Who can we really trust among Amazon, Yelp, and the countless other review site that depend on customer intel to inform buying decisions?
Let’s face it: even if a product has four and a half stars, we can’t help but be swayed by the one- and two-star reviews. Who’s the liar here? And more importantly, will we come down with an incurable case of buyer’s remorse if we finally pull the trigger?
Of the number of useless purchases I’ve made in my lifetime (a Polaroid camera with a limited amount of disposable film, an expensive microphone in case I wanted to be an ASMR artist, to name a few), there are a few purchases I’ve made that I am incredibly grateful for.
I’m happy I finally invested in a fantastic vacuum which cleans carpets as well as it does hardwood floors. I’m excited about the heating pad I use for my back after a long day. And I’m looking forward to using my Ninja blender later today because I can make piña coladas (with extra rum) in a snap.
On a recent Reddit thread, u/baconlovebacon asked an important question about our buying history: “What’s the most ‘worth it’ purchase you’ve ever made?” The answers, ranging from the purely functional to the more emotional necessities, run the gambit:
- “Blackout Blinds. Room is nice and cool in the summer and the darkness has lead to the best sleep I’ve had in my life as well.” – drayd38
- “Vacuum sealer for food. We get our meat from a friend who raises it and vacuum seal everything. We never have to throw any freezer burnt meat away. Best $70 we could have spent.” – chungen91
- “When I was going through a really nasty breakup, I bought myself a stuffed animal to cuddle at night (as all of the ones I had were from aforementioned ex-SO). It was deemed the ‘self-love bear’ and whenever I hated myself and felt worthless, I would hug that bear and cry into him until I felt better.” – safdaces
- “My $25 toilet seat bidet. 15-minute installation and one of the cleanest assholes in the PNW.” – NaturalisticPhallacy
Ever bought something you’ve never once regretted? Tell us the best purchase you’ve ever made in your lifetime (and why you’ll defend it to the ends of the earth).
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