Sunday, November 6, 2011

Remember the library!

The value of checking prices- Here is my real life example.

For some reason, I have had a very strong urge to watch Cool Runnings. Don't ask me why. John Candy? Reggae music? 
 It is not on Netflix On Demand, but I still want to see it, so I started checking around. This took me about 10 minutes.

To buy online:
Best price was Amazon: $8.17 with shipping, used.

To buy locally (my preference):
Walmart - not in stock locally (checked online)
Best Buy- $12.99 in stock (checked online)
Half Price Books - not in stock (called local store)
Game Nutt - not in stock (called local store)
Hastings- $10.40 in stock (checked online)

To borrow:
Asked friends on facebook, no one has it.
Miracle Video (rental) - don't have it (called local store)

(It feels pretty silly calling places and asking for Cool Runnings, by the way.) The point here is, when you have a whim to buy something, think about it a few minutes before you do. Think about how quickly you need it, can you borrow it, can you buy it used?

P.S. I also posted a "Want to Buy" ad on cragislist a few days ago, but no bites. I can't believe no one wants to sell their copy of Cool Runnings, which I would just bet they haven't watched recently. 


  1. Anyone who has a copy of that movie has it because it is special to them. Who would sell it?

  2. You know, that is a good point. It is a VERY special movie.


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