Affinity with Camera
 May 7th, 2013

When I moved to Australia, bringing a camera along wasn’t exactly in my list of things to bring so when I started my impromptu planing of visiting Sydney with my friend who flew up from Melbourne, I realized I should have brought my camera along. But since I didn’t, I figured getting a new camera wouldn’t hurt.

Thus, shopping time.

After some research and comparing, I found Canon 500 HS which comes in a lovely red rather fitting so I ordered it through the website with the cheapest price and guess what, my order was placed on backorder as they were waiting for new stocks to arrive which, according to them, might take about a week so I will receive it in two weeks time.

That obviously did not happen so I cancelled my order after a good TWENTY TWO DAYS of waiting. Obviously, I have finish visiting Sydney by then so I was all ‘screw the camera, who needs one’ right?

THEN, the dress I bought from Sydney arrived and it was so beautiful that I went, okay, I need a camera to take this moment down plus my other online shopping items arrived also but hey, I don’t have a camera! So, I went back to the same online store because they have free and fast shipping, ordered Lumix TZ25 after hours of researching and guess what?

OUT OF STOCK

There wasn’t even an estimated time of arrival and I was asked if I wanted to get another model.

I was pissed. Like, don’t you people update your website? Why on earth would you place an item there that is already sold out? Hell, at least indicate at the site or remove the ‘add to cart’ button or change the status to unavailable!

I obviously canceled my order without making much noise. Not like making a ruckus would get me my camera but I did mentally decide NEVER to buy from that store again. Instead, I order the same model from ANOTHER store that had it in stock and was cheaper.

Guess what, they need a landline to confirm my order.

Now, I DON’T have a landline (I’m a foreign student staying on campus for crying out loud. Why would I get a landline when I have a handphone?) so I input some random number to complete the form and submitted my handphone number in the comments section and when they emailed asked for best timing to call and verify my order, I replied asking for assistance regarding the issue of landline.

NO REPLY FOR TWO FREAKING WEEKS

Feeling really annoyed because it shouldn’t be this hard to buy a camera online (which is much cheaper than going to stores), I emailed them again, telling them that they ignored my email for two weeks and I don’t want to wait any longer and asked them to cancel my order.

The refund came within 24 hours. Finally, something fast happened! -insert sarcasm-

Anyway, from wanting a camera till that point, FORTY SIX DAYS PASSED.

I don’t really remember why or how I still want a camera after all that nonsense that I was placed through but I did. So after a few days of searching, I went ahead and ordered one and wa-lah, another problem though this time was my mistake.

I forgot to change my handphone number thus, when I tried to pay, the bank kept sending the verification code to my old phone number so my order wasn’t successful. Immediately, I went and changed my number, tried again TWICE but I still wasn’t receiving it on my handphone so I went ‘Fine, if it doesn’t work tomorrow, this camera is not for me’.

Really, getting a camera shouldn’t be THIS hard.

The next morning, well, more like afternoon because I love sleeping, I re-ordered and IT WORKED! It was perfect. Lowest price online even after adding shipping and surcharge, the only number required was handphone, delivery takes about three days maximum and I even found a 10 dollar discount coupon! Within an hour, the store called and confirmed my order and the next day (which was a Saturday), a tracking number was provided.

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Efficiency! Moreover, I ordered the camera on 3rd May and it was delivered on 7th May. Considering the shipment was from Hong Kong and it was the weekends, I say it arrived super fast so kudos to them.

Without further ado…

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PANASONIC LUMIX LX7!

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Well, the only thing missing that I can think of is the manual booklet. But who needs a manual when you have the internet right?

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I realize my ipad takes decent pictures. And yes, the colors brightens up my boring desk and room.

Sweet. I’ll be testing out my new camera and will update once I find something that is worth posting. I should also get a memory card and…maybe a screen protector since I’m getting fingerprints all over the shiny new screen. Eeeek!

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