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09-19-2013, 04:06 PM #1
Don't you find this odd? thread...
Again...found a similar thread elsewhere, that had 'fun facts' and other items people had never heard of, or things that were different in their neck of the woods, etc...
Yesterday I was listening to the radio on the drive home and was informed that only 8% of Canadians shop on-line vs. 10% of Americans (or so...don't quote me on the figures).
Wow! I thought it would be much higher than that! I occasionally shop on-line, but don't like it. I like seeing/handling what I'm purchasing first...but from hearing everyone else talk, I was under the impression I was in a minority!55 g Goldfish Tank - 2 Fancies, 2 Comets
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09-19-2013, 04:14 PM #2
Thats interesting, very much so considering the ammount of land between city in some canadian parts. Hmm... Wonder what sample size they used?
Also I heard on the radio the other day that 47.657% of percentages are made up on the spot. *sorry old joke but it got me rolling*
09-19-2013, 04:52 PM #3
There is so much I prefer to buy online. I got an amazon credit credit that gives me great money back when I buy off of amazon. The next big city with more diverse shopping that a walmart is about 45 minutes away one way so I avoid going if I dont have to. (I still go to look at fish though.) I also have an almost 5 year old and a 3 year old and taking them out shopping by myself makes me want to pull me hair out sometimes.
The only thing that I would think keeps the percent down of online shoppers is credit cards. There are so many people that dont use them anymore or dont have any.
09-19-2013, 05:18 PM #4
yah depends on what and why I am buying...Christmas shopping - ONLINE! so much to browse that if you're stuck or have no idea what to get, you an generally trip across something...I buy my tassimo T-cups online because its cheaper...Amazon.ca is a great place to buy cheap blu rays...I think it depends a lot on where you live too - if you live in or near a city, you have access to good stores...I remember as a kid we did most of our shopping out of the Sears catalog, as there was no city close by and they delivered to your town. Clothes, appliances, generally good name brands...Sears used to be a staple. Not anymore...
09-19-2013, 05:23 PM #5
One thing i find odd is how locals pronounce names compared to how they read.
Eastern Ontario - there are two place names that make me shake my head. One place is called Des Joachims, and the locals pronounce it "de Swisha".
Another place, called Coboconk - the locals call it "Colby".
09-19-2013, 05:24 PM #6
09-19-2013, 05:41 PM #7
09-21-2013, 06:27 AM #8
Sears used to be a really good place to shop. My folks bought nearly everything from them and mostly used Sears brands such as Kenmore appliances . . . And they used to be really good at honoring their "satisfaction or your money back" guarantee.
But then, Dad started having trouble with some of their managers over the years not honoring legitimate warranties, etc. He had to threaten to sue Sears before they finally agreed to replace a defective water heater that was still under warranty.
My folks bought a stove from Sears that didn't work after it was delivered and connected up. Dad called them and they sent out a "repairman" who didn't even bring his tools! Dad threatened to return the stove for a refund unless they sent someone competent. The next guy they sent out fixed it.
He ordered some stockings for my mom one year for Christmas, and they never arrived. When Dad contacted Sears about it, they got snarky with him. The manager of the local store kept making excuses and essentially blowing him off. Then he gave Dad some bad attitude, so Dad went over his head to the main headquarters and voiced his complaint in no uncertain terms, and Sears finally came through and sent his order. The obnoxious manager got transferred but not fired.
In recent years, I haven't been at all impressed with the Sears stores I've visited. I've found their selection sorely limited, and when I needed help in one of their stores, their salespeople just rolled their eyes at me.
Ordering from their catalog used to be fun, WHEN they delivered the correct product in the right color.
As for ordering online, I research online but I don't order anything that way. I, too, would prefer to shop physically and see firsthand what I'm getting. We don't mind driving a bit out of our way to visit really good stores with decent inventory and helpful staff. Prices are cheaper out of town, too. Here at home, most of our merchants just gouge us.20 gal. high: planted; 3 white cloud minnows, several RCS, 2 blue shrimp, 5 Amano shrimp, several snails; AC50, Azoo air. 65 gal: planted; 7 rosy barbs, 2 glofish,, 1 zebra danio, 1 rosy red (fathead) minnow, 2 dojo loaches, several snails; AC110 x 2.
09-27-2013, 03:37 PM #9
I found this odd. I just took a First Aid course (paid for it myself). I was with 3 other people - teachers who all knew each other (and who knew the instructor from a previous class). They were all very nice.
But they were late (late arriving in the morning, late coming back after lunch, etc.)...they were chatting throughout class (about work), stopping to take phone calls...etc.
The instructor was very good. I quite liked him...but he never requested that people be on time, stop disturbing the others...(er that would be me ) etc.
So...I'm nitpicking - but still...if I personally pay (a lot) to take a class I don't expect it to be treated like 'no big deal'. And I don't see why I don't count...even if I'm the odd man out.
Is general respect just going out the window? Or am I just gettin' old and old-lady uptight?55 g Goldfish Tank - 2 Fancies, 2 Comets
25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed
09-27-2013, 04:00 PM #10
nah, you pay for something, you should be able to get full value for your money. Unfortunately, you got caught stuck in a a bit of a club/day away from work clique.
I do agree that being late for meetings and such seems to be accepted. I don't have a problem with being late, but the event should go on as planned punctually, especially if the event leader is being paid, and you paid to be there. The late people can come in late, but they should stay by the door, and people who are expecting calls should be by the door too. This practise of the trainer waiting 5 or ten minutes for late arrivals annoys me - no reason I should have to stay late because of other's tardiness...
But I'm one of those people who are almost never late for anything...