I ran out of deodorant the other day.
This wasn’t a big deal, at least I naively thought. There’s a supermarket about a 15 minute walk away from our place and plenty of restaurants along the way. I figured I’d stop for lunch on the way, get me a nice new pit stick, and be back before 1 o’clock.
But, alas, it wasn’t to be. Because Korea.
I went to the supermarket, where I discovered a vast selection of soaps, body washes, shampoos, and various other cleansing products. I did not find deodorant. When I asked the nice ladies who were working in the area if the store carried any, I was met with nothing but blank stares. They probably mocked me when I left.
So I went to another store. And then another. No deodorant was found.
Frustrated, I took to the interwebs. I asked the knower of all things, Google, and it turns out that Asians don’t really have deodorant because apparently they don’t smell. Expats online said you can order it from GMarket (Korea’s Amazon) if you’re desperate, and can’t find any in a pharmacy.
I checked. Guess how much a regular stick of deodorant costs?
It’s $30 for deodorant. I’m not even kidding.
This left me with a dilemma. Do I spend $30 on something that I can get for 1/10th of the price back home, or do I come up with an alternate solution? Hell, I could get my parents to buy deodorant and ship it over here for less than $30 a stick. That’s a pretty inefficient way of doing things, but a smelly man is a desperate man.
I went into a pharmacy and asked the guy about deodorant. He led me to a selection of 3 different products, two of which were special deodorant for extra smelly people. They were also $12-$15 for a container about half the size as your normal stick. There’s no way I’d use prescription deodorant willingly. It’s just not going to happen.
The other option was Nvidia body spray, which apparently has some sweat fighting power. It was $9.50.
And that’s why I smell like a 14-year old boy at a school dance. Stupid country.
Time for links
It’s been a little while, so I’ve got a few accumulated. They’ll help you forget about the smell.
Let’s start things off with Boomer and Echo, who asked 14 experts (and your’s truly) for advice about borrowing to invest. Look for more thoughts on this in a couple weeks.
Here’s Gail Vaz-Oxlade talking about the dream of early retirement. I enjoyed it. I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for these early retirement posts.
If you’re going to buy a house at some point in the next… uh… ever, you need to know what buyer’s brokerage agreements are. They don’t sound like much, but they could end up costing you thousands. And you’ll need that money to put a sex swing in the basement. Anyhoo, Garth Turner has the deets. About the BBA. Not the sex swing.
Over at Young and Thrifty, Kyle has some bang-on thoughts about our fascination with home equity and why it’s misplaced. It also looks like he’s coming over to the housing bubble dark side. Welcome, young teacher man. Let’s use the force to, I dunno, lift up skirts or something.
Vanessa thinks she’s a better investor that me because she did well buying some coins this one time off eBay. Yes, she supported a despicable young man stealing his grandmother’s coin collection to sell for crack. For shame.
No more time for witty commentary. Here’s Oddball Stocks on some value investing myths.
Apparently everybody was farming out their content this week. I wrote some words on a fun side hustle that can make you some extra cash and not fat.
And finally, like only he is able to do, PK from Don’t Quit Your Day Job used all sorts of fancy stats and graphs to point out that… drumroll please… people who work more generally make more money. Coulda told you that without the graphs I think, but hey. It’s still interesting.
Have a good weekend everyone.