Had the most awesome Christmas. It was the first time Bill and I have been together for Christmas, which enabled him to expertly surprise me in a way I’d only dreamed of. After a series of “Aww, how thoughtful! Really, a jar of lotion?” gifts and four nested boxes-within-boxes, out came the Canon G12. I’ve been pining over this camera, salivating over its specs, since August, and we’ve been running around with it since, well, last year. Didn’t even really make the time to install the software until the Monday after the Christmas weekend, because who wants to sit at the computer when you can play with your new camera??
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I channeled all my hint-dropping efforts toward getting this camera. I’d come home and update Bill my dad sent me Christmas/birthday $$$ for the camera. I told my Secret Santa I just wanted an Amazon gift card. I put off buying anything at full price (Notice I did not put off buying.) because I reasoned that any markup was money that could have gone toward my own G12.
All the while, I kept Bill updated on my progress. He was being such a poor sport, though. “It’s not really worth the cost,” he’d say. “I’m sure you can find a better deal if you wait.” Okay, fine, Bill was not in on my personal campaign, but I was not going to let him spoil my hunt. I had put in hours researching the best deal on this amazing point-and-shoot/DSLR hybrid. I had driven to multiple stores and spoken with at least a dozen reps to get closer to feasible instant gratification. Below the cut I’ve included the intro to what could have been one seriously overdone testimony that’d have us all banging our heads against the table. Getting the G12 became my new test of grit, and I had invested so much in the pursuit I was not about to let it go.
So imagine my surprise when there it was in my Christmas loot. Just when I was beginning to feel the ungrateful asshole girlfriend (stuffed animal, jar of lotion, and two redeeming blank Munnys), out came this surprise doozy of a gift. Something well over the price we agreed upon spending on each other.
I’m thrilled to have it. Bill has told me since that I shouldn’t get used to him spending so lavishly on me every holiday season, and I’m really perfectly fine with that. I’m just so lucky to have him. (I know, I’m making you wretch.) Even if he made a G12 replica out of clay, I’d know that he knows where my greed is focused these days.
And now I’m going to expound upon why I’ve been wanting this camera for so long and hope that you won’t rob me of it.
- I think I’ve got an eye for composition, but I don’t have any technical skill in photography. Just a theoretical understanding of key elements. I wanted a good “learning” camera.
- I go through a lot of lifestyle blogs every day, and I polled my favorites on what type of cameras they use. I more or less ruled out DSLRs (No question that I was considering nothing but digital.) because I know I can learn a bit on Bill’s.
- I’ve been on twenty-something planes in the last year, and all the traveling has made me really old: Pack lighter! Do you really need to bring that? I want the best compact thing with the most convertible features that money can buy.
- Quality. There are simply a couple of features I really wanted: better macro capability, actual ability to deal with low light, and a flash that won’t blind my friends at dinner. The G12’s macro and low light is fantastic and it shoots HD video!
Canon G12, how I love thee, let me count the ways:
Thank you, Bill. Here’s to one long, ongoing photo expedition.
When tenacity drives you to Fremont on your day off.
The Monday after Thanksgiving I worked from home. Had a thyroid ultrasound in the morning (world’s least interesting ultrasound experience) and felt old lady enough to execute Web marketing stuff over the Web.
Monday was also “Cyber Monday,” a shopping holiday I’ve never actually taken part in. I’m not as adamantly anti-Cyber Monday as I am don’t-even-leave-the-house Black Friday, I’ve just never been compelled to hunt for any specific deals. This year, though – oh, man. This year I felt officially over with my poor little PowerShot and started to hit up lifestyle bloggers who had good-looking pictures. I asked them what camera they used, and more than one responded with “Canon G11.”
When it came to rounding up the essentials for a trip to Kaua’i, I declared it time to find a G11. But then I got smart. The G11 was out, when was the G12 to be released? I Googled and Googled, and lo, with release date rumors whirling around on the Net, August became the birth month of a little baby I named “Mayka Wants a G12.”
Three months later, I noticed Bill looking up Black Friday deals online. My thoughts immediately went to “Hmm, what might I want?” My mind knew it. My eyes knew it. That’s right. I want a G12. Finally, there it was! The G12 released well after I fell off of my Google every day routine (Shoulda just set up a Google Alert…) and it was real. It could be in my hands. It’d just take an overexercised credit card and some clicks.
Excited as I was to see the G12 ready and rearin’ to go, I searched the Net all weekend, frustrated by the measly $20 discount on Amazon. There must be a better discount, I thought. I mustn’t give in to the first discount I see. No, I musn’t.
Once back from the doctor’s, ass sitting comfortably on the couch while pumping Cyber Monday vibes out to the online shopping masses, I Googled some more for the G12. I came across one site where the $500 camera was being offered for $425. Plus I’d get a tripod and some other things and oh, it sounded so good. Too good to be true, though. Guided by the wisdom of Jackie and a lot of other seller reviews, I just couldn’t part with my money in the name of 24hrdigital. See: Thoughts-of-Dave and Reseller Ratings.
Blast, I thought. If the best deal I could find on the online shopping holiday of the year wasn’t a legit deal at all, what were my options? I lamented with Jackie, who made it through a really stressful time with yet another bogus NY-based online camera shop, and we started chatting about sites that would at least aid our future online shopping: MyPoints, Fat Wallet…On a whim, I searched “G12” on Fat Wallet, and that’s how I learned that Fry’s had the G12 for $400!
Fry’s! FRY’S. Fry’s is special to any Fremont native. I remember when the residents dreaded the store’s influence on traffic and I remember when my friends in high school dumpster dived after Black Friday for ridiculous finds. Fry’s. Doode, I knew Fry’s.
…And here’s right where I decided reliving all that anger and frustration of being shafted by Fremont Fry’s and eventually Palo Alto Fry’s was toxic to my emotional well-being. Attitude is a decision, and to preserve a positive attitude, I cut off my ties to this story. All you need to know is that my fruitless pursuit of the G12 consisted of lots of wasted gas, wasted evenings, and wasted phone time. I am most glad that I didn’t end up spending a single cent in any Fry’s Electronics.