Shopping for last-minute holiday gifts can be tough, what with the manic crowds, the picked-over selections, and the general terrifying uncertainty about the entire retail landscape now that the City has no Values. Helping you continue procrastinating indefinitely: Selling The Lie.
Developed by a Philly lawyer's wife all too familiar with constant lies, STL's a service designed to buy negligent gift-givers time to actually go get the present(s) they forgot, covering their butts with all the lies and backstory needed to explain away an empty spot under the tree, letting you blame retailers with the "It's not me, it's them!" defense Mel Gibson uses for everything. The devious brilliance works like this: hit the site, pick a store (right now: handbags, clothing, and jewelry) you'd like to "buy" a gift from, and STL'll create a fake invoice for whatever you ordered, a second notification that it's unfortunately on back-order, and ultimately, a (very conciliatory) cancellation/refund message sometime after the 25th, although hopefully not on the 26th, 'cause then your giftee's Boxing Day will be ruined too. Should the non-recipient (understandably) doubt your story and decide to snoop around the e-store themselves, you're still in the clear, as all of STL's faux-sites will appear as "down due to maintenance" or "unexpected traffic", which is guaranteed to work perfectly, because no one can really be mad when Steve Winwood shows up places announced.
While it's obviously perfect timing for Christmas, STL plans on switching out the "retailer" sites to match the upcoming/already passed holidays (e.g., flowers for Valentine's Day), and to buy yourself time just costs $5 -- which back in '08, probably could've bought your special someone an entire City's worth of Value.