Jules Verne’s Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours, the story of Phileas Fogg and his employed Passepartout who attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager (equal to £1,324,289 today), is an incredible novel. When i read it the first time i was just fascinated. And today, what happens? It is not a mystery that just with a bunch of €s people can fly around the globe in few days. For the most hard to please (and rich, i would add), some companies offer space exploration too. That’s just amazing. If Verne was here today, he would get totally crazy. But actually i don’t know if i’m really so fascinated about it as i was when i read Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours. And all this “discontent” feeling, arises from buying a new laptop.
My old one is almost gone, it is definitely kicking the bucket. So two weeks ago i decided, after 6 years to buy a new one. So i decided to buy a good and powerful one so i could use it, hopefully, for the next 6 years. So i got one for 1,009.69€, a price that sounded to me a perfect deal, even too cheap for the quality of the machine. during the next days, after purchasing it, i went often on-line to track the package and check out the status of the expedition. And here it comes the big surprise! The PC traveled the world in 4 days going back and forth between China, Germany, again China, Korea, again Germany, Kazakhstan, Poland and finally Italy. Now, lets move for a sec a step back. The PC is from an American company, i ordered it from the company’s Italian website. The “Italian” Headquarter is based in France and i was assisted during the order finalization by a Moroccan guy. The first thought that popped out in my mind was… “wow, that’s globalization”.
Now, after receiving the computer and knowing all the way it traveled, i really feel like i did not even pay the cost of the fuel from China to Germany. It would have cost 10,000€ and not just 1,000. So who paid for it? I feel like many paid but not me. This is extremely frustrating!