This is not the post I wanted to be writing today. There's just too much stress piling up.

So, to recap, I ordered a "like new" PS3 from Amazon Warehouse deals on Thursday night. It was expected to arrive today, which is amazingly fast considering I went for free shipping. I was extremely excited. So yeah, "was." It came today and. Looks perfect. Has all the parts, wrapped up nice in the original packaging.

But.

For one thing, it takes a whole minute or longer to turn on. This concerned me. For another, the sound doesn't work. Not on the menu. Not on a game. Not on a Blu-ray. Not when I unplugged and replugged. Not when I messed with the settings. Not when I moved to another TV. In short, the sound does not work /at all./

These are problems, obviously. It's possible that there are fixes for these problems (yes, everything was fully plugged in; tried this multiple times), but you know what? I don't want to deal with it, especially not when the console was supposed to be "like new."

Oh, I can hear you people who "never buy anything used," and nope, don't want to hear it. It wasn't supposed to be this way -- I've heard soooo many success stories -- but yeah, I had those same worries because I never buy consoles used either and this time they just happened to come true.

And then we were trying to figure out the return process, which should be easy, but there was a snag when choosing between pick-up and drop-off and my mom (inadvertently, I guess) yelled at me and I hate yelling so much and I was in just such a fragile mental state that I had to walk away so I could burst into tears because I certainly could not talk at that point or keep myself collected. We figured things out (had to talk to an Amazon rep) and my mom apologized for making me upset, but I still can't keep myself collected. I'm such a crybaby. I am a basketcase. It's not just this Playstation 3 situation. Work has been busy -- busier and busier, and thus more and more stressful -- and my tooth (yet *another* tooth) has been aching today but just thinking about going to the dentist puts me in a state of extreme anxiety, and I'm still tired from the time change and, moreso, from my Granpa's birthday party yesterday (where I ran around helping all day and then felt exhausted because even when I'm doing nothing parties and noisy children running around exhaust me) and DAMMIT Tales of Graces is coming out tomorrow and this was supposed to be my escape from all of that crap.

*deep breath*

It's certainly not the end of the world, it's just the straw that broke the camel's back, you know? Or maybe the anvil, in this case ...

I have a headache now. All this hullabaloo meant it took me until 8 p.m. to eat dinner -- and being hungry didn't help things either.

I keep crying. I'll be OK and then it'll just start again. It's like somehow in the last few years I lost the mechanism to regulate it.

Breathe deeply, breathe deeply.

For the matter at hand: I don't know if I want to take the chance again or just go for a new one. Now we know how things work, and since it's defective, I don't even have to pay for shipping or anything, so all I lose is my time (and in this case, my mind). So it really should not be a big deal. My state of mind is just too fragile, and it's just all so frustrating. (It's a wonder I haven't broken down in tears at work yet.)
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