I know I mentioned this to a few a you, but I was pretty pissed when I returned home from New Years vacation… I went to charge my iPod, which I had spent a satisfying couple of weeks draining, and reached for the cable/dock to do so, only to find it broken; the little stereo jack upon it had been forced aside and into the station, as a result of being stepped on or something.
My ire at that point seemed little more than nuissance by the time I finally found the page on Apple.com to replace the unit, only to find that it was priced at $29.00 in US dollars (which thanks to a converting tool, I found was little more than CDN $28.00). I mean, the whole thing only cost me $80.00, and the cable is $30? It didn’t sit too well with me.
Fast forward a few days, and I have to call the telephone help line due to the fact the ordering process is hitting some snags. Turns out that I couldn’t amend the ordering form to a Canadian address, cos I wasn’t in the Canadian Apple store. Oops. So I find the appropriate page again, only to find it priced at $39.00 in Canadian funds! I was incredibly unhappy by this point, and swearing at all that is iHoly.
So anyway, I shopped around the site a bit, and found this other take on the unit, a design by a company called Marware – a single unit, no cords, and competitively priced at $24.95. So I ordered it, even swallowing a touch of rage at the notice it would ship soon, but not arrive until the “week of Jan. 18-23.”
And then, surprise of all surprises, it showed up at my door yesterday afternoon. My world is musical again. Touché, Marware…
Moral: I don’t know. But although it’s frustrating sometimes to get pushed back and delayed, it makes for an even more delightful surprise when your expectations are exceeded in the end.
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