Like many of you I imagine, I was not too interested in the Black Friday sales, the only thing I really needed was hosting for my new site, and I enjoyed Hostgator’s 75% sale (still active today, at 60% and flash sales at 75%, click here to check it out) and I bought it in the wee hours of the morning on Friday and called it a day. But out of curiosity, I also wanted to check on a super thin laptop on Amazon.
Black Friday deals didn’t include the laptop I liked, but Amazon, in its ever brilliant way to get you to click on other stuff, had a 70% sale on laptop backpacks. I have a backpack that I love from Swissgear, it is sturdy, and red, my favorite color, and it has all those padded pockets for your mp3 player, your laptop… but it is a bit bulky and the handles are getting really worn by the heavy wear for the past 5+ years.
That backpack went on 18 months of motorcycle trips, where it was used daily, plus countless other small trips, as it fits perfectly as a carry on and you can stuff it with a week’s worth of clothes and things if you are a light packer.
So my curiosity was piqued by such a big discount, and I saw that lovely model by Samsonite. WOW, discounted from $200!! I would save 69% according to Amazon! Where is my credit card?
Thankfully, there was just a minor glitch in the plan. Where to send it? Guatemala would charge crazy taxes on a new item, shipping would be almost the price of the bag, and custom would double it. I could send it to the US, as we are going in February, and ask a nice person to keep it for me for a couple of months. Or…. what if I checked around to see what the regular price of the item really is? Oh, hello, Ebay. I’ve heard a few things about you. No Black Friday sales? That is too bad. Low prices all year round? Let’s have a look.
$10 more for my backpack, not $138.81. It can wait until February, if I still want it by then. And they will accept Paypal, so my online income will cover the expense. Or I’ll just go to the village’s sewing lady and have the handles sewn back with heavy duty strings for $3. Sorry, 69% discount, I won’t fall for it. Nice try, Amazon.