Squirl's Nest

Saturday, July 09, 2005

I'm down with Open Box Buy

I've been wanting to get a digital camera for quite some time. Thursday I needed to go out at lunchtime and pick up a wedding present for my nephew. Kitty said she'd go along with me as she had some things to pick up, too.

After we were done doing our shopping at Target I really wanted to head over to Best Buy. Kitty did not dissuade me. As we headed into the store she started excitedly chanting "Open Box Buy, Open Box Buy!" In fact, she kept repeating her refrain throughout the whole store. In case any of you don't know (like I didn't), an Open Box Buy is product that someone has purchased and returned.

When we got over to the digital camera area the innocent Best Buy chick very earnestly asked us what we wanted to take pictures of. Kitty, without missing a beat, said, "I wanna take nude pictures of my boyfriend!"

The nice little girl just looked like she didn't know what to say so she kept heading over to the display. Kitty looked at her and laughed, "I don't even have a boyfriend right now." I'm not sure if the girl was the same for the rest of the day.

We both looked around and I saw a Nikon Coolpix 5600 that I liked. As we continued around Kitty suddenly said, "Isn't that the camera you wanted? It's an Open Box Buy!"

Sure enough, it was the one I wanted and everything was in the box. I wouldn't know that anyone had ever opened it before. I ended up saving enough money on the camera to cover a new case and a 512MB memory card (after rebates).

Thanks to Kitty I got my Open Box Buy. The picture of Kitty here was taken with my very new camera.

Kitty Altoids
Open Box Buy

36 comments

Blogger SierraBella said...

I've never heard of an Open Box Buy, you lucked out big time!
Hi to Kitty!

Sat Jul 09, 07:10:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi Sierrabella. Okay, then I'm not the only one. I thought I was the one who was out of the "bargain" loop. Kitty's gone shopping at a big outlet mall today. Maybe she'll find an Open Box Buy for herself.

Sat Jul 09, 07:21:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

News to me, too. But then, I hate to shop so I should expect to be out of that particular loop...! Congrats on the camera!! I'm looking forward to all the pictures you're sure to post now. Don't hold out on me!

Sat Jul 09, 07:50:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi Eclectic, the Kitty picture is just the start. Ichabod and I went a drive yesterday and then today we went to the Blandford Nature Center and I got lots more. I can bore everyone with pictures for a while. Of course, they'll be mostly nature, not au natural.

Sat Jul 09, 08:19:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

More's the pity...I guess we'll leave that up to Jessica!

Sat Jul 09, 08:35:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

And Jessica is so very good at it. :-)

Sat Jul 09, 08:47:00 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

I never heard of OBB before, either. "You down wit OBB? Yea, you know me!"

Good for you! You really must take some pix for the anonynekkid project, now that you have all the equipment you need ;)

Sat Jul 09, 09:03:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Susie, how much do you know about my equipment??? No, no nekkid pics, anon or otherwise. Decided that many, many years ago. Maybe something sexy with clothes on, though...

Sat Jul 09, 09:16:00 PM  
Blogger August95 said...

Congrats on your OBB/new camera. I have a Coolpix 4300 and really love it. I can't wait to see all the pictures you will have to share.

Sun Jul 10, 12:42:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Hi SB :)!

I was not fortunate enough to locate my own "special" deal. I impulse purchased one :).

OK, Squirl, did you tell Susie that I was chanting "Kitty down wit OBB ya you know me" up and down the halls at work? Or are we just in tune?

*spooky*

Sun Jul 10, 01:43:00 AM  
Blogger JessicaRabbit said...

I have never heard of that either, learnin new stuff everyday heh.

And you people are such pervs, Im not even here talking bout naked and you guys are all pervin it up.


Im so proud.

Sun Jul 10, 06:17:00 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

HA! We're just in tune, kitty! (Now, I'm frightened . . . )

Sun Jul 10, 07:29:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

August95, thanks! I do have some photos that I will be posting soon.

Kitty, I'm sorry you couldn't find a deal. I can't wait to see your new one, though. And that's weird that you and Susie are in tune like that. :-)

Jess, aren't you proud of everyone perving it up like this. And I'm feeling better that I'm not the only one around who didn't know about Open Box Buy.

Sun Jul 10, 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Are you implying that posting many pictures would BORE your readers?

HmmmmMMMMM?

*eyebrow lifted*

silly girl. some of us are enthralled with photos.

Glad to hear you got a bargain on your camera.

Sun Jul 10, 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Please box up and ship the single Best Buy girl to....

Sun Jul 10, 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Our digital camera is one purchase we've NEVER regretted. You can instantly share your life with friends and family over great distances.
I've never heard of Open Box Buy either, and I'm one of the best bargain hunters around!

Sun Jul 10, 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Ooooohh. A Best Buy is just opening up in my hood. Never been to one before. I too will be checking out OBB soon. Congrats on your camera. Much fun to be had.

Sun Jul 10, 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Very nice, gotta love those.

Sun Jul 10, 01:32:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

Yea! My husband is always pawing through the sale table and the open box stuff at Best Buy and other electronics stores. He will want to buy stuff even if we don't need it. Congrats on your new camera!

Sun Jul 10, 01:38:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, heck no, that's not what I meant at all. Its just that my new pictures should be a totally different post. Pictures will be seen here.

Mr B, are you willing to pay shipping and handling costs?

tshsmom, I have a lovely Pentax 35mm (which I haven't quite mastered yet), but the immediate results of a digital is exactly what I was looking for. Kitty says look for Best Box Buy. :-)

Kranki, good luck on your future OBBs. I'm looking forward to many photo ops.

Rachel, hi, hope you can get one, soon.

Ern, so you definitely know OBB! Thanks, I think I really will have fun!

Sun Jul 10, 07:09:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

I'll pay shipping and handling costs if I can point out something naughty about Kitty and the mints. :)

Sun Jul 10, 08:41:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, whatever could you point out that's naughty about the picture of Kitty and the Altoids????

Sun Jul 10, 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

GINGER Altoids. Sheesh people. I do have standards.

Sun Jul 10, 09:26:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

BTW - I would box up the BB girl and all but she looked a little gamey. I'm sure there is a perfectly good source of herpes closer to home Mr B.

Just trying to keep your shorts clean buddy!

Sun Jul 10, 09:27:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Oh ya, I posted the only naked picture Squirl's camera will ever see.

Sun Jul 10, 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

GINGER Altoids? I'm outraged.

...what about MaryAnn?

Squirl, I can't wait to check out your new digi cam (first weekend in August). Mine is a Kodak something-something (I don't recall the exact model, but it's an Easy Share).

Didn't know about the Open Box Buy either, though I've always felt that an open box means more open doors.

Mon Jul 11, 04:05:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kitty, yes the Altoid mints are a high standard to keep, indeed. And, folks, you will have to go to Kitty's site to see the very first picture I ever took with my new camera. She was just daring me to take her picture you know.

Bucky, hi! I think Ginger got a better contract deal than Mary Ann did. Woo-hoo, stopping over in August, cool! Open box, open doors, yeah.

Mon Jul 11, 07:33:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Why does Bucky pick the only weekends I HAVE PLANS?!?!?!!?!

First time - I go to Flint, she comes to GR. Second time - I'm on call. Third time - I'LL BE HALFWAY TO FRICKEN RENO BY THE TIME SHE GETS HERE.

I want Bucky time too. Darntit.

Mon Jul 11, 08:33:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Oooh, congrats on your new camera, Squirl.

Although, "Open Box Buy" sounds vaguely, cheaply sexual. *snicker*

Mon Jul 11, 10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

I'll pass on the gamey chick and just have my thoughts about the mints to myself.

Mon Jul 11, 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kitty, one of these days we'll all meet at the Tip.

Ladybug, thanks. Well, you know, I did learn about Open Box Buy from Kitty

And I was just down at our cafeteria. They have these Nikki brand cookies called Ladybug. They're chocolate coated peanut butter.

Mr B, sorry about the gamey girl. Now we're all dying to here the mint line.

Mon Jul 11, 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

I came back to check comments, and here you are teasing me with chocolate and peanut butter, Squirl. Mmmmmm.....

Mon Jul 11, 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Hey! She's holding a box of Ginger Altoids! Those things are the best -- I've been hoarding boxes of them and rationing them out to myself.

Mon Jul 11, 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ladybug, I'm gonna have to try one of those. Maybe tomorrow when the cafeteria reopens...

Requiescat, yup, Kitty bought the Ginger Altoids when we were at Target. They are really, really good. I'd never even noticed them before. There's a nonalcoholic drink called Reed's Ginger Brew. I like the extra ginger kind. It's in health food stores. It's carbonated and sweetened with fruit, but it's really hot with ginger. Good stuff.

Mon Jul 11, 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger Torrie said...

I am jealous.

That is an awesome picture, and I'm sure Kitty is happy you are sharing it with the internet.

Tue Jul 12, 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi, Torrie! Kitty actually sanctioned that picture going up. :-) I am happy with this new, cool little camera. There are bigger and better ones, but this one will definitely do for me.

Tue Jul 12, 11:17:00 AM  

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