Posts Tagged ‘iPod Touch


Two For the Price of…Two

I have never done this but I made an eBay blunder. Nothing major. Just annoying. Here’s what happened.

As I have written before I own (a so-dang-awesome) cherry sunburst Les Paul Standard. This is my dream guitar and I feel so lucky to own it. But needless to saying being over a decade old, she is showing her age somewhat. Some of the plastic parts have started to crackle and a couple of weeks ago the cap on my toggle switch broke completely.

For those who do not know what I mean, a guitar’s toggle switch is used to switch between the guitar’s pickups. The pickups are the magnetic receivers located underneath the strings that capture the vibration of the strings. Most guitars will use two (or even three) different types of pickups which can be mixed and matched via the toggle switch selector to achieve different tones. The cap on the toggle switch is a decorative cap usually made of plastic.

Well I had some extra dollars burning a hole in my PayPal account so I decided I would hop on eBay and see what I could see. I did not use my computer however since I was at work. Instead I used the eBay application on my iPod Touch. I found a guy who had a host of Gibson brand toggle switch caps for sale. They were listed as “Buy It Now” so I would not have to go through the auction process.

I found the one I wanted for $5 and I selected it. I then clicked the glowing “Commit to Buy” button. Nothing happened. I touched elsewhere on the screen and nothing. I realized that the eBay application had crashed. So I pressed the iPod’s home button to return to the main screen and then I re-launched the eBay app. I navigated back to the item and commited to purchase it. Next it was time to head over to my Mail app to check out the confirmation email that eBay would send me stating that I had purchased the item.

Here’s the funny thing: I received two emails. For two different items. Yes, though the interface did not respond, the first time I pressed “Commit to Buy” it actually did register as a purchase. So I had purchased two, count ’em, two toggle switch caps…for one toggle switch.

This happened at about 8:00am and so I quickly wrote to the seller explaining my predicament. No response. After work I wrote him again and as a move of good faith I even paid for one of them so he would know I was serious. No response. The second cap just sat there waiting for my money (which I was not going to pay since it was an absolute mistake). I did not hear from the seller until 11:00pm. To my great relief he had no problem with cancelling the second transaction. Whew! It only would have cost me about $15 or so total for both caps plus shipping. But I didn’t want to pay $15. All’s well that ends well.

Moral of the Story: If you click a “Commit to Buy” button, regardless of what the GUI does, check your email before doing it again.


Gazelle Buys Your Stuff

This is my 300th post, by the way.

I am cursed with two expensive hobbies.

First of all I am a musician. As with most things I have expensive taste when it comes to my instruments. I am not into knock-offs or second-rate brands of instruments. My favorite guitar company is Gibson. My favorite guitar and the one I currently own is one of the most sought-after guitars in the world: the Gibson Les Paul Standard. Growing up it was my dream guitar. My dream amp has always been a Marshall JCM series half-stack. It took me until my late twenties to acquire both of these items and together they are valued upwards of $2,000. My other dream guitar is a Gibson Firebird. I pretty much need a very lucky lotto ticket to pick one of those up. Just Google it.

My second hobby is computers/tech gadgets. Again, I have expensive taste. Paint it any way you like, Apple products are the best and the most expensive. Sure, I could have gotten a Dell laptop for $800 or less. But no, I sprung for a $1,300 Macbook. Now I am already looking forward to getting a second Macbook so Lyndsay and I can each have one (though that will not happen for some time, I am afraid). Also when it comes to enjoying content on the go I must have the best: the iPod. Definitely not the cheapest mp3 player out there, but it is the best (in my opinion).

Now if you also enjoy tech gadgets, be it video game consoles, mp3 players, or computers then there is a chance that you have accumulated gadgets that you no longer use. Perhaps they are stuffed away in a closet or the attic. Well I learned of a way that you could sell those gadgets, get them out of your way, and makes some moolah.

The company is called Gazelle. I have not use them because I do not have anything to sell right now but it looks interesting. Basically you look up the item you want to sell and they will give you a quote on what they would pay you for that item. The quote is based on your evaluation of it’s condition as well as market demand for the item. If you agree to the quote then they send you a box, you send the item off, they inspect it for themselves, then they send you payment. Gazelle’s site states that it refurbishes these items and resells them through various wholesellers and vendors. But the important thing is Gazelle takes these unwanted gadgets off your hands and replaces them with cash money.

If anyone has used them or if you use them in the future, let me know what your experience is like with them. I would be curious to know what sort of payment folks get for their items.

Josh H.


Touch n’ Go: Surprising Early Birthday

I have greatly enjoyed my iPod Nano that Lyndsay gave me as a gift Christmas 2005. I have a job that allows me to use my Nano nearly all day at work. It’s great and helps immensely to pass the time listening to music and podcasts. However the thing is just about used up and I decided in October that I am finally going to save up and purchase a new iPod. And I thought I might as well go with the oh-so-intriguing iPod Touch.

The iPod Touch comes in three capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB. Of course the higher the capacity the higher the price. I assessed my needs and determined that the lowest priced 8GB Touch would do it for me. So I set out to save the money needed leaning most heavily on writing articles for Associated Content. As of this past Friday I had raised about $95 putting me at over 1/3 of the way to reaching the amount needed for an 8GB Touch ($218 on

In the meantime my father-in-law got himself and my mother-in-law a 32GB iPod Touch. Having played with his I was all the more determined to get mine (8GB though it be). But ol’ dad had a trick up his sleeve.ipod-touch

This past week my father-in-law made it known that he had also gotten two additional 32GB iPod Touches. One he gave to Steve, as a congrats on completing his exams for his PhD (and it was well-deserved). The other he gave to me as an early birthday present (I will be 30 on December 8). I was absolutely amazed. I went from a 2GB iPod Nano that was on its last leg due to hours upon hours of heavy use to a fancy-smancy iPod Touch that does music and video and with a whopping 32GB of storage.

I am so grateful for this amazing gift and I am enjoying it so much. Thank you, mom and dad, you are too generous. Love you guys!

Josh H.

ps: Jason, here’s hoping that you’ll join me in iPod Touch Land very soon, buddy!


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