Most of the time, when I start a blog post with a question it’s because I think I know the answer. But not this time. Today I asked myself that question again, after seeing some people share their presentations online.

Sharing is nice, of course. But when you share your presentation online, there’s one big problem. Your slide deck, how beautifully crafted it might be, makes absolutely no sense on its own.

Imagine a slide with a pretty picture, and two bullet points.

  • 78% prefer buying from known vendor
  • 23% choose cheapest deal

That could’ve been a great slide, but outside of your presentation, that could mean anything.

Out of the context of your presentation, they’re just slides with some keywords, and pretty images. People who look at your slides will learn nothing new – unless you’re doing Powerpoint wrong and write entire novels in one slide. They miss the context of the slides, they won’t know what you were trying to say.

To quote my friend Hillary Cheyne:

Maybe there’s a good reason to share those presentations. For the people that saw it, perhaps? I know I’d still have a hard time putting them in context, but that’s just me.

So, why is it that you share your presentation online? Feel free to let me know.

The economy is a funny thing. I should buy locally, to support the local economy. Yet the same rules of economics make me shop for technology elsewhere. Because the price is right abroad, especially when buying video games.
With the arrival of the Xbox One the local (web)shops have increased the price of a single game from €60 to €70 – a 15% price hike. (*) I always thought €60 was a bit expensive (but when you apply a Price / Hours of amusements = Price per hour of entertainment formula it’s still a better deal than, for example, visiting a €30 football game). And I think €70 is ridiculous.

So I started searching for a solution, and found it in Amazon.co.uk. After doing some real research, I realized that they check all boxes:

  • Have items in stock I want X
  • Shipping to Belgium X
  • Reasonable shipping time (3-4 days shipping works fine for me) X
  • Reasonable shipping costs X
  • A payment option which isn’t VISA is a bonus. X

Of course the mayor factor is the price. And oh boy, is the price right. My latest purchase was two copies of a next-gen open-world game.

  • Bol.com price: €140 for two copies
  • Amazon.co.uk price: €115. AFTER adding shipping costs and the costs for the payment method of my choice.

So by buying abroad and having patience for a day or two, I saved €25. Or almost half a game. With the guarantee that they’ll be shipped in a “container” that’ll actually fit in our mailbox. So yeah, buying locally is nice when you’re doing grocery shopping (although we do that in Germany, so yeah…) but as a customer I’ve got to look at other aspects of the economy as well. Sorry, local webshops!

(*)Officially the Xbox One isn’t available yet in Belgium, but I’ve got no reasons to believe the prices will be any lower in September.