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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 18 February 2020, 18:40

Used 10,000 Nectar points (£50 worth) which we've been collecting for nearly a decade to buy a new microwave-convection oven from Argos which was on offer for £99 (down from £139).
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby PopTart » 18 February 2020, 18:52

Brenden wrote:Used 10,000 Nectar points (£50 worth) which we've been collecting for nearly a decade to buy a new microwave-convection oven from Argos which was on offer for £99 (down from £139).

Wow, those nectar points are totally worth it then huh? :shake:

I feel alot better now, knowing that I stopped bothering with that card and others like it, the rewards really arent worth it I think.

Well, unless you really need that oven, but it just seems that ten years of time investment, would buy you more.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby René » 18 February 2020, 19:31

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Brenden wrote:Used 10,000 Nectar points (£50 worth) which we've been collecting for nearly a decade to buy a new microwave-convection oven from Argos which was on offer for £99 (down from £139).

Wow, those nectar points are totally worth it then huh? :shake:

I feel alot better now, knowing that I stopped bothering with that card and others like it, the rewards really arent worth it I think.

Well, unless you really need that oven, but it just seems that ten years of time investment, would buy you more.

It doesn't actually cost any time. We haven't had a Sainsbury's near us in almost a decade anyway; we just get points automatically when we buy stuff on eBay (all the time) and from Argos (such as this new microwave). :D

So it only really cost the couple of minutes it took to set up the points collecting.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 18 February 2020, 19:33

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Brenden wrote:Used 10,000 Nectar points (£50 worth) which we've been collecting for nearly a decade to buy a new microwave-convection oven from Argos which was on offer for £99 (down from £139).

Wow, those nectar points are totally worth it then huh? :shake:

I feel alot better now, knowing that I stopped bothering with that card and others like it, the rewards really arent worth it I think.

Well, unless you really need that oven, but it just seems that ten years of time investment, would buy you more.

It is essentially 0.5% cashback on all of our purchases from Sainsbury’s and eBay, without having to do anything whatsoever (the latter literally not having to even swipe a card or anything, just linking your account and making the purchases you’d make anyway). How is that not a good deal‽ It’s free money!

You don’t have to reach 10,000 points to use them, we just happen to not live by a Sainsbury’s for 7 years and only just realised you can redeem them through Argos.

So we’ve basically just been accruing points by doing nothing special and now we have half of a super nice microwave paid for.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 18 February 2020, 19:35

I think he meant less that it’s poor value, and more just a somewhat disappointing finale to a tale 10 years in the telling.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby René » 18 February 2020, 19:53

Marmaduke wrote:I think he meant less that it’s poor value, and more just a somewhat disappointing finale to a tale 10 years in the telling.

I suppose it would have been a lot more points if we'd accrued them on all our grocery shopping over that period :P but we go to ALDI where they don't bother with all the fancy loyalty stuff and just give you low prices :D
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 18 February 2020, 19:56

Marmaduke wrote:I think he meant less that it’s poor value, and more just a somewhat disappointing finale to a tale 10 years in the telling.

But surely going to buy an expensive microwave and finding out it could be more than half paid for by a scheme we’ve essentially given no mind to is a great surprise.

It’s also poetic, I think, because our first microwave, which this one is replacing, was purchased at Sainsbury’s and would have been one of the first purchases we ever accrued Nectar points through all those years ago.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 18 February 2020, 20:09

Some more Apple stock. Actually traded in a little of the recent Microsoft. Today's day trading netted around $900 so I'm calling my day done but I will peak at things right before market close. I can do that from my cell phone and it's a pretty damn fine day out so I think I'll shoot over the the city for a while. Apple is already on the rebound today so it was a good call.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby PopTart » 18 February 2020, 20:25

Marmaduke wrote:I think he meant less that it’s poor value, and more just a somewhat disappointing finale to a tale 10 years in the telling.

This exactly.

I mean, ten years. For a microwave.

That's like those people that work for a company for 50 years and retire with a fine gift of a clock :crazy:

But I can see how it's free money in a sense, I had a wallet full of the damn things at one point and got fed up having to swipe them all the time (I rarely get food shopping online, I did that job as a stop gap for a few months. I know how much care goes into it *none*)

I'm not convinced I'd get the same utility from such loyalty schemes but then, I havent really looked into them in recent years to be certain.

I should add that to my to do list.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 18 February 2020, 21:02

PopTart wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:I think he meant less that it’s poor value, and more just a somewhat disappointing finale to a tale 10 years in the telling.

This exactly.

I mean, ten years. For a microwave.

That's like those people that work for a company for 50 years and retire with a fine gift of a clock :crazy:

Except this didn't involve any work on our part. Not even swiping a card since most of it was accrued through eBay! :D

PopTart wrote:But I can see how it's free money in a sense, I had a wallet full of the damn things at one point and got fed up having to swipe them all the time (I rarely get food shopping online, I did that job as a stop gap for a few months. I know how much care goes into it *none*)

I'm not convinced I'd get the same utility from such loyalty schemes but then, I havent really looked into them in recent years to be certain.

I should add that to my to do list.

Tesco's Clubcard has been great, because not only is is like 1% cash back as opposed to 0.5%, they will send out vouchers in the post a few times a year for like £6 off a £40 shop (in-store or online). So that's 15% off a large grocery shop several times a year! :awesome:

They also recently messed up something about René's Clubcard account, so as a good-will gesture sent us a £15 gift card (which I used to help buy a nice bottle of whisky).
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby John27 » 18 February 2020, 23:44

I used to be a bit cynical about those loyalty cards. In my market, most are/were just to get what used to be the plain sales price before the loyalty card. I still have that particular cynical view, but I have come to like the rebates one card has, which gives me a few dollars to spend in the store every few months. I'm low income, and every dollar helps... And I oddly enjoy making a shopping trip for just an item or two, which is easily paid for by the rebate, which gives me a feeling getting something for free.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 19 February 2020, 00:05

John27 wrote:I used to be a bit cynical about those loyalty cards. In my market, most are/were just to get what used to be the plain sales price before the loyalty card. I still have that particular cynical view, but I have come to like the rebates one card has, which gives me a few dollars to spend in the store every few months. I'm low income, and every dollar helps... And I oddly enjoy making a shopping trip for just an item or two, which is easily paid for by the rebate, which gives me a feeling getting something for free.

I've found loyalty schemes to be super generous in the UK, completely unlike the US. René's relatives from the Netherlands as well are often shocked by the freebies and deals I get.

For instance, the main coffee chain in the UK, Costa (now owned by Coca-Cola), has a points card that is essentially 1% cash-back, with 1 point for every £1 spent and each point worth 1p. On its own that's moderately nice, but they often do deals where if you, e.g., visit them twice within a certain week or several day period they'll give you 100 bonus points, which is worth £1. Or the deal this month is visit them 4 times during the month and get 50 points and then if you visit them another 4 times they'll give you 300 points. I've probably gotten about 10 free coffees over the last few years, and that's mainly from timing my few-and-far-between visits to coincide with special deals. You can even accrue points at their express machines in convenience shops and rest stops.

Or the Subcard from Subway. Recently for Valentines Day they had an offer: buy 1 get 1 free 6-inch subs. So René and I each got 2 6-inch subs, but we're also "sub-buddies" or something which gave us bonus points for ordering within a a few minutes of each other. I've now got enough points to get a free footlong sub, and I've only visited Subway maybe 6 times in the 12 months!
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 19 February 2020, 11:57

The microwave turned out to be way too big. :cry:

Argos is exchanging it this afternoon for a smaller one that doesn't have a convection oven. :)
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby René » 19 February 2020, 12:11

Brenden wrote:The microwave turned out to be way too big. :cry:

And not because Brenden was careless but because the dimensions were a bold-faced lie :flame:
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 19 February 2020, 13:09

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Brenden wrote:The microwave turned out to be way too big. :cry:

And not because Brenden was careless but because the dimensions were a bold-faced lie :flame:

I've actually looked again and I mixed up the dimensions of the two models that are identical except for one being the convection oven as well, with all the dimensions being the same except for the depth being exactly 10 cm greater.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby OhHeyItsZach » 19 February 2020, 22:08

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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby René » 21 February 2020, 00:34

This baby (Asus ZenBook Pro Duo) :D

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(Except with a British keyboard instead of American.)

It actually has two 4K screens (one OLED Ultra HD, one IPS ultrawide, both touchscreens), with more than 6x as many pixels as a Full HD screen, as well as a really powerful processor (i7-9750H) and graphics card (RTX 2060) and an NVMe SSD.

This matches my workflow so fantastically, it's like it was designed for me specifically, right down to the touchpad being to the side of the keyboard as I get really annoyed by ones in the normal position below the keyboard. I typically need to have 2-3 (reference) documents/websites open at the same time while working, and this way I can have them all on-screen at once, as well as Spotify and GFO tucked into corners, which is pretty incredible on a laptop rather than a desktop with an external monitor :D

It even has a feature for only charging the battery up to 60 or 80% since that increases its lifespan! :awesome:

I got a refurbished one for only £1,999.99*, which means it just barely falls within the price category where I can get great all-risk insurance for it from a trusted company for only £140/year so I'll actually feel comfortable taking it places without worrying I'll be out a lot of money if someone stumbles and spills coffee on it or beats me to it after airport security :)

*Of course it's actually a business expense so I get the £333.33 VAT back and save a lot of money on my tax bill (almost £500) so the ultimate cost is actually more like £1,200, making it a bit less of an extravagance.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby rxxli » 21 February 2020, 16:30

René wrote:This baby (Asus ZenBook Pro Duo) :D

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo.jpg

(Except with a British keyboard instead of American.)

It actually has two 4K screens (one OLED Ultra HD, one IPS ultrawide, both touchscreens), with more than 6x as many pixels as a Full HD screen, as well as a really powerful processor (i7-9750H) and graphics card (RTX 2060) and an NVMe SSD.

This matches my workflow so fantastically, it's like it was designed for me specifically, right down to the touchpad being to the side of the keyboard as I get really annoyed by ones in the normal position below the keyboard. I typically need to have 2-3 (reference) documents/websites open at the same time while working, and this way I can have them all on-screen at once, as well as Spotify and GFO tucked into corners, which is pretty incredible on a laptop rather than a desktop with an external monitor :D

It even has a feature for only charging the battery up to 60 or 80% since that increases its lifespan! :awesome:

I got a refurbished one for only £1,999.99*, which means it just barely falls within the price category where I can get great all-risk insurance for it from a trusted company for only £140/year so I'll actually feel comfortable taking it places without worrying I'll be out a lot of money if someone stumbles and spills coffee on it or beats me to it after airport security :)

*Of course it's actually a business expense so I get the £333.33 VAT back and save a lot of money on my tax bill (almost £500) so the ultimate cost is actually more like £1,200, making it a bit less of an extravagance.

Just wait a year and we will see if you like it after that. Every time I bought a “special snowflake” laptop (asus taichi for example) it stopped performing like it should because the manufacturer (asus and lenovo) couldn’t be arsed to update the drivers for said special snowflake features.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby René » 21 February 2020, 16:35

rxxli wrote:Just wait a year and we will see if you like it after that. Every time I bought a “special snowflake” laptop (asus taichi for example) it stopped performing like it should because the manufacturer (asus and lenovo) couldn’t be arsed to update the drivers for said special snowflake features.

How would it stop performing? Windows just detects the second screen like an external monitor. I could be running Linux and it wouldn't matter.
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