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Day 36: the ebook reader crisis

They come in black and pink. Guess which colour I want....

So, I have been at this conference the last few days where every second talk is about how ebooks are taking over and how people are so interested in them. And I sit in rooms surrounded by people taking notes on their iPads, and I flew here on a plane where people were using ebook readers and then yesterday, I realized that the conference's official store is selling Sony eReaders.

And surrounded by this culture, I had a crisis of frugality. I wanted an ebook reader. I wanted to buy one at the conference. I wanted to buy one at the conference TODAY RIGHT NOW.

They were selling them for $179, which is apparently 10% less than the usual retail price AND you would get a $25 credit to the Sony eReader online store thing. And I thought... that's not so much money. I WANT ONE, everyone has one.

I believe having an ebook reader will mean I get to go to the beach. Even though it's winter. And I live in Saskatoon.

So then I went into a talk, not sure what to do. On the one hand: if I bought it, then I would fill it with free ebooks from the library, which is frugal. But I had set a $100 spending limit for this trip, which I am close to, and I don't have $179 to throw around willy-nilly. But they're important and it would be helpful for me at work. But would I really use it to read books? Isn't the frugal thing to just read free books from the library.

What to do? So, much like a recovering alcoholic, I reached out to my Frugal Advisors (note to everybody who knows me: you are all my frugal advisors) via text-message and both felt that it was not a frugal decision. Especially since 10% doesn't even cover the tax.

Frugal advisors help me out lots. Because sometimes I don't have logic or reason or perspective.

Furthermore, I decided, if I do wind up getting an ebook reader (which I never wanted to until today), I need to think about it A LOT and do comparison pricing, etc. And since the conference centre doesn't have free wi-fi, I couldn't see how much things cost elsewhere to see if it was a good deal in the first place.

And so I rode out the wave of SPLURGE and by the time I left the conference at lunchtime, I was pretty much over it.

In this way, my shopping urges are similar to panic attacks. And what you do with panic attacks is just ride it out and wait for it to go away, and it takes about 10-20 minutes.

And this is why I should not to impulse shopping, because sometimes my brain falls out of my head.

And now I am going to go research the most frugal method of procuring an ebook reader. (I really don't know if I'd use it though, I think I just want it as a status symbol)

2 comments:

Olivia Corey said...

"In this way, my shopping urges are similar to panic attacks. And what you do with panic attacks is just ride it out and wait for it to go away, and it takes about 10-20 minutes.
And this is why I should not to impulse shopping, because sometimes my brain falls out of my head."

You just helped me understand myself. Wow. Thank you.

Annabelle said...

You're welcome! Glad you're enjoying the blog!

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