Originally Posted by Lade
I've learned a valuable lesson.
After watching a lot of pictures on the net I figured out the type I wanted, chestnut, was too red in many of the examples. At the same time I read the shade would vary 20% +/-. Scared they would send me a too red one, I asked for one as brown as possible of the Chestnut Briefcase. Included in the stream of mails to customer support, which all were answered fast and politely, was the request of sending me a photo of the bag they planned to send. They were sorry, but couldn't do this. I placed an order, and waited 2-3 weeks, because it had to go through customs, increasing the cost with 100 additional euro. All this time, I hoped it would not be too red.
I finally got the package 2-3 days ago. After looking at it for a while today, I realised it's too brown! There's no red to be seen at all. I don't even feel like walking outside with it. I absolutely hate they colour I ended up with. What should I do? Pay the hefty shipping costs, which will probably be at least 120 dollars (in addition to the 60 dollar shipping and 100 euro customs fee I've already paid) and gamble for another shade I might not even like? Sell/trade it on eBay, or
just try to grow fond of the bag?
Now I know to never spend a good chunk of my pocket money on things I haven't seen. Especially when it takes this little to break my mood.
(Here's the bag:http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/725...sechestnut.jpg
Thanks for sharing your experience!
I, too, have found myself caught up in the "which color" thing. I've begun to think that it would almost be better if Saddleback didn't give so many options to agonize over.
The following has helped my thinking (and agonizing): It's still a killer bag, no matter what color it is. I have a feeling you will come to genuinely love it, esp after you live with it for a while, it gets broken in, and you have some stories to share with it.
Also, speaking from my own personal experience: I've learned that when I don't get what I think
I wanted and the karma of the universe (or whatever) delivers me something else, I wind up being happier than I would have been if I had gotten my wish. Sometimes it pays to just roll with the punches, or go with the flow.
All that said, I can totally feel your pain in dropping that much moolah and not getting what you want. Surely, you should have something that makes your toes tingle when parting with that much cash. I'm just saying: close your eyes, forget about all the fretting and agonizing you've done over your color choice, and clear your mind. Take 5 long breaths, and pretend you're some kind of Zen master sitting on an extremely high mountain in the Himalayas looking down on the clouds. Now open your eyes and look at that amazing bag you have in your possesion. You know others are going to be jealous and envious. I am.