Monday, February 15, 2010


Irv and I went out looking at laptops yesterday. UGH! What a confusing and depressing task. I kind of knew what I wanted and then we got to the stores and no one really had exactly what I wanted. It was overwhelming to look at all of those little laptops sitting there and read the little cards about what they have in them....for me those little cards could have been in Latin and they would have made about the same amount of sense. I tried to stay cool and calm, but I really don't like not understanding things.

My plan was to go look at them, buy one if we found something good and be done with it. Oh no, we looked at Office Depot and at Best Buy....then went home and got on line and looked at the HP site and the CDW site and the Dell site and by the time I was done I was 1000 times more confused than when we had left in the morning.

I don't know why I can't just go out and buy a friggin' laptop. Why is this such a project for me?

I guess it's because it's a heck of a lot of money, I don't want a junky one and I just don't know what to get.

I can come really close to what I wanted to spend if I sacrifice my 17 inch screen and go with the 15 inch, but that is the one place I really don't want to sacrifice.

They all start out at a nice price, but then when you add the better processor, wireless, Microsoft Office, some kind of extended warranty, a wireless router and a's not a nice price anymore.

I am so glad I have Michael's old computer for now so I don't have to rush and make a decision on this right now. I know I can't rely on his old one for long, so I have to make a decision and bite the bullet and buy the laptop.

I'm pretty sure I am going to get the big HP, but I'm going to sleep on it for a day or two. What do you do when you have a big decision hanging over your head. Do you think about it for a while, or just "do it"? I usually just "do it", but I can't seem to pull the switch on this...and there has to be a reason for that.


Lanyardlady said...

My late father-in-law always used to say if you need to make a big purchase, do your shopping and then think about it 10 days before purchasing. That gives you time to sort through all the info and make the best decision for you. He was a wise man, and although sometimes I want to buy right away, I try to heed his words. Do you have a place where you can rent a computer and see what works best for you?

Kittie Howard said...

I first define what I want. Then I research the product until my eyes cross, then repeat with price comparisons, then wait a week or so for all to settle, review, then just do it and move on.

Kat said...

I say sleep on it. That's what I do.

Cathryn said...

When it came to my new computer, I told my husband what I wanted, why I wanted it, what kind of work I needed to be able to do on it. He then built it for me.

But when it comes to big, big decisions, we both have our ways of handling it. My husband researches it to death and I go around looking for comparisons and reviews. I like Cherin's advice though!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

BIG decision. You definitely want to take your time.

Oklahoma Granny said...

We are a house divided. I, on the one hand, research big purchases to death and shop, shop, shop for just the right item. My husband prefers to just go out and make the purchase.

My advice - sleep on it. I imagine you'll want the computer to be there for you for quite awhile.

Meekiyu said...

It took me a long time to figure out which laptop and printer I wanted to buy. I researched and researched though it does help to have a bf and family who can decipher all the jargon =/ I find reading user reviews very enlightening

Marydon Ford said...

G'day ~ I dump it into DHs lap, listen to what he has to say ... then make a decision.

Have a lovely week ~
Hugs, TTFN ~ Marydon

Angela said...

I think on it and Aubrey just does it! I think it is because I am frugal and I have a very hard time with big purchases.

Good luck- I would have no idea how to buy a computer.

Leilani Lee said...

We have a horrible time deciding anything, and the longer we talk about it and discuss it the less able we are to make a decision. Suggest you don't get a Dell -- no personal experience, but listening to others who have had dealings with Dell.

Beth Anderson said...

I usually just do it!
(I wonder if this is going to cause as much discussion as the dishwasher!)

gayle said...

I was just trying to tell my husband about this and we got interrupted by a phone call. Anyway, I don't know what I would do about a computer he just got one he thought would serve my purpose. Other things I do a little research on. I hate buying new things like computers, washers etc. for this very reason.

Joanna Jenkins said...

It's a tough choice because it's something you'll probably use every day for a very long time. Sleeping on it is a good idea. Hopefully you'll feel better about the HP and LOVE it!

Sorry I haven't been around much lately, life has been pretty busy. I hope all is well and your family is good. now I'm off to catch up on your older posts.

Have a great week.

LDWatkins said...

Sleep on it! Maybe it'll all go on sale!

Jessica said...

My name is Jessica & I work in CDW sales. If you are still looking for a laptop, please feel free to contact me at Happy to help you wade through the mess of laptop searches!

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