Saturday, January 2, 2010

vanity of vanities

The week before Christmas an item that I have been wanting went on "sale". Three different stores had this electronic gadget for its regular price BUT all three had extra incentives to go with it. Wal-Mart was throwing in a free $50 itunes giftcard, BestBuy, for an extra $20, was offering $50 worth of merchandise, and Target was offering an extra pair of headphones for half-off. I didn't have time before leaving to thoroughly investigate prices and items, so when we got to AL and my sister was heading to Wally World late Christmas Eve, I sent her with my credit card and driver's license. (Our handwriting looks close enough and my DL pic is an old one so we could pass for each other on it.)

She came back with the item in tow and I was so excited...until I saw it. It was green. I hate green. I like green in nature, but that's about it. So we stopped at Wal-Mart at 40/42 on the way home to see if we could exchange the item for a blue or black one, only to be told they had sold out of EVERY SINGLE ITEM!!! Today while out and about we stopped at the Wal-Mart in Garner, and they not only had the same item, they had it in BLUE!!! (black was my second choice)

In my simple mind, all they had to do was swap the unopened nano for a different nano. 45 minutes, three managers and three sales clerk later, it was a done deal. I understand that technology complicates things (they couldn't figure out how to ring up the exchange because there was a free gift card included in the original transaction), but it made me a little sad that what should be common sense and straightforward required so much consultation and approval for a simple swap. When we finished, my dear not-so understanding husband looked at me and said, "All this for your vanity?" I simply smiled and said "Yes." What more could I say?

Now, if they had insisted I give up or pay for the free gift card that went with since the promotion was no longer taking place, I would have stuck with a green nano.
But thankfully that didn't have to be. Did I mention that this one is blue and shiny?

I probably won't blog tomorrow as I'll be charging the battery and surfing itunes. :O) Music suggestions anyone?


Jennifer said...

so was it a mp3 player? (can you tell I am so ignorant on these things?

Monica said...

No, it's an ipod (the Apple Computer brand of an mp3 player). The nano is the middle version (both cost and feature) and this 5th generation version has a video camera included with it, which excites me very much!

gypsy@Hebrews11:13 said...

All this new technology confuses me...I'm happy with my PC:) NO ipods or MP3 thingies for me:) Glad you found the color you want, though, and I COMPLETELY understand wanting a color you like.

Green is my favorite color:)

gypsy@Hebrews11:13 said...

Oh- and I'm just catching up with your blog and I love the post you did on Bobby's accident. Very moving and a reminder once again of all the different ways that God blesses us!!!