What’s Your Buying Addiction?

There are two types of goods I’m addicted to buying:

1. Books. It was very difficult to get books when I was growing up (unless you are talking about the collections of speeches by the Communist Party leaders), so now I feel compelled to own as many books as I can. With the advent of Kindle, however, this buying addiction has become much cheaper because I can download thousands of books for free.

2. Non-perishable food. Ukraine has a legacy of famine in the twentieth century that claimed about 1/4 of all people living in the country at that time within less than two years. This, of course, has had a profound psychological influence on Ukrainians. (When a Ukrainian goes to a psychoanalyst, for example, the famine has to be addressed at length.) This is why I feel very anxious and unhappy when I don’t have stocks of grains, flour, sugar, etc. in the house at all times.

What are your buying addictions?

15 thoughts on “What’s Your Buying Addiction?

      1. I kind of forgot books, everybody here is constantly having deliveries of books. Buying books within Australia is a joke. You can get books delivered from the UK or US at half the cost that you can buy from a bookshop here.

        I have an a special dislike of digital rights stuff so the Kindle, iTunes etc are not things i could ever be persuaded to spend money on.

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  1. I just broke an addiction to buying used video games a few years ago (seriously I have dozens of games that I have never even played) but these days its used books.

    Example: About a year ago my local Boy Scout Troop had a used book sale and a friend of mine is the Troop leader so I decided to get rid of some books. I brought myself to get rid of four books, took them to the sale to donate, and ended up buy seven books. Fail.

    Oh and now that I have a Nook its gotten a bit worse since they give a way a free book every Friday plus they have a massive free section. I have about 70 books on my Nook and only paid for 2 of them.

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  2. Books. Used, new, or somewhere in between. I can’t get a Kindle or a Nook because I feel it will only fuel my addiction more than is necessary.

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      1. You know that you loose a whole social side to buying real books when you get a kindle?

        A real book you can place in somebodies hand and say “I have just read this, you really must read it” or similar.

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          1. bloggerclarissa :
            You can lend Kindle books to people, too.

            Won’t help them much if they don’t have a Kindle ๐Ÿ™‚

            bloggerclarissa :
            Of course, as an autistic I see โ€œlosing the social sideโ€ of anything as a very positive development.

            Then why do you comment on your own blog? This has a social aspect ๐Ÿ™‚

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            1. “Wonโ€™t help them much if they donโ€™t have a Kindle”

              -You can easily read all Kindle books on any computer. What you probably don’t yet know, llama, is that criticizing my Kindle is akin to telling other people their baby is ugly. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am VERY attached to it.

              “Then why do you comment on your own blog? This has a social aspect”

              -Now you are just being mean on purpose. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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              1. bloggerclarissa :
                -You can easily read all Kindle books on any computer. What you probably donโ€™t yet know, llama, is that criticizing my Kindle is akin to telling other people their baby is ugly. I am VERY attached to it.

                I understand you have three of these ugly babies ๐Ÿ™‚

                bloggerclarissa :
                -Now you are just being mean on purpose.

                It is 5:44 Sunday morning and the only reason why I am out of bed is because my wife is snoring so much.

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  3. Books, food (gives an excuse to get out of the house), Fairy washing up liquid (for dishes) and sometimes sanitary pads (I forget what is left at home).

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  4. My primary loves are books and LUSH products. When I am steadily employed and have a bit of extra I like to go on a bookstore search-n-splurge, where I make rounds at all my favourite bookstores in downtown Victoria and buy at least one new novel.
    I’m also hopelessly addicted to LUSH products and various other make-up/beauty supply stores, bulk tea shops, and scarves/coats/leggings/skirts.

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