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When it comes to gadgets, my wife doesn't often make quick decisions.
She researches. She asks questions. She goes to see the products.
Then, she goes away and thinks about it.
Regular readers -- what is wrong with you? -- will know that my wife intended to upgrade from her Samsung Galaxy S20 to an S22. Because that's what a lot of people do when they're in the mood for a new phone.
She stared longingly at the Z Flip 3. She considered its beauty and its throwback qualities. She wondered whether the crease in the middle would become a distraction. She pondered whether to get a black one or, in a fit of daring, go for a color.
Immediately we walked in, there was a purple Z Flip 4 at the front of the store, staring at her like a puppy in a rescue home. The Fold wasn't there. It was the Flip they were definitely selling.
My wife instantly saw it and instantly admired it. This was just too easy, right? Verizon wasn't going to let this chance go.
Within seconds, though, she was whisked away to meet her Verizon salesperson.
She explained she was interested in the Z Flip 4 and he carefully walked her through the attributes. The convenient size, the fact that the crease allegedly won't split apart or even be noticeable and, inevitably, the astoundingly convenient way it helps you take selfies.
I can't say my wife takes a lot of selfies. I can say, though, that she's moved when an invention has a clever aspect. Hey, she's a scientist.
I asked the salesman whether many people were buying the Z Flip 4. He said yes and explained that it mainly appealed to women because of its size. Yet when you open it, it's actually slightly longer than my wife's Galaxy S20.
I confess that even I was astounded by this. Verizon and Samsung were prepared to give away all this stuff, just to make my wife happy?
Did they have this great a problem with hardware sales?
It was all over, bar the handing over of a credit card.
My wife isn't greedy. She chose the Galaxy Buds, as she has no real need of the other two offerings. Most excitingly, she chose purple buds and, yes, finally, a purple Z Flip 4.
The salesman carefully helped her port over her data. He showed her all the phone's innards and the clever buds case. To my life-addled eyes, he did a perfect job of not merely selling, but pacing the sale.
In the days since she bought her purple Z Flip 4, my wife has stared lovingly at it. She feels it's not quite a return of the past, as the flipping mechanism is much less springy than on an old flip phone.
She marvels at the better battery life, faster charging, hasn't found the crease a problem at all, and is entirely enamored with her Buds.