Until Sold Out: We Mean Business
“Until Sold Out.” I never realized how these three words could thrust me in to a lifetime of regret and sadness.
The internet is full of wonderful online shopping deals. I hunt for them and make note, I check back on them. For some reason that I can’t put my finger on I like to let these things sit there for a while. I like to consider them and when it makes sense for me economically and just in general I make the purchase. It never seemed to matter. Until one day it started to. I was finding sites that offered limited time deals. I would go to the site and see some sort of electronics deals, like on a video game for example. I would save it to my favorites and then upon checking back be shocked. “This item is now sold out.” Sold out? Sold out!?! This is the internet! Everything is supposed to always be available for everyone at ALL times. I was perplexed, I was shocked and most of all I was not going to get that game at a retail rate.
Jewelry deals became another problem. I had the perfect bracelet picked out for Mom’s birthday. It sat in my favorites. Three weeks before her birthday I said. That was all I would need. It would allow plenty of time for safe shipping and not enough time for me to lose the gift. At three weeks I hit an unexpected financial snag. (The filtration system on my piranha tank was busted. With no online shopping deals on those in sight I had to drop a couple hundred bucks just to keep my babies alive.) So I’d wait until next pay check. The aforementioned piece of jewelry would still arrive in time, if a little under the wire. But of course you know what happened next. “This item is now sold out.” Sorry Mom, I am a failure but my piranhas, which you hate, are still alive.
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, but if you “fool me” by warning me something may sell out and it does, well basically it is all my fault. As of now I no longer hesitate when I see that “Until Sold Out” notice. I buy. I buy fast and I feel okay about it. Look I am not so economically well off that I can buy everything, so now I am simply a little more careful with my purchasing. It is no longer about amassing a huge list of desires and whittling them down. Now I just look for the best online shopping deals and I seize them.