Sunday, January 23, 2011

First Battle of 2011: Anna Loses

I walked up to the paint counter and confidently handed the guy my two chips.

Me: One gallon of each, eggshell for the brown and semi-gloss for the gray. I am painting the gray over an obnoxious blue sponge painted wall - do I need a primer?
Guy: We have some paint that is paint and primer, want to do that?
Me: Yeah, that'd be great.
Guy: So, regular old Ultra then?
Me: Yep!

I continued to shop, mentally thanking Fred for his countless hours of Consumer Report research leading me to this particular store for this particular paint. Cruised back by the paint and picked up my cans.

At the checkout my total was obnoxiously high. I stared at her in disbelief and vaguely remember saying "what?" to her when she said the total as my mind completely clouded over with simple math of the items I bought. $60 I was prepared for and maybe even up to $70. But $90-something? Whaaaaat?

Turns out Ultra should never been in the same sentence as 'regular old' as this Ultra paint just cost me $34/gallon. I was expecting $20 and what should have been $40 in paint was now $68.

The cashier asked me if there was a problem and I muttered something about not knowing that he was selling me the expensive stuff (which, side note, Consumer Reports will tell you is not-a-lick better than the regular stuff) and that I didn't need the primer and paint for both and wow wow wow I didn't know it was going to cost that much.

Enter a manager. He happened to be right there so he came over to see what was going on and informed me that the paint was mine. I agreed to Ultra. I had him color the paint. It was custom and non-returnable. Nothing to be done.


I left the store with my overpriced paint.

Home Depot 1, Anna 0.

1 comment:

Jen Craun said...

Hopefully it was at least amazing to paint with?! :) EEK!!