Flash Sales

These are the new "Limited Stock! Exclusive availability!" marketing gimmick (over)used by Internet retailing giants like Amazon and Flipkart. Let's face it. Smartphones aren't as rare a find as they claim to be. They can be bought and sold just like any other commodity in the IT industry. That's how oversaturated  the market is with more and more brands mushrooming each month. Take what is a very generic technology product like an phone or a tablet, and announce a flash sale that starts in the middle of the workday (at 2 PM) and you'll have crazy kids looking for a good deal jumping on their (already good) smartphones at work and hammering away their credit card numbers as they rush to the finish line. Let's be frank: the smartphone that you're using to buy another smartphone will probably last you till the start of The Rapture. There's no need to be throwing it away right now for another which you will use till the next flash sale comes along.

I understand that online retailers need a way to promote what is seemingly a generic product like an Android-based phone or tablet in the minds of the consumer without resorting to price cuts, but this is just sad now. How would you like your sundae. I'll have Product Exclusivity with a double scoop of   Limited Availability. Now imagine how much money the pharma industry would make if it adopted this tactic:

"Buy. Or Die From A Disease You (Probably) Could Have Cured If Only You Had Made The Decision To Buy! But wait! we're only going to be selling these medicines right after we cure the common cold. So... sign up for our waiting list to be notified. "

So in short, we need to stop flash sales and start allowing people to buy whatever they want, wherever they want, whenever they want. And flash sales should be renamed to "Here's Something You Definitely Don't Need. We'll take your cash in a flash."

Notice how the Beatles In Mono boxset was initially launched as a limited availability item since 2009. Did they really need to?

Waiting for the Piano Man to bring me to a New York State of Mind.

Rain and Snow

Together they go
And make the world a little
Chilly, Wearing a sweater over your shirt 
Is a metaphor for I didn't iron my shirt. 

Sweet Taste Of Adventure

Airport gipsy
Doughnuts taxi frozen

Surreal 31st

Started like this. And ended with us out on the street. Turns out you must have a minimum level of inebriation to stand around a club. Lesson learnt. Ted http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okay_Awesome was right: Clubs suck.

I guess it sucks especially when you don't have a good reason to be there. 😄

Anyway, here's to a less crappy if not more happy new Year!

Amazon's Twilia Lockers Are A Godsend

For people mostly never at home and still want to enjoy the convenience of buying things online, having my packages delivered here rather missing the delivery at home makes so much more sense. This one sits at the Seven-Eleven near the PATH Station where I catch the train to work. I order something from Amazon. The package is delivered here within two days. 

I receive a pickup code to retrieve it with. Pick it up within three days or else it will be returned. Simple and straightforward. Beats running to the post office and waiting 30 minutes for somebody to fish out your package from the Christmas rush. This definitely beats seeing the Redelivery  notices on my door. I can only hope there will more Ecommerce companies offering services like these.

 Thank You Amazon!

Here's to reality being a little less real this year around