As soon I got home right after seeing the fantastic film Jumper, I immediately turned on my computer, went on to Google, and typed ďThe North Face backpack Hayden Christensen used in Jumper". I am like that, you see; if I decided that this item I saw in a movie or TV show is ďcool", I would have to get one for myself. Thatís how obsessive I am about the online deals I have been making for a time now. Needless to say, pop culture dictates that behavior. And thatís how Iíve come to buy a black bag that I may never really use for any kind of purpose Ėother than for display, of course.
Remember that ďflash thingie" that Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith had used in Men in Black to wipe the memories off of people? That is what started it. I thought it was such a must-have that I spent a couple of weeks looking for online merchandise stores that sold the item. I got a very good replica of the item for less than five bucks. Ever since then I have been on the look out for cheap collectibles that have, in one way or another, a reference to pop culture.
Letís see what online deals I have made recently for my memorabilia collection. Yesterday, a packaged arrived for me containing a movie prop from an old John Wayne western (I was so surprised that no one else would buy it), plus the remote control car that was used in Oceanís Eleven. And last week I bought a guitar pick that was once used by David Cook on American Idol; I also purchased my second Anakin Skywalker light saber from eBay. And at a bargain price, too! Right now, though, I am scouring blogs, forums, and buy-and-sell websites for any Batman merchandise on which I can get my hands.
All this is certainly a personal quirk. I spend hours and hours every single day at my computer desk looking for a particular item for sale. But you know what? After making the rounds on the Internet I have found communities around the world who do the same thing, who pay to get for themselves the stuff that movie stars have worn and touched and used in a movie set. (Thatís how I know Iím not that weird.) I have made friends with some of them and struck up a camaraderie, and we exchange insider tips whenever we catch each other online.
Tomorrow I am off to see the latest Mummy movie starring Brendan Fraser, which got good reviews but did not really do so well in the box office. No matter. Iíll still be sure to keep a keen eye on the details of the scenes. And while some people might mistake me for a production critic, I really am just a regular guy Ė with a passion for the coolest items of our time, and the dedication to getting the best online deals on them.