Adventure 1: Buying hard drives!
-OfficeMax has appropriate HD on sale at good price w/2 rebates!
-BUT online ordering system fails to credit me for one of the rebates and phone-support person will not acknowledge the problem, so. . .
-CompUSA has adequate HD on sale at great price w/2 rebates!
-BUT online ordering system won’t let me check out, even though I attempt to place order multiple times over two days, using two different browsers. Can’t get a human being on the phone. Remembering wasted time from OfficeMax experience, it’s time to. . .
-ABANDON SHIP. Now I will wait for an Office Depot sale or buy from Old (relatively) Reliable.
Adventure 2: Camera repair!
-Find name of local repair guy recommended by someone in online discussion forum. Excellent! A trustworthy local craftsman! Call him up => no answer. Repeat for about a week. Consider visiting his shop (about five miles away). . .
-BUT with traffic this would take an hour and he might not be there => not worth it.
-Return to online discussion group, find name of highly recommended repair person 3k miles away. I email query, she replies promptly with answers and a price quote. I drive ten minutes to FedEx office and ship camera (which will be shipped back directly to my address, negating any need for me to pick it up).