Is There Some Kind of Rule that Says Big Purchases Must Lead to Little Purchases?
Have you ever noticed that big purchases tend to lead to a bunch of little related purchases? Buy a house, and pretty soon you buy curtains, light fixtures, and furniture to match. Buy a car, and pretty soon you’re off buying floor mats and maybe getting the windows tinted. The list goes on and on.
I’m starting to think that there must be some kind of rule that says big purchases must lead to little purchases. Well, ok, not really, but it IS easy to decide that you “need” additional things to go along with your most recent purchase.
For example, I made a big purchase this past weekend for my business: an iMac. I could have followed that up with a bunch of other purchases, but so far I’ve restrained myself, with one exception.
I was offered the chance at buying a few other things before I’d even left the store: did I need AppleCare to go with that? Or any software? How about a better keyboard? A better mouse? A printer?
The only one I said yes to was the printer, and that was only because it was completely free after rebate. (And you can bet that getting that rebate form submitted online was the very first thing I did after getting home from the store.)
Once I got home, the temptations continued. I use Photoshop for my business pretty often, so it might be nice to have that on the Mac. Except Photoshop is expensive. I did find out that I could upgrade to the latest Mac version of since I have a valid Windows serial key for my current version. But I’m trying to keep costs down, so instead my husband kindly set things up so that I could remote desktop to the PC from the Mac whenever I need to use Photoshop.
For the time being that should be just fine. We’ll see how long I hold out.
Have you experienced anything similar? Surely I’m not the only one tempted by add-on purchases.