Hubby, of course, was delighted!!
It gave him a legit chance to browse around in electronics’ shops without scowling wife complaining about how it is a sheer waste of a Sunday, about how insensitive he is to lounge around in a store which holds no interest for her and how she’d rather be doing mutually interesting things like ..er.. trying out new lipstick and nail paint shades at Beauty Centre, hmpf..
Anyway, so we have been to all these interestingly futuristic, vast, brightly lit shops checking out systems of varying wattages ( Oh! My poor ears), designs, brands as well as some refrigerators, LCD televisions, all sorts of phones, home theatre systems, a very interesting rice cooker, a back massager, new types of laptops, tiny DVD players…., before we finally settled on a Philips music system. On week 1. We decided to sleep over it.
Much bargaining ensued. On our poor, old system!! Exchange value and all. My man wanted the store to put a value of atleast 5K on it. The store adamantly ( and very intelligently) decided not to part with more than 1 K. Week 2 ended in stalemate.
Week 3 saw us at a 3rd store ( when will it end? you ask, the spine chilling suspense nearly killing you). Before the man’s eyes, heart and whole being could begin to wander around again, I spotted the zeroed on system. I was determined to take charge. This had to end.
“This”, I said, pointing to the system in display. “We want. And we have an old system. Take it for 2 K”. The sales guy goggled at this display of assuredness. Spotting the hubby floating towards a higher wattaged system, I nearly shouted at the man “ Yes, we want this system. Formalities, quick.” The poor guy hotfooted – it to his boss. I sighed with quiet satisfaction. Life could now return to normal. The dratted music – system – purchase was dispensed with. One could now get on to spending the Sunday more constructively.
I almost looked kindly at a monstrous home theatre system that hubby was eyeing lovingly.
“ Ahem, Madam”, said a voice at my shoulder. “ Philips has discontinued that system. We don’t have any in stock. In fact none of our stores have any pcs in stock. However I can show you this much better system with higher wattage……”
“ Or”, said the hubby hopefully, “we can always check out that other store in Juhu next week”.
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO