Thursday, September 07, 2006

Today, it's another installment of Luc's Real Life Tip.

Today's tip is all about the crap cart.

Yes, it's a funny word, and it applies to your daily life.

The crap cart is basically that cart, in the grocery store, or at Wal-Mart, or at the entrance or the back of a clothing store, or at any store, that has discounted, leftover goods. For example, at the grocery store, they'll have day old baked goods, or brown bananas and lettuce that expires today.

Well, you see, the thing with the crap cart is that it is stuff that no one else wanted. If you're in a clothing store, and find something there... it MIGHT be there because all of the other sizes are gone, or for some other reason, but basically, it's there because no one else wanted it. Now, do you want to be walking down the street in the clothes no one else wanted to buy? Or do you want to listen to the CD that no one else wanted to buy (in my experience, you usually listen once and that's it - no matter how good the CD looked)? Or buy the food that no one wanted? Cans last a long time. If they're on the crap cart, they're likely really old.

Often, you'll get home and the bread you bought lasts about 24 hours before it starts to get mould on it.

If it's a gadget that looks interesting, try to figure out... why is is sitting here on the crap cart calling your name? If your name is "sucker" then by all means, go ahead and buy it. Hopefully you'll find a sucker who wants to buy it at your garage sale next year. No, wait, you likely won't... that sucker would have bought it at Wal-Mart already and it wouldn't have ended up on the crap cart.

One of our friends laughs just at the name - when we're in the grocery store, we'll look at bananas or something and think - maybe there are some on the crap cart to make banana bread with. At the grocery store, I once yelled "To the crap cart!" and got Sara to follow me... hopefully there weren't too many people around.

Of course, there are exceptions like that, where it can provide a good deal on something you need. But though the crap cart can be an interesting thing to view, it shouldn't become a daily part of your day.

I hope this helps.

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