Buying my First Computer

Bob is correct, I finally broke down and decided to purchase a computer. It is wonderful and I really like it, however if you will notice there is no image on this blog and that’s not intentional, I can’t figure out how to copy and paste an image using Macbook – ha- oh well, I will learn it just takes us older folks some time !

Consumer Reports said Apple was the top place to go to purchase a computer with Microcenter being a close second and Microcenter had a separate Apple section so I killed two birds with one stone. I went the night before and picked up a sales brochure to see what they had to offer and did a little research with the intention of buying a Vaio. I don’t know about the rest of you, but with any big ticket purchase I want to feel like I am in control even though I know I am not.

My friend Kat who knows a little more about computers then I do volunteered to meet me and guide me in the right direction. Of course Kat just recently purchased a Macbook Pro of her own so it’s not surprising that’s what I ended up with. I decided to walk in before Kat got there and the first salesman that approached said “what can I do you for”, boy I hate it when they say that.

I asked to see the Vaio I was looking for and of course they were out of that model, no surprise there. He led me to another model spouting off all of the bells in whistles that model had then said that I would need to purchase anti-virus software and this and that. I began to wonder exactly what I was getting for my money. Okay this guy knew a sucker when he saw one and the total bill just kept climbing. I got away from him as quickly as possible and waited for my friend.

Kat arrived and we briefly looked at the model the salesman recommended then almost immediately headed straight to the Apple section. Kat showed me the model that she bought and while we were discussing it a salesman walked up and didn’t say a thing, not a word he just listened. What a class act !

When Kat and I finished talking he took the time to address some of the things we had talked about and a few of my concerns, one being the virus thing. I have heard horror stories from others how viruses have rendered their computers virtually useless. He said the Apple products haven’t had a virus problem in over ten years and that’s a pretty good record in my book.

To make a long story short, I made the purchase. I guess the reason it took me so long was because I knew whatever I purchased was going to be outdated the minute I walked out the door, but I resigned myself to the fact that is the world we live in and it’s not going to change anytime soon.

So this is my first blog with my new computer – I will miss my friends at the library who would scurry in trying to get their business done as quickly as possible before someone else needed to use their computer and would kick them off. I often wondered what their reasons were for not having their own computer, probably the same as mine, but I am happy I have my own now.