There is a price for convenience
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I’ve mentioned in a few posts in the past that I enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons*. Call me a geek, but it really is an incredible game, much like playing a novel where you are the main character. Recently, Wizards of the Coast (the makers of D&D) released the 4th edition rule set and along with it new rule books and adventures. The new rule set not only makes the game better (or at least in theory) but it’s an incredibly smart marketing move for WOTC (Wizards of the Coast) as it encourages everyone that plays to upgrade their books and adventures. I recently learned what my price for convenience is. Let me explain…
The local bookstore vs. Amazon
I went to our local bookstore this weekend to purchase one of the new rule books. They had plenty of copies and the price was $34.95. As I paged through the new book I realized I had forgotten to check price on the internet to see if I could get a better deal. I pulled out my blackberry and did some quick searching, and realized I could get the same book from Amazon for $23.07, as savings of $11.08, pretty significant.
About that time, my wife came over and asked if I was ready to leave. I explained the price difference and said I would rather go home and just order it online. My wife, being the awesome spouse she is quickly said “Don’t forget you have to pay shipping and we get 10% off using our discount club membership.” I whipped out my blackberry again and looked up the shipping price and applied the discount.
To complicate matters, the book I wanted qualified for Amazon’s “super shipping” and of course, I was $1.93 short. The shipping charge would be $3.99. Applying the 10% discount to the store cost, shipping from Amazon, and figuring in tax the difference was now $6.52. I thought about just ordering another book to remove the shipping but quickly realized I would end up paying more out of pocket overall and honestly didn’t need anymore books to read.
The dilemma: Pay $6.52 cents extra to get it now, or wait 5 days to receive it from Amazon. I seriously thought about this for a good 5-minutes along with trying to determine if I was being a cheap-skate or just being frugal. I ended up buying the book after my wife saying “If $6.52 kills us, we have bigger problems.” Very true, but she also knew how bad I wanted the book.
I’m not sure if this was the right decision or not, but I did enjoy reading the book over the weekend. This whole dilemma really made me begin to wonder, what exactly is the price for convenience? I know for me, it’s at least $6.52. What bothers me though is paying that extra $6.52 really bugs me. Should it? What’s your price for convenience? Do you struggle with small amounts like this? Small amounts add up over time. Share your thoughts, add a comment!
* I realize that some people, including some of you, may have strong opinions about D&D as it relates to being Christian. While I fully respect and understand your viewpoints, I don’t fully subscribe. I believe that practicing witchcraft and or sorcery is in conflict with the Bible, but playing a game or even reading a fantasy novel does not. The important thing from my perspective is being able to fully seperate fantasy from reality.