MegaZone (zonereyrie) wrote,

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Friday Five

1. Do you like to shop? Why or why not?

Yes and no. If I'm going to buy something in particular, yeah. I like new toys, new music or movies, etc. So if I'm doing something like hitting for some new anime, or picking up some new electronics, etc, I like the making the purchase since I know I'm going to be getting something fun. But if you mean the physical act of going to a mall, etc, to browse? No. I'm not a 'shopper' - I like to know what I'm going for and where to find it, so I can go right for it.

2. What was the last thing you purchased?

Well, my dinner tonight at Barber's Crossing. Putting aside things like meals, or grocery shopping... Hmm, that's a hard one. I haven't picked up any new media in a while. Oh! My new Eagle Creek wallet that I bought online. They shipped it priority and I got it 2 days later - on Wednesday. My old wallet, that I'd been carrying since college, finally got too battered to keep going. It served well. I wish I could've found one just like it - the new one is similar, but they changed it a bit over the years.

3. Do you prefer shopping online or at an actual store? Why?

Online, hands down. Very few things are better in person. I still like to grocery shop in person, but that's largely because walking the aisles in the store tends to jog my memory about things I'm out of, or low on. But I buy my books from Amazon, my DVDs from BestPrices, my CDs from one of those two, or Columbia House of BMG, electronics I tend to use sites like PriceWatch to find deals on, clothing I tend to buy from Big & Tall places online - Huffman's or Big & Tall Direct (I just bought several new pair of black jeans and a bunch of underwear from Huffman's), I get most of my shirts from websites - Right Stuf, Think Geek, Copyleft, etc. (I'm waiting for a reply to an email to Pegasus Publishing about a large order for a ton of new polo shirts since my old shirts are wearing out - if they have what I want I'll be ordering).

I prefer shopping online because it is a lot more convenient, and very easy. I can also find good deals online, I generally save a lot of money buying online instead of buying in stores - even after counting shipping charges. I can comparison shop from my PC, then buy the best deal. I do still browse stores sometimes - I'll go to Newbury Comics and look at CDs, or Suncoast and look at DVDs, etc, and I'll make impulse buys that way. But that's a lot rarer than buying online. Browsing Borders can be fun, but since I generally have a lot of books already on my 'to get' list I just keep my Amazon wishlist around as the list of things to buy when I have the time/money.

4. Did you get an allowance as a child? How much was it?

Yes, and I have no idea. I can't remember, and I know it went up over time. I think for a while my parents tried a 'piece work' kind of thing, where various chores earned money. I really don't remember much about it.

5. What was the last thing you regret purchasing?

Oh hell, um... I can't think of anything in recent memory. Though there have been a number of anime DVDs I've picked up over the years that BLEW HARD - especially some of the hentai. No pun intended.
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