Lebanon is politically divided into two clans, the ones who love Americans and want to follow in their footsteps and the ones who “claim” to hate Americans and want us to believe that the United State of America is the master devil running the world to its destruction. On a side note, most of those are holders of American Passports and one should not spit in the plate he eats from, that’s what my grandmother raised me to.

To those who think that the USA is the devil, here’s what happened with me some days ago.

I am a consumer, I buy goods from wherever I find the best price, and I wanted to buy a snowboard. And since my favorite snowboarding shop in Lebanon did not get this specific board, I went online to find my need. On Tuesday the 11th of December, I googled the board I wanted and found it at a specific website which had a “Live Chat” section. A certain Bob who was a very pleasant person to talk to answered my inquires and gave me his input on the board that encouraged me even more to buy it. After some Q&A with Bob, I ended up purchasing the board for the amount of $449.95 and I got a “FREE 2-Day” shipping to my P.O.Box address in Ohio. The board was delivered on time and I ended up shipping it to Beirut via Borderlinx/DHL.

If you are still reading, you would say ok, what’s special in that? In Lebanon this could happen. Well to start with, No, this does not happen in Lebanon, first there are nothing called Live Chat and there is nothing called Free Delivery and to buy a product you need to go through a hassle. Anyhow, now comes the good part.

Yesterday, a friend of mine told me that he wanted to do the same and purchase a board online, so I went to the same website to check out what boards suits him and if it is in stock and as soon as I get into the website, a banner saying “Burton. 2013 Gear on Sale Now. Up to 20% off the hottest new goods. Dec 18 – 24 Only” pops up in my face. So out of curiosity, I look for the board I purchased a week ago to see that its price dropped to $382.46, that’s a saving of 15% which is equivalent to $67.49.

So I click on the “Live Chat” icon and get to speak with a representative of the website. I start by thanking him for the delivery of my board and ask him about that discount I saw on their website. I explain that I purchased my board on the 11th and the discount started on the 18th so if there was a way I could benefit from that discount. So he asks for my Order Number and when he saw that I indeed purchased the board on the 11th, he tells me that of course I can benefit from that discount. Whenever the price changes within 30 days, I can benefit from the lowest price. So he did his calculations and debited my card with the amount of $67.49.

Now imagine you purchasing a good in Lebanon and going a week later to tell the salesman I would like to benefit from the discount you started AFTER I made my purchase. What would his/her answer be?

I will leave that to you 

And then they ask why we love Americans.