Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Misadventures in Leotard Shopping

You guys. I cannot believe how hard it is to get the leotard I want. I can't tell if I should laugh or scream. Mostly I'm just sitting here dumbfounded.

A few months ago I decided that I was going to replace every leotard that I got in high school. (It is embarrassing how long ago high school was. It was time to let them go.) So each month I have been getting one new leotard. I now have a beautiful charcoal gray one with cap sleeves and an asymmetrical neckline, a black one with lace (not the oh-so-popular lace-back one you're thinking of), and a lovely slate blue one with a cowl neckline. But every time I shopped for a leotard I just couldn't forget the green one I once saw.

I get Pointe Magazine's e-newsletter and they often feature new leotards. Months ago they featured a beautiful emerald green leotard from a new company in China. When I first saw it I clicked on the link to buy it, but there must have been some error in translation because the website wanted $3,000 for it. It didn't seem worth the bother to work out the issue. After all, how hard could it be to find a beautiful emerald green leotard? 

Answer: so hard! Nothing I've seen has compared to that lovely leotard and, since I am replacing my very last high school leotard this month, I decided I was going to figure out a way to get it. (Short of maxing out several credit cards, that is.) Googling "Chinese leotard companies" wasn't helpful. Neither were "emerald green leotards" or "sweetheart neckline leotards" or any of the other search terms I entered. So I went to my email account and pulled up every Pointe e-newsletter I had. I started with January of 2012 and worked my way closer to the present. At last I found the link to the leotard I wanted. (Bonus: the link still worked. I took that as a sign that the company was still solvent.)

They still make the beautiful leotard. But there was no "add to cart" option. No "buy it now." For the first time in the history of the internet, no one was willing to take my money. I clicked over to payment options, only to find they didn't accept credit cards. Nope. If I wanted to do business with this company I had to either wire the money through Western Union or open a bank account in Hong Kong. I'm still wrapping my brain around it.

Another peculiarity: the preferred way to contact the company is to post a message on their message board. I am entirely too lazy to do that because that would require me to check back again. The onus would be on me and I just don't think it should be that hard to offer someone my money.

(Note: I'm still not entirely sure how much one leotard will cost me.)

I am astounded.

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