odd little things that add up big...

or... leave no stone unturned:

after weeks of hemming and hawing, researching, reading reviews, questioning friends, tarot cards, 8 balls and flipping coins,  i finally decided which CHEAP laptop i was going to charge an arm, leg two fingers and a toe for on my credit card...



and i put said laptop in my cart online...

and before i checked out it asked;
'would you like to extend the service contract for this laptop for two years for $39.99?"  

well, since this is me and "annies" law can often apply, i clicked yes.

my cart was then re calculated and i proceeded to the check out where i was greeted with;
"one or more items in your cart is currently unavailable.  please delete the unavailable item(s) and proceed to the check out..."

it turned out they were no longer offering the extended service contract.  oh well, thought i, that's ok i am willing to take my chances and go without it...  trust the force annie...

i removed the extended warranty and noted that after it re-calculated my cart, it said all items were in stock and available to ship.  so once again, i proceeded to check out.

but again i was greeted with;
"we're sorry, one or more items in your cart is currently unavailable...."

so i remove the laptop which still, as i said, says; "IN STOCK AND AVAILABLE TO SHIP."

odd i think, so i decide to shop for it again...

and yes said laptop is still "IN STOCK AND AVAILABLE TO SHIP"  but now the price has risen by $100...

$100!?!?

no, i am NOT kidding...  am i willing to pay $100 more for it?  um....  no. 

oh well, maybe i really did need the arm, leg two fingers and a toe more than i needed a laptop for work... besides, i tell myself, i can always bring the work laptop home with me... it's just not meant to be.

a day or two went by before i got that email that says; "oops, you left something in your cart..."  even though you know darn right well you didn't... anyway, while i was muttering to myself about bots monitoring your every move i noticed a tiny picture of a "buy a  laptop get a case free" bundle at the bottom of the email and figure what the heck and clicked it just for toots and grins...

and checked to see if the laptop i wanted was part of the deal....

nope...

but wait! there's more!

i was presented with a better bundle; "buy a laptop, get a printer, two ink cartridges, a carrying case and a 8gb flash drive free."

*CLICK*

hey! look! the laptop i wanted was available with this bundle for $40 more...

i know angels were singing because i not only got the laptop i wanted, i got a printer, two ink cartriges, a carrying case and an 8gb flash drive for less than the first original price on the laptop...

so WITH tax and handling fees it cost me a total of $4 more than just buying the laptop at it's original price had they not said it was unavailable....

to good to be true right?  trust me i checked;
is this laptop refurbished?  nope...
is anything else refurbished?  nope...
is this laptop still $100 more in price than when i first put it in my cart?  yep...
is this a joe schmo seller and not the store i am purchasing from? nope...

will this purchase make it to the finish line?

YES!  SCORE!

and they even shipped it to my door free!

but i think the monkeys were still celebrating for me when they sent it, because the flash drive and fabric case came this morning in a very big FED-EX truck...

and the computer and printer came this afternoon in a tiny car with my regular mail carrier... 

i checked today and the computer i bought is still available on it's own at the hiked price of $100 more...

meaning, i saved $96 plus shipping and handling AND i got a printer, ink, carrying case and a flash drive to boot...

i am blessed... 

however i am now afraid to open the boxes....



    

9 comments:

  1. Yeah, the pic on the box is a "usage suggestion" and "here's a battery, laptop not included" :D

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    1. HA!! no doubt Indigo!!
      although i must admit, it was all there... do you remember when computers used to come with paper volumes of user information and tons of software - with reboot discs? now you get one little paper that says; "good luck figuring this one out sucker!"

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  2. Wait - what? Sounds like the clowns are running that circus!

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    1. ...with a drunk ringmaster to boot! ;)

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  3. If you can get your laptop in one shipment, I'll call it a win. (Says the woman who had to go through five shipments to get one toilet.)

    *tosses confetti in air*

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    1. *waves like a princess and blows kisses through the confetti*

      this arrived safely, ten days sooner than it was supposed to arrive in fact...

      though i have to admit, i have a very hard time accepting that i have been blessed without waiting in fear of whatever bad may come...

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  4. Well, it sounds like a good deal to me, so I say enjoy it while you can!

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  5. Sometimes things just don't go bad after the good, so enjoy :)

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  6. Oh, online ordering...such an adventure ;) Very glad it all turned out well in the end!

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