(PAINTING OF EUGENE, OR, BY EXTINCT OREGONIAN)
Caroline, par usual, is looking over my shoulder to see what I am typing with my own little arthritic-swelled-joint hands. “The Dragon Naturally Speaking Version 9, home, didn’t work?” she asked pointedly. “NO, ” I replied gruffly, hunting and pecking the blog piece by piece.”NO, the damn computer-repair guy fouled me up, cost me money, and I have no typing program any how. So much for computer help from Craig’s list!!” “Maybe you should go back to the old retired engineer who fixes senior computers,” she said.
“He is somewhere else now, I can’t even find him!!” I replied.”He’s probably hiding from the IRS; as aren’t we all? that is, we POOR RETIRED and low-income workers are!!! WE;RE the ones they go after, not the billionaires; we’re too visible to escape!!”
“Yes,” she replied,” I know; weren’t you going to find out if Cyber Monday really had REAL DEALS, or not?” “It won’t take me long to type this, altho it’s in stamp-size pieces,( I’m trying to bake muffins, write this review, and take a bath all at the same time.”I said.
“Still falling for that old myth about female-multi-tasking, are you?” she tsk-tsked. “Yah, ” I sloughed off, keeping on, “I am such a creature of bad habits; I did fall for the old feminine myth, “You can do it all, have it all, and not go insane doing it, women!!!” “Thank God you did come to your senses, and didn’t have kids!!” she whistled. “You are absolutely correct, ” I smiled, as I quit this article, to go take aspirin for the hen-peck-typing that was killing my finger joints.
(More later, from this Dragon-less old lady) (meanwhile, relax!!!)
OK, we’re back; my Paul Prudhomne corn-bread muffins came out perfectly, yum!! no thanks to me, its a simple recipe. But how’s my recipe for actually finding a good, nylon bag/purse on Cyber-shopping week?
Answer; not so good.
I first try to google “tough, nylon purses sale”, and I get new ones on Zappos, Overstock, ect. the big guys. Co-incidentally, some of these big retailers have “reviews” by customers, the way Amazon does.
And what do I find on many, “nylon,polyester, bags, purses, and messenger bags”? I find many buyers angry about the QUALITY of the merch.” One review says, “This bag is very badly made, the inside wore out; this is a COPY of their original good bag, it a junky-copy! ” We find that a lot; we find cheap, junky copies of original good merchandise and THAT is what many big apparel co.s are doing now. NOT SELLING YOU THE ORIGINAL, but cheap junk made to RESEMBLE the original good stuff. We already are thinking “these cyber-sales are NOT full of good merch. They are big companies giving you DISHONEST JUNK , on a FAKE SALE!”
HOW can you tell a real sale from a fake? these little customer reviews help, so does the “customer-grape-vine” where ever you find it. No, these big companies think customers are DUMB, and we long-time buyers and bargain-warriors can’t sniff out fake sales selling fake junk! (Example, Amazon.com has to be carefully watched, I refuse to buy from them unless I know I can return it.Especially “tech stuff.”
WELL, ROAMANS AND LANE BRYANT, SUCK IT UP! After you’ve sent me junk clothing on your clearance sale, instead of REAL end-of-season stuff, I stop buying at “sales” and “clearance” completely. That sale on bras that SHRINK when you wash them, at Sears, is a good example. BYE, BYE, SEARS! Next time I consider buying a bra from you, on sale, I’ll either only pay $1. for it, or I won’t buy it at all!
I even do “nylon purses and bags” search on Ebay, and I find supposidly good used bags, for way too much in shipping, and cost.”Look,Caroline,” I point out one photo” this seller s trying to sell you a worn-out purse, high shipping, bad condition, and this item should be in THRIFT FOR 50 CENTS!! WHAT s going on with these ass-holes? no wonder thrift has nothing, or it’s expensive; all the thrift-junk is on Ebay!! Christ!!” I apologise to the deity, he was a rabbi, and Jewish. I doubt HE would like this.
“What are you thinking?” asked Caroline. I was angry and pressed; “The whole world of manufacture is on it’s ear; you can’t buy anything that won’t fall apart, not work,( THANK YOU, BILL GATES! AND WINDOWS!) Even purses and bags! I recommend, “buy what MEN buy, not what WOMEN buy. Especially all mens’ sporting goods. Try that. I already have to buy clothing for hunting, sports, ect. that men buy. Big companies are more scared of the male sex. Women they lure and cheat, and hypnotize, but men who need rain wear to go out hunting; they would get very bugged by bad stuff. They might even STOP BUYING completely, and start wearing tarps or plastic tents to go hunting. and they would REALLY complain..”
“WHOM do we know, started the athletic and gym-shoes? with air support? so now sneakers and sports-shoes are for everyone? Mens’ sports!!” i finished. “I still buy mens’ athletic shoes, ” chuckles Caroline. “Me, too, we both have big feet.” I grinned.”The other recommendation I have, which will be hard to do, is STOP BUYING STUFF. DON’T BUY unless everything’s falling apart. you gotta buy. Do not buy from huge retailers, even on the Net.”
Caroline moaned,”there are only huge retailers,” and I replied, “Whatever you do, do not reward junky-sales and junky-merch. by buying it. Start sewing;I am going back to sewing clothing. I’ll have to peruse thrift stores(if there are any.) but , yes, even phone, email or write to cheating junky companies, and say,”I am not buying yer junk any more.” (Not even you, Vogue magazine!!)
I have now shopped St. Vincent De Paul, and Good Will,& Salvation Army in Eugene, OR.And I find them VERY EXPENSIVE.
“WOW,”I comment to Caroline, as we look for purses;”I thought thrift was cheaper!” “Not in Eugene, EVERYTHING IS EXPENSIVE IN EUGENE.” says Caroline.”Try a different state.Oregon the Gentrified, is expensive now.”said Caroline, sneering.”St. Vincent is a non-profit big business here, which employs all the out-of-workers and provides their housing. We’re the Welfare State; so business does not like it here. Capitalism has been scared right out of Oregon.” “That explains all the low wages,”‘ I sigh. “No employer has to pay much; there’s no competition.” “Absolutely!” exclaims Caroline, turning up her nose at a worn out purse.”You can come from India, with an Indian call center, land in Oregon or Eugene, and hire people here for peanuts.”
I reply, “But Lane county takes all the poor, and homeless! Isn’t that good of them?” “If you want to wind up the way India used to be, before they got all the businesses, ” frowned Caroline.” ALL POOR ALL THE TIME. What businesses can stay alive in nations where everyone has no money to spend?” “Oops, ” I said, thinking;”No matter all our big businesses went FLOP!NO CONSUMERS!” “Yeah,” relied Caroline, “‘Worn out nylon purses they try to sell on Ebay, cost as much as new ones.” “That website is so over,” I sighed.” There are NO good deals on there any more.sigh.”
I even, in my folly, consider going back to mail-order-catalogs, but THEIR merchandise is only as good as if you can cheaply send it back. Forget nylon purses; how do I buy good dictationware, software now? DOES ANYONE make it good any more? Reviews on Amazon said Dragon was bad. WHO DO I BUY FROM?-NO ONE? Do I hire some poor schlub peanuts to type this blog?
Not such a crazy idea, oh citizens of Decaying Ancient Rome! SLAVERY.
But we have skipped the subject of”Cyber-Net-Sales-Wek” but not really.This sale week is only a manipulation by lying huge businesses, to convince consumers that buying from them ONLINE is cheaper and better. NO-WAY-JO-SE! Not unless you can buy a good quality product for much less money, that you really NEED. So where’s my dictation-ware? aha, you’re beginning to get it, consumer!
THERE IS NONE. IF there is, send us a comment, I wanta know! Good Shopping Luck, stay home and try making people presents; its fun! 🙂 😀
(Sandramminadotty, in expensive Eugene OR; maybe shop in Springfield or Salem? ) relax some more. duh.
(the above LINK discusses all ONLINE AUCTIONS, and numerous comments on who’s good who’s bad!!! Hope it helps!! 🙂