No pain, no gain


recently i waited just a day, or hour, or minute too long to make up my mind about an item and it was sold, gone forever. i've been kicking myself for dragging my feet. if every purchase were like this, with one item left, or competition as a factor, i guess i would be more decisive.

if shopping were (even more) combative, more sport-like, would you incorporate technique, or throw in the towel (skirt, pants, etc.)?

11 comments:

jakjak said...

The towel would be thrown right in, or (evil thought forming) I would hire someone to do it for me

TravelGretta said...

What was the item? Inquiring minds want to know!

I think my response would depend on my mood and how badly I wanted the item. I can be a little ferocious when it's needed.

Candid Cool said...

i think our inner competitor kicks in with ebay auctions. in our mind me have a set price we are willing to pay, but then it suddenly becomes more about winning than the actual item...or is it just me? (i won that item by the way)

editor said...

travelgretta - 'twas a blazer.
i decided i wanted it before i saw that it was gone, making me more certain that i really wanted it and wasn't just pouting now that i couldn't have it.

a. said...

my first thought: was it from j. crew? (the jacket?)

i was mulling buying a (second) black cashmere turtleneck. from j. crew last week. which would have been a perfectly justifiable purchase from a use standpoint, though not from a current-budget standpoint. (and also, when do they EVER have their perfect, standard cashmere turtlenecks, in black, in a size MEDIUM no less, on sale plus 20% off, bringing them closer to affordable?)

but, i am really trying to stick to my budget. which already included multiple other j. crew sweaters this month. (ack! i'm addicted. their quality... sigh.). so of course when i checked a couple of days later, they were all gone except for in the color "bright flame" (why does j. crew have about 12 bazillion different shades of too-bright-not-exactly-red? and, who wears it?)

if i were to go for it decisively tho, i can, and have, incorporated technique. i like to think i get this from my mother, who once fought a whole pack of mothers over a clearance-bin full of strawberry shortcake dresses for me and my sister. we just stood off to the side and watched with awe.

editor said...

a. no, it wasn't jcrew - i am opposed to their "final sale" policy (no returns). for a company that size, with outlet stores as an available method to them for selling leftover merchandise, it seems to me that a 7-day return policy would be more fair.

Anonymous said...

I am sure if it were that unpleasant, I would spend A LOT of money on a tiny wardrobe and wear that for a long time, in an attempt to guilt (the expense) and dissuade (the satisfaction) myself from bothering with the shopping process too often. And I would have to find a new hobby.

fashionaddict said...

I think I am a competitive person so if shopping became more competitive, I would probably make more effort to seek out alternatives to one up whoever snatched the item I wanted badly from me.

It's hard to say, I could also become shockingly lazy and stop shopping altogether. Shopping is supposed to be fun, not stressful.

a. said...

oh, i totally agree about the j. crew return policy. did you know that their outlet stores sell a completely different line of clothing from their regular stores? it's quite a rip-off.

dreamecho said...

for online shopping i'd incorporate certain strategies (ebay!), but for brick and mortar, i prefer to be laid back about it. when i shop in the analog world, i'm usually just hoping to find something on my ongoing list, not find something specific like a hot pink pair of tights.

martha said...

I'm with anonymous - I would buy the best, and do it less often.