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Strangest Thing You've Ever Impulse Bought

Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:15 pm

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?

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* - 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  Wink
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Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:24 pm

I bought a Mr. Clean car wash kit for $20. It still sits in my dads tool shed and will always as it costs too much to replace the filters on that thing.

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Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:29 pm

Lava lamp on eBay. I "just had to have it".
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Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:32 pm

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.
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Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:02 pm

A couple of years ago (before the movie Yes Man), I showed up at the airport with a plan to do a day trip to New York.


20 hours later I was in Scotland, for a week. Envoy both ways.
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Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:04 pm

A new air conditioner for my shop. It's in the shop still in the box collecting dust. Maybe I'll put it in the winter.
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Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:14 pm

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 Big grin

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Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:25 am

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!



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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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Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:38 am

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.

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Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:51 am



Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 7):
My green violin

Never seen a green violin (or fiddle as I like to call it) before. That is cool!
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Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:09 am

Mr. T album and video.
Be Somebody Or Be Somebody's Fool



Michael Bolton - Everybody's Crazy
This was during his failed heavy metal career before he made it big as a sappy fake r&b singer.
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Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:27 am

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...  Yeah sure
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Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:35 am

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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Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:09 am

Strangest thing...

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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Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:42 am

I got a hollow plastic model of one of those horses that adorn St Mark's in Venice.

It is about 2 feet high and actually looks like real bronze. I've tried to throw it out a number of times but someone always goes and rescues it.
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Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:07 am

I bought a $200 WWF Championship belt. Today it lies on the floor laughing at me.
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Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:56 am

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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Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:20 am

I bought a coffee machine on Sunday. Was cheap enough, so thought why not!
 
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RE: Strangest Thing You've Ever Impulse Bought

Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:05 am



Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 4):
A couple of years ago (before the movie Yes Man), I showed up at the airport with a plan to do a day trip to New York.


20 hours later I was in Scotland, for a week. Envoy both ways.

I know somebody like that - she went out on her motorbike for a loaf of bread and ended up in Italy.

I don't really impulse buy items, but I do travel on impulses and will decide to go away at very short notice.
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RE: Strangest Thing You've Ever Impulse Bought

Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:20 pm

I impulse bought a Mac Air last year but took it back a couple days later as it did not at all meet my needs. More recently I bought an xbox 360 game (Bad Company) which turned out to be quite good.

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Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:33 am



Quoting Superfly (Reply 10):
Mr. T album and video.
Be Somebody Or Be Somebody's Fool

After seeing the picture I am asking myself why I don't own that. I would have bought that too.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 10):
My Fondu pot.

If you didn't own a fondu pot I would think you had something wrong with you. Any man who loves the 70s must own one.

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!
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Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:17 am

Twelve years ago, I bought a CB radio. Never installed it. I still have it, in the original box even.
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Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:43 am



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.....
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Wed Sep 16, 2009 6:37 pm

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.


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RE: Strangest Thing You've Ever Impulse Bought

Wed Sep 16, 2009 6:43 pm



Quoting Lincoln (Thread starter):
Last night, though, I bought (or rather ordered) a violin* basically thought-to-purchase in less then 3 minutes.

Congrats. Welcome to the family of string musicians. I HIGHLY recommend you seek out a teacher.
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Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:15 pm

A 2008 white Chevrolet Silverado. As soon as I saw it I had to have it. Sometimes impulse buying works out Big grin
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Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:57 pm

A few things...

My car, dirt bike and jet skis

Also lots of small things like appliances and useless crap
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RE: Strangest Thing You've Ever Impulse Bought

Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:00 pm



Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 7):
1) My green violin:

Wow. That is a beautiful instrument.

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 7):
2) An alien embryo in a jar:

...and that's just a little wierd.


Quoting A333TS (Reply 23):
but I got a unicycle

THere have been some good ones, but this one has my personal vote!

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 24):
Congrats. Welcome to the family of string musicians. I HIGHLY recommend you seek out a teacher.

Absolutely   First item is waiting for it to show up and find out what condition it's in -- based on the price I paid (somewhere in the neighborhood of 1/1000-1/10000th of what I expected) it will be interesting to see if it's even playable.

One of the great things about living where I do in Cleveland is that the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Orchestra (many members are on the faculty at CIM) , etc. are practically at my doorstep. Right now my angle is probably going to be looking for a CIM graduate student who's interested in making some cash on the side.

"Cleveland Violins" is also practically right down the street from me it looks like and they build their own instruments-- there are almost always violins in various states of completion in the window from raw wood to fully stained, finished, and strung (stringed?)... Ultimately I think I'd like to patronize them but I have a feeling that quality comes with a price. (And they always seem to be closed when I think about going over there)

If you have any tips besides finding a teacher (or what to look for in a teacher)... I'm all ears, feel free to PM me... I'm excited at the possibility of a hobby that requires no electricity!

Lincoln
(Off, as I type, as a matter of fact, to a CIM Faculty Recital)

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Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:18 am

Here's the obligatory picture of me playing, so:



Quoting Lincoln (Reply 27):
If you have any tips besides finding a teacher (or what to look for in a teacher)... I'm all ears, feel free to PM me... I'm excited at the possibility of a hobby that requires no electricity!

Well, the first thing I would say is, DON'T TOUCH IT and take it to a luthier, or other competant string repair shop---especially if the bridge is not installed on the instrument. Not doing so can, nay WILL, damage the instrument. They will inspect it, set it up, check the sound post, possibly adjust the pegs, possibly install a decent tail-piece with fine-tuners, and fit you with a chin rest.

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 27):
Absolutely   First item is waiting for it to show up and find out what condition it's in -- based on the price I paid (somewhere in the neighborhood of 1/1000-1/10000th of what I expected) it will be interesting to see if it's even playable.

Even a $100 violin is playable, however, its build, sound quality, and durability will be in question. Violins in the $100-200 range are student instruments made from sub-par materials, and will fall apart over time. This is to be expected, because they are meant for the beginning student, as it's playable, but not a large investment to see if it's worth the time. As you get more proficient, then is the time to invest in a better quality instrument.
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Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:39 am

I bought a ton of various airplane models, of varying scales. Mostly larger (1:70-1:25), but then I decided I had to stop. A couple of months later, I got into 1:400, and bought a bunch more of them. Needless to say, I've got a fairly large bookcase full of them. And then some more in other places.


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Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:01 am

In the middle of august i was attempting to non-rev YYJ - YVR - YYZ - LGA / EWR but the red eye and the head starts(and everything until bout 1800) out of YVR were hoplessly over sold and i was only going to new york for the weekend so it kind of depended on me being there as quick as possible, so i wandered over to the westjet counter and bought a walk up full fare on their red eye YYJ - YYZ. it was $259 (good deal) so i said screw it i'm going, you only live once.
 
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Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:27 am

Oh, since I'm living in Switzerland, I bought some items, that were too expensive, and I regretted buying them, as soon as I had placed the order, but, it was too late..
Most of all the problem was, I simply forgot about the swiss customs and the tax I would have to pay for the stuff.

So, first I saw the modelkit, I always dreamed of for a reduced price at my favorite onlineshop. As the shop was located in Germany, I wasn't used to think about taxes and so on. Before I could blink an eye, the order was placed.

Next was, after I came home from work, I was sitting on my couch, watching TV, and suddenly had the wish to have a can of Pepsi Wild Cherry. As Wild cherry isn't available, in Switzerland, I went to my computer and placed an order at an onlineshop, also from Germany. This guy is importing goods from the US. I ordered 30 cans, and, adding the tax, it was the most expensive cola, I ever had..  Wow!
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Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:06 pm



Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 4):
A couple of years ago (before the movie Yes Man), I showed up at the airport with a plan to do a day trip to New York.


20 hours later I was in Scotland, for a week. Envoy both ways.

I did similar last year. Took a friend to the airport for her holiday to Tenerife, and as we passed the ticket desk i noticed a sign offering flights to the Canaries for £39 one way. Needless to say, 7 hours later I too was boarding a flight to Tenerife for a week long holiday.

Taking holidays and travelling are really the only things I buy on impulse. Aside from that, I got back from Crete yesterday, having booked 4 days before going - and having been to the same resort on the same island just a month before.
 
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Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:27 am



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.

I did something very similar. I went to the local Pontiac dealer to get a replacement battery for the keyless entry key fob for my '97 Pontiac - and left with a brand new 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT. I think I overpaid for the battery!

Quoting DiamondFlyer (Reply 29):
bought a ton of various airplane models, of varying scales. Mostly larger (1:70-1:25)

That is my weakness too - 1:250 models is my problem. I heard there's a 12 step program for this addiction!  Wink
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RE: Strangest Thing You've Ever Impulse Bought

Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:48 am

Well I guess my top three impulse buys would have to be...

1. Chia Pet (might not be too weird but HAD to have it as I saw it stairing at me at the checkout)
2. 100 super balls and dropped them off of a bridge with a buddy. Idea that popped into the head at the Dollar Store
3. Calculator watch

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RE: Strangest Thing You've Ever Impulse Bought

Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:45 pm



Quoting Superfly (Reply 10):
Michael Bolton - Everybody's Crazy
This was during his failed heavy metal career before he made it big as a sappy fake r&b singer.

2 comments:

1. I just had a college-flashback moment; I'm actually familiar with the title track song (haven't heard it in over 20 years) but wasn't aware that it was Michael Bolton who sang it.

2. Seeing that album cover, one can almost guess where Michael Jackson got his inspiration for his Bad album cover a decade later.  rotfl 

Back to the subject at hand.

For me, it was buying some exercise equipment (to use for days when either I couldn't run outside or the weather conditions wouldn't allow it). One item's been under my bed for several years.

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 7):

Observation: you seem to have this infatuation with green-colored items; the fore-mentioned violin (first time I've seen one in that color) and with your dream car (a late-70s mid-size Chrysler Town & Country wagon - any luck finding one BTW). Big grin

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Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 33):

All of the above reminds me of someone I know (not on A.net) who traded his 2002 DeVille for a newer model (a 2005 or 2006 IIRC) because he drove over a nasty pothole and bent one of the aluminum rims. When he told me that story; I just thought to myself; if that were me, I just would've rumaged through every junkyard in the area and pulled off a matching rim off of a recent wreck for a fraction of the cost.
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