Yesterday I had to shop for work again. I’m designing an interactive wall that unfortunately need some new supplies. I was mentioning the fact that I had to go to the store in front of someone that just heard about my no retail challenge. He asked, “So, if you shop for work, isn’t that against your challenge? Doesn’t that give you the getting-new-stuff satisfaction?” Okay, so I’m not sure if those were his exact words, but you get the point. Here’s the answer to that question.
Let me start by saying that shopping is extremely frustrating and a root canal might have been a better way to spend my time. Here’s why.
Ikea. This store is a giant maze. I only needed one thing from there, a couple sets of Dioder multi colored lights. I go in the exit there because I can look in the “as is” section first, and it’s the quickest way to the spot where the lights should be. After making my way through the cold warehouse part into the marketplace, I find the display. Sold out. After asking about the next shipment, I find out these lights are discontinued and they’ll be replaced with a new design. The problem? The new sets are not available yet. I start looking for my bread crumbs and make my way back to civilization.
Walmart. Not much to report here, just another giant superstore that takes forever to get into. They didn’t have what I needed, which was inexpensive, decent quality, modern digital photo frames. I needed 5 that look exactly alike. They had some cheap, low quality ones, so on to the next store.
Lowe’s. Now, I’m all about a hardware store, if I have to shop. I decided to take a look for LED lights, similar to Ikea’s. Low and behold, they had them, and for the same price. These are actually a little better, as one controller will hold more daisy chained lights. They had just gotten these in a week prior. Continue reading