Last night I semi closed our MacBook to move from one room to another. However I did so with one of my ear pieces from my headphones on the keyboard. I totally destroyed the screen :-(
We don't have many shops repairing or selling Macs in my town. First I went to the shop that repairs and sells Macs. I was quoted $900 for a new screen ordered and replaced - ouch! Our computer was 3 years old and I needed a new one pronto so $900 and days of waiting was not a solution I was after. So instead I looked at new MacBook Pros, got my quotes and headed to the next shop.
The next shop had the same MacBook Pro for $3 cheaper. It was 10:00 am and the shop was already full of bumping shoppers loading up their arms and pulling out credit cards. I was there with my little note book full of scribbles and prices. I told them I had already been shopping around. I showed them my broken MacBook. They oohed and ahhed over my lovely white Mac that's already old skool and chatted amicably about my broken screen as customers jostled for their attention. They asked when did I need it. I said "Before my partner gets home from fishing"... They laughed, talked a little about the fishing comp and bundled up my gear ( I bought some extra software I'd been meaning to purchase for ummmmm 3 years) they threw in a FREE $69 MacBook Pro sleeve for my witty efforts.
At the checkout as I waited I saw no cash in sight. As my turn came up I pulled out my camera to take a quick shot of my cash on the counter "For my blog" I said. They laughed and chatted excitedly as they counted my cash, making jokes about the amount and about being lucky to not be mugged. I had handed over $2005 in cash! Seeing the cash in the flesh makes it real. Gives real value to the item. Makes it painful and makes me aware of the hours of work I've put in to buy this Mac. Even to the staff who are used big sales this amount in $50 notes was eye popping.
So my friends that was my Incredibly Expensive Day. Hope your day was much much less.
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