Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Merry Christmas to ME!
Pictured here are piles of stuff that have been arriving at my doorstep for the past 2 weeks or so. Why unopened? Because I just don't actually care about what it was that I ordered. I mean, it's nothing crazily expensive or overly exciting: mainly used $20 black wool sweaters from eBay (to replace the crappy $20 black cotton sweaters I ordered last year) and used $5 books from Amazon and a few more CDs and some red socks in there somewhere, I think; oh, and maybe a lipstick or hair product or two... Shopping IS a time-passer, but I'm kind of peeved at myself for not comprehending that all these $20/$5 purchases ADD UP! This is about a $300 pile here. And, honestly, about a third of the clothing items I buy online end up not fitting properly and thus is money completely wasted.
Though I tell myself brightly: "I'll just re-sell it!" Somehow that never works out properly! For instance: I bought a sweater I really liked for $24.99 (manufacturer's price $63 or something) despite the fact that it was listed outright as a size smaller than I normally wear. But I suppose I thought my "magical thinking" would make it magically fit by the time it arrived... NOPE. I did re-sell on eBay with a starting bid of $9.99 --- it sold on about the 7th time I listed it...for $12.99. Similarly, I sold a pair of ankle boots that I bought new online only last year (for $80 or so) -- and that never fit properly -- for a mere $9.99 this year, despite having only worn them twice. That's how that usually works out.
(Books and CDs, on the other hand, I've had much better luck with when ordering online -- only about 5% or so have turned out to be in much worse shape than the seller initially indicated.)
In short... I've gotta quit the Boredom Shopping! I suppose I'll keep this pile sitting here until Christmas and then open as presents to myself. (I asked my mom to get me a dental cleaning for Christmas, so these will probably be the most exciting gifts I get!)