SOLSC Day 4
I love a sale.
A few months ago Kathy received a message saying that support for her computer would be discontinued. Her computer isn’t all that old, at least not in my book. Anyway, we really weren’t really looking for a replacement at this time. I know you sense a “yet”coming so here it is. Yet, while we were at Staples getting some ink cartridges for our printer we thought we would look to see what they had.
Kathy had a few requirements the biggest of which being that it have a CD ROM drive. She has many CDs that came with her sewing machine and some of her quilt book so she needs a way to watch them. She didn’t want to have to buy an external drive to be able to watch her CDs.
Secondly, it had to be an HP. This is the only brand of computer we have ever had. She is used to its workings and is comfortable with it.
As luck would have it they had one that met her needs plus it had a 17 inch screen. This was not a requirement but a nice extra. The best part, it was on sale for $399. I guess this way they can advertise new computers for under $400. Don’t you just love marketing strategies?
So, we looked for Neil, the salesman. We like him because he is extremely knowledgeable and very patient with seniors like us. He listened to Kathy’s needs and agreed that the computer we were looking at would do what she wanted.
Then came the add-ons. Of course Kathy needs Microsoft Office because she is librarian for her quilt guild. She writes a monthly column for the guild newsletter plus keeps an excel spreadsheet with the library holdings. Now, did she want the Office software that has to be renewed yearly or did she want the buy the once and be done version. Oh, and to sweeten the deal if we bought office they would throw in a free mouse. Now I ask you, who could pass up a deal like that?She went with the once and done version. Add some $$$.
Next, to protect the computer it was necessary to install virus protection. Staples just started using McAfee. OK, this is needed. Let’s add a few more $$$.
Now, did we want them to set up the computer and transfer files from old to new? Of course, if we went with all three there was a 20% discount on the total package of services. Well, she needed her guild files plus other things on the new computer. What’s a few more $$$.
Let us not forget that we need to buy a new jump drive as well. This was needed to back up the system so that if anything were to happen all start up information could once again be reinstalled. Although not super expensive let us add a few more $$$.
Now, over to the desk to tally up the damages. Suddenly that computer that was on sale for $399, with add-ons and taxes was now nearing the $1000 mark. I just love a sale.