Saturday, January 27, 2007

BCGC

We live in a world of acronyms. That's a given. All kinds of words in our vocabulary can be dissected into an acronym of some sort. With that in mind, I came up with my own acronym. Now, I have to be careful how I spell it because, if you Google this, it refers to some gun club, and that is certainly not my intent.

My acronym is BCGC, which refers to 'Buy Cheap Get Cheap'. We use this frequently during our shopping extravaganzas. You know it. You've been looking around for the best deal on something. You think that you found the best widget that there is. But there's a similar widget that costs less. More often than not, if you bought the cheaper widget, something will go wrong. It'll break. It'll have missing pieces. It'll stop working. Something. It's like shoes, or my other love, handbags. If you buy cheap shoes (or cheap handbags), something will not be right. And, of course, everyone will be able to tell that you are wearing cheap shoes or have purchased a cheap handbag.

Now, I have to confess, sometimes BCGC doesn't always work. Sometimes you can buy cheap and get amazing. Like last week. I went looking for a new pair of earbuds for my iPod. Did you realize that there's a plethora of earbuds and headsets available? Well, if you didn't, here's a newsflash...there are! I had a specific requirement though...the earbuds had to stay in (on?) my ears. It's not a huge or highly technical requirement, but kind of an important one if planning on using an iPod. So, a couple of years ago, I had a set of earphones that I had that I really liked, but I don't know what happened to them. I had that style in mind when I went on my hunt, but for some reason silicon everything seems to be IN these days. Must be cheap production or something (certainly not cheap retail). I found a set that I though I liked.....specially made for iPod.....and they cost $90. Ack! My chest heaved, and I was having a problem with spending that amount of money on something soooo tiny. They were pretty flimsy too. The actual earpiece was made of flexible silicon (go figure), which made my main requirement, staying in my ears, virtually impossible.

So, back to the store they went, and $90 plus dollars went back into my pocket.

Off to another store, where they also had earpieces, in fact they had a set like the ones that I was originally looking for. So instead of buying what I wanted and walking out of the store, I made the mistake of letting the salesperson talk me into the other pair....the flimsy silicon earpiece set. "Oh they'll be easy on your ears...they'll be perfect for the gym....blah blah blah". Of course, we all know what happened. I got them home. I tried them on (or tried to). I spent a half hour trying to get the stupid things clipped onto my ears. They finally fell out of my ears.

Back to the store.

I bought the other ones. The nice geeky, hard plastic ones. The ones that won't fall out, no matter what.

The kicker was this. They only cosy $20 AND they had a better sound than the $90 set (at least that's what I found anyway).

So, the next time you go shopping, I hope you think of BCGC...and then think again. 'Cause ya just never really know...do ya? It could be BCGC or it could be BCGA?