I'm wondering if I haven't hit a dead-end...
A week ago, I fried my camera's battery charger. To any other person, there is a simple solution: go to the store and buy a new charger. *sigh* But when I'm trying my darndest to avoid Chinese products, it gets a little trickier. No, scratch that. It becomes infinitely more difficult. I've tried Craig's List, Amazon, and eBay and the two brands that pop up are both m.i.c. I haven't found a single used charger yet either. When you can purchase a brand new one (good news: the new ones usually come with several tantalizing accessories as well!) for only $10, who in their right mind is going to sell a used one?
To a budding photographer, not having a battery charger is on par with Tupelo Honey's basket/bed being taken away from her. You don't think that's a good comparison? All right, Trix being deprived from human interaction for a month. Still no go? Okay, Drew getting cut off from all NFL games this season. ;)
I was telling Giedre about my dilemma and she asked skeptically, "So you're gonna wait til New Year's to buy a new charger?" Exactly - no, I'm not. So by hook or crook, I WILL figure this out. There has got to be an answer to this problem...or at least a charger.