Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Stunt Zombie's Fingerhut Christmas Wish List!

Hey! Do you realize we're less than a week away from Thanksgiving? Crazy, right? It feels like it was just last week that we were worried about getting our Halloween costumes put together, and now we're trying to figure out what sides to serve with the turkey. Then, as quickly as the holidays are going, we've got maybe two or three more days until Christmas.

If you're anything like me, you've been working on a most important document, one that will set the tone for the rest of this year and the next. Ladies and gents, I'm talking about the Christmas wish list.




Every year, right around the end of October, my folks would start pressing me about what I wanted Santa to leave me under the tree. Living in the pre-internet age meant I would have to rely on TV ads,  newspaper flyers, toy inserts, and the big daddy of them all, the Sears Wish Book. Pages would be bookmarked, corners dog-eared, catalog numbers circled. I did whatever it took to make sure there was no confusion over what I wanted. It wasn't enough for me to just list "a bunch of G.I. Joes". I'd actually list each individual figure. If I'd had the means, I probably would have pasted photos next to each thing I wrote down. You didn't want to run the risk of getting something you already had, or even worse, getting a bootleg.

The days of the Wish Book are over, but there are still some companies producing paper catalogs, like Fingerhut.  They're not quite the same as other catalogs or websites since you can't purchase anything outright. You have to get a line of credit through them and pay for your stuff monthly. So, if you don't mind paying about 10% more on top of every other retail outlet, plus another 40% more for interest over 18 months, they might be worth a look. Otherwise, Fingerhut probably isn't the best choice for anyone.

However, today we're going to make believe that Fingerhut works like any other mail-order catalog and I won't be forced to finance a pair of Lee jeans for $7.99 a month. I'm also going to pretend that I don't have internet so all my gifts will be coming from this catalog. So, join me as I try to justify my desire for hundreds of dollars worth of stuff I don't need.


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