I did something very scary last week and bought a Macbook. A new one. From the Apple store. If you know me, you know that this is not like me. I buy cheap things. On eBay, or Craigslist, or from the flea market. I do not buy brand new shiny computers with all the bells and whistles.
Here’s how it all came to pass: As I wrote last week, Simon (the husband), had been doing a lot of bidding on eBay for an older model Apple computer, except I think the ones he was looking at were Powerbooks (see how out of touch I am?). Well, the bidding was not paying off, and we lost not one, not two, but several auctions by less than a dollar. It was then that I began to think that maybe the couple hundred extra dollars to buy a new Macbook was worth it. And it was…oh, how it was.
My mom is a teacher, so we dragged her out to Crabtree Valley Mall last Tuesday night and bought her a burrito at Moe’s in exchange for the use of her education discount. She didn’t seem to mind.*
Let me just say, we are now enjoying the Macbook immensely**, and we’re not sorry we bought a new one, for these reasons:
1. We got great customer service at the Apple store. They guy’s name was Chris, and he was über helpful and didn’t pressure us. He also showed us all the amazing things our Mac can do. When I shook his hand at the end of the transaction, I said, “Thanks, Chris, it’s been an enjoyable experience.” And I meant it.
2. We have Applecare. That is, a one-year warranty. So no worries if something goes wrong.
3. We have peace of mind. Because I don’t usually buy things at the store, brand-new-like, this feeling of assurance that I’ve bought a quality product that I can return should I need to is a new thing for me. I don’t plan to make a habit of it, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.
*In fact, my mom had such a great time, and was so impressed by the Macbook, she’s planning to buy one at the end of the summer with the money she has left from her “summer money.”
**I am enjoying the Macbook. Simon is enjoying it, but is quite stressed out about the fact that it’s new and shiny and one of the nicest things we’ve ever owned. He keeps telling me I’m clicking the mouse too hard. He is going to need to chill.