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A Perfect Example of Why You Never, Ever Buy a Used Keyboard [Humorous Image]

Just go buy a new keyboard…unless you are into masochistic self-torture or other similar pursuits…

Note: If you have the stomach for it, you can view the full-size version of the image here.

I’m never going to buy a used keyboard ever again. [via Reddit Tech Support Gore]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/11/12

Comments (13)

  1. tony

    Without backstory, it’s a fail.

    Could be a perfect keyboard will worth a set cheap gloves and some elbow grease. Now, if it was purchased without keys, that’s all on the buyer.

  2. Oo Oo Oo

    How do you know what kind of filth is on (or embedded) in that keyboard? How do you know the previous owner wasn’t using it in other “filthy” ways?

    HELLO?! I don’t know about you, but cleaning body fluids off of a keyboard is NOT my idea of a good value even if it were free.


  3. dirty_thirdy

    Dandruff flakes, fallen hair and cheese potato chips.
    These kind of stuff are always common in desktop keyboards and I admit that my desktop keyboard have all these stuff underneath the keys!

  4. Martin

    Yep, and when you hit alt + tab a chicken bone batons you in the eyebrow

  5. Keith

    for me, it was a toothpick.

    : )

  6. Asian Angel

    @Martin & Keith – Either that or some newly evolved life-form never before seen on planet Earth crawls out of the keyboard and hisses at you “Aliens style” before jumping (slithering?) down to the floor and hiding somewhere beneath your desk… ~_^

  7. Jim

    Speaking from experience: Those cheese puffs/cheese doodles/cheetos can force a person to buy a new beyboard.

  8. Tiffany

    What is a good way to clean a keyboard? Mine needs cleaning but how on earth do you get into the crevices or under the key buttons?

  9. Kevalin

    +1 to Asian Angel… though I think it would crawl into one of those horribly dirty computer towers HTG is always photographically sharing with us. ;-)

  10. MIke

    4/10, not impressed. I have seen and cleaned worse.

  11. Ushindi

    I AM impressed – I have NOT seen and cleaned worse.

  12. Alex R

    Actually, dismantle it and place it in a dishwasher works great, just make sure that it’s completely dry before putting it back together, made that mistake!

  13. Riker

    I bought several used keyboards of the same model. Salvaged for parts to repair mine.

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