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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Clueless George Buys A Plasma TV Part 2

A Serial Saga Of the Horrifying Complexity of Purchasing A Plasma TV
Buy local and avoid reading the rest of this tremulous tale of woe!

The next day George got a call from Manna who said they were the white glove delivery service for his TV vendor. (hah!) Turns out the actual seller of the TV was not Amazon but one of their third party vendors, Video and Audio Center in California. Manna scheduled a delivery and George asked me to come over to help set it up. I blocked off the day since I knew we would kill some time setting it up with his new home theater sound system and then drinking some Cabernet to celebrate. (Author’s note, neither George or myself are known to have a drinking disorder, we have no problem whatsoever drinking! Luckily walking between our domiciles can be accomplished with moderate effort.)

Now it gets entertaining! (again my word, not his) Manna calls the Monday night to say they have to reschedule the Tuesday delivery to Wednesday. George says ok and calls me to ask me if I can come over Wednesday. Then I block out the 12-4 window they gave him for delivery. Late Tuesday night Manna called and said they needed to reschedule. They wanted to deliver Thursday; the TV was incorrectly routed to Newark, NJ. (Isn’t that where the Sopranos took place?)

George said Thursday would work but then found out I couldn’t be there Thursday so he rescheduled them for Friday when I could be there. (lucky me) Now George was getting upset. The reason why he couldn’t buy the TV locally was he couldn’t get a free delivery from anyone local. He wanted me to borrow one of my kid’s SUVs and I politely said NO! So he called around and found that HH Gregg and PC Richards carried the LG. PC Richards had the TV but that wasn’t close and the van he was going to rent for picking up the TV cost him per mile. So he called HH Gregg and found out they really do honor their promise to match any of their local competitors. Best of all with the better price he got the van rental and sales tax wasn’t going to be more than $100 more than what he had already charged. So the decision was made and George was going to buy locally. Hah, believe that and I will buy you a box of the finest Cabernet. Tune in for more later.

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