By January 16, 2007


Last week I wrote about acting as a personal shopper for folks. It seemed like a natural extension of my usual role as “product advisor.” Anyway, I’ve had a few takers so far. I’m looking for a Roomba for someone, and acquired a Buddy heater for someone else.

Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up at
  • Submit an issue. Please see How to submit a request for more information on how to do this. The software I’m using is Mantis, which is typically used for issue resolution. Just play along.
  • I find what you want, or leave your notes about your ticket, or whatever. If your ticket is more general, such as “find me an mp3 player” then we can use the comment functionality to narrow down your choices.
  • After buying your item, I will put your total in a comment and send you an invoice via PayPal. You will be responsible for all applicable sales tax, shipping & handling, and other fees. I am not making any money on this, I just want to make sure I’m not losing money via PayPal fees or whatever. At this point, the request is “resolved.”
  • Once you have received the item, either one of us can close the issue.
  • Any registered shopper member can view your tickets by default. There is an option within Mantis to make them private.

So far, registration is open to anyone. If you are in the market for something (and if you’re my friend, those chances are high), please register and put in a request.

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  1. RobO says:

    How about a pony? Ask Lady J for details.