Thursday, January 03, 2008

New & improved

Evolution: from old-fashioned gum ball machine to eye candy, not to mention a fast revenue- generating cover for a mall spot that's in need of a open store front. Just one of the sights I saw on a recent visit to the Gateway Mall.

It's really fascinating what one can buy from a retailer these days -- when I was young I would absolutely have gone bananas in a modern office products store; there wasn't any such at the time. Similarly, the idea that you can stop at a mall kiosk to whip up a custom decal or bumper sticker still amazes me.

Perhaps these tigers are at a discount because of recent bad news from the San Francisco zoo; more likely, Walgreen's is merely trying to move leftover Christmas merchandise off its shelves.

But if I were looking for a trend declaration, this is it. I saw these land-line phones for a mere $2.50 the same week that both the daily newspapers I read featured a wire service story about cell phone families outnumbering land-line homes for the first time. All I could say about the cheap, cheap phones is, "Qwest must be subsidizing this product!"

7 comments:

TomboCheck said...

$2.50 phone with digital caller ID? You can't even buy a phone cable for that much!! I'd say that they are definite being subsidized by someone. :) Good find!

worldphotos4 said...

That gumball machine is amazing. Never seen one like it. Here in Germany, the digital carriers give you a free phone when you sign up. Of course it is not the latest model.

Granny J said...

tombo -- I suppose they might have been a bankrupt company close-out...but, still, just $2.50?

steve -- likely the $2.50 phones aren't the latest, either. Maybe Walgreen's got them from FreeCycle.

Jan said...

granny j..the gumball machines and the $2.50 phones made for some interesting pics, and I am always amazed at all the different places and objects that you are able to find to photograph! I always wonder what I will see each time I drop by! :)

Granny J said...

jan -- variety is the spice of life. I'm always amazed at what I found out in the local world if I keep my eyes open.

Lucy said...

Those exact same tigers are all over the place round here at Christmas too, the Republic of China muat be flooding the world with them.

Granny J said...

Lucy -- if so, the price should be down to that $2.50 the phones are going for...

 
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