>Retail therapy

Jun 17 2010 Published by under startup

>Wow-I can't believe already a week has passed since my last post. I have been dragged through the underworld this last week. I'm referring, of course, to the "New Lab Start Up" programs. NLSU sound awesome, like you will get a super deal on filling up the big, empty, lonely lab that you are now in charge of. On one hand it is super exciting, but it is also a trap. How many beakers do I really need? Do I care what brand of 1.5 mL centrifuge tubes we use? There are and endless number of possibilities, and with NLSU you have to make a lot of small, stupid decisions at the same time. Should I order now? Maybe there is a better deal at Fisher...? Because if you don't submit one giant order on the same PO then you might not get the super deal that will save you several hundred DOLLARS!!!

I hate shopping. I find it tedious and annoying. NLSU shopping is especially onerous. The flood of irrelevant choices, multiple quotes from different vendors, etc. is not what I call fun. Also, it occurs to me that all the time I'm spending on this is not worth it. The DOLLARS I'm saving in the end are a small percentage of the total, and are not offsetting the time I'm not spending writing grants, papers and even doing experiments. I have reached the tipping point. I'm just going to (metaphorically) sack up and just order the things that I need.

3 responses so far

  • prodigal academic says:

    >I'm with you--I hate shopping and I find that I get caught up wasting time looking for bargains. I ended up just picking a vendor with generally reasonable prices and buying the stuff that I wanted from them, even if some of it I could get cheaper elsewhere.Just wait 'til you start buying larger equipment... lots of timesinks there.

  • Venkat says:

    >Great blog, Gerty-z. Is there any difference between a primary, and a principal investigator? While I'd guess that they are perhaps the same, I've almost never heard of the former.

  • Gerty-Z says:

    >Venkat, there is no difference in my world. But it may well be that "primary" is a local version of the word that I picked up but which is not generally used. I have a whole vernacular that makes no sense. Who knew that this might be part of it? Thanks for the heads-up! 🙂

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