Sunday, April 15, 2012

no offense to my Canadian friends...

Canadian Amazon sucks.

Maybe I should apologize to those of you residing in Canada... you will never have the joy of searching for just about anything and finding it in three (or less) clicks on the wonder that is  At least you have Tim Horton's.. and bueno bars...
ahh bueno bars.. chocolate and hazelnutty goodness
image from wiki:buenobars
oh... buenos... how I miss you!

Back to the beginning.. and to how the Man and I discovered the sad, sad state of It all began with the Man's favorite ring finalist.  Did you guess it?

Well, it was out of stock in his size on Amazon.  It had been out of stock since we first found it a few weeks ago.  We vowed to check periodically (and for me to online stalk and amazon-alert the mess out of it) until it was back in stock [Edit: it's in stock now, but order when you can!].  The Man really liked that ring!

One night, on a whim-- we decided to check on the out-of-stock-ness.  Sadly, still out. The determined pair of nerds we are wanted to just "click around" and see if we could find it elsewhere.  We tried searching by the brand, the listed seller, the amazon code, common keywords, anything we could think to try and find this ring from a reputable vendor.  No luck.  We had to think outside the box, or States.. it was time to go global.

With a few tabs open, we took to the net-- we had a ring size converter, a currency converter and Google translate at the ready.  Off to we went..

...they had it!  But they couldn't ship it to the US.  We have friends in England.  We could ship it to them, and have them bring it over when they come to stay a while... too difficult and too much to ask. Then we tried the French even with my slim knowledge of French, I could tell we had the same "no shipping to the US" issue.  
En stock!
"Well, I know Canada ships to the US.. at least, they shipped all that amazing Canadian candy to the apartment (see comment regarding buenos above... yes, I did ship a case.. and yes, I did ration them out over the course of a year, don't judge me!)" but the site was severely lacking.  As in, only books and cds and movies?  Amazon?  What's wrong with Canada?  Don't they deserve an awesome too?

After trying a few sites, and losing energy on the whim-ness of it all.. the Man chimes in:
"Did you ever check Newegg?" - home for happy nerds everywhere
Now, newegg is an awesomely nerd-tastic site full of computer parts and pieces, electronic goodies, and all those things that make the Man so happy.  I strongly doubted they carried rings, but I figured why not?

And there it was.  In stock and cheaper than Amazon!  Within a few short minutes, the Man's ring was ordered and on its way. It doesn't hurt that the Man's band is from one of his favorite stores and the place he bought most of the components for the other love of his life, his gaming computer. 

Did you have an interesting ring journey?  Am I completely wrong in my hasty judgement of Have you ever tried a bueno (not that I'm sharing!)?
also from wiki:buenobars
Note: this post was not sponsored by amazon, newegg, or bueno.. but if my tiny blog registers on their radar we would love to be compensated via gift card, discounts on orders, or a case or two o'buenos. :)

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