Top Ten Things Not to do If You Don’t Normally Shop for Whatever You are Buying.

This list was originally posted on October 5th, 2015. I think it still is useful.

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This list was inspired by filling in on a few occasions when I needed to venture into places I’ve never been. These examples are not necessarily places where you’ve never been. They are just the places where you are generally not found buying things.

Top Ten Things Not to do If You Don’t Normally Shop for Whatever You Buy.

10 If you don’t usually buy birthday cakes, do not take it upon yourself to alter the instructions you have been given. If you do, at best, those colors that looked so good in the store clash with the birthday party decorations. At worst, that nickname you think is so cute was not to be shared with anyone outside the house, and now 25 of your child’s friends have a brand new torture vehicle. (Don’t worry, the name will eventually die out in twenty or thirty years.)

9 If you don’t usually buy tires, do not listen to the guy wanting to sell four of the $300 super slick Michelins. If you do, at best, you will now have 60,000 miles of wear guarantee. At worst, your car has about 30,000 more miles before it dies. (The tires sure look good as the tow truck pulls it away.)

8 If you don’t usually buy power tools, do not pick up the first thing on sale. If you do, at best, the device might be on sale for a reason. At worst, the money you saved on the tool will be more than offset by the cost of the repair contractor. (You were sure the saw would work long enough to finish the project, weren’t you?)

7 If you don’t usually buy toys for Christmas, do not buy anything not on the list. If you do, At best, you may set the record for the most gifts bought for any Christmas. At worst, your preschool kids might be too young for the mini drone and Xbox games they find under the tree. (At least they will have fun with the boxes.)

6 If you don’t usually buy vacation airline tickets, do not think those add-ons are a bargain. If you do, at best, you will find you did not need that extra pillow or rancid can of nuts. At worst, you may find you may have the distinction of paying the most to go the shortest distance. (You must wonder why the airline keeps sending you letters asking when you will book your next trip.)

5 If you don’t usually buy appliances, do not go alone to buy anything in the appliance category. If you do, at best, you may have to pay a restocking fee for its return. At worst, you will have something in your house that no one will use. (And it is right in the hallway where you run into it every night.)

4 If you don’t usually buy automobiles alone, do not say yes to that yellow sports convertible. If you do, at best, you will be broadcasting a midlife crisis. At worst, you may find it too cramped for comfortable sleeping quarters. (And now the yard starts to look good.)

3 If you don’t usually buy clothing alone, don’t grab that suit simply because you saw it in an ad. If you do, at best, the tailor just might be able to adjust out some of the youthful features. At worst, you will be evident in your choice of clothes that are not age-appropriate. (How is that skinny fit feeling now?)

2 If you don’t usually buy wine, do not make a selection based on either high or low prices. If you do, at best, you will pay more for a good wine than necessary. At worst, your low-priced selection might be good for bumper rust removal but not drinking. (Lucky you. Picking up a bottle on your way to the boss’s house.)

1 If you don’t usually buy snacks for the football game, do not buy what you think will be suitable for the people watching football. At best, you will have a lot of new snacks. At worst, you may end up watching the game by yourself and your pet rabbit. (Of course, it is not logical, but that’s football.)

75 comments

  1. haha, Great list, John. In fact, # 4 should be broadcast here in FL on a daily basis!!

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    1. Glad you liked it GP. 😁

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  2. These are actually very helpful! I’m one of those (rare?) women who HATES to shop at a brick-and-mortar store. Once shopping on-line became a ‘thing,’ I began to buy too much of things I never bought, because now I could. I learned quickly to not believe what I see in front of me on the screen. And to read the reviews. And to not believe them either. 🙂

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    1. Good double check, Pamela. 😁

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  3. I’ve learned to be careful and always take Old What’s Her Face along.

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    1. Good idea. 😁

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  4. Ah,yes. #8. The tool store. She who takes advice from a certain big box store employee and buys that ‘special’ deserves what she gets.

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    1. I agree. 😁

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  5. Great advice John. You had me thinking on that #6 one about the airline addons lol. 🙂

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    1. Would you like a safety belt to go with that seat?

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      1. Why not? Soon they will charge us for that too lol 🙂

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      2. The drop down oxygen mask is activated with the following credit cards. 😁

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      3. Lol, you took the words out of my head. 🙂

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      4. Ha ha ha. 😁

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  6. I only shop in person when there’s no other choice – unless it’s a bookstore, of course. Good advice, John.

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    1. Of course. 😊

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  7. “Bumper rust removal!” LOL! Great list, John.

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    1. Thanks, Jill. 😊

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  8. #3 hit home, John. I remember the first suit I bought by myself. Nuff said.

    I hope you have a great week.

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    1. Me too. It was a fake wool. Always looked horrible.

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  9. Good ones, John. Thanks for the Monday morning smile. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Tim.

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  10. 7 feels like something that should be on a banner in every toy store.

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  11. John, you had me at #9. I learned from experiences past I needed to have a game plan when heading into the tire store. Wanted to get the right tires, but certainly didn’t need to have them last for eternity. If I was going to buy tires with a long warranty, it would be because I judged them to be the best ones for the price. I laughed at the part about tires looking good as the tow truck takes the car away. I did have a scenario in the past where the tires looked good as I was trading it in!

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    1. Okay. I can comment on #2.
      Wine !!!
      I buy wine by the picture on the bottle or the name. Like maybe Running Waters or maybe Blue Rhino?
      I like fancy or strange names to wine. Red or White makes no difference.
      A friend of a friend said he went into a wine shop and asked for a recommendation to pair with chocolate chip cookies.
      I know, my bar is quite low.

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      1. A nice Merlot would go well with chocolate chip cookies.

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    2. I think we all have watched good looking tires get traded. Thanks, Bruce.

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  12. I loved #3. Did you notice the amount of stretch polyester fabric in your clothing increases in proportion to your age? Most of my clothes are 99.9% petroleum based.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Great comment.

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  13. Love #1 on this list, John. You just can’t legislate what people should eat, can you?

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    1. No. Unless you own an island and they are all trapped.

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  14. A great list, John. I don’t ‘go shopping’ anymore – just online now, except for food.

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    1. You can do food online too. 😁 Just sayin.

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      1. Yup, but I like to cruise the aisles!

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      2. I can see that. 😁

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Allgood advice, John. Why I prefer to buy online and have that thinking time.

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    1. I get it, Denise.

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  16. There is a reason we put specific descriptions and directions on our lists. LOL

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    1. I know too well. (PS I have been banned form shopping)

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  17. Haha on number 4 in the UK they all leak too unless you want to spend more than you spent on your house!

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  18. Good ones! A word to the wise is sufficient.

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    1. Yes, Liz. Just a word though.

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  19. I don’t think skinny fit looks good on anyone who weighs over 110 pounds.

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    1. I agree. You’ll never catch me in skinny anything.

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  20. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I wouldn’t dare try number one. I’ve discovered that football days are the best days to shop. And as for tires, I wish I had seen your warning years ago. 😂 Fun list, John!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  21. I don’t have to concern myself with power tools when wine is so much more entertaining.

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    1. I hear you totally.

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  22. Haha! The post is definitely worth running again, John. Loved the tires, and the pet rabbit. Hugs on the wing.

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  23. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    I’m looking at your list and realize how many things my wife manages. I’m usually involved more in the big purchases for things like cars and other negotiable items playing the role of the old curmudgeon. 🤣

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    1. You would not believe this but I don’t get involved in car buying nor on our last house in house buying. I got a phone call and a description. My only words were, “Buy it.” 😊

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  24. I am not a fan of shopping for many of these things. When in doubt, am not too shy about asking for some help or better yet, getting someone else to take care of it!
    As for the wine? We can just never mind about the rest once we have that 😉

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    1. Yes wine does have a way to take wrinkles out of life. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. I could not agree more. (Best if it’s not the $2.99 kind, though 😉 )

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      2. We have standards, after all, don’t we?

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      3. Yes indeed. $9.99 1.5 liter Malbec by Fronterra.

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      4. Laughing! You kill me! Dangit… I have to bring it, then?

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  25. Great list, John! #9 Ouch! Thanks for the smiles!

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    1. Always glad to deliver smiles. Thanks, Lauren.

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  26. Lol! All great tips, but yes, you have to watch out for those skinny cut clothes!

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  27. The post moralité: a human being DON’T buy what is unknown to you. Another extra point is online shopping. That’s is a true disaster from time to time. 😪😪😪 Thank you, dear John!

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    1. Yes on-line shopping can lead to some very costly mistakes. Thanks, Maria.

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  28. This was fun!

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks, Jeanne

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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