Buyer vs Seller

I thought I should get a laptop cooler, but I didn’t think I have the time to go shop for it at Sim Lim, so I checked out local auction sites to see if I could find anyone selling it online (interestingly that’s the only way you can find decent things to buy online in this technologically-advanced Singapore…)

Indeed I found some at Yahoo! Auctions. After considerations, I shortlisted and placed a Buy Now for one.

It didn’t take long for the seller to contact me, which was good, I always respect responsive people, particularly online.

The seller moved on to discuss about delivery, he/she offered the options to meet up at Jurong East MRT or Bukit Batok MRT, in which both are inconvenient for me, and both are further than Sim Lim! So I requested for the seller to come to Paya Lebar MRT instead, after all I’m the buyer, and the money is in my pocket!

The seller remarked that Paya Lebar is out of the way for him/her, and proposed Serangoon as third option; again, somewhere I’m not familiar with and definitely sounds further than Sim Lim.

I thought for a while, then cancelled the order. I told the seller that sometimes I was the seller too, and I’d deliver the goods to wherever the buyers wanted me to. And I don’t believe that I shouldn’t expect people to do the same for me when I was the buyer.

Basically, I don’t believe that spending money should require efforts!

I’ll be moving over to China for good in few months time, I guess this will be one part of Singaporean that I’ll miss. Every second of the day, people in China are competing against each other in getting money out of others’ pocket; in Singapore, people are instead waiting for others to put money into their pocket! I’m going to miss this competition-less country.

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