Re: Help for the feeble-minded: Internet shopping.
I confess to being a horrible shopper. I have only one thing left on my Christmas list and so I thought I would just pick it up at Target today since I was going to be there anyway.
I didn't count on the fact that asking a question or two would automatically make me a moron not worthy of the time it took to answer me.
I didn't buy it. I came home and called the game store in my neigborhood - they had part of what I needed but not the other part.
Mr. B suggested E-Bay.
So I thought I'd check out Amazon.
I'm glad you pretty much got your problem solved (I think), and there were so many people to help.
I do some internet shopping, but almost all of the time it's something I know a particular site has got, and I know what I want, like florists, artwork, seeds, etc
To kinda just take this in a different direction as far as your experience, I'm wondering about a few things
You said this is a gift for xmas, so you've got a couple of weeks.
That thing that happened to you at Target? For me, the buck would have stopped right there. I'm all into only spending my money at places that appreciate my business, but I've also got to realize that the kid behind the game counter isn't going to be there in 2 months, and doesn't care about Targets profits.
As far as technology, I am a complete idiot, and frankly, I like it that way
I have no idea what an x box or whatevere it's called is, I would have absolutely no idea how to begin to work an ipod, I've never played a home video game, and on the odd occassion I want to watch a movie, I have to stand in front of the dvd player for a few minutes to even find the power button.
Funny though, I'm great with stuff like this, or researching info, etc.
Left/brained, Right/brained I guess.
About a decade ago I went through a real tough time having to talk with people when it involved techy stuff. I felt stupid and apologetic that I was taking up their time.
I mean, how could I ask a question, if I wasn't even sure what I wanted to know?
Some people who are supposed to be there to help you can be like sharks who smell blood in the water.
Then, one day, I just had an epiphany.
It was after I made a phone call to a store, was really careful to have written down my question so I would get it right, carefully explained, and for my efforts I got sneered at by someone who probably still lived at home with their parents.
Some dam broke open and I remember saying something like - Why are you trying to make me feel stupid and not helping me? You work there and you're supposed to be courteous and answer my questions and thank me for spending my money there!
I'm confidant that the person at Target would have helped me after we had a 30 second, lowed voiced conversation. I specialize in attitude adjustments. No profanity, no insults, just laying it on the line how it's gonna be. Like I said, I understand not patronizing a store who treats me badly, but this person wouldn't be enough to keep me from getting what I wanted.
The game store you called that didn't have the 2nd part? Couldn't they have ordered it for you?
If they wanted your money, they would have gotten it.
I know you're not a pushover, like Noddy often sez "hold your dominian"
You don't have to be loud or rude, just firm.