Monthly Archives: September 2011

Don’t Buy a Computer From QVC or HSN

I can understand the “computer illiterate” person, even though I’m a techie myself. My sister actually calls herself that, even though she frequently understands more than the average bear. So when I see people try to screw the unknowing over, it typically irks me. Enter home shopping channels.

What better way to screw people out of their money than on television? Gotta love it.

The other day, my boyfriend and I caught this being advertised on QVC – and I apologize, but yes this is a photo of the television.

QVC Overpriced Computer Scam Sale

They look nice, but don't let them fool you.

The first thing is that they claim the retail price is $1,099. No, it’s not.

For $1,099 at say, Best Buy – you can get a brand new Toshiba, Asus, or for about $50 more a Dell – ALL with significantly better all-around specs than those presented above. And even though they are offering free S&H, there is none to begin with if you walk into Best Buy and pick it up, plus there’s the benefit of instant gratification. 🙂

So, what about our special “one-time only” sale price of $679?

QVC Overpriced Laptop Sale

Really, get something better for less from somewhere else.

Forget that “4 years of McAfee”. That shouldn’t be a company’s prime selling point to justify such an exaggerated price.

For $679 (again, just using Best Buy as a comparison), you can get a laptop with a better processor and up to a couple gigs more RAM, even with equivalent or larger screen size.

What about the actual laptop they were selling?

Going with a Dell, just to make it simple, you can get the same thing at Best Buy (with a bit better processor and another gig of RAM, actually), for $429.

I chuckle to myself every time that QVC advertises a computer. I’m not trying to diss QVC – maybe their kitchen equipment or jewelery is fabulous. Their computer deals, however, are not.

Ever bought a computer from QVC or HSN and later found the same or something similar for less? What about their other products? Tell me about your experience in the comments.


8 Cute, Funny, and Even Realistic Looking Uterus Cakes

I have to be honest, I haven’t written in a few days and I’ve been terribly distracted by planning for an upcoming vacation. Sometimes ideas for this blog pour out of my head and other times, I’m a dried up well. When I try to sleep, they’ll probably start flowing. *sigh*.

Sooo… Since I can’t think of anything spectacular to right at the moment (I’m also tired – don’t blog while tired!) – I thought I’d share with you a smattering of uteruses… in cake!

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Video Blog Response to Mock-Inspirational Questions – Eek!

I last wrote a mock-inspirational post about blog topics, addressing the classic inspirational advice that’s normally given, followed by dishing out some of my unique “inspiration”. It was written mostly as a joke, but also an open invitation (*hint*hint*) to anyone who wanted to write a blog about one of the topics I’d mentioned. I stated somewhat vaguely that I’d gladly link back to anyone who wrote regarding one of those topics provided they either left a comment about it or made a link reference in their own blog. (*hint*hint*)

The joke part is that I really don’t expect someone to write a full article on their own blog about any of the disgusting things I mentioned.

That was the other day… this is now. Now – it’s time to pony up.

In a totally random coincidence, a friend of mine asked on Facebook the other day for suggestions of a similar nature:

Does anyone have a crazy question to ask that I’ll answer on my next video blog? Running outta stuff to talk about! Any questions get a shoutout too 😀

She asked that after I’d already thought of writing my mock-inspirational post, and so I threw her a couple “crazy” suggestions and used the rest that I thought of to write my own entry. Just as with my article, I was just being silly. Aaaaaaand… I somehow kept forgetting the word “video” in there. *Sigh*

Yep, she answered my questions. She had several others she answered as well, but my boyfriend and I conveniently seem to have asked her the worst ones of all.

She was asked these questions and some others, and faithfully answered every one in a video:

  • “Have you ever gone into a room for something but forgot what you went in for?”
  • “What instruments would you like to play or learn to play?”
  • “What TV series do you like?”
  • “What’s your favorite pizza topping?”
  • “What’s your favorite song at the moment?”

Pretty mundane… right?

Now here are the ones my boyfriend and I asked:

  • “How many times do you use the bathroom in a day?”
  • “How do you think your life would be different if you always had gas?”
  • “Have you tried tasting dog food?”
  • “Do you leave the toilet seat down?”
  • “Have you ever forgotten to wash your hands after using the bathroom?”

Now do you see why this is embarrassing? Let me again remind you that this is in a video.

To make matters worse, she was posting screen names in her video of the people that asked the questions. THANKFULLY she spared me/us.

I suppose I was asking for it all along (still am)…but seeing it just made it so much more embarrassing. She said she got a ton of hits that day too, so that could’ve meant hundreds or thousands of people wondering what kind of twisted freak I am.

Keep in mind however, the offer still stands – if you use one of the ideas (for a full entry of at least a few sentences, i.e. a description not just an answer) and reference me, I will gladly post a link back. I think it’d be wonderful.

If you would like to hear her answers, you can watch her video here: Questions and Answers – CaityJayMusic

Inspirational Blog Topics for Manly Men (and Crazy Chicks)

Everyone has some sort of inspirational topic for blogging about when you can’t think of anything else. One of the most popular questions is “If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?” I don’t know why that is such a popular question. It’s kind of artsy, I suppose. Or perhaps it’s just because it’s an easy question. I think everyone asks their self that at some point in life.

After finding Plinky courtesy of WordPress, and seeing that classic question, I got to thinking – what about the not-so-typical blog inspiration topics?

To boot, a friend remarked the other day that she was running out of stuff to blog about, and wanted some “crazy” ideas. I’ll give you crazy…

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Weirdest Search Engine Terms to Become Website Referrals

One of the most important things for advertising is to know what works, and what doesn’t. Right? With websites, you want to know how people are finding you, which is why analytics are broken down into so many different categories – location, referrals, in-bound links, and of course searches. Search engine terms used to find your website or blog are especially important, because you can find out what terms you might want to play up a little more.

If you are getting a narrow slice of the search results pie for “Popeye and Olive Oyl”, you might get a bigger slice if more posts are made about them. Sooooo…. I decided to check my stats the other day. I know my blog skips around a bit and it’s not really about any particular subject, but you know… it’s also not about certain other subjects.

Yet somehow, that’s how people find me?

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