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      Wednesday, November 16, 2005

10:32 AM - 11/16/2005

The topic: Sucky timing (a rant)


Okay, so I’m restocking the kitchen appliances.  I don’t feel real guilty about doing this because:

  • 1. we’ve got the money

  • 2. my original stuff is fifteen or more years old

  • 3. I won’t have to think about replacing it when we move

Well, I get a new Cuisinart Food Processor over on Amazon.  For $99.99.  Good price, free shipping, that’s cool.  Then I notice they’ve got a rebate.  I check it out.  If you get $150.00 worth of Cuisinart stuff from Amazon, you get a free $40 value mini chopper.  I can handle a free $40 mini chopper.  That’s cool.

So, I order a blade holder and additional blades.  Oops, everything has to be bought from Amazon, not a third party seller.  The additional blades were from a third party seller.  Hmmm… what to do, what to do.  I look at what other Cuisinart stuff they have.

Ah, look, an ice cream maker that doesn’t need ice or salt or anything like that.  $49.95.  Good price.  I’m cool with that.  I order it. 

It gets here.  I cut out all of the UPC symbols from the bottoms of the boxes.  I copy the invoices for my records and fold up the originals to send back with the rebate form.  I fill out the rebate form.

Curious, I look up this $40 value free mini chopper I’m getting.  I look on Amazon. WTF!  Amazon sells this “$40.00 value” mini chopper for $19.99.  List price is $24.99.  So, how did they come up with a “$40.00 value”, is what I’d like to know. (By the way, I just couldn’t resist printing out the mini chopper page from the Amazon website, and highlighting the actual price.  And on the rebate form, I highlighted the “$40.00 value!” and wrote to the side of it “LIARS”.)


So, this morning, I’m dorking around, really should just walk away from this cooking stuff, right?  I mean, I’ve only got so much room.  But I thought “an extra bowl for the ice cream maker would be nice to have”.  Since the bowl has to be frozen before you can make ice cream.  You make one batch, it could be at least a day before you can make another.  I do a search.  Go over to cooking.com.  I see that if you buy a Cuisinart ice cream maker from them (for the same price as the one at Amazon) they’ll throw in a $29.99 value extra bowl!  ARGH!!!  I do a quick search online.  That $29.99 value is indeed a $29.99 value.  NOT a $40.00 value that’s really a $19.99 value.

Timing man.  It’s all in the timing.

I ordered the extra bowl anyway. 

Oh, yeah, and Amazon owes me two mini choppers to get me up to that “$40.00 value!”.


Post if you hear anything back about the cost

Maybe they’ll do something nice

Posted by Bobbie @ Friday, November 18, 2005 - 7:18:07 AM

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