While most of the country is busy shopping for family and friends, we’ve been (mostly) shopping for ourselves. We’re not particularly self-indulgent, we just need to replace what we lost in the flood, and we’ve got $25K of insurance money to spend.
In particular, we’re looking for a refrigerator and a vacuum cleaner and a television and, eventually, a washer and a dryer and a DVD player and some bicycles and power tools and probably a bunch of other stuff I’m not thinking of right now.
And it’s all so confusing. Have you seen what they offer in televisions these days? Being the kind of guy I am, I’ve been doing research online, when I can get internet access, putting my subscription to consumerreports.org to good use. I’ve also been making the rounds to local retail outlets.
I don’t want to buy the shiniest appliance on the shelf. I want stuff that is energy efficient and high quality and well designed and a good value.
I already bought a printer in a hurry, and I wonder if I really got the right one. It’s an Epson Stylus Photo R340. Actually I bought a different model and returned it the next day for the R340. It seems pretty good so far, but in retrospect I’m thinking I should have gotten an HP or a Canon. In the same rushed moment, I also bought an uninterruptible power supply, a Geek Squad GS-1285U. No buyer’s remorse there, at least not yet.
I’m taking my time, shopping around and hoping to become better educated before I spend our money.
If anyone out there has any personal recommendations, by all means let me know.