Tuesday 30 December 2014

It Is a Good Deal

I was browsing the Memory Express website last night and I came across this item in the clearance section of the site.

Needless to say, I was intrigued how the regular price could be $79.99, have a 125% discount and the clearance price would be $180.00. Now, I don’t profess to have any kind of mad math skills, but if I had handed in a paper with this equation to my Grade 10 math teacher Mr. Scott, I would have ended up in the hall once again.

Today, I decided I just had to know what this advertisement was all about. I asked the guy at the front desk where it said “INFORMATION” and he said “That’s the only way we can do it. Go talk to one of the sales guys.” The sign on the desk would be more accurate if it read “FUCK OFF AND DON’T TALK TO ME”.

I got in line to talk to a sales guy and eventually one asked me if he could help. I gave him the printed information and he looked mystified when he read it. He wandered into the back and I watched him go back and forth five or six times. He came out and wandered over the desk that should read “FUCK OFF AND DON’T TALK TO ME” to talk to the guy there. He came back and went into the back room again for a minute or so. Next he wandered down the discount/clearance aisle and then came back and asked another sales guy about it, who pointed to the back of the store. Thankfully he didn’t point to the “FUCK OFF AND DON’T TALK TO ME” desk.

I followed my guy to the back of the store and he disappeared into another back room. I couldn’t see him, but I can only assume he walked back and forth six or seven times looking for this item. Just about this time I started to feel a little guilty because I really had no intention of buying this thing at all. I just want to know how a clearance item can cost me $100 extra for being on sale.

He finally came out with a smile on his face and a box in his hand. It turns out that it is a mother board, a processor and 8 GB of RAM. Basically all you need to build a pretty good computer for someone that just uses a computer for word processing and surfing the net. He told me that it is meant mainly for bit coin mining. HUH? He talked about my computer looking for or doing something with bit coins. He might just as well have been talking to one of those South American tribesmen that still use stone spears for hunting. I didn’t have and don’t have a clue about “bit” money. He said I could use it for a computer, but he said it like he would say “…you could use your car as a snow plough”, but why????

I told him thanks for the effort and I would have to think about it. There is a part of me that is interested, but there is also a part of me that knows I would somehow mess things up and have to pile it with all of the other unfinished projects I have laying around the house.

Still it is a good deal…

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