Kinda reminds me of when I purchased 'ye brand spanking new Le mobile' I was waiting to get my hands on the Pebble blue colour for months and months (actually only a few weeks, but if you're waiting for something to happen 3 minutes feels like a year) and me and my mumsy went to the city to get the application for my seaman's book filled in... turned out I forgot everything I needed, however the one thing I did remember wasn't good enough, SO we went back the next day and on the return trip we stopped at a very large and mesmorisingly beautiful shopping city (Because "Mall" is just too small for this colossal beast).
There I went to the store that had the white one about a week ago for the cheapest I could find apart from stealing it. And lo and behold... they have it... in all it's might and glory... BUT for close to $150 more than the original price a week back... so I was urged by my mother to search for another one for the price... and here goes my hour journey through this colossal mall and going into every electronics and mobile phone shop I can find.
"Hi sir, may I be of assistance?"
"Yes, certainly, tell me, do you perhaps have the Samsung Galaxy S3 in pebble blue?"
"No sir, unfortunately only in White, but I think you might be able to get help 'here-and-here-'."
"That's a shame... but thank you, cheers"
Ok, one down, there are more than that in this place... next shop:
"Hi sir, can I help you?"
"Yes, tell me, the Samsung Galaxy S3... Do you have it in Pebble blue?"
"Let me check quick... you may have a seat"
*types away... click-click... type some more...*
"Yes sir, we do"
"Ok, and price wise, it is??"
"Oh it is [Can't remember to be honest]Rands"
"Ok, and you're sure it is the Pebble blue one?"
"Let me check quick"
*She walks off and comes back in a few moments with the answer*
"No sir, we only have the white one"
Ok, let me get this straight, you firstly tell me you do have it in blue, and then you tell me you don't... interesting...
"Thank you, goodbye"
Ok, store on store only has the white... which is tacky... s***... cheap... white... crap... white... and looks like toilet paper... I have set my mind on the MUCH more aesthetically pleasing Pebble Blue version of this spectacular phone... Next store:
"Hi there, do you have the Samsung Galaxy S3 in pebble blue?"
"Unfortunately we only have the white sir"
"Ah, I see... and all I want to do with the white is take a shotgun to it... thanks anyway, cheers"
ok, later on I go into a store and this one was a real "wtf" moment in my eyes... I wanted to punch this somebitch in the teeth... he was worse than the girl that told me they have it then didn't... here we go:
[for the record, I stormed into the shop... so I started speaking this time, I was sick of going through the same 5 minute long 'hi can I help you?' bit]
*cut off 'Hi' follows*
"Do you have the Samsung Galaxy S3 in Pebble Blue?"
"No sir, it is not available yet, but we have the white one *with a smile*"
"Hmmm... Interesting, because I JUST came from a store that Does have it in Pebble Blue and I'm merely trying to get the cheapest one of the lot..."
*'Uhmmmmmm' face ensues with a hesitant answer - big mistake*
"But sir, the blue really looks crap, it looks like this [he pointed to the desk that had a wood grain finish similar to the brushed aluminium finish the Pebble Blue has] the white looks so much better"
[his colleague adds: "It really does look bad, the white is better"
"White?? looks better?? The white looks as tacky as neon pink hair, the brushed aluminium finish on the Pebble Blue version is exactly Why I want the Pebble blue version... ... ... ... ... Cheers"
And I continue on before I ruin their faces.
I went through all the cellphone stores that are not related to each other, and a few electronic stores as well, finally met up with mumsy dearest and told her no one has it and I'm running back to get the first one, she gives me the usual speech: "But if you wait it'll get cheaper and it is too expensive and yada yada... blah blah..." I know this very well, but by the time it gets cheaper all of the blue ones will be sold out, so I told her I'm committing to it now, I've wanted another phone since I got back home in May and here is the one I want... I'll get you at the entrance we came in.
I run up, get the phone... Oh damn, I'll need a Micro Simcard to use the phone... ok, run to the related companies customer support center and gt ready to fork out the R20.00 or so for the sim... foot-in-mouth, pie-in-face... I'll need my ID booklet, I'll need a proof of address and the phone to 'Rica' the thing (I still don't know what this bull-faeces 'rica' crap is... so don't ask) ok... meet up with mumsy dearest and tell her the news... she then goes on to say "I told you so" and I cut out and ignore the speech, but then she said something that made my day... I have my ID book in the car, and I have my bank card... key to mom, and TO THE BANK!
She fetched my ID book and I got a bank statement with the proof of address and off to the customer care shop again... Rica'd the Sim, and put the phone on......... *bow down for the beauty* first time I saw it in person and it was so worth the trouble... so, that's an interesting...-ish 'buyers-guide' to getting something in this country, know where the stores are and never trust a sales man who tells you it is not available.
And Rick... you know you really do take your fcuking sweet mother jesus's time to answer even one PM... right?
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