Charlie Brown Commercialization

Do you think Charlie Brown would object that his own little tree has been commercialized? $20 for a replica—and plastic no less—tree.  I’m sure he would be appalled.  You can buy yours on Amazon.

December 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Commercials

I think there should be a rule put in place about commercial repetition. I get tired of the same commercial playing over and over and over. A specific commercial should only be able to run once every 2 hours on a given channel. Also, they should have a short expiration date. Think of the Superbowl – all new commercials that people actually watch and you don’t see the same one twice.

If ABC has to run 6 minutes of commercials to pay the bills, at least give me some variety.

November 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm 3 comments

Holiday Weekend Plans

A lot of people have started (at least it’s new to me) scheduling their weddings/reunions/etc on holiday weekends.  As much as I’m sure you think you’re making it easy for your guests to travel given a long weekend, it seems somewhat rude to me.  Those weekends are my vacation too.  It’s not that I don’t want to go to your wedding or my own high school reunion, but any Saturday would suffice.  Instead, my long weekend plans now take a backseat to yours because realistically, am I going to say no?

May 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

Shopping habits end Black Friday?

I understand the point of Black Friday to be a store offering some crazy deals in an attempt to lure you into the store. The store doesn’t want to sell everyone a $99 tv, but by offering 3 per store they can get 100 people to show up.

Over the course of the last few years, more and more people are shopping for these deals online. If this pattern continues, the store will only be selling the deep discounted items and will, most likely, not be able to get you to buy those other impulse buys you may have made in the store.

The end result will be stores not being able to offer such deep discounts because of the losses they aren’t making up in extra item sales.

November 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm Leave a comment

How to get a deal at Art Van Furniture

Looking to pick up some new furniture, perhaps at a discount? Here are some tips from my most recent furniture purchase.

  • LOCATIONS: Visit multiple locations.  Of the 3 stores I visited, there was different furniture on the floor at each one.  You may find something you like better or a similar piece at a better price
  • SPECIALS: Once you know what you want, check the Art Van website for current specials.  They love to run specials on Wednesday or holidays.  Sometimes it’s no sales tax, other times it’s a percentage off, or no-interest financing.  Also, check the Art Van Facebook page for “member” specials.  You qualify for these too!  If they are vague (ie “Huge Sale”) call the store and ask what the sale entails.
  • PAYMENT TYPE: Ask the salesperson if you can get an extra discount for paying with cash/check
  • SPECIAL ALTERNATIVE: Ask if you can get a discount instead of taking the interest-free financing
  • NEGOTIATE: If you’re salesperson won’t budge on the price, find a salesperson who will.  Find someone who has not spoken with you yet and blatantly ask them “Do you want to make a sale today?” If they can’t help either, be ready to walk away and wait for the next big sale
  • 30 DAY PRICE MATCH: After you make your purchase, you have a 30 day price guarantee.  Check back on the websites for new specials to make sure you got the best price possible (they won’t notify you of a better price, you have to call them on it)

During my experience, I did each of these things.  I found what I wanted at the 3rd store.  The couch was in stock in the color I wanted instead of having to special order a similar couch ($200 savings by not having to special order 2 pieces).  I asked about paying in cash and getting an extra discount instead of taking the financing but didn’t have luck with those.

When my salesperson would not budge on price (current offer was they pay 6% sales tax), I pretended to leave.  I then approached a salesperson and asked “Would you like to make a sale today?“.  I explained what I wanted and he went to talk to his manager and came back with a total of 10% off (+4% discount from existing sale).  When I explained that I was hoping for more of a discount, I was informed of a special at one store only where I could get 20% off (+14% discount from existing sale).  The event was advertised on facebook but did not explicitly state the percent savings.  A quick call to the store confirmed 20% off.

I have been checking the website for better deals now that I’m in my 30 day price match period.  This Wednesday there is a 15% off special.  Not quite what I got, but if you would have paid full price, it would be a significant savings.

Happy furniture hunting!

November 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm 7 comments

The Realization of time it takes to maintain a blog

As demonstrated by my lack of posts over the last 7 months, maintaining a blog is hard work.   You really have to be dedicated to whatever you’re writing about and although I am still complaining about as much as I was at this time last year, I think my complaints are mostly the same as what I’ve written about before.  It still costs too much to raise a kid, Sonic is still disappointing, and I switched pharmacy’s and have had no issues.

I’m trying not to let this site turn into one of the thousands of abandoned blogs with the last post being from 8 years ago.  Obviously however, my efforts are lacking. Maybe I’m just coming to terms with life and the things I can’t change. More likely, I’ve been lazy and haven’t put much thought into spending 10 minutes writing down a few thoughts.

I am fully aware that 5 people actually visit this site on purpose (the rest come from google images looking to steal my pictures). However, I think the fact that those 5 people still look for dumb posts here makes it worth my while.

Here’s to the next post and hoping like so many other blogs (see photo below), this isn’t the last post that someone finds in the year 2018.

July 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm 3 comments

Attempting to watch Discovery Channel videos

Has anyone else noticed how terrible The Discovery Channel is about it’s online videos?  Want to catch an episode of Mythbusters you missed?  Well, you can watch a few portions of it, in the form of a 13 clip playlist – with a 30 second commercial between each one.  Oh, and did I mention that the video clips are as short at 17 seconds?

Perhaps, if you could actually see the whole episode this way, I could deal with it.  You would be able to jump to the part you care about – but no.  Half the time the necessary portions of the show aren’t even available.

What’s the point of posting twenty 20 second clips that don’t resolve the show?

June 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Annoying Hockey Fans Waving at the Cameras

Watching the NHL playoffs, and really any regular season game, I notice a handful of people who think it’s awesome to stand up in front of the camera in the middle of the game. The like to wave and jump around and are usually on their cell phone talking to their buddy: “Can you see me now?”.

The ushers at the hockey games do a good job prohibiting people from returning to their seats until there is a stoppage in play. This is a courtesy to both the patrons attending the game and the viewers at home as the progression of people up the stairs usually interferes with the camera views.

I think the ushers should make an example of these idiots who continually standing/waving/jumping around. Yes, they are distracting the viewers at home and blocking views of the game, but they are also annoying the people around them.

Kick them out. Set the example with a few and the problem will go away. Just like everyone respects standing at the section entrance until a stoppage in play – setting the rule in place now will make it common courtesy in the future.

May 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm 1 comment

Q-Tips: A Better Marketing Campaign

I noticed in Target’s circular this morning a box of Q-tips for sale.  The box contains 750 Q-tips for $3.79.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t clean my ears out every single day.  Why not advertise this box as a whole year’s worth of Q-tips?  Or something to the tone of “Clean ears for less than a penny a day”.  Make people think about exactly what they are getting compared to the cost.  I think a year’s supply sounds pretty enticing, especially for less than four bucks.

April 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

An Implied Dress Code

Today being St. Patrick’s Day, most people wear some green attire. Be it a shirt, socks, or even a button, people usually dress at least partially to help celebrate the day.

I like days like this. It makes picking what to wear in the morning very easy. GREEN SHIRT. I think I would be an advocate of wearing a uniform to work, or perhaps “color days”. Monday is blue, Tuesday red, etc. Remove the thinking about getting dressed in the morning and save me 2 minutes (more time to sleep).

Now I could do this on my own, but I think one person actively pursuing a color coded week would stand out. It would probably turn into a big joke. But if, for the most part, everyone participated, it wouldn’t be so odd.

March 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm 3 comments

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