So a little over two months ago, I ordered some primers and probes to do real time PCR. Sure I can count red cells vs green cells using flow cytometry, but I need to double-check my data with a classic technique, RT-PCR, to establish that my data is really real, and not an artifact of my new system. What if Im missing 10% of the red cells because it takes dsRED2 longer to mature? Gotta check with PCR.
Now, normally it takes a week or two to get your primers and probes. But I kept getting emails from the company I used: "Sorry! We cant synthesize your probe right! We will try again!". Like, every 3-4 days. For two months. So eventually I just called and raised a huge stink--Two months for a probe is insane!
What they sent me after I chewed them out:
- My damn probe
- Horse stress ball
- Pig stress ball
- Sweet stainless-steel travel coffee mug
- $25 off my next order
- Cool T-shirt
- CUTEST FREE T-SHIRT EVAH!
LOVE IT! Plus I dont have to do laundry for another couple of days cause I got TWO free T-shirts! Totally makes up for holding up my research! hehehehe!