Up next is a feature that represents about the best example of depreciation that I could possibly find -- better than an S-Class Merc from the 90s? Why yes. Try $2.9 million in 2007 to $25k today. That is 1% of the original value in less than a decade. This thing makes an A6 look like a Prius in terms of depreciation and you can give your friends cancer! Find this 2007 Mack Rapiscan XRay Scanning Truck offered here on eBay currently bidding for $25,100 with 7 days to go.
As with everything you see on these pages, the first question you might ask yourself is "what is this?" followed quickly by "why do I want it?" Rapiscan is a company that manufactures Xray scanning equipment for airport security needs, such as the Rape-or-Scan system used in most modern airports (in case you've been on the no fly list for the past decade, this is where the TSA officer asks you if you'd like the rape or the scan?). This particular rig is a full sized mobile vehicle scanning setup that uses an x-ray array to generate an image of a vehicle contents as it passes through the sensor loop.
After parking the rig at a roadside checkpoint, you can direct smugglers, bandits, and potential evil-doers through the deployed sensor boom. Proponents of the scan first, ask questions later approach claim the backscatter X-rays won't give you cancer ort violate your 4th amendment rights! I'm not so sure....
The technology allows you to see the hidden drug containers, gold bars, bombs, human slaves, and disgusting amoebae-shaped nekkid truck drivers alike. Not sure what a private individual would need with one of these rigs, but maybe you own a retail shopping mall? If folks are willing to show their receipt to the dude at the door in Costco, will they balk at driving their SUV through one of these on way out of a Walmart parking garage? Who knows, but it would be fun to find out.
Actually, the real reason you are going to buy this thing is because it is loaded chock-full of all manner of electromechanical doo-dads, zip-zaps, and gizmos. Routers, PLCs, flat-screens, PCs, radioactive control panels, power supplies, giant fuse panels, connector blocks -- it is geek heaven.
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