This tale is a reminder to always comparison shop — even when you’ve already purchased the item.
It’s been a couple of years since Tim got new shoes. That’s not good for anyone — let alone someone who almost certainly has early onset arthritis.
So, on Sunday, we went out a shoe shoppin’.
We found him a quality pair from Mountrek. The insoles are like little clouds. Little, support-filled clouds.
They were $81 after tax (ouch) but a good pair of shoes is important. So I managed to avoid wincing at the register.
The thing is, Tim’s a little OCD about color matching. It’s actually a big deal, and I learned years ago not to fight it.
Why do I mention this? The shoes were brown, and black goes with more things. So when we got home, I got online to see if we could find a pair in black.
And I found a pair in black, on Amazon, for $46. Nearly half the store price. Some swearing may have occurred.
Let’s also remember that we get Amazon GCs from rewards programs, so the shoes didn’t actually cost us a dime.
But, hey, Amazon is a bargain paradise most of the time. So it was probably a fluke, right?
He still wanted a pair in brown, which weren’t available in his size on Amazon. Instead, I found them at Sierra Trading Post. A 20% discount later, we paid $55 — and that includes $8 of shipping!
Just to recap: The one pair in store cost $80; the two pairs online totaled $101 (before GCs).
Needless to say, we returned the original shoes.
Still, this is an object lesson to always check your prices, even when you’ve already paid.