There have been times in my life when I
seem to have an uncanny knack to pick a
sales person who drives me nuts.
I like to think I’m an informed consumer
and try to do research before making a
purchase. I check Consumer Reports, ask
friends, and read reviews first.
This isn’t a new phenomena with me, it
actually goes back to 1968. I decided I
wanted a brand new Camaro, had the cash
to buy it, and cruised over to the local
It started out good, the salesman asked
‘can I help you?”
To which I replied: yes, I want a new
dark blue Camaro with a 350 horse 327, a
four-speed and a posi rear-end.
And it began. He replied with ‘ I think
you would be happier with an older Impala’.
Needless to say, I didn’t get the Camaro.
Another time I went to an Appliance store
with the intention of buying a TV. Same
thing. Started out good with ‘how may I
You can help me buy a new 25-inch Zenith
black screen TV.
And then it happened.
You don’t want a Zenith, let show you
Why do they even bother asking us what we
want only to try to talk us into buying
something we don’t?
And don’t get me started on cell phones.
Have you ever tried to buy a phone that
only makes phone calls from these people?
The last time I went looking for such a
critter I ended up with a phone that takes
pictures, does text messaging, and probably
even doubles as a flashlight!
Now I’m getting bugged to get a “smart”
phone. I usually respond with; why do I
Then I get the old song and dance about
being able to receive and send emails, surf
the internet, take pictures and video, check
the weather, and listen to songs.
But I have a computer, a camera, can check
the weather on TV, and watch my radio for
If my computer goes down I can still take
pictures. If the radio quits working I can
still check e-mail.
If the phone goes berserk, and I get rid
of the others, I’m lost. Sometimes progress
just doesn’t make a lot of sense to this
Comments are always welcome.