Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Burning in Liberal Hell

That's right, I'm going to burn in liberal hell over a camera. I found the perfect camera for my trip to Europe - my first digital camera - a Nikon S50. 7.1 MP, 3x zoom, sleek. My only problem is that Costco doesn't carry it. So, after doing a bunch of research on who sells it, I end up buying a black camera at Wal-Mart.

So, my feet are feeling toasty from the liberal hellfire caused by shopping at Wal-Mart, but I relieve my angst by noting that the salespeople seem cheery, polite and happy. I hunt down the store manager to rave over a wonderful Korean girl in the Camera department, interestingly named Irish, who is ultra-knowledgable about digital cameras.

The next day, before I even take my camera out of its box, I'm drinking coffee and reading the Sunday paper. I'm flipping through the advertising inserts when a RED Nikon S50 catches my eye from what I mistakenly think is a Office Depot flyer - and it is $50 cheaper than the one I bought at Wal-Mart. This is fantastic: Red, $50 cheaper and from a store I don't have to feel guilty about shopping in; or try to explain to my father with my limited economic knowlege how Wal-Mart "externalizes" their labor costs to the surrounding communities. Anyway, I think that I just hit the jackpot. So, I go online to Office Depot to see when their store opens on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, I can't find the camera on their website, which just doesn't make sense to me. So, I pick up the flyer again to look and lo and behold! It's not Office Depot, it is Circuit City.

In case you're wondering what Circuit City has to do with liberal hell, here's the news link to the story explaining how they laid off 3,400 employees in March who were making too much money, and rehired those willing to return at minimum wage.

So, I drink my coffee and ponder whether I should go get the camera from Circuit City. But it's RED! But I don't want to give my money to a company that treats their employees like garbage! But Costco doesn't stock the camera at all, let alone in red! What to do!

Finally, I give in, justifying my actions by saying that I'm already going to burn in liberal hell for shopping at Wal-Mart. So, I return the black camera to Wal-Mart and buy the red camera from Circuit City. Despite my liberal ideals, I discover that I am your average, consumer-driven American.


1 comment:

Tod said...

If it makes you feel any better, I've noticed that the ultra conservative people that I know suddenly become much more liberal in the face of capitalism. It is a powerful equalizer.