Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Buying Wisely

I am being reminded of the importance of buying wisely. In an effort to live more simply, I try to be careful about the durable goods I purchase. I will always check the library before buying a book. I will check Craigslist and if too many people are selling an item, it may not be worth owning.

I usually will always opt for quality, but I am also a bargain shopper. This puts me in the quagmire of saving $10-$20 on occasion, but not having the color I wanted or the exact style. This is especially frustrating when purchasing goods on line when one cannot try items on.

This has only worked out for me about half the time. I purchased a wetsuit on-line that worked out great. I also purchased a bike rack that was not the exact style I would have otherwise purchased, but given the frequency of use has been great. However, I have made missteps as well. I purchased a heart rate monitor that just doesn’t seem terribly accurate to me. I also purchased the previous year model softball bag for $37 rather than having the latest and greatest for $55. It occurs to me that I will own this bag the rest of my life and should have spent the extra $18 for the exact color I wanted and the updated features.

The latest minor setback has been a sports watch. I came across a link to a Timex Ironman for $12.99 plus $4.99 shipping and handling. For $18, I am willing to take a shot. The watch fits OK, but the case is a little thicker than I am used to. Also the band is a new style that I am not quite used to. My need is certainly being met as my current sports watch is on its last leg after having served me for the last 7 years. However, considering I may own this one for 7 years, I should probably just get the exact style and color I want for $50 rather than trying to save $30.

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