More Proof That Free Never Is
Last year, Mr. FP decided to cancel our cable subscription (I probably would have done it years ago, but he watches sports). It was costing us about 70 bucks a month, so even with our new MLB TV subscription, the savings were substantial.
We wanted, though, to keep our cable Internet service, especially since I do a little work from home with it. And when Mr. FP called to cancel the TV part of our subscription, he was told that it was actually cheaper to keep the most basic television service. The bundled price for that and Internet was lower than the price for just Internet to the tune of about five dollars a month.
Well, fine. We could pick up local channels in HD right through our TV and we used it once in a while to catch The Big Bang Theory on a Thursday night or to pacify the spawn with a little Dinosaur Train. Then, seemingly inexplicably, the service stopped working. We turned on the TV and there was no signal. Disappointment!
And suddenly Mr. FP got sucked into a fairly draining series of events to maintain our “free” service:
- Call cable company, push buttons, wait on hold. Find out we now must have a cable box; get irritated.
- Drive to cable office on way to grocery store to retrieve box.
- Install box. Have difficulty; call cable company again. Get irritated.
- Realize that our TV service is no longer in HD. Get irritated.
- Get over it.
Did anyone else notice that that’s a lot of time, energy, disappointment, and irritation to invest in a service that we never actually asked for? Since it was cheaper for us, we allowed this unnecessary service to clutter up our lives. We got it working now and I’m sure we’ll watch The Big Bang Theory again on Thursday.
But you can bet I will be more selective as to what “free” goods and services I accept. I see now, for instance, that Mr. FP was right to talk me out of the free landline phone service we were offered. What about you, readers? Have you been burned by “free”?