I was digging through a bin of stuff looking for something when I came across my old iPod Nano 6th Gen. I used to use this thing all the time as a watch. I stopped using it a couple of years ago because I didn’t want to wreck it at my industrial type job.
I decided to go out and pick one up. Shouldn’t cost more than $4, or so I thought.
Princess Auto: The cheapest of the cheap, usually.
I then stopped by Best Buy…
$19.99 – What? No. I browsed the video games section and then walked out determined not to be beaten.
They seriously trying to jack me for $30 fuh-king dollars!
So I just checked my PO BOX and walked out.
My next stop was Staples…
They had a 2Amp Wall Charger with sync cable for $14.97 on clearance with an additional 25% off ($12). I rolled my eyes and picked it up since it wasn’t that bad of a deal and it’s always good to have an extra 2amp wall charger laying around.
When I got it home however I realized that it was HARDWIRED into the power brick. So I could CHARGE my watch but not SYNC to my computer and change songs.
I then went to Walmart and they had $10 cables which is, more reasonable than the other places but still a gigantic rip off when you consider how much they cost to make.
I said to myself, “forget this local BS, i’m gonna hit the net to look.” I logged into Aliexpress.com as I do quite often.
I found 1m sync cable for 48cents with FREE SHIPPING!!!
I ordered 2 of them because, why the hell not, and clicked Buy Now. After the insane USD -> CDN exchange rate the entire purchase ended up being only $1.39 CDN for 2 cables with FREE SHIPPING!
The only issue with ordering from this site is that it comes direct from China so it does take 15 – 30 days to arrive. So if you are in a hurry you will have to bend over and take it from local retailers.
I Get It, But…
I understand why we should support local business but at the same time when that local business is charging as much as 6000% markup one needs to step back and think is this the best way to conduct commerce?