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(Some Prof)   Economist classifies shoppers into four personality types: Normal, neurotic, primitive, and psychotic. Still no cure for... hey look, some Wiis are on the shelf   (eurekalert.org) divider line 11
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2007-12-17 05:23:48 PM
Hi, you look stressed. Maybe you'd like to take a free online shopping personality test? It's totally free! Afterwards, you can sit and have coffee while we tell you all about those nasty shopping thetans we found in our scientological review of your test results.

Xeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenu!
 
2007-12-17 06:51:14 PM
Which is the one where you feel claustrophobic in a big crowd of people and start to get panicky and stabby and would sooner peel the skin off your cheeks than try to park at a mall during christmas shopping season?

Cause, that's what I am. Thank god for the intertubez.
 
2007-12-17 06:56:58 PM
xalres: Which is the one where...

that would be normal
 
2007-12-17 07:19:17 PM
I was wondering around Best Buy one day looking for a docking station for my laptop when I saw that they had one Wii left in stock, and several middle aged people, clearly suburban, were on their phones, asking questions like 'should i get it?' or 'can we afford it?' or 'is that what the kids want?'

I grabbed the thing and walked away. The four or five people loked at me, then almost simulatneously said into their phones 'never mind...'

I do love my Wii.

Though, in all fairness, I'm still playing the good ole XBox more...

I guess the moral of my story though, is that there's only two kinds of shoppers.

Smart and dumb.

(grab the friggin box before calling to find out if you want it, idiots)
 
2007-12-17 07:39:28 PM
error 303: I was wondering around Best Buy one day looking for a docking station for my laptop when I saw that they had one Wii left in stock, and several middle aged people, clearly suburban, were on their phones, asking questions like 'should i get it?' or 'can we afford it?' or 'is that what the kids want?'

I grabbed the thing and walked away. The four or five people loked at me, then almost simulatneously said into their phones 'never mind...'

I do love my Wii.

Though, in all fairness, I'm still playing the good ole XBox more...

I guess the moral of my story though, is that there's only two kinds of shoppers.

Smart and dumb.

(grab the friggin box before calling to find out if you want it, idiots)


noooo you should offer to give it to one of them for $50 bucks and then you have a nice down payment for you really get one.
 
2007-12-17 10:02:53 PM
FTA: "while neurotic shoppers spend an excessive amount of time shopping, often not buying anything"

Then I'm neurotic, definatly neurotic. I rarely buy anything non-consumable without overthinking the purchase. Hence I wear a collection of increasingly ratty T-Shirts, a beat up leather jacket, and one variety of of Levi's that are super consistent.

My computer is 5 years old. I probably would have built a new one a few months ago, but between Moore, Kurzweil, and the fact this one still works pretty well I haven't had the will to jump at a new rig.

My old TV died and I turned to the first suitable listing for a $100 CRT model on Craigslist, and I am happy with it. My old vacuum cleaner broke and I got my mom's old one, and I'm happy with it. The things I have been happiest with recently have been bargains that really presented no alternate options. No need for buyer's remorse, either because I didn't have an option or didn't buy.

I think my real problem with retail is too many options. Except with shoes. Size 14 almost doesn't exist in the local shoe stores. The regional store buyers think that you only play basketball if you wear a size 14.
 
2007-12-17 10:16:24 PM
Wiis? Where!? WANT!
 
2007-12-17 10:28:13 PM
FTA: "Normal consumers spend less than they earn and save for future purchases they cannot afford in the future"

wtf? If u save now for things u can't afford in the future why save at all?
 
2007-12-18 01:29:03 AM
error 303: Though, in all fairness, I'm still playing the good ole XBox more...

I guess the moral of my story though, is that there's only two kinds of shoppers.

Smart and dumb.

(grab the friggin box before calling to find out if you want it, idiots)


So which of those two kinds of shoppers would you be for buying something you hardly use?
 
2007-12-18 05:59:16 AM
Link is farked... or at least, site is down.
 
2007-12-18 10:55:31 AM
wildcardjack, I salute you. Just don't go to the dark side and stock up on ammo.

/Only expensive clothes is a suit for interviews/work.
//Stuck a new memory stick in the 'puter last month.
///Leather jacket is 12 years old and it still gets compliments
 
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