Shopping

I’m going back to China so some shopping is necessary, for gifts of family and friends.

I have bought some stuff online, including ginsengs, some skin care agents from The Body Shop, and the Thinkpad. And I have got some small gifts here, which I bought passingly during travels. However, it’s far less than enough. My girlfriend gave me a small list with several make-ups on it, and more gifts are needed for some guys as I thought over.

So yesterday Xumin, the nice PHD sister, took me to do shopping. First we visited Stanford Shopping Center, which is a very nice large mall with beautiful streets and lots of good shops, in Stanford campus. At Macy’s we got a kind of cream of “ORIGINS” brand on my gf’s list, and a bottle of “Acqua Di Gio” fragrance a friend asked me to bring. Then I chose some chocolates mixing boxes in Godiva Chocolatier. There is an interesting shop called Sephora, in which you can smell numerous different brands of fragrance. And in Kiehl’s we bough some lip balms, said to be a kind of famous product of this company.

Our next stop is Gilroy Premium Outlet. After driving south for 40 minutes, a huge outlet appeared. So many people are shopping here, looks like in China :) Here I had a happy time because I bought some stuff for myself, haha. Surely there are some cosmetics outlet shops , but I didn’t find what I want in them. Let me count stuff I bought here: a Levi’s jeans pant for 20$, two Reebok sport shoes (for 70$ :D I finally finished my history with only one pair of shoes!!!), and a 4$ GAP Tee….

OK, this is my shopping trip. Though it couldn’t compare with some women’s shopping trophy, it still made me very very tired but happy :P

买了条Rei的裤子

上次去Yosemite的时候发现裤子坏了,眼看这周末又要再去一趟了,赶快去Rei买了条他家的裤子。传说中的Waterproof/Windproof/breathable集于一身的神奇面料……加上上次败的那条TheNorthFace,嗯,真奢侈。riki买了双hiking的鞋,我们来拭目以待这个贱人会不会再去退掉。

这次再游Yosemite就有经验多了,打算第一天开车到Glacier Point,然后走Panorama Trail,这条路经过三个瀑布和著名的Mist Trail。第二天去Mariposa Grove看大树,这条路被yosemiteexplore评为五星级,和Half Dome,Upper Yosemite Fall,Mist Trail并列,不知道为什么,去看看。

接下来几个周末都排上了,这周去Yosemite,下周去旧金山看Bay To Breakers,下下周Memorial Day Weekend,去洛杉矶。不错,hoho

PS:别看我和riki这次隔了一个月就又跑去Yosemite,他有个同学在这边读了一年半,已经去了十五次Yosemite了,嗯……

在US买东西的感觉

简单写点在这边买东西的感觉,风格和国内比较不一样。

没有讲价

换句话说是没有可以讲价的那种卖场。要说食品日常用品之类,也是在超市买,跟国内差不多。但是在国内买衣服,买电脑配件还是经常去批发市场,中关村这样的地方的,环境比较乱,由很多小摊组成,可以讲价,容易挨宰,购物费劲。这儿没有这样的地方,衣服最多有ROSS这样的各类名牌打折店(国内也有这种,不过一般没有ROSS大)。电脑配件和其他电器有Fry’s这类巨大的超市,不过一般在网上可以买到比Fry’s便宜的。

购物网站发达

B2C购物网站从Amazon,Walmart这样的巨头,到比较专门的各类网站比如卖电脑配件的newegg,卖户外用品的Rei,数量和质量上都比国内好不少。很多网站都做得很专业,提供查询信息和价格的web service接口。这也催生了一批比价网站。买一件商品之前找个比价网站查查,就会列出来很多网站对这件东西的报价,运费,税率,满实用的。

打折透明

各个商家都会不停的推出花样繁多的打折,但除了复活节这类很特殊的情况之外,大部分时候打折是很透明的,不会搞出让你彻底头晕的n种返券,也不用跑过去排队血拼。一般来说打折信息在每个商家的网站上都可以很容易的看到,也比较容易理解。我觉得和美国人数学头脑普遍比较简单有关系,中国的那套返券制度绝对可以吓走80%的老美。

每个商家的打折信息都很多看不过来怎么办?有几个很受欢迎的打折信息汇总网站,比如dealsea,fatwallet,dealnews,都会汇总一些特别“值”的打折信息给你看,而且会给你详细讲解打折步骤。

典型的格式是这样,某某MP3,网站上标价49.99,但是有30的 Rebate (所谓Rebate就是你买了之后把收据寄回去,那边就会寄这些钱给你,相当于一种打折,只不过是售后返钱),你再买一盒四毛钱的订书钉,凑够50,这个网站有一个优惠密码是买够50块钱的东西就可以免运费,你结帐的时候再输进去这个密码,就可以20块钱买到这个MP3——和一盒订书钉了……这么麻烦的折扣方法一般人恐怕不知道这些信息,也想不到这回事,还好那些打折网站都会明明白白的把这些方法写出来。

另外优惠券这个东西也挺荒诞的,凡是能网上购物的地方一般都会有个地方让你填优惠券号码。优惠券分成gift card和coupon两种,前者基本相当于现金,比如你想送某人50块钱的户外运动用品,又不知道他缺什么,那干脆买张Rei的gift card好了;后者则是各种小优惠,比如100免20,超过某金额则免费送货之类。比较搞笑的一点就是每个网站的coupon号码用google一搜就有一把。比如我有一次订个去机场的车,原价26,搜了一下搜到这家网站的一个20块免3块的coupon号码,填进去,就变成了23。真正体现了知识就是力量……

总结

反正想利用折扣,就是既要消息灵通,又要会组合各种优惠条件,夸张的时候还有能赚钱白拿东西的(当然白拿的这种一般很快就会被网站发现并且关闭)。总之打折这套玩意儿是这边比较特别的一点……

总的来说,这边的购物环境很规范,不过国内可以买到很多便宜东西,各有好处吧。打折嘛,算计怎么从那些购物网站手里抠钱实在是挺烦的,我也懒得干。看看打折网站,碰上心动的东西和价格出个手,还是不错的。其实前面说的那个MP3的例子就是我前两天没忍住买的,结果人家网站回信说没货了,退了我的钱,又送了十块钱购物券,唔,挺好。

A spending-money-weekend

On Sat morning, ordered a Canon SD900 on Amazon. Yesterday I saw SD1000 in BestBuy. It’s ugly…..Thank Luna telling me not to buy that. :D

I haven’t written something about my stupid bid of Wii on eBay…. That’s really stupid… Last Sunday (one week ago) maybe I desired a Wii too much to think clearly, in other words, I was dizzy at that time. So I placed bid on a large Wii bundle which would end listing in one minute…..And I won that -_- Holy shit. It was expensive and I didn’t want to pay such a price. So I wrote email to the seller to negotiate, and he agreed to sell me less accessories for a lower price.
I reproached myself very much for placing bid so unconsciously, and I would think myself guilty if I didn’t buy that. So I agreed. But in the next week, my bank account was frozen for "New User Relationship" -_- , so I didn’t have money to pay him, though actually I wanted to sent out the money every minute -_- My account was unfrozen on Saturday, but post office closed on weekends-_- Until yesterday, he emailed me, said his Wii was selling a better price on eBay, and said "Why not you sent me 20$ for the relist fee and we mutually withdraw this transaction". OK, that’s the best way for me, for my loss is least.
So I sent out a 20$ money order this morning. My first stupid eBay tour ended…

Then I won’t get a Wii? No :P I watched mitbbs for some time, and I found there are some people there  bought a lot of Wii for profits. They are quite able and experienced to find the Wii…I don’t know how they did that. But I think maybe some of them can sell one to me ^_^
So I posted and mailed a guy who announced owning a bunch of Wii. And soon he replied me and sold me one~ at a very low price, just the same as buying it on store~~ I was so happy and paid him by google checkout at once. Then I can expect my console arriving this Sat :)))

Just now I logged onto mitbbs, and I found there are some posts following my asking-who-sells-Wii post. The one who sold my Wii replied, too. And…………..he took me for a girl !!!! Shit….. This is not the first time someone took me for a girl on BBS…..Am I talking like a girl on BBS? Or "broom" is a girl name? AAAAA
Anyway, wait for my Wii, hoho. I’ve bought a remote controller and the game Zelda from walmart :PPP

So this weekend I spent about seven hundreds dollars -____- It approximates my first time house allowance…However, my wish list, camera and Wii, are both fulfilled~~~~