Could-be-much-worse news: Was able to locate & purchase top-of-the-non-Bluetooth®-line earbuds at 50% (25 Ameros) off retail. (The model I really wanted* but was not about to blow 50 bucks on.) Mere hrs. later (& hrs. before I was awake) rec'd. an e-mail advising me they were ready to be picked up at the closest incarnation of
From the Operating Instructions:
Note on static electricityIs a certain Japanese entity trying to make us all hippies? Wake up, sheeple!
Static electricity accumulated in the body may cause mild tingling in your ears.
To minimize the effect, wear clothes made from natural materials.
*Wanted, hell; the newish mobile 'phone's audio is puny & the "EXTRA BASS™ sound with deep, punchy low end" is necessity, not luxury. ("FREQUENCY RESPONSE 4–24,000Hz" Well beyond my & most other humanoids' range.)
Also has a microphone, on the outside chance I am ever again forced to call a human being or voice-activated robot.