Monday, December 22, 2008

Mr Dale's Christmas Diary: Part 94

I've noticed two things in my subconscious today - behaviour patterns which have changed without forethought, but both of which are direct results of the recession. The first one is that I now regularly read the business pages of newspapers - something I never used to do. And secondly, I am spending far less this Christmas on presents than I have done in previous years. I haven't deliberately decided to spend less. I just have. I wonder how many others are doing the same.

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I just went down to Curry's to buy a 160GB iPod. No luck. Apparently they only make a 120GB one now, or so they told me. That's no good to me. I have more than 30,000 songs on my hard drive. So I went next door to PC World. Excellent. They had one on display, although no stock of them. Here's how the conversation went...

Me: I'll have the display one please.
PCW: Sorry, but we can't sell you the display one.
Me: Why not, you can't get any more. It's a discontinued line.
PCW: It's our policy.
Me: Well it's a stupid policy. I want to give you £200 you are unlikely to get from anyone else for it? Don't you want my money?
PCW: Sorry, it's our policy.
Me: Can I speak to the manager please?


I then explain the position to the manager...

Manager: OK, but I can't give you any discount and we haven't got a box for it.
Me: Thanks. I don't need a box and I didn't ask for discount.

The manager then asks a sales assistant to get it out of the cabinet for me. After ten minutes he comes back saying I can't have it because there are no cables with it. I explain that I already have cables. Five minutes later he returns and says he can't work out how to get it out of the display cabinet anyway, but if I'd like a discount of £15 on the 120GB version they'd happily offer me that. I calmly (and politely!) explain that, no, if I had wanted a 120GB iPod I'd have asked for one. He suggests I try Argos, over the road. I do, and needless to say they haven't got any either.

What's a boy got to do to spend money this Christmas?!

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This morning I got a rather lovely Christmas card from Press TV, the Iranian owned broadcaster which I appear on from time to time, which has been dubbed Mullah TV. It did strike me that if an Islamic TV station owned by Iran can send a card wishing me a Happy Christmas, then all is well with the world.

20 comments:

canvas said...

why didn't you just go to the apple store? they have zillions of them in stock.

canvas said...

john lewis too.

AlanC said...

it's available on Amazon too!

Iain Dale said...

I don't think Apple stores have made it to Tunbridge Wells yet...

canvas said...

I bought the iPod touch version this week - it's so cool. it is the funnest iPod ever. really.

the applications are fab.

I don't want an iphone until the prices come down and they make it even better.

canvas said...

cambridge has an apple store now. surely Tunbridge Wells needs one too?

JMB said...

I bought some 2500mAh NiMH AA rechargeable batteries in Maplin's today at £9.99 for a pack of eight but immediately above these were packs of four identical batteries at £10.99.

I pointed this out when I paid and was told that the pack of eight were on "special offer" but they could not afford to discount everything.

Gary said...

There's an Apple store at the nearby Bluewater Centre - if this helps...

trevorsden said...

i-pods?

... is this what humanity is reduced to?

Mike Wood said...

These people are normally quite good if you can be bothered with ordering online
http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin=gbase22.4&prodID=1432527

James Higham said...

It's a wonderful thing not to spend anything at Christmas and not to expect anything either. It's liberating.

Paul Burgin said...

I kept to a tight budget on Christmas presents for the first time this year. Apart from a couple of exceptions, no more than £10 per present. Requires more imagination and intuition

Loki said...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-iPod-classic-160GB-silver/dp/B000VBEDQ0/ref=sr_1_48?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1229982670&sr=1-48

will give you what you want!

Tom Paine said...

Plenty on eBay.

Geoff said...

We had exactly the same point in John Lewis with a radio - we did eventually convince them to sell it. but boy was it a painful experience

Andrew Scadding said...

I had the same experience with PCW. They had an Asus Eee. I wanted it, but it was the display model and they wouldn't sell it, so I bought a better model from Amazon 60 quid cheaper. Some of these retailers these days are so sophisticated that they have forgotten the basic truth that they are there to sell stiff, and if they ain't got it, they can't sell it. No wonder they are all in such trouble.

anonaLon said...

what are you doing with your old ipod? is it for sale?

Iain Dale said...

We are a multi iPod family... one for each car, and one for the train! Decadent, I know...

anonaLon said...

ah, entirely understand Iain. I had my 80GB Classic iPod stolen from my gym locker a few weeks ago which was why I asked. It is a painful experience!

Mike Rouse said...

Yeah, you're shit out of luck for anything bigger than a 120 in the Apple range right now. You could always make a switch to another brand, but the last time you did that it was to try an Apple MacBook and I hear that it hasn't gone down very well.