Although The Zone is feeling rather broke after Tax Day, I was compelled to buy a new refrigerator today. I’ve had a basic Kenmore model for the last 16 years. It was our main refrigerator in both houses in PA and our spare refrigerator in the garage here. It just died: a dead thermostat and a Freon leak. The repairman said “Don’t bother fixing it. Get a new one and make sure it’s a Whirlpool.” Yes, sir!
This morning, after dining with Calvin at her favorite bagel place, I intended to start my search at Sears because it’s having a big sale. Bagels were done by 9:00, and the mall doesn’t open until 10:00. So, I drove to the sporting goods store to have Wizard’s lacrosse head restrung; they were closed. I drove further to Home Depot. HD had a lousy selection of refrigerators, but it did have the part I needed to fix my closet shelf. [Yay, but that’s another story.] I drove back to the sporting goods store and found it open. I played with the owner’s dog while the owner re-strung the lacrosse head. Only then did I get to Sears. They had lots of fancy-schmancy refrigerators, but I didn’t need fancy. Or even schmancy. Just a basic, big, white refrigerator (no icemaker, no water dispenser). From Sears, I drove back uptown to Lowe’s, which had just the right model but no bargains. I bought the refrigerator at Lowe’s and agreed to accept delivery in two days . . . hopefully before we leave for the airport that day.
And then I woke up. Earlier at the bagel place, I ran into Denny, the local Apple computer expert, who suggested I go right to Costco. I didn’t even remember Costco sold refrigerators. Did I mention Costco is right next door to Lowe’s in this town?
You can easily write the rest of this story: I went next door to Costco and found the exact same refrigerator for $150.00 less than Lowe’s. Costco doesn’t deliver but it gave me the name of a local deliveryman. He charged me $60 for delivery plus $40 to haul the old refrigerator away. Want to know the delivery date? Today! Less than an hour ago, some three hours after I bought the thing. Unbelievable! Before I came home to wait for the delivery, I stopped back at Lowe’s to return the other one. When they asked why, I explained “Costco just sold me the exact same unit for $150 less, and I’ll have it this afternoon.” Nyah, nyah.
There was one tiny hitch which I didn’t anticipate. The new refrigerator’s plug is as big as the freezer’s plug in the adjacent receptacle. I need to get a 3-prong adapter, but for now, I have the new refrigerator plugged into a heavy-duty extension cord.
My new refrigerator is way cool.
Note: when you click on the picture, it will take you to the Costco.com page. Costco.com charges more for the refrigerator, but the price includes shipping/handling/delivery. However, delivery could take as long as three weeks.