I hate shopping. I know that’s going to get me condemned by some here, but there you have it. With one exception (Books) I’m a typical bloke shopper who will decide what I want, where it is and how much it’ll probably cost me long before I ever enter the colourful confines of a shopping centre. Once I get there, it’s blinkers on, head down and a rapid beeline to whatever I want – people and other obstacles be damned. I am what is known as a “Marketer’s Nightmare”.
As a further example, I once kindly informed a telemarketer that I did not want whatever it was they were selling. How did I know without knowing what it was, they asked? Well, I explained, I already had everything I required and had no planned shopping trips. If we were left wanting for something, I would quickly form a posse and invade the nearest shopping centre to fill said void, however currently such a void did not exist. Therefore, I didn’t require what they were selling, so this was a tremendous opportunity for us both to save time and words and leave our conversation where it was. On that occasion she thanked me for saving her some time and left me to it.
Like I said, a marketer’s nightmare.
However, I’m open to the odd impulsive purchase if it all makes sense. In this case, last week we found ourselves buying a 2005 Honda CR-V on a couple of days’ notice. We weren’t planning on buying a car for another couple of years, but the opportunity arose, we had the dough after diligently sockdrawing it into the mortgage, it was pretty much what we were going to get later on anyway, it has bugger all mileage and it was about $7,000 less than the market rate. So we did it.
On another memorable occasion, we bought a house within a few hours of seeing it, whilst not actually intending to do anything beyond have a bit of a look. Again, the different factors involved all kinda lined up, so conservative though we were, we did it.
How are you on the impulse buying, and what’s the most significant buy you’ve done at very short notice?
Another thing occurs – we have a friend who once, during a shopping trip with Mrs P, insisted she called her hubby to make sure it was all right that she spent the (Probably about $50) money to buy a jumper or similar. I had some less than dignified thoughts when I heard this one, but what is your threshhold for telling or not telling your significant other/parent/bank manager about a possible purchase?