The scenario goes a little something like this: you walk into Sephora searching for a new fragrance and walk out with a scent you adored in the store, only to realize two days later that you actually can't stand the smell. It's a classic case of first-sniff buyer's remorse, and it's exactly why you should never purchase a fragrance based on an initial spritz. To find out why you should wait on fragrance, just keep reading.
I recently asked if you'd ever had buyer's remorse over buying furniture. Unfortunately, most of you agreed you had, but there was one response that resonated with me in particular. CasaSugar Community member Sundown321 wrote, "I used to get buyer's remorse after eBay purchases. I would get caught up in the excitement of the bid and found myself overpaying for an antique piece of furniture. Later, I learned not to get caught up in that . . . pick a price and stick to it. Also, research what you are buying, shop around as much as possible. Find out the manufacturer of the furniture you are interested in and make sure you are getting the best deal possible. If you put the time and work into it you are less likely to regret your purchase!"
I don't know about you but I have definitely been there before! I actually still have silly things I've bought on eBay sitting unused in closets around my house. My solution, though, wasn't so much to pick a price and stick to it but to steer clear of eBay altogether. How about you? Have you fallen prey to the rush of eBay bidding?
CasaSugar Community member Zooey1118 recently asked the CasaSugar Q and A group, "Have you ever had buyer's remorse on a furniture purchase? I just bought two chairs today and now I'm wracked with remorse."
I once bought a coffee table that I'm not completely happy with. But it wasn't too expensive, and it filled the need I had at the time, so I wouldn't say I'm "wracked with remorse" over the purchase.
How about you? Have any of you regretted a furniture purchase? Have you ever returned a piece of furniture? Have any of you had trouble with return policies? Please tell me in the comments below.
This episode of Maxed Out is about Alicia, a 30-year old woman who works in advertising and has trapped herself in a pattern of binge spending. A couple years ago she was $20,000 in debt and got a consolidation loan she got to help her pay it off. After paying down about $10,000, she started using credit cards again and increased her debt load to $20,000 once again. Alicia maxed out three credit cards in just two months, and Allison Griffiths develops a plan to help Alicia regain self-control. Find out what happens with Alicia's debt problem when you read more
Buyer's remorse sets in when we second (and third, and fourth) guess ourselves after making a purchase that usually falls more in the want than the need category. Sometimes it leads us to dragging ourselves back to the store and returning the item, and other times we simply get past the feeling with some clever rationalization. Can you remember the last thing you purchased that made you kick yourself with buyer's remorse?
Buying things to make yourself feel better, getting the high for a short while, coming down with hateful guilt, and repeating the process until you're deep in debt is the basis for compulsive buying. It's an addiction that millions of people struggle to overcome and there are support groups like Debtors Anonymous to aid in recovery. According to a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 5.8 percent of Americans suffer from this kind of compulsion.
For years the American Psychiatric Association has been discussing including compulsive buying in its manual of mental disorders — do you think it should be identified as such?
That regretful feeling we know as buyer's remorse has a way of getting into the heads of most shoppers I know. And it doesn't seem to distinguish between well-off pocketbooks versus struggling ones — remember in Clueless when Dion asked Cher, "Dude, what's wrong? Are you suffering from buyer's remorse or something?" Cher responds, "God, no! Nothing like that." Because buyer's remorse is, like, a totally serious thing. To find out how to battle buyer's remorse just read more