Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Our Dumbest Purchase Ever

DebtKid is asking people to blog about their dumbest purchase ever, and offering the chance to win some Nintendo thing as incentive. So, even though I have no need for a Nintendo DS Lite (whatever that is), I thought I'd join in the fun!

I've made plenty of dumb purchases over the years, but luckily most of them have been in the $1-$5 range.

One larger purchase does stand out, though. It popped to the front of my mind as soon as I started reading DebtKid's post, so it must be the item I'm supposed to blog about!

A little over a year ago, my then-boyfriend-now-husband and I purchased an FM transmitter for his ipod for about $80. It seemed like a great idea. It was supposed to plug into the lighter in our car and then play ipod music over the radio waves. Pretty cool, right? Except for that the dumb thing worked horribly!

The first problem was that you had to find an unused FM radio frequency. In a decent-sized city, there really aren't that many that don't pick up at least a little bit of some radio station or another.

The second problem was that even if you could find an unused radio frequency, the ipod music came across very soft and a bit fuzzy. No cranking your favorite song with this thing!

The third problem was that if you are traveling, you're constantly moving into and out of various signals. We discovered we might as well not even try using it while traveling since I was constantly changing stations looking for unused signals.

Needless to say, the device is gathering dust in our house somewhere. Anybody want a useless ipod FM transmitter? ;)


Mrs. Micah said...

My sister had at least one of those. I remember fighting with it on car trips. :)

Ms. M&P said...

Awww. We have a really good transmitter! We like it a lot, but H spent hours pouring over online reviews before we bought it. I guess his research paid off.

I'm going to mull over my dumbest purchase...there are way too many things to choose from.

Frugal Dad said...

I always wondered how people listend to their iPod songs through the car stereo. Since I don't have an iPod, and my beater doesn't have a radio, I'm not likely to take you up on your offer of a transmitter...LOL!

PT said...

yep, mine didn't work that great either...i think i spent $20 on it.

Becky@FamilyandFinances said...

I'm glad ms. M&p at least had a good experience!
As for the rest of us, live and learn, I guess :)