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#340 – Best Buy Trip

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On purpose, I drove to Best Buy to purchase something. Anything. I wanted a new thing. Call it a spasm of materialisticism (not a word) or whatever, but I wanted something. So I first went and looked at the DVD for Sin City, which is on my list for next movies to buy before other movies (it’s an ongoing process). There were two versions, one with no bonus features and one with a ton yet a higher price. I studied them, studied them like a college goer crams for his/her biology final three hours prior to it; I squinted and stared at the cases, turned them over in my hand endlessly…and then I put them back on the shelf and walked away.

Then I went and looked at XBox 360. I picked up the box that held the lime green videogame thing. It was heavy. Someone once told me the heavier a thing is, the more you’ll pay for it. I didn’t take too much time deciding that, no, I’m not going to buy it. Not now.

I spent the rest of the time drifting, watching others pick out their prizes. All their eyes said the same thing: MINE, MINE, MINE.

So why did I go out there? To waste an hour of my day? It really isn’t that I’m dead broke, but that I’d rather not go into debt. Also, I can’t help but feel horrible when I buy things I don’t need…

I guess it was a compulsion of sorts, a wanting of being out and being a consumer. Yet I failed. I returned empty-handed and I still don’t understand why…

This public musing has been brought to you by Paul, who is just waiting for the weekend to arrive.

When you’re walking downtown
Do you wish I was there?
Do you wish it was me?
With the windows clear and the mannequins’ eyes
Do they all look like mine?

– “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams

Written by Paul

April 30, 2008 at 12:05 am

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  1. Ha, I won’t even go into how many times I’ve done that, and a couple of times I have been sold into buying something (and something that I have plenty of already). It was more than likely out of pity.

    Sometimes I do window shop, and even when I do have money I find that I can’t spend it, especially if it’s something that I don’t particularly need at the moment. My sister thinks I’m a bit tightfisted but I can’t help but really think about things before I buy them. So don’t fret my dear, there is nothing wrong with you.

    Hmm… Sin City, you know I’ve never actually seen that movie even though I’d like to. I’m so far behind in that sense, so many movies so little time, I’ll usually wind up buying the older movies I’ve seen a billion times that I just want to have, just in case I’d like to see it another hundred.

    Yes, the weekend 🙂 mew

    Oh Berlin 67

    April 30, 2008 at 12:17 am

  2. Hmmm so far I haven’t been forced into buying anything I don’t want. I generally avoid that little cell phone square where they try to make you buy like ten new phones or something.

    Window shopping is good. Window shopping being the result of a planned purchasing trip is rather…anticlimactic. Oh well.

    You should totally see Sin City. Clive Owen beats people up with style. ‘Nuff said.

    Lastly, meow.


    April 30, 2008 at 12:30 am

  3. You’re so strong. I went to a store this past weekend for 1 thing and to use my gift card. Insteada I had a total binge and nearly forgot to use the card. Gah!


    April 30, 2008 at 5:42 am

  4. Omigosh, D! I hate it when I do that (and I have done that: go to a store specifically to use a gift card & totally forget to use it!)

    I agree, window shopping is fun, but when you go out to specifically buy something and you can’t find the one you want, it’s very frustrating.

    So, when you get your govt rebate check, are you going to spend it, save it, or pay bills? Mine has BEEN spent! So when I get it, I’ll be turning it right over to the credit card company.


    April 30, 2008 at 8:26 am

  5. D: Hah, well it is either strong or weak! Let’s go with strong. Get anything good?

    Trina: I do want to spend my recession check, but I’m first waiting to at least get it in my hands. Then I will see how much the government is giving me, which will then lead me to many ideas. Maybe buy an actual website for these comics? Maybe a videogame system? Maybe put it towards a laptop? I dunno. Too much I want, and then even when I can get these items I shy away. Bah…


    April 30, 2008 at 9:50 am

  6. My rebate check is earmarked for summer vacation. Beach house and maybe some airfare for a friend’s wedding. We’ll see.
    It is hard to resist the lure of “buying, buying, buying”! Last night after scrabble I went home for dinner. I was feeling real lazy and was going to get wendy’s for dinner. I pulled up at 10:02 and there was this sign at the drive through that said they needed to close at 10.
    The Universe was telling me to save my money.

    On an off topic story. I read 3 books in 3 days. Now wait 3 days and I will have NO IDEA what I read. It was Amber Spyglass the 3rd book in the Golden Compass trilogy.


    April 30, 2008 at 10:06 am

  7. back from the dead (almost) and ready to comment…

    when i hate my life and job i try to remember that it is things like trips to best buy that make it so i have to work as hard as i do. and then i try to hold that hate with me when i go to best buy to keep me from digging me even deeper into my materialistic hole. but it’s hard to hold on to hate. easier to buy pretty shiny things!

    loved the comic, and i think black and white is fun for a change (but that’s just me of course 🙂


    April 30, 2008 at 10:16 am

  8. We made the big purchase today. The house is ours…now we can’t even window shop. Gas costs too much to drive anywhere for that frivolous past time.


    April 30, 2008 at 11:21 am

  9. I grew up as a mall rat, so window shopping is in my blood. So much so, I just call it shopping. Lately my funds have been diverted to house projects. The shed should have power this week and I still need to fix the front steps, spray the lawn for bugs, and so much more.

    When I do go to Best Buy, the trip usually ends with me walking out with a toy. Be it a DVD, Wii game, or something else I don’t “need.” But it just feels so damn gooood.

    Ah well Paul, at least you have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to your rabid wallet and say “NO! I will NOT buy that today.”

    Now Mario Kart for the Wii is calling my name. Damn voices in my head!


    April 30, 2008 at 11:38 am

  10. I can imagine. When I go out for the sole purpose of buying something, I usually come out empty handed and when I’m not looking, something is bound to catch my eye. Oh wells. Mew 🙂

    Pam: 🙂 Congrats on the house!! That’s great, I wish you guys the best!

    Oh Berlin 67

    April 30, 2008 at 12:38 pm

  11. Pamalamadingdong

    April 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm

  12. Kelly: Welcome back from the dead! How ya feeling?!

    PAM: Congrats on the house! Tell Tommy he can relax now! 😛

    TK: Oooooh Mario Kart. I’d love to get the new one, but I’m content with my Nintendo DS version.


    April 30, 2008 at 9:00 pm

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