Thursday, November 03, 2005

Amazon, Play and Divorcing Parents

OK so I am in a very Bloggy mood today, nobody is forcing you to read this! I know the title is a little confusing, so allow me to explain.

Often if I am bored, annoyed or in some other way experiencing some negative emotion of any kind, I feel the urge to browse through things that I would like to own. Occasionally I will buy something that I shouldn't buy, certainly for the price. Usually though, I buy things that are 'bargains' and can thus, in quite a womanly fashion, count the discount as a 'saving'. With me so far? Good.

Now, the important thing to note here is that my purchases generally increase in direct proportion to the decrease in my mood. This is where the Divorcing parents bit comes in. It's been noted that divorcing parents will often attempt to buy the affections of their offspring with material items, even going so far as to be in direct competition with one another. This is how I feel about Play and Amazon. See, I've been buying my DVDs from Play of late because they are absolute bargains and delivery is included in the cost. I've been bribed across but also they are evilly making me spend my money.

Yes Rich, they are making me do it, Quiet at the back.

Now I went on today just to check an order I have lodged at Play and I notice that the 3rd Lord of The Rings movie, extended verison, was going for around £13. Bargain. So I check the trilogy Box set which I've been waiting to come down in price. £30. Uber Bargain!

I came to, just before I clicked the 'Confirm Order' button and stopped myself. I went across to Amazon, just for a look. They had it for about £3 less, not much I'll grant you but a psycological blow that won them back their errant child. I also bought The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry, discussed in my previous post. Yes, Lord Of The Rings may be very geeky, but it also rocks so bite me.

You see how I am a mere pawn in the bitter rivalry between these two companies?

And that's what I plan to tell the bank manager. What do you think?


Olivia said...

They really do go away if you check the Delete Forever box underneath.

MattJ said...

haha! now your comment looks really weird :p

Olivia said...

Yes, but not like when everyone says, "Oh look, you've got nasty porn spam." And then the author deletes the spam and their comments look really really weird...

MJ said... opinion is that instead of buying stuff compulsively you should try to work on bettering your mood so that you don't get the urge to buy stuff as often

Paddy Duncan said...

I tried that but I ended up buying lots of books about the art of Zen from Amazon in the quest for enlightenment.

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