What a pain to try to find the replacement battery for your Panasonic answering machine.
This is a very simple one, but voilà: You need batteries? Click here.
The only reason I even offer this to you is that none of the obvious (to me) things worked. I just assumed there would be a brilliant site called www.batteries.com where you could quickly get any kind of battery you wanted. But no: When I tried that, I got a "no such address" message. Not even "under construction." (Quick, Mr. 1-800-Batteries grab that address and make it synonymous with your own!) I just assumed that if I typed PURCHASE BATTERIES into my search engine, I’d get to the right place. But no. I can’t now reproduce it, but somehow when I tried this, hoping for quick success, I got to a bunch of articles about European battery standards. (I admit this is odd. Today, no matter what I type in the search field kumquats I seem to get to 1800batteries. But I swear: I wasn’t getting it before.)
Indeed, after some considerable time thinking about how frustrating it was not being able to get these batteries … stores don’t have them, the prospect of calling Panasonic was mind-numbing ("Press one if you have a Touch-Tone phone …") … and with the phone beginning to beep more and more frequently indicating BATTERY LOW … and not wanting to buy an entirely new answering machine as a last resort ("Press two if you do not have a Touch-Tone phone") … what should arrive in my actual, physical mail but: a holiday catalog from 1-800-BATTERIES, complete with its Web address prominently across the cover: www.1800batteries.com.
Are there cheaper places to get batteries? No doubt. You could, for example, check out the somewhat lower-end www.batteryguys.com. (Quick, Battery Guys grab www.batteries.com and make it synonymous with your site!) Or if you’re really in no hurry ("Press three if you’d like to buy a Touch-Tone phone …"), you could just wait until Amazon.com gets a new tab for batteries BOOKS MUSIC GIFTS BATTERIES up at the top of its page.
And speaking of Amazon … (tune in tomorrow, if I haven’t killed myself first)
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On the day of the 1983 economic summit, James A. Baker 3rd, then chief of staff, realized Mr. Reagan had not read his briefing book. When Mr. Baker asked why, Mr. Reagan responded, 'Well, Jim, The Sound of Music was on last night.'~Professor Herbert S. Parmet reviewing President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime
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