Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Just Wow.

So I've been on a quest.

I decided at some point that I was interested in a Kindle or a Nook. I have the Kindle ap on my phone and I love having it at my fingertips. I don't like the size of the screen on the phone for reading a book. That is annoying. Not standing in line waiting annoying....more like two hour lay over at an airport annoying. So anyways, I got it into my head that I would like a reader.

So I started researching and asking everyone what they have, what they like and what they would recommend.

When I got closer to buying, the hype started for the new iPad2. So I think to myself that maybe I should get a first generation when the new ones comes out since I should be able to get one at a discount with the new model out. And you can do so very much more than you can on a reader. And the screen is bigger for reading -- and my eyes aren't getting any younger.

Right. Anyone that knows Apple knows two things. One - Apple controls the prices. Two - Apple under produces the new product for a significant amount of time while slightly dropping the price on the older model so they can move them out quickly. Because human nature says that once you've made the decision to go get that iPad2 and you are told there is a four plus week wait on the new one...but here's the old one at a great (hah!) discount..... well, there are a significant amount of people that will buy the first gen and not wait.

So the first generation iPads are really not that discounted. Not in my opinion anyways.

So I start looking at the differences between the two. The changes are kinda significant. Better speaker - which is good for watching Netflix. Two cameras - which I am not the least interested in. Mirroring to the tv - which is AWESOME. And its faster. Significantly faster. Plus its some percentage lighter and smaller. But let me just say that percent is not impressive when you consider the size you start with -- that's just hype really. So, is it worth the extra two hundred for the speed and the mirroring? Yes.

So I make a big big decision that since they are not fire saling the first gen, I might as well buy the new one.

So I scrape up all my cash I've been saving and the hubs even throws in the difference. And I go to buy that new toy with cash.

And nobody has them. I'm stuck waiting.


I get a phone call telling me that I am a winner in the referral contest at the Ortho's office.

We won a 42 inch flat screen tv.

And I should be excited. I mean, we have never had good tv's since we got married. Until we moved here. Because the moving company broke the access doors on both dinosaur tvs and had to pay replacement costs. So we actually have 2 nice tvs for the first time ever in over twenty years.

And why am I telling you this?

Because even though its a fantastic prize -- we don't need or have a want in that direction. So so so sad.

And I just had this feeling.....


We went to pick up that tv and have the picture done and all.

And what is advertised as the next referral prize???

You know it.

The iPad2.

THERE's Murphy!
(Just so you know I'm not unhappy about the new prize....the 32 inch from the bedroom is going on the wall over my quilting table so I can watch Netflix on a real tv instead of a laptop while I'm in there. I'll probably never come out.)


  1. Congrats on winning the new TV! And on having enough fun money to buy a cool new toy! I am so proud of/for you. That takes a lot of discipline in spending! Hugs

  2. Dang you, Murphy! That's funny. Sad, but funny. I, too, am thinking iPad. My husband has a deep loathing of all things Apple, so I'm in for a fight if I do actually want one.

  3. Congrats on the new t.v. I have heard alot about the iPad's. I'm just not sure I want to spend alot of money on one. Decisions, decisions. Lol.

  4. Rub it in...and, to those of us that know you better...your frugal"ness" has changed your last name to Gates or Carnegie...I'm still the REAL "Murphy" in the family...congrats on the win, and I hope the new "toy" is next for you. Love you.

  5. My BIL has the new IPad. My sister (his wife) the old generation. They both love them. One great thing about the camera is the ability to facetime. We talk face to face whenever we both have wifi available, (I have an IPhone) which is fun for the kids.
    However, for reading, I am really happy with my Kindle. The free books available on Amazon have been more then I can keep up with, so let me know if you want the link to the blog where I find them. Have fun with your new toy, whenever they get back in stock!