Okay, now this is probably going to sound craven, greedy, and selfish, but that's only because...it is. Yesterday was my birthday, and I kinda need to ask you a favor—I need you to buy you a present for my birthday.
That's not a typo. I don't want you to buy me a present; I want you to buy you a present.
See, when people buy things from Amazon through our links, we get a small percentage. The more items we sell, the bigger our percentage gets. This month has been particularly slow, and I really need people to buy 87 more items before the end of the month. This will kick us up into the next higher percentage bracket and increase our take for everything that people have already bought. And—well, it helps keep the lights on.
So please, support TOP, and go to Amazon through this link—or through any of the links at the bottom of the right-hand column (respectively, for the U.S., U.K., Germany, Canada, and Japan)—and buy yourself a present. Any present. Camera, lens, memory card, book, CD—more expensive is better, but actually anything at all would help, no matter how small or inexpensive. (I'm not sure music downloads count.) Be sure not to send it to me. Just buying it for yourself is birthday present enough for me.
I hate to make you do this, but, as you can see, it's your duty as a loyal TOP reader to go buy yourself something you want. If your spouse complains, just tell her, or him, that you're not doing it for yourself—you're being completely noble and altruistic, just helping out a friend in need.
Hey, it makes sense to me!
P.S. I'll let you know if we make the magic number by the 29th.
UPDATE: Well, that was a very nice birthday present! People ordered 106 items on the 27th and another 72 items yesterday, so we cruised past the goal. I really hope everybody enjoys our birthday presents—and many thanks to all.