The $12 adapter plug

I knew before I even packed my things that the electric plugs in the US are different from Korea’s round prongs. I remember packing the adapter plug with flat prongs but I just don’t recall if I put them inside my suitcase or not. I wasn’t able to use my netbook right after we arrive in Los Angeles. There were only 15 minutes left of the battery charge when I turned it off before our plane landed. I went to the nearby Target and Home Depot, which are both walking distances from my brother’s residence, but I didn’t find the “foreign” adapter plug as one of the salesmen called it.

I’d found adapter plugs in Amazon at $2.99 but I’d have to pay $6.95 shipping fee plus tax. On Monday afternoon, I took the bus (Foothill Transit) to Westfields in West Covina and visited the Radioshack store. I found the “foreign” adapter plug but I was shocked at the price – $10.99. That’s like 11x its price in Seoul! Anyway, I really wanted to use the netbook and my battery charger (for my Eneloops) so I just bought it. With California’s 9.25% sales tax, I paid $12.01. Yikes!

I should’ve searched for other places to get it cheaper like at The Source, where I’m planning to get a new Xbox from. Anyway, I’m pretty sure I’ll need a US to foreign adapter plug for it and I already have one back home. Some things here in the US are cheaper, but I’m quite surprised at how expensive that adapter plug is!

3 thoughts on “The $12 adapter plug

  • June 10, 2009 at 10:49 am
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    Really?! It was 8.5% 2 months ago. 9.5% is better than the 12% EVAT here in the Phil.

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  • June 10, 2009 at 12:59 pm
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    oh tax… I hate it but, at least here, we could see where our money goes. kkkkkkk

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  • June 12, 2009 at 6:18 am
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    Ouch! Radio Shack is absolutely the worst (most expensive place) you could have bought it. Too bad you didn’t get it at the airport! Would have been cheaper there! Anyway, have a nice trip!

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