Batteries … and a new Plasma TV
Yesterday, I was at work and ran out to grab some batteries at a local store for a project.
At the check out counter, I had an interesting conversation with the cashier.
Cashier: Will that be all, miss?
me: Yes. Thanks.
Cashier: Anything else I can interest you in? A new plasma television, perhaps? Or a new digital camera?
Cashier: Maybe you would like a new cell phone? It’s zero dollars.
me: No, thanks. Just the batteries is fine.
I understand that these are sales people, and their job is to sell, sell, sell. It’s how they make a living.
What I don’t understand is how they think that there is even a remote chance that I will go from buying a pair of batteries ($12.99) to a new plasma tv ($500+). And I don’t understand how they can ask so casually – like I was adding fries to my lunch order.
You can bet your last dollar, that if I were to buy a plasma tv, I wouldn’t do it on the spot. I would research and know all my specs before hitting the store.
Maybe I am over-analyzing a simple situation, where the cashier may have just been funny (?). However, I think that as a society, we tend to make decisions that allows for this cashier’s question to not be out of this world. We have become a society that looks for quick fixes, we buy now and pay later.
What happen to saving for a new television? Plasma or not.
What are your thoughts on this situation? How would you have handled this situation?
PS. I know that many of my readers do not fall into this category and are quite financially savvy (one of the reasons why I love reading your blogs!), but this method of living is reality for a lot of people.