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Decisions | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Decisions

It’s probably a little too soon to be talking about information overload, but how do people actually make choices when there’s an abundance of options? Who do you trust, the billboard or a friend that can talk about why they like or dislike something? In the next couple of days I’ll be getting a new cell phone and carrier, hooking up cable with high definition options, finding a bank and probably a couple other things that I can’t think of at this point. With all the stuff out there, the only way that I can make an informed choice is by asking people… How do you do it?

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  • Adrienne Rock

    Hey, congrats on finally making it there. I would recomend going with a larger bank like Washington Mutual or Chase Manhattan – that way you can pick up money at different ATMs, and you won’t have to pay any fees. Cell phones are all pretty much the same down here, we have Cingular, but I know that Verizon and T-Mobile have pretty good service down there. I hope all is going well, enjoy living the dream!

  • http://www.noahbrier.com Noah Brier

    Just a tip, there’s a Citibank machine in Chelsea Market.

    Feel free to shoot me any questions you’ve got about other stuff in the area, I’m pretty familiar.

  • http://www.disegnostudio.com Christina

    I ask people too.

    I have a couple of friends who live in NYC if you’d like me to hook you up by email. Lemme know.

  • melissa harrell

    i usually have ben ask his coworkers. we use cingular & wamu (washington mutual- you can set it up online). and we use west chelsea vet on 10th ave, 22nd st. (just went today with Elijah), but you could probably find one closer, b/c not all taxis like dogs.

  • http://curiousshopper.blogspot.com Sara

    Have you read The Paradox of Choice? It sounds simple, but I think the author’s best advice is to sit down and consider what’s most important to you, BEFORE you start looking at options. So don’t go to any banks yet – just think for a minute, do I want the most ATMs? Nicest people? Is there one really close to my home and/or work? Same with cable, cellphones, etc. Think about what you want before you get involved, and this way you’ll make a better decision once you start getting overloaded with options.