The Magical Interwebs

So the internet is this cool thing. You can talk to people online, or as my mom would say “talk” to people online, and write letters, and download music, and record the minutiae of your life. Pretty fast and advanced and you can save shipping costs on purchases, right?

Wrong. I decided to buy the Eric Whitacre Concert Download. It’s an online download. I didn’t buy it on Friday or Sunday cause I hadn’t decided if I wanted to buy it yet. It’s $15, I’m a soon-to-be-poor grad student. I went online yesterday to buy it and noticed something strange. The price was listed as $15 plus shipping and handling. That’s odd, I thought to myself, why would they charge shipping on an online download.

The total cost for me will be $18.98. $3 shipping and $.98 tax. So. There are people that will address an envelope (at my church) and then mail it to me with a card in it. The card will have a code that I have to go type in on a website to get my download.

I told this to Ben and he came up with a good analogy: “It’s like I respond to an email with a paper letter, that I mail, and then they respond via email.” WHAT? Bizarre. I think I’ll call them tomorrow and see if I can stop by the office with $16 in hand in exchange for a magic code…

3 Responses to The Magical Interwebs

  1. Simon says:

    Whaaaaaaat? That makes no sense. They should just charge what they want to charge and give you the code online. You end up paying more but at least you don’t feel like you’re being taken advantage of.

  2. Katie says:

    To be fair, I don’t think they’re trying to take advantage of me. I think this is a case where the old model and the new model have collided in an oddly amusing way.

  3. Katie says:

    So I gave in and bought it online, cause I kept forgetting to call them. Unfortunately I ordered too late, so I shipped it to the house and Ben opened it and emailed me the code. Craziness!

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