Kathy And Ed’s Most Excellent Shopping Adventure–Not!

A few days ago I mentioned that Ed and I did some Father’s Day shopping (for Ed).  FINALLY, I have a chance to tell you about our adventure!  I’ll go ahead and give you a fair warning-you will probably laugh!

We were looking for two things in particular for Ed–a weed eater and a garden tiller.  Ed’s had three (yes, three!) new weed eaters over the past year.  After a few months (or even weeks) the stupid things tear up and we always end up returning them to the store!  Thank goodness for extended warranties!  They just don’t make weed eaters like they used to.  Ed returned the third one about three weeks ago, after it stalled while he was trying to cut around some trees.

Anyway, we began our Father’s Day shopping while we were visiting our youngest son, who happens to live in the city now.  We were able to look at and compare some weed eaters, but we failed to find any tillers in the city!  I guess people who live in suburbia have no need for a garden tiller!  We decided to wait and do our shopping a little closer to home.

We actually went shopping on Father’s Day, the second time around.  We found a couple of garden tillers–but only a couple.  Apparently, the stores had put them on clearance because just three weeks before, there had been a big selection to choose from.  Of course, on that particular day, when the selection was so good, Ed was only interested in purchasing a weed eater.  Way to go, Ed!

Ed loves a bargain, and even though the two garden tillers were already on sale, he asked the store manager if she’d give him a discount if he purchased both a weed eater and a tiller at the same time.  She agreed to give him an extra 5% off.  Next came the difficult task of choosing which brand of weed eater to buy.

Ed quickly settled on another weed eater.  He chose one of the brands that he hadn’t already tried!  Choosing the tiller was a bit more complicated.  There were only two tillers to choose from, but one of them had some other attachments with it, while the other did not.  The tiller with attachments cost more than the one without, and while Ed hated to spend the extra money, he liked those attachments.  Finally the tiller with attachments won out.  I left Ed to pay for our purchases while I walked next door to a different store.

Now Ed hates using a credit card, but he carries one in his wallet, in case of an emergency.  He also carries what’s called a “Flex Card”, which is a type of card that we use for medical expenses not covered by insurance.  Before I left the store, I told Ed to put the purchases on the credit card, and I would pay for them at the end of the month.  So Ed’s all excited about spending all this money, and he’s also excited about whether his new tiller is going fit into my PT Cruiser…  In his excitement, he pulls out the “Flex Card” instead of the credit card, and swipes it through the store’s machine!  The machine says, “Insufficient balance”.  Then Ed realizes he’s trying to pay with the Flex Card!  A few minutes later, after Ed finally produces the correct  card, the purchase is completed.

Ed and the sales clerk decide that the easiest way to make the tiller fit into our car is to take the tiller handle off, so the guy goes to get a tool to remove the handle.  It’s during the removal of the handle that Ed discovers he’s just purchased a ‘front tine tiller’, when what he really wanted was a ‘rear tine tiller’! (the tines weren’t on, so it was an easy oversight)  So poor Ed has to go back over to the store manager, return the tiller he’s just bought, and buy the other tiller, which is a ‘rear tine tiller’!  What a confused mess, and you know what?  In all of the confusion of buying, returning, and purchasing the second tiller, the manager neglected to give Ed his 5% discount the second time around!  You can bet Ed wasn’t about to go back into the store and complain!!!

Ed got the tiller loaded in the car.  Meanwhile, I was in the other store looking and wondering what’s taking him so long!!!  Boy did I have some big eyes when he told me all that I’d missed!

So we made it home with the weed eater and the tiller, but was already too late to try out the tiller.  The next day, when Ed decides to give the tiller a try, he discovers that it has a flat tire!  He has a decision to make.  Do we spend twenty dollars in gas to return the tiller to the store where we bought it or do we go and get the flat tire fixed?  We chose to get the tire fixed.  It cost us ten dollars to get it patched, but that was cheaper than a trip back to the store (and a lot less humiliating!)

Now you know the story of Kathy and Ed’s Excellent shopping adventure!  It kind of makes you wonder what we’ll get into next, doesn’t it?  I certainly hope the tiller and the weed eater both stay in good working condition for a long, long time–and I’ll bet Ed does, too!  By the way, he purchased extended warranties again.  I hope we don’t need them!

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Ed with his new ‘man toys’

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  1. Ed looks like a contented guy with his new tools! We have those not so excellent shopping adventures, too. Enjoyed yours especially since I did not have to suffer any of the aggravation on this trip!

  2. Oh my, what an experience. I don’t blame you – I believe I’d just get that tire fixed locally, too. 😉

    So, what’s the difference between a front-tine and a rear-tine tiller?

  3. Wow! I think I would have given up. lol

  4. I’m glad you posted that photo because I’m a city slicker, turned suburbanite who had no idea what a tiller was. Thank you. I learned something today!

  5. Oh my, that is quite the shopping experience! I’m glad he found what he wanted eventually. Sorry about the tire!


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