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    Something I regret not buying constantly is ITEM #348801. Togainu no Chi is one of my favorite anime franchises ever and I'm a big jewelry person, so this necklace has been on my radar for a very long time now. It goes for about $100 new on Nitro+Chiral's store (since it's real metal and what-not), but a used one popped up on Suruga-ya for about $60-ish. What frustrates me the most about this decision is that the only reason I decided not to get it was because the necklace looked gold instead of silver and I thought maybe something had happened to the metal. NOPE. A bit later, I noticed that a lot of Suruga-ya's silver jewelry listings look like that, so I'm assuming the necklace's appearance was due to bad lighting.

    After that, I've only ever seen it again on Ebay for $134. Since my birthday is coming up, I'm considering just sucking it up and buying it new from Nitro+Chiral's store and calling it done since it's been two or three years since I've seen it used anywhere.

    Also, I'm very happy to see that there is another person on this Earth who likes Kabuto because I never meet anyone else who does haha.
    11 months ago
    Now that you know you want these two things very much, keep them in your mind. When you see something you want to buy for kicks and because you have the cash, think about these.

    Do you want Gary more? Yes? Then take the money you would spend on that other thing and put it into the Gary Jar. Yep, Gary has a jar now. Put his face on it and you put money into it whenever he crosses your mind. Count it now and then. Until you have enough to buy him at that ridiculously high price. Then go looking for him. Hold onto the money until you find him. And buy him.

    After all that work and passing up that many other things, you'll know you really wanted him, and that it was all worth it.

    ...and if he arrives and you feel buyer's remorse, sell him, because you know you'll get a lot of money for him.
    11 months ago
    I think you should never be asking to justify impulse buying. You missed out on a figure or some merch because you took time to think? Honestly, its not a big deal. Its not like your future is on the line when you miss such an item. So its not a good reason enough to adopt a dangerous behavior pattern that can only lead to making you an impulse buyer (and potential ruin in life, later on as a result).

    Unless you are super rich, your best way to stay without regrets in these hobbies is to collect in a safe and responsible way. Would that mean you will miss out on some figures/merch? Certainly! But its not a big deal. Why? Because 10-15 years down the road, you aren't going to be looking back and feeling sad over it. There will likely be other more important things by then to think about (and better quality figures being released that you never even thought possible :) ).
    11 months ago
    To me impulse buying means buying stuff you never really thought of buying before and don't really think it through. For example I bought 2 figures of a female character because I thought she looked pretty. After I bought them I watched the anime and didn't really like it :(. So buying something without thinking about whether you actually want it or if you're buying it for the sake of buying something.

    If you're searching for an item and see it for a good price, I wouldn't consider jumping on it to be impulse buying because you have thought about buying that certain item for awhile. For example about a year ago I found 2 figures I really wanted for a decent price (both of which have high aftermarket prices). They were like £100 each. I knew that if I didn't get one of them I would regret it so I bought both. Even now I think I made the right decision.

    So in my opinion if you realllllllly want the figure/item and you've been looking for it for a long time. If you find it just jump on it. If you really cant for whatever reason (money, moving etc) then maybe looking at sellers on here so you can possibly ask if they can hold onto it for a short while. Even if they say no there's no harm in asking.
    11 months ago
    You most likely realize this all to well, but it was pretty naive of you to decide to wait not once, but twice - especially as it seems like the issue wasn't with the money (which would be more understandable) but with the timing and your idea of when it would be 'more appropriate' to buy it. I sincerely hope that you find this figure at a decent price again, and please for the love of god when you find it, jump at the chance. It would be all too miserable if you missed it the third time lmao

    I also fully agree with the reply before me - if you really want a figure and find it at a decent price, absolutely go for it.
    A few days ago I had that encounter with ITEM #189513
    I just finished Stardust Crusaders and my heart has fully embraced Kakyoin as my new son, and out of his selection of figures this is the one I wanted the most. I looked around several sites but the prices were ridiculous, ranging from 170€ to as high as 300€. Then I found a second-hand one at an auction for 65€, however it was the end of the month and I haven't received my Patreon payout yet so even that was quite a lot of money at the time.
    I wanted to wait, and I REALLY considered it, but I knew all too well that if I lose this boy, god knows when I'll find another affordable one. So I decided to dip into my savings and buy him, knowing that in a few days, I'll get my pay anyway so I won't like, starve to death or anything.

    Now I am excitedly waiting for him to arrive home and be safe and loved and protected and nothing bad will ever happen to him again.......
    11 months ago
    Heliodora Collector of the Boiis
    Someone on MFC once wrote 'If you want it don't wait to buy it just because the aftermarket "might" get cheaper, because there's also a chance you won't be able to get it later on' and I've stuck to that. It's not impulse buying if you're actively searching for it either. I hope you can find him in the future for a normal price.
    I've never really had a rare item show up for a good price and miss it, and I never felt like overpaying for something I missed out on.
    11 months ago
    I've recently made some good breakthroughs with my impulse purchases, but I've certainly been there. This is actually why I keep an emergency fund for rare grails; I borrow from this fund, and then pay it back out of my spending money once I have it again. I also have a physical list of must-haves that I'm allowed to pull out of savings for, but it's not a set-in-stone rule since new things pop up. I still try not to instant-purchase anything, though, and I weigh the item compared to my other wished items and decide if it's really worth it to me.

    Currently I'm fighting the urge to purchase ITEM #795236 only because my paycheck is very late due to the US government shutdown, so I don't want to spend any unnecessary money until that pay comes through. I check it constantly to make sure it's still in stock, but I'm pretty paranoid about it, specifically since I missed out on ITEM #643359 and will probably never see it. I have a hunting ad up, a post on it's page, email alerts for specific websites, and even proxy hunting requests out for it, but I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that I probably will never own it.
    11 months ago
    Aw, hell yeah. First was this poster, which was listed in a lot with a bunch of stickers. Granted, I didn't have money for it at the time, but I'm still looking for it months (possibly years at this point) later. Then came this tin can, which I held off on in hopes of a 15% off eBay coupon. Someone else ended up buying it in the meantime.

    The most recent one was this blind box slim poster. I waited on asking the seller to purchase some other things from Snow Miku Sky Town to combine with it (the poster was already in stock). By the time I wanted to make a request, I realized someone had bought the item. In theory, I could ask the seller to buy a bunch of blind boxes and hope they pull it, but that's a lot of wasted money.

    On the bright side, I recently rediscovered ITEM #568230 after more than a year on the hunt. This was also something I didn't have the money for at the time, but now that I do, there's no way I'm letting it go!

    In term of impulse/unplanned buying--I don't really do that. I've always looked at the item for some time before making a final decision. If we're talking about timing our purchases though, I'd say if you already know you absolutely want it, go for it! There's no telling when someone else may nab it.

    I hope you eventually find what you're looking for, OP. The hunt may be long, but in the end, it's so worth it.
    11 months ago
    I let my impulse guide me in life unless it affects things like my food or other life expenses
    11 months ago
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