Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4591 times:
While there have been some things I've bought on impulse that aren't traditionally considered "impulse buys"--my house being the biggest in that category for me--none of the items to date have been particularly strange... nor, come to think of it, have I regretted any of them.
Last night, though, I bought (or rather ordered) a violin* basically thought-to-purchase in less then 3 minutes.
I don't know how to play any musical instrument [yet]], can't read music [yet], and aside from being a fan of the sound of music the violin family (violin, cello) produces and the astethics, I can't really explain the "why" behind the purchase. I've often thought that it would be cool to learn, maybe this is my subconcious droping a very strong hint.
So, what's the strangest/most unexplanable thing you've ever purchased on a whim/on impulse?
* - With bow, strings, and case. Based on the price I paid it will be very interesting to see what shows up. It will be even more interesting if I can figure out what to do with it
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Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6126 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4567 times:
I bought a microwave as an impulse buy a few years ago. My old one worked fine, but didn't match my kitchen very well. I was at Home Depot and they had a display of microwaves that were stainless steel and a great price. I bought one and didn't plan on it.
Pawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4507 times:
The weirdest thing I bought on impulse buy was a four poster bed.
When we moved house I got a bigger bedroom, and so decided I was having a double bed. I've always wanted a four poster one with the curtains and all, but had never found one that I liked, and I'd seen loads of them.
One day though, I was with a friend and we were surfing the net, when I saw an advert for a bedroom furniture company who specialised in four poster beds.
A few minutes later I had a confirmation e-mail in my inbox to say it would be with me in 3-4 weeks
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SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1632 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4457 times:
The two most interesting things I've bought on impulse are...
1) My green violin: I bought this in London, England, in April 2005, whilst I was living and studying there. I saw this green violin in Hobgoblin Music Shop on Rathbone Place in London, and I bought it almost immediately. I began teaching myself violin, and have been doing well at it for 4 years and counting!
2) An alien embryo in a jar: I found this on eBay last week, and since I love anything that has to do with extraterrestrials (ie, especially the "grey" aliens), I jumped on it.
Wouldn't this look great in my craniofacial embryology lab at UCSF? After all, I do work with some of the strangest, alien-looking embryos...
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FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4444 times:
Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 7):
Wouldn't this look great in my craniofacial embryology lab at UCSF?
LOL students would get a kick out of that
Uhm, random impulse buys... too many to remember. Off the top of my head: electric screw drivers, spindles of 100 CD-Rs, car cleaning supplies, several car stereos, many PC games, video cards, speakers, mice, keyboards, oh and condoms
I've had several "desperation" buys. My worse one being pregnancy tests because this dumb former girl toy of mine thought she had gotten pregnant (we never did it unprotected and she was on the pill) she called me at 2am crying one night and needless to say she gave me the scare of my life. I ran over to wal-mart (it was usually an 8 min drive, I did it in 3 that night, and I still stopped at all the lights), bought 4 different kinds of tests, and fortunately for me they all came out negative. She was super embarrased. Her period apparently was late, but only for a day or two. Needless to say that was the last time I saw her.
Another desperation buy was immediately after my what would've been a $1700 speeding ticket, but I got it overturned. Bought a radar detector on ebay that same night. Never had a ticket ever since.
Pyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4025 posts, RR: 28
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4401 times:
I think the biggest thing I have ever bought out of impulse was a set of glasses when I was visiting South Korea (complete with prescription lenses), but I had a friend of mine who once bought a boat out of impulse. Him and a few friends of his were hiking for a few days and walked past a small town near a main river where there was a boat shop that sold, among other things, Zodiac semi-rigid inflatable boats. They just decided to buy one and row down the river instead of walking.
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Steeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9236 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4381 times:
One time when I was in Chinatown, New York with my fiancee and my future in-laws, I saw a package of chopsticks for like 2 bucks, so I had to buy it. We already had a slew of chopsticks that were washable/re-usable. That was back in 2005 or 2006, and I think I still have that package...
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NorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1851 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4277 times:
11,000 Magic Cards. I bought them on Ebay, friends i had at the time were into them, so i decided i had to have them too, I didn't really set out to buy 11,000 all in one go, but i found a deal i couldn't resist. I've spent the last several years half heartedly organizing the things, 3/4 of them are still sitting in two crates under my desk waiting to be organized, i keep thinking someday, if i ever do get them organized, i might try to sell them on Ebay.
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YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4038 times:
Quoting Falstaff (Reply 20): Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 11):
None myself, but the funniest was my mother went to her local Audi garage to buy a lightbulb and ended up purchasing a new S4 whilst she was there. Mothers...
Back in 1972 my mom's Austin had a dead battery so she traded it in on a new MG. My mom buys cars at the drop of a hat. I can't complain because I am the same way!
I bought a brand new F150..... my 98 Explorer was showing signs of living up to its nickname Exploder plus the suspension was shot, so I just went to look at new Explorers and Expeditions and get a feel for prices - and drove away in an F150................the guy gave me $5k trade in after a 60 second run round the block and it seemed way too good to be true as it would have been at a scrapheap within a few months... I still think I got a good deal, YVR gas gas hitting 1.55 / litre, currently at 1.09 not withstanding and a need for 4 new tires after 3 years.....
A333TS From Canada, joined May 2008, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3974 times:
I went to a bike shop for a small tune up on my mountain bike, left a shop without a tune up but I got a unicycle. I thought it was a good trade off. Still learning how to ride it though, a lot harder then I thought.