The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

B&N Nook

The new price drop on the Kindle kind of had me thinking that it would be nice to upgrade to the second generation model instead of continuing to use my first generation device. But the more I thought about it, the more I decided it would be a waste of money. After all, my K1 works perfectly fine, so what would be the point of having two of these things?

Instead, I’m now thinking about buying a B&N Nook. There’s only one reason I want a Nook, and that’s to be able to read free
EPUB books from the library. My Kindle can’t do this (yeah, yeah, I know there are hacks and whatnot, but most require running a Python script, which is well beyond my capabilities), so if I want to read ebooks from the library, I have to do it at my computer, which totally sucks.

I know there are drawbacks to the Nook, such as its lack of a web browser. But I don’t mind that at all. Honestly, it’s not as though I find myself wanting to take a break from reading a book in order to start checking out alli reviews or whatever. It’s not as though I need every single device I own to have the ability to connect to the Internet!

This isn’t a purchase I’m going to be able to make soon, but I’m keeping it in mind for Christmas or maybe my birthday.

Free Sample of Nicorette Fruit Chill Gum

Costco is currently giving away free samples of Nicorette Fruit Chill Gum. This is a new flavor from Nicorette, and probably tastes better than the regular version. I remember using Nicorette back when I tried to quit and thinking that it tasted like chewing on rubbery salt and pepper. It was pretty gross. But what’s the alternative to not quitting? Sitting down for an afternoon of early funeral planning Um, no thanks.

Anyway, if you want this free sample, follow this URL to Costco and then click on the Get a Sample box. You’ll be taken to a page where you can fill out your name and address.

Good luck!

Kellogg’s Cereals Recalled

In case you haven’t heard yet, Kellogg has recalled four different varieties of cereals due to “unusual smell and flavor”. Apparently, about 20 consumers called to complain that their Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, and Honey Smacks tasted waxy, metallic, or soapy. As a result, Kellogg has voluntarily recalled some 28 million boxes, though they insist that the chance of getting a serious illness from their products is minimal.

I haven’t eaten Kellogg cereal in years, so I guess I have nothing to worry about!

Lion Meat Burgers

Have you heard this story? Some restaurant in Phoenix (I won’t bother printing the name) is offering lion meat burgers to “celebrate” the fact that the World Cup is being held in South Africa this year. Lion meat? WTF???

This, predictably, has drawn protests from animal lovers everywhere, though the owner defends his choice by saying that lions are on the protected list, but are not endangered.

Surprisingly, the USDA says there’s nothing illegal about serving the lion meat, which came from Illinois. (That’s another WTF right there.)

The restaurant owner only bought 10 pounds of meat, and offers the burgers for $21 each. There’s been no word on how many he has sold.

Kindle 2 Price Drop

I just read that the second generation Amazon Kindle now costs only $189. That’s down $70 from its original price of $259, making it an amazing deal in the e-book reader market. Heck, I get a little queasy thinking of how I spent a whopping $359 for the first generation Kindle just two short years ago! Think of all the money I could have saved if I’d been more patient! Oh, well… The Kindle is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made, regardless of the price, so go out and get one now!

Spaghetti-Os Recall

Have you heard about the massive Spaghetti-Os recall that is going on right now? Campbell Soup is recalling some 15 million pounds (or 35,000 cases) of their popular canned pasta. The affected products are the ones that include meatballs, as the meat might be undercooked after a cooker at one of the manufacturing plants malfunctioned. The thing is, the malfunction might have happened as far back as 2008, which means most of the meat it produced has already been consumed.

At any rate, if you still have a couple of cans left in your pantry, you might want to get rid of them just to be on the safe side. The lot number is “EST 4K”, and the use-by date will likely fall between June 2010 and December 2011.

$33,000 mattress?

Are you kidding me? I just read this WSJ article about a friggin’ mattress that costs $33,000! It’s a hand-tufted king-sized piece from E.S. Kluft called the Palais Royale, and some 250 of them have been sold worldwide since 2006. WTF?? It’s not even as though the mattress has anything all that special in it. Just horsehair, cotton, flax, and wool.

Wow, I really don’t get it. I appreciate a good night’s sleep as much as anyone, but this seems truly ridiculous. Though I guess there are some people out there that want to tell people they have an E.S. Kluft mattress, brinkmann lights, and gold fixtures in their bedrooms just to paint as luxurious a picture as possible. Oh, well, if you’re a millionaire, $33,000 is merely a drop in the bucket anyway. To each his own, I suppose!

World Cup Vuvuzela

Is there a more obnoxious, annoying World Cup souvenir than the vuvuzela? These are long horns that make incredibly loud, distracting noises during the matches. The players hate them, officials hate them, and television audiences hate them — all understandably so. The vuvuzelas have become such a hot topic that officials are considering a ban on them at matches. If this does happen, you can expect vuvuzelas to become hot souvenir items on eBay and the like.