Sunday, September 07, 2008
A shopping we went
Serge announced rather early that it was the day for buying a flat-screen. I had to chuckle when he put it this way: Enough wanting, it's time for having. It's true he's been yearning for this ever since the first tiny ten-grand models came out in the 90's. So he's referring to at least ten years of wanting. And here's the great part, the twelve monthly interest free payments are approximately the amount I used to spend on cigarettes. It's practically free, I reasoned with myself. I didn't want to haggle. I found the advertised model I wanted. 46" full HD for under $1500. The salesman didn't want to sell it for that price so it was lucky I had brought the ad in from that very day's newspaper. He explained that their paper got blown away in the morning wind so they didn't know. Pul-ease. It's just a given that you are a liar if you are trying to sell me a television, car, or any other big ticket item. Slime, all of them. I also had to prove that the paper offered 12 interest free payments. He only wanted to give me three.
We brought it home and made love to the box before we opened it.
Oh I didn't mention it but we had to buy a new cable box for the HD signal and channels. They have two models, the basic and the TIVO kind where you can pause and record, skip commercials and the like. Something else we've wanted for five years. We sprang for it so now I am ready for winter baby, ready for winter. Then you have to buy a wire to go from your cable box to your new HD TV. We saw a show about this, how it's a total rip off and how the 10 dollar cord worked exactly as well as the $100 cord. We even specifically told the salesman we didn't want to buy a hundred dollar cord. Here, look what happened.
I still can't believe we said yes. But no matter, we now have this!