Friday, November 25, 2011

Should I shop today?

OK, it's Black Friday.

There's a pile of ads on my kitchen table. It's not yet 4AM. Many stores are already open. Lines are forming at others. On this day in the past five-plus years, I was raring to go out and spend. Last year was particularly fruitful. This year, I just don't have much of an urge.

There's nothing I need (but I've always been more motivated by wants than needs).

There are a few things that I could use more of, like 8-gig thumb drives -- but I can easily order them online. It would be nice to have yet one more flat screen TV -- but it would go in a room where it would be used only a few times a year. I'm impressed by the new Nikon 1, but I definitely don't need another camera, and it would cost at least $600.

I'm still very much in love with my Panasonic Lumix G1 which I bought just under two years ago. I felt guilty by "cheating on" my beloved Nikon brand, but I found the Lumix simply irresistible.

When I got dressed yesterday, I discovered my tiny Nikon Coolpix S3000, which was hiding in the pocket of a sports jacket since I went to a sweet-sixteen in September. Ironically, I bought the jacket on last Black Friday, so this stuff is nicely connected.

When I decided that I'd never find the S3000, I bought an even better tiny Nikon Coolpix S4100. I got it in purple, which I figured would be harder to misplace than another tiny black camera.
My Nikon Coolpix L6 once seemed tiny, but is much thicker than my newer Nikons. I hate using it because of the long shutter delay, but it always provided great photos (of non-moving subjects) and could be kept in the glove compartment of my cars.

I still have a Nikon Coolpix 5000 digital camera. It was once considered to be a small camera, but in 2011 it seems very bulky. It generally sits on a tripod in my office to take "product shots" of things to sell on eBay. It's more convenient than the tiny Nikons to use on a tripod. The flip-out viewing screen is tiny by today's standards, so I probably should put this camera on the shelf.

I still have Nikon digital and film SLRs going back to the 1970s, including my huge and heavy F and FTn. I don't use them, but need them on my shelf, like beloved books and movies that will never be read or watched again. I sometimes take them off the shelf, to fondle them and exercise the noisy shutters, and marvel at the magnificent pictures I was able to take without batteries.

So, will I buy a Nikon 1? Probably -- but maybe not today. It will be very hard to resist. As the Borg say, resistance is futile. And when it comes to Nikons, I don't want to resist.
  • Whoever dies with the most toys, wins.
  • The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.
UPDATE: I did go shopping at around 11:30AM. I bought some sandpaper and screw-hooks at Lowe's. They're not nearly as exciting as a new Nikon, but I did support the economy.

ANOTHER UPDATE: On Sunday I bought another big TV and Blu-Ray player. Low-low-prices and 24 months to pay with no interest. How could I resist?

(Nikon F photo from Borg photo from Star Trek. Thanks.)


1 comment:

  1. President Obama said to thank you for supporting the economy (and please buy that new Nikon).