I hate Fry's. Sure, its geek heaven. Gadgets, Electronics and Washing Machines. But its the kind of place where you go in for one thing, and unless you are extremely strong willed, come out with a lot less money.
There are other issues, of course. The salespeople tend to swarm, and be dumb as doornails, almost over-eager to help take more money from you. They have a "liberal" return policy, as long as you don't mind standing in line for an hour. Everything returned is clearly marked on the shelf, although generally not "marked down".
So, my tale of woe begins a few days ago, with me telling Ask that it was his job to get ethernet cables for our new servers. He didn't, and decided I should just go to Fry's and buy them for him. So... since its Friday afternoon and nothing was getting done at work, I did. They weren't as cheap as I hoped, but Ask is paying.
If I had been stronger, I would have checked out immediately after picking up 20 7 foot ethernet cables. (10 white, 10 blue).
Instead, I browsed....
It's not all bad, I think I got a lot for the $266 I spent:
A skin for my iPod. Wall mounts for my speakers. A optical mouse for work. Some video cables I had been pining for. (Cheap ones.) A USB2 Compact Flash Reader. A "CoolPad" for my laptop. (Ok, I fell for it.) A handheld sewing machine. A wireless presentation doohickey. (For the presentations I seem to be giving more and more often.) And two DVDs: Nineteen Eighty-Four. And Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Director's Edition.
I know I'll probably get the most flack for ST:TMP, but dammit, I liked that movie.
At least I have entertainment for tonight....
Plus.. I can imagine shooting Ask in a photon torpedo casing into a sun or something.