Friday, August 6, 2010
The Road On Race Photos
Gathering opinions was a mistake. Rule 2564(a) of how I live my life with one foot in the music business and the other in endurance sports specifically states that "under no circumstances, including holiday parties, trade shows, or other work related activities (regardless of the potential plausible deniability afforded (to me) due to the amount of alcohol being consumed by co-workers) will you admit or otherwise demonstrate that you wear lycra to people you work with".
Since until today I'd never actually seen a photo of myself that I would consider buying, I'd never bothered to look at the prices. But I was kinda/sorta thinking I wanted to buy this one. So I went back to the site, moved the photo into the shopping cart, and hit "check-out".
$16.95 for a "medium size" jpeg. Really? And what's a "medium sized" jpeg anyway? I'd like that access to that information without having to search through the photo site's FAQ page all night. After all, I'm being asked to spend a very specific amount of money on a very arbitrarily described product. How about a little quid pro quo?
Yes, I'm a total hypocrite. I'll spend thousands on bikes, hundreds on running shoes and I feel bad (for myself) if I don't put at least fifty bucks into the coffers of the local bike shop each month. But I am not down with $16.95 for a "medium sized" jpeg. Why? Because I'm a selectively cheap bastard, that's why.
I'm buying it, but under extreme duress.