks ago... All he said was, "it doesn't matter". Well if it doesn't matter put them the right way! lmao. I think some people just want to do things differently.

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@toge: I would tend to agree with you, however most thieves would not want to take the time to go throughout your house pulling out electrical outlets. Unless they know you are out of town, they do not want to spend a lot of time in your house.

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$10?! But if I spend that, I won't have any more $1 bills left to put in it :(

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Sweet! Only $10 with shipping for a safe that hides my $1 bill and some plastic pearls that cost a quarter in a gumball machine! What a deal!

Seriously, you can buy an entire wall outlet kit at Lowes or HomeDepot for < $1 that will work just as well and look much better than this garbage.

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Let's cut a hole in our wall to hide this dollar bill.

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Retail price $29.99? Really?
Funny, my carpenter hubby put some of the outlets in "upside down" when we moved into our house 15 years ago. I yelled at him countless times to fix them. Drove me NUTS.

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I'm thinking there would be more space behind your phone jack than this safe would provide. The picture looks like the $1 bill barely fits.
The phone jack wouldn't require a key to open it, but it wouldn't stand out under close examination and would still function. you could get an automotive or socket head hex bolt to discourage tampering, but draw attention at the same time.

To the people complaining about them being upside down. That looks like the new way of doing it stated above. You will have to get your Pareiolia fix somewhere else.

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@fraserd: Typically in a home, the outlets are installed upside-down to indicate that it is a switched outlet. This means that the light switch controls this outlet as well.

The only real concern I have with the look of authenticity is that the plate comes molded into the unit. For many of us why have a different color plate, glossy, matte, ivory, bright white, this cannot be changed or switched out to match the rest of the room.

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@fraserd It's not upside down. Putting the "ground" prong on top is the new "code" for all public and business buildings - for safety.
It's looks weird, but the idea is that something falling on the plug can't short the circuit by crossing the poles.

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This looked like a great idea... until I realized it's a different color than all the other wall outlets in my house.

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@benyust2: Doesn't whether they're upside-down, sideways, or whatever.