The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Giving Etsy a try

I’ve never bought anything from Etsy before, but after browsing through the site for the first time ever, I think I’m going to give it a try. I’ve found some pretty cute necklaces and pendants at very reasonable prices, and will likely be placing an order very soon. I’ll be sure to post a full review of the product and seller after I make my purchase!

Two Guys and a Girl DVDs

two guys and a girl s1 I can’t believe Two Guys and a Girl isn’t available on DVD in the U.S.! So many totally random shows have been released on DVD, but not this one?? It was part of the NBC’S Thursday night “Must-See TV” lineup at one point and of course stars a very young Ryan Reynolds (not to mention Traylor Howard and Nathan Fillion). Come on! I don’t understand this at all!

Patrick Kane EHC Biel Silk Scarf

patrick kane silk scarf Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane played 20 games for the EHC Biel hockey club in Switzerland during the NHL’s lockout. Kane was a popular acquisition for the team, and this silk scarf bearing his name and jersey number quickly became a bestseller.

It’s available worldwide via the EHC Biel online store, so I was thinking about buying it. But while the item itself only costs 30 Swiss francs (about $32 at today’s rate), the shipping would cost $40, bringing the total price to $72. That’s a bit much for something I would rarely–if ever–actually use.

I’ll have to put this on the back burner for a while.

TV scripts from eBay

I enjoy reading television scripts from my favorite shows because I think it’s interesting to see the differences between what was originally written and what actually makes it onto the screen.

I used to just track these down and read them online, but I recently decided to purchase a few from eBay (which has plenty). The scripts range in quality from originals to reprints (photocopies) and can be had for anywhere from 5 bucks on up, with older shows typically selling for less than current ones.

I ended up buying a couple of Boston Common scripts, as well as a Monk script that w as signed (original sigs, not reprints) by the cast. All three scripts are in very good condition (considering how old they are) and were good values. I paid less than $50 for the three.

So if you like reading television scripts or maybe you’re thinking about getting into TV writing and want to to some research about formatting, structure, and style, I recommend buying them from eBay.

Eddie Bauer “Truly Straight” Fit

eddie bauer truly straight fit

I have a lot of trouble finding pants that fit right, so I’m always interested in trying different brands. I used to shop at Eddie Bauer quite a bit when I was in college, but haven’t gone there in the longest time. But after visiting their website today, I think I might give them another try.

What I really want to check out is their “truly straightt” fit pants and/or jeans. As you can see from the graphic above, this fit is meant for rectangular bodies. The pants sit below the waist (which is what I want), and most importantly, there’s supposed to be no gap at the waist. That’s a problem I constantly have with my pants, and I hate it!

Anyway, I’ll have to go to an actual Eddie Bauer and try these on in person before attempting to buy online. I hope the “truly straight” fit is everything EB is making them out to be!

Need new business cards

I’ve run out of business cards, so it’s time to replenish my supply. After using cheapo cards for years, I’m thinking about going fancy this time around with a letterpress card. These are quite a bit more expensive than standard cards, but look and feel 100x better.

I’m still checking out different designs (minimalism seems to be in vogue for business cards these days) and printers, but hopefully I can get some ordered soon.

Canceled Stamps.com

Last month, I wrote about how I wanted to give Stamps.com a try in order to save myself from having to go to the post office quite so often. Stamps.com was easy to use and I did manage to print out a label and postage for an international envelope that I had to send. The transaction and mailing went off without a hitch, so in that regard Stamps.com was great.

But what I didn’t realize at the time I signed up for a free trial was that Stamps.com charges a monthly membership fee. That’s what I get for not reading the fine print, I guess. Anyway, I simply couldn’t justify paying the $15.99 fee since I’m not an eBayer or anything and barely use $16 worth of postage in an entire year. So I canceled.

Canceling the membership was a bit of a hassle, as Stamps.com wants you to CALL their customer service line to do so. In this day and age? Yeah, right. Under no circumstances should a PHONE CALL be required to cancel something that I signed up for on the Internet!! Anyway, after a bit of back and forth (by email) I was able to cancel without having to make the damn call. My credit card was never charged, so I was happy about that.

The bottom line is that Stamps.com sounds like a good deal for eBayers and other people that do a lot of mailing or shipping from their home or small business. But it’s not for individuals who just need the odd stamp every now and then (which, admittedly, was a misunderstanding on my part). Hmm, maybe that’s something Stamps.com can get into, one-off postage sales for individuals. If they did that, the site would be golden!

Monk Season 6 DVDs

monk season 6 Continuing with my reviews of the Monk DVD series, I will now tell you about Season 6.

Like all the other seasons the Season 6 box set is pretty bare. It comes with four separate DVD cases containing one disc each. Each disc has four episodes and three of the four have bonus features.

The bonus features are pretty negligible in this one. There are several so-called video commentaries with writers of specific episodes. I forget which episodes featured these commentaries, but I know that two of the writers were Joe Toplyn and Sal Savo. One of the other episodes featuring a video commentary was “The Birds and the Bees”. In any event there wasn’t a lot of insight provided.

There was one full audio commentary during an episode. It was for “Stays Up All Night” and featured Tony Shalhoub, Ted Levine, Jason Gray-Stanford, Randall Zisk, and someone else. Again it was a bit disappointing as there wasn’t a whole lot of inside information conveyed during the commentary. These DVDs are clearly not to be purchased solely for the bonus features.

Overall, I am happy to have this box set as part of my collection. After all, Season 6 does have some of my favorite episodes, including “Biggest Fan”, “Goes to the Bank”, “On the Run Part I and II”, and “Paints His Masterpiece”. The set is nothing fancy but of course it’s a big part of the series. Highly recommended for all Monk fans.