In true American style, I think I’m becoming an online shopping addict.
I already love swiping my card at regular outlets: no hassles with nickels and dimes (btw, after four months of staying in the US, I still can’t tell which is 5c and which is 10c).
But swiping (keying?) online is an altogether different pleasure. It gives you all the more reason to not venture out into the open. It’s an effortless process, plus you’ve got the whole internet at your disposal for product reviews. I’ve bought almost everything I own in the US online. Here are few of the things I have seriously considered buying online, but eventually decided against:
- Matlab for Linux at 99$. If the good folk at MathWorks could create a piece of software that cannot be matched by open source versions, well, then they deserve my money. And they made it super easy for me: they only ask me for my card number, and then they allow me to download 1.5GB of matlab online immediately—no waiting for a DVD in the mail. Eventually though—after 10 minutes of staring at my card—good sense prevailed: I realized I’m not going to use it once I’m done with Machine Learning. And so, umm.. I.. uh.. resorted to other means. My final ML project finishes on Monday.
- Condoms. Sure, it’ll end up being unused till the expiry date, but better safe than sorry! Unfortunately, condoms aren’t eligible under Amazon Prime (one month free trial), and so I’d end up spending about 7$ just on shipping. But, I save myself embarrassment at a chemists. I think it was Jigar who talked me out of this one: and anyway, the fact that I am even considering buying condoms online, might explain why I’m never going to be using them.
- xkcd Store. xkcd has been advertising his store lately, being the Holiday season, and I’ve been window shopping. I’ve been ogling at the “I’m not slacking off, my code’s compiling” t-shirt. At 17$, I have this feeling that I’ll soon be giving in into the temptation, although I know it’ll be far cheaper to just print it out on my own.
And, honestly (please don’t mock me now!), I’ve also considered going legit on the MP3s. But then, simple arithmetic tells me that my grad stipend doesn’t afford me a lifestyle of showing off legit MP3s.