Out with the old, in with the new…

This blog was written early 2009.

My hubby and I just recently bought a DVD player. I know, I know, we’re way behind what with BluRay players dominating the appliance store shelves. Mind you, it took as years to decide to get one. We still had a good Super VCD player and VCDs were still way cheaper than DVDs – at least that was the way things were until the first quarter of last year.

And then DVD prices started dropping – some titles were even much cheaper than your average VCD! Still, we couldn’t bring ourselves to get a DVD player. It was not a priority after all.

And then prices of DVD players started to go down. More brands from China came in and the prices were so low that it cost us more to eat out in the mall than to get a player. Well, of course McDonald’s meals were still more affordable, but you know what I mean.

So my hubby and I went back to our favorite mall one ordinary afternoon just to unwind like we usually do. We looked around, had a simple meal, looked around again, and entered our favorite video store. Huge red SALE signs greeted us at the entrance and we excitedly looked around for great VCD bargains. Of course, most of those on sale were old titles and movies that flopped. But hey, who knows what treasure we may find?

And then we came upon a storekeeper replacing old scratched tags with new and sparkling red tags on some DVD boxed sets. We peeked over her shoulders and what should we find? She had her hands on the series “Heroes”, Seasons 1-3! She carefully placed a red sticker on it with P300.00 (Pesos) from what used to be P1,500.00! Whaaat?  We’re getting four DVDs for one fifth of the price? I mean, I know Heroes Seasons 1-3 isn’t that new, but then we loved the series and missed several episodes. She then informed us that it was the last set and that prices were going to increase when another store starts re-selling them.

Without thinking (and I am not the impulsive type), I grabbed the box from her and told hubby that I was buying it. I knew we didn’t have a player for it, but hey, we can wait. Or maybe we can watch the movie on my hubby’s laptop. It won’t be the same as seeing it in a bigger screen, of course, but there’s always a way.

And so we got ready to go home with our new purchase until I remembered that I saw a DVD player that was so cheap it was ridiculous! Was I very grateful that I just got paid for a cake order! We almost ran to the electronics shop (it was near closing time) and had the player tested. We went home with a smile because we finally had a DVD player.

I do realize now that we had missed quite a number of good movies and great DVD bargains simply because we didn’t have the right equipment.

It’s okay not to get the latest gadget or equipment just because everyone else does. It does curb our materialistic desires and makes us content with and appreciate what we have.  After all, didn’t King Solomon say in Ecclesiastes 4:8, NIV; ‘There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless— a miserable business!’

It is meaningless to pursue or acquire material things just for the sake of it, or just to be ahead of our neighbors. Waiting a few months or even years wouldn’t hurt and may even help douse that restless, materialistic desire.

When we finally got the DVD player, we appreciated it more and the pleasure watching good movies with it brings us.

So it’s not always out with the old and in with the new. Perhaps we can rephrase it as such; “in with the old and add the new.” Does it make sense?

And by the way, we got our very first digital mobile phones more than a year after they came out.

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