That Funny Itch in my Wallet Region
I haven't been blogging in a week or two. Been feeling down. I wasn't sure what it was - bloggeritis? The impending 'holiday season' and all the associated madness? Too much work at work?
Then Tom got me thinking. And suddenly I knew. The feeling was coming from my Wallet! It was Pent Up Consumer Demand! (PUCD). All this money I've been saving for a rainy day was making me feel...uncomfortable. I had an ache in my patriotic bone, knowing that I had not been properly stimulating our economy. So when I heard about the specials that stores would be running this holiday season, I decided to replace some essentials.
Today I feel great. When I decided to do the shopping spree, it was all or nothing, baby. I joined the ranks of the consumer-shopping-frenzied-insane-assholes who show up at the store at 7am for the deals on inventory companies don't want anymore!
And boy, was it fun! I got stuff I needed, and helped major corporations heal their balance sheets by reducing inventories and increasing cash flow! No more PUCD!
The Epson 780 printer that I've been using really sucks. Actually, it's the ink. The printer prints fine. But if I don't use it every day, the ink seems to dry out, leaving the printer with terrible streaks. I then have to run a 'head cleaning' cycle, which uses up ink, in order to use more ink. Good bye Epson, hello, HP 940c, which got a lot of good Epinions and was on sale today at Staples for $39 after rebate!
Now onto the scanner - my old Agfa SnapScan 310 is actually fine, but it's got a pretty low resolution, and no drivers for WindowXP. In fact, the SCSI card I have for it doesn't have XP drivers either, so it's been running on a spare machine. Hell with that! Hello, Visioneer USB 5800 [epinions], also on sale at Staples.
While I was giddly jockying for position with the other early shoppers frantically searching the aisles for deals (Quant. 25 per store only! While Supplies Last! Brands vary by region! Your Mileage may Vary!) I also picked up some blank CD-Rs (free after rebate!), 50 3.5" floppies (you never have a blank one when you need one, you know?), a USB 2.0 Hub (I only have USB 1.1 but I'll have 2.0 one day, I know!) and a pencil sharpener for the wife.
Boy, I wish everything had rebates! I feel like buying 10 cars, taking the $1000 cash back on each, and buying an extra car with the savings! Well, one can dream...
When my spree was done, my wallet was a lot lighter. The pain was gone. And now the stock market will come back, and all will be right with the world.
And in just 8 to 10 weeks, rebate checks will flood my mailbox and refresh my bank account with the money I didn't really spend!
Just in time for President's Day Sales, I'll stave off my next bout of PUCD!