In the weeks leading up to Christmas there were piles of Mad Men box sets. Toy Story 3 had not long come out, so I knew there’d be plenty of copies. Easy shopping! Found Toy Story 3 and then started looking for the Mad Men box set, but all I could find were the individual DVDs series 2 and 3. I was perplexed. I found an assistant who was absolutely lovely. She went off to find out about the box set and came back to tell me they had sold out everywhere! I didn’t think it was that popular. Where did all these Mad Men fans come from? She said they may get a new batch in a few weeks and assured me it would be at the same sale price of £30. With that reassurance, I went to the cash desk and found myself facing this young Goth, who unlike my helpful girl wouldn’t have recognised service if it punched him in the face. I decided to make him work for his money and asked him about the Mad Men box set. He replied, in surly fashion, that there would be a new batch, but it would be at the original price of £60. I was not happy.
I don’t know how well you do with your Christmas gifts, but I usually do quite well with mine. I try to gloss over the odd turkey, which . Toy Story 3 and the Mad Men box set series 1 to 3 DVDs were the few items I wanted, but didn’t get, so I decided to get them myself. I waited a few days for the madness of the sales to calm down, then I set off to HMV with cash in hand and my mental list.