The Unrepentant Individual

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May 24, 2007

I Hate Being Honest

Sometimes being honest isn’t very lucrative… Today is one of those days.

On Sunday, we went out to buy a replacement TV. Instead of the 42″ LCD, we ended up with a slightly more expensive (but much higher quality) 46″ DLP. One of the selling points was a special Best Buy was running online, where certain big-screen TV’s would get you a free $250 TV stand.

There was one snag. The stand wasn’t in stock in the store. So I paid for everything, they gave me a claim check, ordered the stand, and it was to be in the store today. Or so I thought. They made a bit of a mistake, which I didn’t even realize until today.

I arrived at the store, handed over my claim check, and the guy wheeled out another 46″ DLP TV. It turns out they didn’t order me a TV stand, they ordered me a TV. And I was holding in my hand a claim voucher for a $1200 TV, which I had already picked up and started watching three days ago. Knowing a little bit about Best Buy & having seen their inventory control when I took possession of the first TV, I realized that if I had wanted to walk out of the store with that TV, it’d be basically a risk-free way to take Best Buy for the difference in cost, or $950… And I’m sure that TV would have fetched a hefty sum on the secondhand market, especially since it was new in the box and I’d have a receipt to prove it wasn’t “stolen” (even if it would have been). Or, it would have made a pretty sweet father’s day gift for my dad.

But I knew that I had no choice. To take that TV would have gone against all my principles. I alerted the salesman, and we started working it all out. While I suggested a few times that it would be pretty easy for them to just give me the TV, they weren’t about to jump at the deal…

Then the fun began. Since they hadn’t ordered the stand (ordering the TV instead), they didn’t have the stand in stock. Having fought through SoCal rush-hour for the better part of an hour, I wasn’t about to leave the store unsatisfied. They couldn’t give me store credit to purchase it at another store, because the special deal they were offering would make it impossible to give me full credit. And I didn’t want to come back. So I suggested that we look at other stands in the same price range, and they agreed.

I ended up getting a stand that both my wife and I much prefer to the one they were offering. The offered stand was somewhat contemporary, and the one we got was wood and much more “warm”. While my own tastes tend toward contemporary, it wouldn’t fit with anything else my wife owns, so it was a better fit for our house. It was $10 more, but they gave it to me at no added cost.

So while I didn’t get a second big-screen TV, as much as I wanted it, I ended up getting a stand that I like much better than the free one without any additional cost. All that without the guilt that would have come from violating my principles.


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Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:19 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || Trackback URL || Categories: Personal Life, Ponderings


  1. I really appreciate your honesty.I don’t know how many people act honestly when the situation comes like this.Enjoy the new TV with peaceful mindset…
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    Comment by sakthi — May 24, 2007 @ 6:28 am
  2. Brad, don’t hate being honest. Celebrate! You got more than you expected from Best Buy without the guilt from ripping them off. You set a good example for others to follow. You got a nice TV on a stand you like.

    Not everyone has a monument to their honesty and integrity in their den. Bravo!

    Comment by Mark T — May 24, 2007 @ 8:26 am
  3. I’m proud of you Brad. These are the kinds of principals you want to teach to your son…. Enjoy your new TV and Stand. Have a nice weekend.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — May 25, 2007 @ 7:33 am
  4. Good on you, Brad. Reminds me of a time I made a deposit at my former bank. It was something like $150, but the clerk fat-fingered it and turned it into closer to $1,500 (which I didn’t discover until I got my statement). I considered it, but ultimately decided to alert them to it. That should have been the end of the story, but a couple of years after that they “discovered” the error and took the money out of my account (not having “discovered” the subsequent correction). I went through significant effort to prove what I had done, and they finally fixed my account. I still closed it, though. Now that I’ve sidetracked the post, enjoy the new TV with clean conscience!

    Comment by Jeremy — May 25, 2007 @ 7:39 am
  5. Abe Lincoln would have been proud of you also. Individual character is what makes our country worth living in. Thanks for helping that cause.

    Comment by T F Stern — May 29, 2007 @ 8:36 am
  6. Brad,

    Nice TV! I recently (this past super bowl) got the 50 inch Samsung DLP (1080p). I bought it from Circuit City for $1,500 – it was the last one in stock and the Circuit City I bought it from (Buckhead) didn’t even have it at that price – they had it at $1,900, but another local Circuit City (Dunwoody) *did* for some bizarre, unexplainable-to-the-employees-at-CC reason. So they price-matched and I walked away with a totally sweet TV.

    Not quite the good deal you got, but I figured it was worth sharing. Unfortunately, HD is so much better than regular TV, it’s now hard to watch anything but HD.

    Comment by Justin — June 4, 2007 @ 5:38 pm
  7. “It’s immoral to let a sucker keep his money.”

    –Canada Bill Jones

    “It’s stupid to not take advantage of large retail companies at every opportunity.”

    –Sober John

    Comment by Sober John — June 8, 2007 @ 11:09 am
  8. John,

    So you’re saying stealing and fraud is okay, as long as it’s perpetrated on large retail companies?

    I love how you changed the concepts of theft and fraud to “take advantage of”… Really makes it sound a lot more cheery, doesn’t it?

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — June 8, 2007 @ 11:31 am
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