Review: Borders Bucks, sweet – NOT

I just got an email from Borders Rewards about earning Borders Bucks, which starts on April 12th (emphasis is mine):

We’ve simplified your Borders Rewards membership. Now, for every $150 you spend on qualifying purchases at Borders, Borders Express, or Waldenbooks in a calendar year, you’ll earn $5 in Borders Bucks, issued the first week of the following month and valid until the end of that month. The more you spend, the more you get. There’s no limit to how many Borders Bucks you can earn!

That’s a reward of $0.0333 per dollar. If you want to “earn” $10 in Borders Bucks, you’ll need to spend $300 in a month. If you want to earn $20 in Borders Bucks, you’ll need to spend $600 in a month. I say “in a month” because those Borders Bucks are only valid until the end of the month they’re issued. I can’t even imagine myself spending $150 at a Borders in a month. If you spend that much in a month, you’ll probably be reading that stuff for the next few months, right?

Don’t mock our intelligence!

I prefer to get cheaper prices online, saving the amount of time and money that comes along with shopping in a brick and mortar store. “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen is currently $8.99 at Amazon, and if you spend over $25 there, you can get free shipping. (It doesn’t hurt to have Amazon Prime, either.)

The only reason why I’d go to Borders is if I need a book right away. I can usually find a coupon to trim the price a bit, too.

What do you think? If you can buy online, why do you shop at Borders?

Review: iRiver iFP-899

On Saturday, I received the iRiver iFP-899 I won on eBay. I immediately messed around with it for two hours. I must’ve made 5 unpublished podcasts that day. 😀

Initial thoughts

I like the size and shape. Since it’s triangular, the built-in mic can point at a certain direction for a more optimal positioning. The menus aren’t as simple as an iPod — there’s a learning curve with the click, long click, etc.

Size comparison of an iRiver iFP-899 and lip balm

Size comparison of an iRiver iFP-899 and lip balm

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WaterField Sleevecase review

Technically, I would’ve gotten my Sleevecase yesterday, but it couldn’t just be dropped off on my doorstep. I ordered last Thursday, it shipped Friday night, and came in Tuesday. If Monday wasn’t a holiday, I think it would’ve came in that day instead!

SleeveCase and laptop inside backpack

Anyways, I’m very impressed! I love the materials used, the huge strap – everything about it. I mean, I don’t know what more to say. Go to the Sleevecase page, look through it, and order with confidence that you’ll get exactly what you want.

The whole feel of ordering from WaterField Designs was so…comfortable. Maybe even a bit personal? The sales receipt even had a hand-written “Thank you”. That’s cool.

I didn’t get any extras because at the moment, I’m planning on just using it with my backpack. Before, I had a Dell carrying case, so I had to carry two things around, since I carry my backpack for everything else. Now, I’ll just be carrying one bag. So awesome! (Here’s more pictures…)