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My Camera Meltdown

Back in August I raved about my brand new Nikon Coolpix - a slick little camera that took photos and video that weighed a few ounces and was an absolute pleasure to use. But a few weeks after my ringing endorsement, my Nikon crapped out on me. During my summer vacation. When I tried to turn the camera on, it fought back with an irritating "lens error" message. Fortunately, my friend took photos during our trip and sent them to me so all wasn't lost. And when I returned, I visited the local camera store expecting them to either fix the camera or give me a new one.

And that was where I was sadly mistaken. Instead of apologizing for giving me a defective camera, they insinuated that I may have broken it and told me they'd send it back to the manufacturer and I should have it back in a few weeks - and hopefully they won't charge me for it because if I dropped it or something, the fault would lie with me. Well, I am here to say, I didn't drop it. Every time I used it, I placed it back in its case and put it in my purse. If that's too much jostling for a camera then something must be wrong with the camera.

Well, it's now been a month since I brought my camera in and it still hasn't come back. And today I leave for my big trip to California where I'm going to meet celebrities, get a makeover and much more. Obviously, I want to document my trip and so, when I called the camera store, I asked if they'd loan me another one so that I have something to take with me to Hollywood. While they agreed to give me a loaner, when I arrived, I discovered the camera must have been manufactured in 1992. How embarrassing. Part of me wants to go out and buy a new one but that would be reckless. All I know is, if the people at Nikon are reading this blog entry, you better communicate better with those mom and pop camera shop owners who blame their customers for your defective products.

All I can say is next time, I'm buying a camera at Target. But until then, I'm off to figure out how to get my ancient camera to work.

Posted in: Blog, Role Mommy Confessions on 10/12/2008

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