Seeing as how I haven’t posted anything for a while I thought I’d tell this story, because it happened almost exactly a year ago. I have a bit of an addiction to a website called HotUKDeals. Basically people post deals from both online and high street stores, and others vote them either hot or cold, depending on whether they think it’s a good deal or not. Since I discovered this site, probably a couple of years ago now, it has cost me a lot of money. A lot. This is because I end up buying things I don’t really need or want, but I end up buying them because the price is so good. I’ll see something on there that’s a good deal then think to myself that if I ever did want it I’d probably be unable to get a better price, so I buy it just in case. So far most of the stuff I buy is games, I have several I’ve bought but yet to play, but one day I could see myself impulse buying bigger items if my bank balance would allow. On a couple of occasions I’ve almost spent about £100 on a set of headphones, one order was cancelled because they didn’t have stock the other went out of stock before I could order them. That’s another thing that plays on my mind while I browse the site, a lot of the deals don’t tend to last long before they go out of stock or the price increases, so if you want something sometimes you have to be quick about it.
Anyway, enough about the site, on to the story. During the summer of 2009, I was browsing the site and saw a deal for Seasons 1-3 of Seinfeld on DVD, for something like £7 or £8. I’d never seen the show, but I was (and still am) a huge fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and I knew that Larry David, who writes and stars in Curb, also co-created Seinfeld. So I bought the DVDs because of this. I liked them, so I wanted to get the rest of the series, especially as I’d read that the really early seasons weren’t the best ones. So over the next month or two I bought the rest of the episodes on DVD, some of them through deals on HotUKDeals, some of them not. I probably paid on average about £8 or so per season for the rest of them (there are 9 seasons in total). So all in all I probably spent about £60 buying all the DVDs. But I was happy with my purchases, I enjoyed the show, and unlike Friends, Scrubs or Frasier they’re not on TV at all in the UK so it was really the only (legal) way to see it. The DVDs themselves were also well made, with loads of extras and clever menus. Some time passed, and in early December that year I saw a deal for the Seinfeld Complete Series Box Set, only £35 at Play.com. Now the actual DVDs in that set were exactly the same as in the individual box sets I’d bought, the only difference was an extra disk with a bit of a discussion with the cast, and it also came with a nice book. Reading some reviews online, the extra disk was supposedly a bit rubbish, but the book was meant to be quite good. I might have already had the vast majority of the stuff in it, but I didn’t care, I knew that the complete box set was usually about £100, as I’d looked when I was buying the individual ones. I also wanted the book. I thought this deal was too good to pass up. I knew that if I bought it I’d essentially be paying £35 for the book and the extra disk, because I had the rest, but I bought it anyway, and that’s why I own every episode of Seinfeld on DVD, twice. I also have the book! Looking at current prices for it, it looks like it was actually a pretty good investment. It’s well over £100 everywhere, even on eBay. I should have bought two!