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Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2003 23:44:51 -0500
From: "Nutmegger" <nutmegger_7717nopsamo.com>
Subject: Re: Buying a used 9-5


"'nuther Bob" wrote::: > >It seems to me the price of cars has risen so fast compared to the average > >person's income. > > <rant> > > No kidding. They also keep adding "features" and convincing people > that they need them. I already know what I want when I go walking in there. I don't browse, and I hate the whole process. >For example, navigation systems and "on-star" > come to mind. The sales people are very good and people are now > convinced that they need these items, to the tune of thousands of > dollars. Yes, once in a blue moon it might come in handy. I would never, ever get one. >Me, I'll > buy a map for $3 $3.00?! You haven't bought a map in a while huh? I love maps, and have all kinds, but I usually use Rand McNally street atlases for combined counties. Then I go to state maps. >and take the risk that I never get so lost I can't > find my way eventually to where I want to go. Maybe I'll even enjoy > being lost and forced off my schedule (it's called experiencing life > and taking responsibility for your destiny). Heh...I know what you mean. Coming back from NJ I did that by taking the Holland Tunnel instead of going all the way around NYC. BUT....I went in the wrong entrance and got dumped out on 5th Ave. No NY map either, and my first visit to the big city. I found my way out. > > Cell phones are a good example too. Look at how they suck people in: > First, they convinced the masses that they _needed_ to be connected by > a cell phone. Heaven forbid you should be "uncallable" while you're at > the shopping mall. Now you _need_ a cell phone hook up in your car > so that people can reach you when you're driving. How did we ever > survive those thousands of years without cell phones ? Phone plans > with 600 minutes or more are the norm. Well unless you're in business > and use the phone for that, you've got a problem if you're on the > phone 10 hours a month. Seriously, see a professional, you've got an > addiction. I know, it bugs me. I used to have to use mine for business while driving and I hated it. But, today I felt like one of those stupid people you are talking about. I was waiting for an important call from my Attorney and was leaving work and had to go grocery shopping before going home (pay day) and wouldn't you know when her call came in? > > Now the Sales people are trying to convince people that > they _need_ text messaging. Let's get this straight: I have a cell > phone that will do voice-to-voice communications, but now I want to > step it back to text messages ? Again, once in a blue moon it might > come in handy, perhaps when I'm in a meeting making that big business > deal, I have my cell phone open, my partner needs to tell me something > in 80 characters or less that will clinch the deal, I can't let my > cell phone ring or be seen talking on it, but I can stare at it and > spend five times the amount of time typing a text message in. Then > again, Maybe not :-) > > </rant> Text, might be cute to send little "thinking of you" notes but I can't see much use for it. Neither for the Camera phones, those just make my imagine run wild. > > My hat is off to the Sales and Advertising professionals. They seem to > be able to convince people that they _need_ almost anything. For most people...it doesn't take much convincing at all. You know what they say about fools and their money.

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