Sunday, November 2, 2014

Game Trek: The Next Generation (of Consoles) - Part 1

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I figured it would be awhile before I could jump into the new generation of consoles (XBox One and PS4) ever since they were released about a year ago.  I was able to get a Wii U thanks to my wife's retail job, so that part was taken care of.  Also, that was not the best idea in hindsight.  More about that some other time.

Anyway, I didn't think I would be able to get one or both of the others this year, until my wife mentioned that she didn't want that to keep me from getting a review copy of something.  We had some extra Paypal money, and if something panned out, I would get more.  I would use it to get a PS4, and use something else to get an X1.

The plan for the X1 was pretty simple.  Get two mover's coupons, use one to buy a prepaid Visa gift card, taking that down 10%.  Then buy the console and use the second coupon, taking it down 10% again.  So total for the white X1 would be 320+ tax or so.  Good deal.

The thing for the extra Paypal money to get the PS4 fell through, so that option was off the table.  Sucks, but at least I could still get one of the new gen systems.

Or could I?  Two days before my coupon was valid, they changed it so it could no longer be used on a Visa gift card.  So that's $40 that I wouldn't be able to save.  Bad, but I might be able to recover from it.  Well, until the other shoe dropped.

The next day, I get a letter in the mail.  It has a speeding ticket from when I went to the Post Office to get the mover's coupon.  That was pretty much the last nail in the coffin.  So on top of not getting that extra $40 off, I might have to pay a $200 ticket.  The universe definitely took a dump on my that time.

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