BIRMINGHAM, ENG. - At a local PC World superstore Jack Smith was buying a 50-inch (127cm) Sony Bravia 3D just in time to beat the 1st Jan VAT rise in Britain.
The VAT rise means that the price of the TV could rise from £600 (US$935) to £700 (US$1090).
However, unluckily for Jack, the barcode was halfway across the laser sensor when 0000GMT occured, leaving Jack with half a TV with the original VAT and half with the new VAT.
It cost him £650 (US$1010) in total.
"I'm not chuffed," he said. "I got half the pixels in one decade, and the other half in the next decade. Not good, I tell ya. Still, decent TV. I can watch it with me whole family."
I then informed him that he needed separate 3D glasses for each person.
"What?" he exclaimed. "How much is them?" I pointed to a display box.
"£100 (US$160) for a pack of four?" I shook my head. "Oh crap. £150 (US$240) for a pack of four, today isn't it?"