The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Dream Watch

rolexpresident.jpg The most expensive watch I own is a Cartier Santos, which I received as a gift from my husband after I successfully quit smoking about 10 years ago. While the Santos is a very nice watch, it’s certainly not the finest one out there.

The timepiece that I really want, the one that I consider to be my “dream watch” is the absolutely stunning Rolex President. I want the platinum model with the silver face and diamonds around the dial.

Of course, since it costs around $25,000 even at discount stores, I know that there’s no way I’ll ever get one.

Oh, well — a girl can still dream!

iPod Trade-Ins

1gennano.jpg I bought Jerry a new iPod for Christmas, and he’s been having a blast with it ever since. I admit that I’m a bit jealous of how cool it is that he can watch videos on his iPod now, so I’m now stepping up efforts to get my own new iPod Nano a bit earlier than expected.

My original plan was to trade in my credit card rewards points for Best Buy gift cards so I can get the 8GB iPod Nano for free. But I still need 1,000 points in order to reach the required level, and at the slow rate that I’m spending money these days, it’ll take me at least 3-4 months to get there.

So I’ve been looking at other ways to raise the money, and I’ve discovered that there a few merchants — and even Apple themselves — run iPod Trade-in programs that allow consumers to recycle their old devices and get cash back or credit towards a new purchase.

To take advantage of the Apple program, simply bring your used iPod to any Apple Store in the U.S., and you’ll receive an immediate discount of 10% off any new iPod purchased that day. That means your old iPod could be worth up to $40, which of course is better than nothing.

Independent stores offer different prices for iPods, with some giving cash back and some giving trade-in credit. For example, I came across one site that would give me $25 for my 1st Gen iPod Nano, which is almost the same as I’d get with the 10% program at Apple.

At another store, however, I was offered a mere $5.

In both cases, I’d have to ship the iPod to the store on my own dime.

I would love to be able to get some cash for my old iPod instead of having it sit in my desk drawer collecting dust. I’m going to have to read more about these various programs to see which one is the best fit for my situation.