Monthly Archive:: November 2008

Too Good To Be True?

A Britax Marathon in Granite for $42.99 and Free Shipping?!

A Britax Marathon in Cowmoo for $59.99 plus $18.09 Shipping???

 Both From Target through Amazon.Com! 

(You might have to click on “More Buying Choices” to see the offer from Target.Com).

Might be a bargain, might be a mistake.  They make great gifts, and if you buy by clicking our links, it’s a nice gift to Carseatblog.com, too!  Better hurry, I’m guessing supplies won’t last if it’s a real deal and if not, the mistake will be corrected quickly!

Reminiscing about the “real” Fisher-Price carseats

In my last blog entry, I begged the CR manufacturers to design some new, slimmer  seats and to consider bringing back some of the older designs that worked so well for us in the past.  Many of you responded, supporting this request.  And quite a few people mentioned the old Fisher Price seats.  The “real” FP seats.    

I spent some time last night reminiscing about the old FP seats and how much I loved them. 

Working Moms

Are you tired?  Frazzled?  Out-of-sorts?  You must be a working mom!  Working moms really have a rough life and I don’t mean that facetiously.  I consider myself a SAHM for the most part, but I do volunteer heavily for my local Safe Kids coalition.  I’m their volunteer and membership coordinator, web master, newsletter editor, and I’m an instructor on top of all that.  There usually isn’t a week that goes by where I’m not emailed at least daily about something SK related or called upon to attend an event (I feel obligated to attend as many events as possible, not only to keep my skills up-to-date, but also to set a good example as volunteer coordinator and instructor).  Some weeks, like this week, all of those duties assert themselves and make me wonder why I ever got involved in the first place.  When I have to help teach a class, it typically takes the better part of 3-4 full days.  Fortunately, we only teach 2-3 classes per year.  Ah really, I shouldn’t complain; I like the people I work with at my coalition.

Will Skinny be back? A plea to manufacturers.

Skinny is back in demand – that is, if you’re a carseat or booster.  Unfortunately skinny is also hard to come by these days and that’s a real problem.  In a time when Americans are downsizing their vehicles in droves –  increased laws and awareness are keeping more and more kids in CRs longer.  The combination of these two factors is creating a real space problem.  

Customer [dis]Service

We order stuff online.  A lot.  Things go wrong.  You get the wrong item, it’s defective, you change your mind, whatever.  You call, they ask for your name or phone or credit card number, then you return or exchange it in 5 minutes.  Many times, you can take care of it easily online with a few clicks. Worst case, if it’s your own dumb fault, maybe you pay a restocking fee.  Maybe you have to make two calls or it takes 15 minutes and is a little more difficult.  99% of the time it’s only a minor hassle.

It’s that 1 out of 100 times that takes 60 minutes or even longer to do something that should take 5 or 10 minutes.  I’ve had bad service.  Representatives who are clueless.  Some who just aren’t nice.  I’ve dealt with the huge companies like Amazon.Com and Apple.  I’ve dealt with tiny manufacturers and retailers.  Of all of them, only one company stands out as having routinely horrible service.