Friday, November 21, 2008


I am risk averse. I don't like to gamble. I don't like extreme sports. I don't even like ferris wheels.

I am also cheap. I hoard Bed Bath & Beyond coupons like there's no tomorrow. I routinely read bargain blogs. I will not pay full price for clothing. I never make an online purchase without checking Retail Me Not first. I'm not cheap about big things (food, travel, presents, etc), but I will stand in the toothpaste aisle at Walgreens comparing ingredient lists to determine if there's really a difference between my preferred brand and the generic.

So it's somewhat odd that I like risking money on wacky schemes that may or may not pan out. I play the scratch-off lotto. I buy domain names with plans to get rich quick. I impulsively spend small to moderate amounts of money on things that no normal person would ever buy.

I think that's why I am so obsessed with the SomethingStore. It's a brilliant idea. It's the kind of idea I'm tempted to claim to have thought of years ago myself but never followed through on (I'd be lying). Here's what the website says:
"An idea: Offer the good people of World Wide Web something. Let them not know what it is until they receive it. After all, if anything can be sold on the Internet, why not something? Is it dumb? Or is it brilliant? Something in between? We couldn't decide; here is SomethingStore so you can decide."
Brilliant. And only ten bucks.* Don't tell my husband, but I recently purchased my very own Something. It turned out to be a karaoke microphone that I have no use for, but I will certainly try again.

In totally unrelated news, you may be getting a karaoke microphone for Christmas this year. Please try to act surprised.


*All sales are final.

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