Something annoying/AWESOME happened this weekend and I think you’ll appreciate it :) Especially the part where I debate back and forth with myself for hours on which chair I should buy, only to come away with none! Damn analysis paralysis…
It all started with my mom coming to visit a few weeks back and telling me I needed to get a better desk chair before my back goes out. “Mom, I’m fine – I’ve been sitting on this thing for over 5 years now and haven’t had any problems so far. But thanks.” “Well, all I’m saying is it can’t be comfortable. It’s a kitchen chair for crying out loud, just get yourself an office one and make your mom happy.” “Okay, fine… I’ll look into it (lie)… ” “That’s all I ask… I just want you to be comfortable.” “Okay, well I’m comfortable now, but fine… ”
And then, 5 hours later, I $hit you not – my back starts hurting.
What are the freakin’ odds?? 5 years *nothing* and now, the one time someone mentions I need a new chair, it starts acting up? At first I tell myself it’s just all in my head like one of those mental things, and go about my business as if all is fine. The next morning I feel much better, go downstairs and start blogging my heart away as usual, and for the first few hours I’m back to my normal pain-free self. Until lunch hits and it starts aching again. Damnit!
This goes back and forth for a good week – the mornings feeling great, and then the evenings like I just played a 5 hour game of soccer – and eventually I realize I better do something about it or else I’m screwed both physically and financially, considering my livelihood depends on sitting at a computer every day. I decide to swap chairs with the one we have upstairs at our main level’s desk ( a “proper” one, as my mom would say) and magically I start feeling better again! It was like night and day! So so strange, but I concede that my mom must have been right. Though I have yet to tell her so ;)
And this is where the (financial) dilemma comes in.
With anything less than $50 I don’t usually like to do much research, just cuz I know how far I can take it and will waste hours of unnecessary time and energy making a decision, but unfortunately these chairs are different. One, because they can cost way more than $50 (or even $400 depending on the type!), and two – I’m freaked out now about my back. Specifically with all the slouching I do (It’s so hard to sit up straight for hours on end!).
I start looking at Target, TJ Maxx, Staples, (I don’t dare go on Amazon yet cuz I need to be able to test them out first), and eventually land on two that I really REALLY like. Both from Staples (and only Staples :(), and both with its own set of pros and cons. But mainly a $40 price difference.
- Option #1: The Roncer — Black and alien-looking like (the one on the left of that pic up above), and also the more expensive one at a cool $99.99. It didn’t look all that comfortable at first glance, but WOW did that thing force me to sit up! And not only that, it was super cozy feeling! It kinda wraps around your back, in a weird but good way.
- Option #2: The Turcotte Luxura — A MUCH better style and design, and almost at half the price of the Roncer coming in at $59.99. The only problem? The second I sit and melt away into the cushions I’m back to slouching again… But it’s just so much cheaper and NICER looking!!!
There’s one other major difference between the two too: The Turcotte is discounted down from $149.99, while the Roncer is full price :( So not only is the nicer looking one cheaper than the weird alien-type one, but it’s more than 50% off the original price too!! Arghhh….
And that’s what freezes me in my spot. I’m not good at paying full-price for something when a seemingly *better* item is not only discounted down like crazy, but also gets much better reviews too. I forgot to tell you that part, didn’t I? The Roncer comes in at 3 and 1/2 stars out of 5 from 30 reviewers, and the Turcotte hails with 4.5 stars out of 200+ reviews! So what’s a blogger to do?
Well, I’ll tell you what he TRIED to do ;) He tried to go back to Staples a number of times to see if the one he wanted deep down (The Roncer) would magically go on sale while there (it didn’t), and eventually decided to just suck it up and buy the dang thing full price. Only it wouldn’t fit in his car the day he was finally prepared to buy it…
Then, I kid you not, the next day (yesterday) as I’m checking out Staples.com to grab links/images for this post to get your opinion on which I should buy, something magical happens: THE RONCER GOES ON SALE!!! By 40-freakin’ percent!! Woohoo!
And just like that I have myself a new office chair at $59.99 :) (The Turcotte is back to $149.99, btw). I still have to concede to my mother that she was right this whole time, but I’m glad to have both my back and mind free up again after weeks of dumb worrying… But you can relate, right?
Am I the only one who has a hard time buying something large-ish without a discount? Especially when there’s a more comparable one at 60% off?? I know I obsess about stuff like this, but I really feel like this one’s a bit of a tricky situation… and one my “real life” friends wouldn’t care to discuss ;) But you guys are different, so let me know your thoughts!