I buy a lot of crap. Rather, what I affectionately call “crap”. You don’t actually take me that seriously do you?! I spend a lot of money on beauty products and products for the kitchen and home (don’t even get me started on the kitchen – I want every new and potentially useful item I can find out there!) but often, they are fairly thought out purchases.
Sometimes I stumble and do the odd splurge on something I might not actually need but which catches my eye. Usually, it’s something pretty or something fairly frivolous like a perfumed scented shower gel or a scented candle, or a storage container (I’ve got a thing for storage containers – God help me when I go to Ikea or Daiso 😛 )
But you know what irks me? Being pressured into buying something I don’t really want. Tell me you’ve been put in that situation too? We can share in each other’s misery 😛
You see, just because I’m a beauty buff, it doesn’t mean that I buy into every beauty trend or product out there willy nilly. I’m pretty selective with what I spend my money on. Some are worth it, others aren’t. But it’ll all be products or services that have sparked an interest in me so if it didn’t work, then I only have myself to blame.
But just because I’m into beauty, I sometimes get peddled some really strange things or brands. Or worse still, I get pitched products from multi-level marketing brands or direct selling companies by acquaintances (nothing against most of these brands, but I just don’t like their tactics for the most part and the marked up prices). Is there anything worse? Oh yes. Insurance. Gah! If I want insurance, I’ll find out what I need and buy it. I don’t need to keep buying many different types of insurance policies. I only need one that does what I want and need.
Friends know better than to try to push me a direct-selling product, and if they are my friends, I’d buy something anyway, just to show support. But I’ve been put in a situation where I felt positively pressured on all sides, to buy something I didn’t want or need by someone I barely knew; and you know, that leaves me feeling really harassed and uncomfortable and even angry. I can’t even look at that item now, because I feel so silly allowing myself to be put in that situation.
But you know what? It’s taught me a lesson. I’m just going to have to set my shoulders back and say NO, the next time it happens. It’s easier to escape the pressure if it’s a big ticket item. But some people deem that a small sum of money is your “obligation” to support their business or sideline, because you’re chums (or what they believe). You know, it may not involve a large sum of money, but in these lean times, every last dollar counts. And really, I just don’t see why I should feel the pressure to buy anything I don’t want or do not have interest in owning just for the sake of being “social”. Call me miserly (or kiamsiap) it’s my money and I should spend it how I want to, not how I’m pressured to! 😛
Have you been put in this situation where you are pressured into buying something you don’t want or need? How do you get out of it?
I know that this is how many beauty salons and slimming centres do their hardsell. To those, I can always say no. There was once when a popular skincare brand actually locked me in a small room after my trial facial, to try to pressure me into buying a facial package. I was livid and basically told them that if they didn’t let me out, I was going to call the police LOL! I never went back, naturally and I’ve refused to use their products ever since 😛 What’s your story or do you have tips on how to get out of this situation? 🙂
** Images are used as placeholders only – I absolutely wanted to buy the items pictured, with no pressure involved, and some of them have brought me a lot of joy 🙂