Monday, January 18, 2010

Too Many Choices!!!!

If you know me, you know I really don't like making decisions at all when there are too many things to choose from. After saving for months, I decided that I was ready to buy myself a brand new 52" HDTV. This decision alone had a lot of 'choices' in it: it needed to be at least 52" (because I could not have a smaller TV than Aaron;) it needed to be LCD because I read they were better than plasma and, by God, if I was going to buy something it needs to last; it needed to have an awesome picture; it needed to be as cheap as possible. During a snack-run at Costco, my TV was on sale, and after another week of debating, I talked myself into buying it. I borrowed the Meece's truck, and Aaron and I head over to Costco. I get there, and what do I do? I buy a freakin' Philips. That's right, folks. I walk in with the intention and purpose of walking out with my Sony Bravia, and thanks to the store manager and my iphone's internet capability. I now own a 52" Philips HDTV, and a Blu-Ray DVD player, and Harry Potter on Blu-Ray. (All for $200 less than what I would have paid for the comparable Sony.)

** It is a beautiful TV and I love it. Better yet, Costco has a 90 day return policy, so if I have buyer's remorse, back it goes!**

As if there weren't enough decision making opportunities there, I start to go about researching new HDTV service. Because, quite frankly, standard definition kinda sucks on an my new tv. I really would like to spend as little as possible per month, all the while getting the most for my money. As a current subscriber, I called DishNetwork. I got the spiel from them -- 100+ channels&  35 HD channels for $ 10 more a month, a $150 start-up fee and a 24 month contract. Eeeew. I look online at DirecTV, 150+ channels & 35+ HD channels for $5 more a month (for the first twelve months, and $31 more a month thereafter), a 24 month contract, a $198 initial cost, with $350 back in various bonuses. Eeeew. I then decide to give U-verse a try. Lots more a month. Due to high cost,  the choice of U-verse was eliminated. So now I am back to two choices, DirecTV and DishNetwork. I call them to see if I can get a better deal. DirecTV just bashed DishNetwork, so I hung up. DishNetwork said that they would honor their word from a few months back, and waive the $150 set-up fee they originally quoted me. Nice. But I am still confused.

I think I know what I need to do, but quite frankly, I hate making decisions... especially on things I cannot return should I develop buyer's remorse.

No comments:

Post a Comment