2016-06-01 Wed

Observations

So.

Into a well-known store this afternoon. I shan稚 name it, but it used to be known as Radio-Shack.

I need a new set of Ear Buds for my Phone. I seem to buy a new set every six months.

Either I lose them, step on them, or the wire chafes which flicks the signals on and off, making it sound like the Spanish reporters are running from one side of my head to the other with every step I take.

$15+tax.

OK.

Would I like the $5 add-on Warranty?

Now I am dead-set against these scams, because stores that offer them are basically asking ME to bet that the product will break down before its expected life is completed.

If I take the add-on Warranty I am betting that for $5 I値l get a $15 set of ear buds for free when the new set breaks down.

Why would I buy a $15 set of ear-buds AND bet that they are not going to work after a few months?

Then the sweet young thing (I find that nowadays they are all 都weet young things!) sweetened the pot by saying that the warranty was good for three years from today, and was good for two replacements!

展hat! I said.

Then, 展hat? I asked.

SWT said that if, after six months, the buds broke, I could walk into any Used-To-Be-Known-As-Radio-Shack store and just get a replacement set.

展hat? I said.

Yes, said SWT, and if six months later that replacement set breaks down, I could walk into any Used-To-Be-Known-As- Radio-Shack store and just get a replacement replacement set.

But after two replacements I was done.

Or after three years.

The store is STILL asking me to place a bet that my new ear-buds are going to break down, and I only bet on sure-things. Not horses or boxing matches or baseball games or the quality of anything not made by me.

So why did I buy the $5 warranty?

Because SWT pointed to the broken set of ear-buds in my hand and pointed out that I could, as an example, walk into any Used-To-Be-Known-As- Radio-Shack store and get a replacement set for this broken set I bought, Oh!, six months ago.

So I reasoned that for $20 I was getting three sets of ear-buds, whereas for $15 I would be getting only one set.

I reasoned further that I couldn稚 just GET a new set, I壇 probably have to turn in the old set, so I can稚 spend tomorrow morning collecting my two new sets and be done with the store that Used-To-Be-Known-As- Radio-Shack store for three years.