This Is Why I Shop Online: Episode #4: “I’ve Lost All Hope”

Oh, where to begin? This shopping “Epic Fail” started out with the best of intentions. One of my New Year resolutions was to get fit, or at least fitter. I considered getting a membership to a gym but instead decided to bring the gym to me, via buying a treadmill. It seemed like a good idea. Man, was I wrong, wrong, and also wrong.

My parents had given me a Best Buy gift card for the holidays, so I decided I would use that towards the purchase of my shiny, new piece of exercise equipment. Mom and Dad would be proud that I was using their gift for something that would make me healthier. So, I went to the Best Buy website, searched around and decided to get the Horizon Fitness - Treadmill.

It fit my budget, had the features I wanted, and best of all, it was in stock at my local Best Buy. I was already on the website, so why didn’t I just order it? Because I figured I’d drive down there, grab it, and be home in time to literally be up and running in an hour or so. Perfecto.

Well, I get to the Best Buy that was 2.1 miles from my house only to discover that it was NOT in stock. I had made a mistake and it was in stock at the Best Buy that was 6.6 miles from my house. Arrgh. Off to the other store I went.

The very nice service guy wheels it out and I discover that while checking the specs, I neglected to notice that it weighed 165 pounds. He graciously offered to help me load it into my car and I accepted. I’m not a wimp, but I’m not an Olympic power lifter, either. Who needs a hernia? No one.

As I drove home, I decided that I’d ask one of my neighbors to help me lug it up the stairs to my second floor apartment. But alas, upon my arrival, I found out that none of my neighbors were home. I suppose I should have waited but instead made the bold choice to go it alone. How’d that work out for me? Check out this pictorial foreshadowing:

I’ll try to be succinct. I had pushed it half-way up the stairs when I felt a sharp pain in my abdomen. This was later indeed diagnosed as that hernia that no one needs. But, I pressed on. A few seconds later, the abdominal agony was joined by incredible back pain. Great, I had now thrown out my back, too. I paused, lost my grip, and the box started sliding down the stairs. As I tried to regain control, I slipped and tumbled down after it, kind of like Jack & Jill. “Ouch!,” I yelled. But “Ouch” isn’t the word I really used.

Just then, my neighbors returned and carried the bruised box up for me. I unpacked it and discovered that the fall had broken the pulse-grip heart rate monitor. I went back online to check the warranty and guess what’s not covered? Dropping the unit down stairs. Who knew?

To make matters worse, I also discovered I could’ve received free next-day delivery, and 15% off if I would’ve ordered it online using a coupon.

All in all, this is how my little adventure worked out:

Cost of Going Out to Shop:

  • Gas: $4.00
  • 1 Broken Treadmill: $629.99
  • Possible Future Hernia Surgery
  • Physical Therapy for my back which IMO includes a large, unfair co-pay

Cost if I Would Have Shopped Online:

  • 1 Not-Broken Treadmill: $535.49 w/coupon

My goal was to get fit and the result was I ended up extremely unfit, all because I chose to venture out to shop instead of doing it online. Idiot! Oh, when will I learn? Get it through your head, self – Shop Online Every Time!

Please read more in this series by checking out my whole “This Is Why I Shop Online” litany of horror stories.

By: Peter

Similar posts