PSS & American Express $500 “Shopper’s Remorse” Giveaway

Share your purchase regret horror story and you could win a year's worth of Premium Return Protection and a $500 American Express gift card! Goodbye, Shopper's Remorse!

How many times have you purchased something…maybe on sale, maybe not…taken it home…and realized…you hate it.

You absolutely hate it.

And you just spent $45 on a thing you hate.

That you can’t return.

Sucks, right? It’s called purchase regret, and it’s a big plague among shoppers. I’m so familiar with it, I’ve coined it “Shopper’s Remorse”. Not to be confused with Buyer’s Remorse or caveat emptor — because I don’t buy. I shop….which is so much more dangerous.

What’s your biggest purchase regret? My biggest purchase regret was very difficult to narrow down, because I tend to have lots of them. I don’t know why!

Okaaaay…I know why. I’m an impulsive shopper. A few months ago I bought a very expensive pen. A pen I didn’t need and that I couldn’t afford. I was feeling miserable and self-indulgent. It’s a bad combination for a girl like me!

Enter: American Express Premium Return Protection Service. It’s a brand-spankin’-new service that you can sign up for (no Amex card needed!) that protects you from purchase regrets–it gives shoppers up to 180 days (that’s like, nearly half a year, according to my fingers!) to return popular items that retailers will no longer accept. Ladies, this is huge!!

If I had Premium Return Protection, I could still go back and return this very expensive pen, even though I bought it in August (it’s never been used). But alas, I don’t, so I will have to find a willing buyer via eBay or Craigslist or some other avenue – and getting less than full price for it. I could kick myself!!

Here are some of the perks I boiled down for you (I like lists):

  • Longer return time
    Premium Return Protection Refund requests can be made up to 180 days from the date of purchase.
  • Free shipping
    American Express will cover the cost of return shipping and handling charges – up to $20 for each claim and up to $100 a year in addition to your coverage.
  • Premiere Protection
    You’re covered for up to $600 per eligible purchase (tax included) and up to $2,500 a year for all items.
  • …and lots more!

American Express has teamed up with Pretty Shiny Sparkly to offer the following:

  • One year subscription to the Premium Return Protection service (a $49.99 value)
  • A $500 American Express gift card – to spend to your heart’s content (since the PRP has your back!)

To enter, simply share with us your biggest purchase regret.

Share your horror story! The winner will be selected by myself, and will be entitled to the above fabulous prizes. Contest ends December 10, 2010 at 11:59pm CST. Unfortunately, I’m so sorry to say that this contest is only open to U.S. customers. Sorry, Amex’s rules!

****This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering! Winner will be announced shortly!****

Disclosure: Pretty Shiny Sparkly was not compensated in any way for this contest – your happiness and participation are my reward!

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  1. 12.03.2010 / 3:17 pm

    The biggest purchase remorse? The boyfriend's desk! The boyfriend had moved in and had been using MY desk for a month & half… much to my dismay (but I love him, what can you do?). It'd totally interrupted my blogging process, among many other things.
    So we buy him a desk from Target. A $200, not real wood desk, but that's ok. It suits all his computer needs. So we put the thing together… and the bolts that hold it together? They like, totally DON'T. If you try to move the desk, the top comes off. Or a side slips apart. It's got this USEFUL filing cabinet? That we can't use because the drawer won't fit in properly. And we've put the damned thing together, there's NO WAY to take it apart and return it. He's using it, it's ok, but when it comes time to move? I have no idea how it's not going to fall completely apart!

    Definitely a shopper's regret. I wish we had waited and found a REAL GOOD desk… and now we're out $200. (Or I am. Ironically, on my American Express card!)

  2. Anonymous
    12.03.2010 / 3:51 pm

    ok, I – like yourself – am an insane impulse shopper. I see something I KNOW I can't afford, and somehow rationalize to myself why I can't live without it, how it'll make my life better, how I'll be so much cooler once I am in possession of this item. How materialistic, right? Oh well. Thus is my life.Anyhow, I don't know if I can pick one instance of shopper's remorse, because ANYTHING I buy, I always have regrets on. For instance, I have a horrific lower back, and so I decided I needed a new mattress. I walk into the mattress story to pick up a mattress (for which I gave myself a budget of $800 for), and somehow, walked out of that store with a $2,500 Tempurpedic mattress. While I was waiting for it to be delivered, I decided it'd be a good idea to read online reviews of the item I just purchased. Why? I don't know. I'm a masochist. Almost ALL of the reviews were horrible ones. I instantly started panicking. How could I have spontaneously spent $2,500 ON CREDIT on something I did ZERO research on. What was I going to do????? I couldn't sleep for days, thinking about my terrible mistake. What would I do? The mattress store had a strict exchange-only policy. WTF was I going to do with $2,500 in a mattress store??So, the mattress came. And there was this weird plastic thing under the mattress cover at the foot of the bed that I felt shouldn't have been there. I called up the store. They told me I needed to call Tempurpedic. So I called Tempurpedic, and they said "no, that shouldn't be there." For a moment, I saw a glimpse of hope. "Yes, this is my out," I told myself. "I can return this stupid thing for it being faulty, and buy something else." Nope. They insisted they could send me a new one. A week later, I had a new mattress, sans that weird plastic thing under the lining. I was defeated. $2,500 down the drain. But, after a while, I got used to the mattress, and started loving it, and now I can't sleep anywhere else. Honestly, I think most of my impulse purchases that I curse for a while, I end up loving. I don't know if that's the same for you, but I bet if you started using that pen, you'd become quite attached to it! You'd start thinking of yourself as "The Girl with the Awesome Pen."I don't know if my "I hated it, but then I loved it" story qualifies me for this contest (Goodness I hope it does), but that's the biggest almost-mistake I ever made in shopping!

  3. Virginia ramos
    12.03.2010 / 4:12 pm

    My biggest purchase no-no….dark denim dickies overalls. They're still sitting in my closet for some odd reason..they'll be good for Halloween one year I suppose. Being that they're "work" brand, two feel like they were made with a pound of starch. Awesome.

  4. 12.03.2010 / 5:10 pm

    I am a huge Disney fan, and so one year when I was at Disneyland, I saw these Mickey Mouse Crocs, which I thought (at the time) were absolutely adorable. Crocs were on their way out at the time, but I thought that for sure there would still be at least a few people wearing them and who thought they were awesome. Instead of the little circle holes on the top, they had Mickey Mouse cutouts, so I thought that I HAD to have them. Unfortunately, now I have realized that Crocs only look cute on 2-year-olds and they sit in the back of my closet. Maybe one day I'll work somewhere where I'm on my feet all day and will crave the comfort of the Crocs…but until then…they'll be my silliest purchase.

  5. 12.03.2010 / 5:12 pm

    My biggest purchase regret happened around this time last year, and it goes a little something like this: I had been looking for a basic skirt in winter white. And looking and looking. Finally, I found one online, at a store that shall remain anonymous. Since it was a Valentino Red skirt, it was expensive, even on sale. But it was beautiful! So I bookmarked it and kept checking in on it to see how that pricetag was doing.
    Imagine my excitement when it was marked down to 70% off, and it was available in my size! I noted the disclaimer that it could not be returned. I noted that there were no actual measurements posted in the description. Click, click, click, and very soon it was in my hands!

    I think you know the rest of the story: when it arrived in all its high-waisted, wintery white tweedy designer goodness, it did not fit. It was waaayyyy too small. I couldn't even zip it up over my size 4 waist. There was no stretch in this fabric.

    I have tried several times to get rid of this skirt. I gave it to my size 0/2 sister for Christmas last year. She barely could zip it up, and it was so high-waisted that she couldn't bend in it. She gave it back. I tried to sell it on eBay. No takers. I tried giving it to my petite no-hipped friend. She said she doesn't wear skirts.

    This beautiful skirt hangs, with its tags still on, in my closet. It is a reminder and a warning to me to always make sure I can return an item when buying online. And to pay very close attention to the photos. Because:

    P.S. Later, when I looked back at the online photo of this skirt, and zoomed in to the waist, I could see, that even on the lithe model, the skirt was not zipped up all the way. And if it won't even fit the model, how could it ever have fit on me? 🙂

  6. 12.03.2010 / 5:31 pm

    My biggest shopper's remorse situation would have to be a Sephora shopping trip I made in August. I was going to be a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding so, obviously, I needed to look good. Instead of simply purchasing the foundation I went in to buy in the first place, I grabbed a tiny basket, buddied up with a sales associate, and started shopping. The tab: $200. Eek! That's more than I spent on the dress. I felt so guilty afterward, what was I thinking.
    But… that cheek stain is pretty great. And the purple eye shadow, kind of awesome. 😉


  7. Kelsey
    12.03.2010 / 5:38 pm

    I bout a pair of uggs just because EVERYONE had them and I wanted to have some too. Why is it that Everyting looks okay in te store and when you get home they look awful??? So not fair. Anyway, I lost the reciept and never wore them. Still sitting in my closet…. Could be 100 dollars richer right now 🙁 serves me right wanting to do what other people are doing 🙂 I think I'll set new trends instead of fitting in from now on 🙂

  8. Lauren
    12.03.2010 / 5:38 pm

    My biggest shopping regret… a delicious nutmeg-colored silk pencil skirt from J.Crew. It was on sale for pretty cheap, but it just DOESN"T FIT the way I want it to. I might not regret it as much if I get it hemmed, but I'm just too lazy…

  9. Hayley
    12.03.2010 / 6:16 pm

    let me tell you. I got the the worst bag from coach, im talking ugly, bright colored C's everywhere, so I returned it and thought I would pick out my own so I got this huge sling bag and its al leather and its bright white. In the store it was so shiny and pretty but when I got home, it looked like I was lugging round a huge leather pillow case. needless to say it has sat in a box in my closet for 5 YEARS!!!!!! $230 major purchase regret.

  10. 12.03.2010 / 6:50 pm

    My biggest shopping regret was shopping for a wedding that never happened. Not only did I buy the wedding dress and the bridesmaid dresses, but I also bought his/her matching wedding bands, the invitations were picked and ready to be sent out, the down payment on the hall, everything was paid for. I ended up canceling the wedding and returning the ring four months before the wedding was to occur because my fiance wasn't who I thought he was and was not accepting me for who I was. Now I have had all of this stuff for years in storage that I know I will never use. If I ever I get married, I know I will want to do something different from what I had originally planned for my first wedding. I do not need any bad luck:)

    • 12.03.2010 / 11:21 pm

      Yikes…I am glad my only regret was my dress. I am glad I didn't get any further in the planning before calling things off {we are still engaged, but the timing was not right}.

  11. Lynzy
    12.03.2010 / 7:22 pm

    Biggest purchase regret?
    Unfortunately, I have made a few of them! I frequently shop online since I work the majority of the time ( in the hospital). I ordered these Sonia Rykiel Wedge Heels on Ebay a few months back for a few hundred dollars and they DON'T EVEN FIT! 🙁 SO sad and out $270. I couldn't even return them (gotta love that fine print). Grrrr

    xo Lynzy

  12. 12.03.2010 / 7:26 pm

    My biggest shoppers regret moment happened a couple years ago. I was shopping at JCrew in the clearance section and I happened to glance over and see a pull priced A-line skirt that was a cross between lime and sawdust color. Now I am an all black and gray kind of girl with maybe one funky color or accessory thrown in. But I saw this skirt and I fell in love with it. Bought it for full price, took it home and then the real drama began – What could I pair it with? Everything looked horrible. Return it? No. I loved it. So I took the tags off and kept trying, and trying and trying. I think in three years I wore it a total of once. And then finally I realized it was never going to work and I gave it away. I still love the color though. – Katy

  13. JsEverydayFashion
    12.03.2010 / 7:27 pm

    I recently purchased a dress at Wet Seal and this buyer's protection feature from AmEx would have really come in handy!! I asked when I purchased what the return policy was and the cashier indicated that I could easily return it within 30 days. Well.. it turns out they actually don't give refunds at ALL, (just store credit) and that you have to bring the item back within 7 or 14 days (can't remember which) just to get your store credit. Pretty lame if you ask me! 🙂

  14. KN
    12.03.2010 / 7:59 pm

    I purchased a small high end designer wallet years ago. It was bright pink. Soon after I bought it, I regretted it, but I couldn't return it. It's probably still in my closet somewhere.

  15. 12.03.2010 / 8:09 pm

    My biggest purchase remorse — a black BCBG jacket that was a size too big. I spent all that money and convinced myself that it just looked like a trendy oversized blazer. WRONG! It looked like a jacket that was TOO BIG and made me look saggy and sad. I bought it at a local boutique with a 14 day, store credit only return policy. Sad for me. That $300 jacket is still hanging in my closet two years later… never worn…

  16. 12.03.2010 / 8:14 pm

    I'd say my purchase remorse revolves around a laser hair restoration device that I bought on eBay for my son. His hair is a little thinner in the front, so I thought I'd be proactive and get it for him (especially after seeing it on one of my favorite daytime doctor shows). He won't use it, so here I am, getting ready to list it on eBay and see if I can get my money back. The moral of the story: get the input of the person you're trying to assist, and if they say that they are not interested, hold on to your wallet and resist the urge.

  17. 12.03.2010 / 8:25 pm

    my biggest regret purchase was duplicate gifts for the kids. One had a game system and the other wanted an identical one. Talk about buyers remorse! Needless to say I learned my lesson and have since been more wise about what I lay down cash or card for. Lesson learned and noted!

  18. 12.03.2010 / 8:43 pm

    My biggest regrets on purchases would be clothing! I'm not a huge fan of "trying on before buying" – but I've gotten better at it!! Oh, and I've gotten better at getting my lazy self out to return things, too, when they don't look as good at home than they did in the store!

  19. Sktchris
    12.03.2010 / 8:57 pm

    I am definitely a impulsive shopper, particuraly when I'm shopping online. I bought a pair of brown suede boots with this rubber looking platform heel on them, online of course. I bought them a couple of years ago and they are still sitting there on my closet shelf, unworn. I really tried hard to make them work with skinny jeans, tights, skirts but they just look ridiculous with the rubber platform. The worst part is I have yet to give them away because I have never worn them and I feel guilty that I spent money on them for no reason!

  20. cam
    12.03.2010 / 10:18 pm

    Ugh. A zebra striped knit dress. It's 3/4-length and would look super on someone taller … but it totally overwhelms my 5'1" body! I wore it once, and when I saw pictures of me in it, it was promptly moved to my costume box. At least it was on sale …

  21. Jenn Mackay
    12.03.2010 / 11:06 pm

    Oh man, that would have to be when I was 16 years old. I took all the cash out of my bank account that I had saved up from working at a bakery. I went with my older sister and paid sticker price for a used 1984 Pontiac Fiero at a dealer. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid!!!!!!!

  22. 12.03.2010 / 11:19 pm

    Hmmm…biggest regret?? My wedding dress. My fiancee and I "planned" to get married in May 2008. So I went dress shopping. I tried on two dresses…and quickly {as in 15 minutes} decided that the second dress was "the one". I don't know why I didn't try on more…or why I chose that dress so quickly. The dress is ok. But, it's not ME. It's not my style. It doesn't fit me well. It would need A LOT of alterations. It's now December 2010. My fiancee and I are still engaged and for several reasons have not gotten married yet. I am out $750…because I WILL NOT be wearing that dress. I just can't do it! I want to look back at the dress {and the photos of me in it} and have happy thoughts! I don't want to regret wearing it and not taking the time {which, obviously, I have had plenty off!! Lol} to find something that I love. Anyway…you live and learn, right? I sure hope so…I don't think I can bear the thought of buying another dress…and it not be what I wear down the aisle.

  23. 12.04.2010 / 12:02 am

    I'm in to make everyone feel better about themselves – and definitely smarter than me. Read on.A few years ago, when Chris, my now wonderful husband, and I were engaged, we went to a Wedding Fair to choose some vendors for the big day. I am somehow “lucky” with drawings and got awarded a free cruise vacation for two as long as I attended a presentation of some "amazing products", no purchase necessary. I thought it was fishy, so I called the place and inquired about the “prize”. They were very real and upfront and said there was no catch, just show up. I looked for some red flags but they seemed genuine, had an office location near me with a real address and were very polite on the phone. All good signs, I decided they would not dope me and steal one of my kidneys. Chris was on board, since we barely had money for the wedding, a free honeymoon seemed just dreamy.So we went in the hopes of scoring a free cruise, drove south for 1h30 and got lost then found. During the drive, we made a deal with each other that we wanted the trip and nothing else. We would not buy ANYTHING.Parenthesis one:The long, long, long presentation took about 4h. Have you ever gotten sucked into a time share proposition? I never have, but imagine it’s the same deal.At the presentation place there were several other couples, just married or about to (read: naive). We joined the group in a meeting salon where an extremely stereotyped salesman started to talk. He was selling pots and pans and fine china and silverware and crystals. All nice things: pretty, durable, shiny and, obviously, very expensive.That night I learned how the pots I currently had could cause cancer and make my food loose its nutrients and flavors (I didn’t know that!) That was when I elbowed Chris and said: “Your mom insisted on buying those horrible pots and I just let her.” I owe her an apology…Anyway, these new pots would last forever – they’re so durable! They also come with a lifetime warranty – my kids would inherit them! They preserve the nutrients and natural flavors – you cook with minimal oil! And they distribute the heat – you use less gas! In the end, you save money, you reward yourself, you are unbeatable! Not only that, the china is FREE. You want the crystals? FREE too! What about the silverware? FREE!Two-hard-earned-thousand-dollars split in teeny-whinny installments (I can do that!) and a dozen signatures later, I had new pots, fine china, crystals and silverware. Oh, wait. “I actually can only receive them when I’m done paying? Oh, ok. And there’s an annual fee because you hold on to the pots I can’t have because I still owe you? Ok… Well, that’s fine. I, one day, will have the pots my kids will cherish.” Did I mention Chris and I weren’t even married yet? It’s been 4 years and we still don’t have kids…And so every month I would mail one check and Chris would mail another one. We bought it together. This was our free honeymoon plan, our pots, our china and silverware and crystals.The wedding happened, simple but fun, and we finally started our lives together, cooking our rare-at-home-meals with the could-give-me-cancer pots.One year and several months later, frustrated, broke and tired, I called the place: “Can I get out of this? You can keep the pots and what I paid, just set me free.” Answer (polite and VERY real): “I’m sorry, this is like a car purchase, you can’t return, you can’t just stop paying. ‘Cause if you do, we’ll report you to the credit bureau.”Parenthesis two: Picture me, after the phone conversation, wearing big cartoon donkey ears. Yup.Another year and several months later, I called again and made sure we were on the same page – I mailed the very last check. I was DONE.Parenthesis three:I have no idea how many check books Chris and I mailed to this place…One week later, I got these boxes, menus, DVD’s and the shiny pots in all their glory. They’re beautiful. The china, no one would have ever bought for me, along with the crystals and silverware. My kitchen is renewed. Worth it? Very much not, sorry. I actually really don’t cook. What was I thinking? Chris? He’s a sandwich kind of guy. The pots barely fit in my humble townhome. I name this “a long-term commitment regret.” Lesson learned.Parenthesis four and last:The “free” honeymoon cost us over two thousand dollars, a lot more in checkbooks and stamps and envelopes. The voucher for the cruise expired last month. Ironically, we never left Minnesota.

    • 12.05.2010 / 1:01 am

      If you ever write a book on this.. i will be the first to (not regret) buying it lol. That was the best story. It had me cracking up. Now i need to go enter about my stupid blender.. but i doubt i win after reading your crazy story haaaa. GL!

      • 12.06.2010 / 4:25 pm

        Thanks! At least we can laugh about it, huh? I just read all this at my birthday party (last Sat) and everyone loved it – even my mother-in-law!
        Oh! And I had to model the pots at the party too! Hilarious!

  24. Rgolz2
    12.04.2010 / 12:35 am

    I decided to buy the Reebok Easy Tone shoes for $125. It's the most I've ever spent on walking shoes but, hey, it's a small price to pay for beautifully toned legs and butt! I didn't like walking in those "rockin shoe" but stuck with it for 2 months. I finally decided that I wasn't seeing any benefit to using these goofy shoes and tossed them in the trash!

  25. Cindyjespinoza
    12.04.2010 / 12:42 am

    On black Friday I bought the ipad since it was on sale. that is the only reason. a sale?I have 3 ipods, iphone, 2 macbooks……why oh why do i need the ipad??
    i havent decided if im returning it yet

  26. 12.04.2010 / 1:17 am

    My biggest purchase regret still gives me shivers! I was encouraged by a fellow shopaholic. We were in a little boutique that has several brands of clothing, but also a few key pieces designed by the owner. I tried on this beautiful backless black top, soo awesome, but also soooo inappropriate! It looked so good on that the $300 price tag didn't seem that big of a deal. Until the next day when I put it on and realized how skanky it is!

  27. 12.04.2010 / 1:19 am

    RT @PrttyShnySprkly: Wanna win $500 from @AmericanExpress and @PrttyShnySprkly? Share your biggest purchase regret!

  28. Jenny N
    12.04.2010 / 1:28 am

    I can't think of one particular item that I regret, but I do have a tendency to buy clothes that I never wear! It drives me crazy! I see something at the store and think oh I'd totally wear that like everyday and it goes with everything in my closet, this is the best purchase I'll ever make! then I get home and put it in my closet and a year or two go by and I have yet to wear it! I seem to mostly do this with skirts.

  29. Julie L
    12.04.2010 / 1:47 am

    My biggest purchase regret was a car. I needed a new (well new to me) car since I was starting my internship at school. I had a budget in mind, and I had done my research… Well after looking at a few different cars I saw this amazing little sports car! I pictured myself zipping around in this gorgeous automobile…and I bought it. After having it for about 2 months things started going wrong, so I took it to a mechanic. It needed a NEW ENGINE! (I got a 2nd opinion….) and yup, new engine–whih costs a LOT of money. Money I did not (and do not) have. So to this day my gorgeous little car sits in my driveway…and I'm still bumming rides and trying to get the $ together for the new engine! 🙁

  30. Amanda L.
    12.04.2010 / 1:50 am

    My biggest purchase regret was a $300 Marc Jacobs dress that looked AMAZING online, but when I got it home it was FREAKISHLY huge even tho it is my normal size! Nothing a tailor could ever fix and I couldn't return it!!! So far, no one has bitten on ebay, but I will keep trying! Yikes…so much money gone to waste!

  31. 12.04.2010 / 3:18 am

    I spent $215 on a new pair of Frankie B. Jeans…only to spend a summer in Arizona where they RIPPED!!!
    That was 3 summers ago and I can feel the anger/regret bubbling up inside me all over again.
    so sad.

  32. Genie
    12.04.2010 / 5:35 am

    i would have to go with.. a weed whacker i bought once. i really wanted to get rid of those weeds, but i just could not figure the thing out! I bought it on sale, so I couldn't return it. Definitely an impulse buy…

  33. Caseybmurphy
    12.04.2010 / 6:22 am

    Two words: New. Car. Why?!?!

  34. Shop with Me Mama
    12.04.2010 / 7:13 am

    My biggest shopping remorse..hmm, I have had many unfortunately! But my biggest would have to be when I purchased my first sunless tanner ever. I did not know that you should wear gloves and I did not know that it was totally ORANGE. OMG, can we say oompah loompah? Yep, and my hands were orange on the palms and between my fingers. It was horrible and my mom made me go to school that day. I will never forget that and I will NEVER buy that sunless tanner again!

  35. 12.04.2010 / 9:38 am

    Me and my I got an idea self…..

    My biggest shopping regret was purchasing a red VW Jetta on Valentine's Day. Now many might say "That's something to be happy about" , not me! I saw an ad in the newspaper, went to the dealership and was shown the car.

    Well, as I said the car was red , I don't like red but it's Valentine's Day, how cute- not! Ok, I can get pass that however, according to the devil in his nicely, tailored Prada suit … you guessed it – it was the only one left that fell under the terms and conditions of the "ad". ( Side Note) always read the fine print ..

    I figured ok, 199.99 a month for 24 months isn't bad, it's a second car …I only want it to run errands and shop.

    I sign the papers and TRY to drive off …sign and drive …that's another thing the ad said. The thing was a stick…did I mention I can't drive a stick? We all know I can't return it… so down the street I go clutch burning …engine turning as red as the car , that doesn't have power windows; that's a crime in it's self . How in the heck am I suppose to drive , learn to shift , move my feet and roll down the window all at the same time?

    I named the car – Rehm stands for RED HOT MESS ! Perfect name for it, because a lady hit me so hard one day, the car spun around and hit a red fire hydrant ….true story! I was on my way to pick up a girlfriend we were then going to Red Lobster . We went and you think I was dizzy by the choice I made buying that car without test driving it ..well you should've seen me at Red Lobster. Bless my heart !

  36. 12.04.2010 / 4:34 pm

    I'm an impulse buyer like you too I have too many to name but one was my over priced laptop. I just needed a simple 600 laptop I ended up paying 2300.00 for my laptop. WHY? I'm such a dork.

  37. 12.04.2010 / 4:37 pm

    I regret buying the stupid massage chair from Brookstone. I longed for it because I thought it would solve my back pain. i dreamt of days of sitting in it but I rarely turn it on. It's so big it's an eyesore in the living room. Total regret.

  38. Anonymous
    12.04.2010 / 4:48 pm

    Probably my biggest shopping regret is purchasing our chevy tahoe & selling our reliable suburban. It keeps breaking and costing us way too much money. We now call our Tahoe….the "hoe". (an unreliable, expensive piece of trash)-LOL

    But hey, I just found out this morning that I won a set of Christmas magnetic lights for cars over at so hopefully my "hoe" will get in the Christmas cheer and be good to us after I decorate her. haha

    chevybelair1 at juno dot com

  39. Rob
    12.04.2010 / 5:08 pm

    The biggest purchase regret is a purchase I never made. I was 15 years old and in Hawaii with my grand parents. There was an oil painting that depicted an ancient Hawaiian myth of an old man sitting at the bottom of the ocean and the top of his crown piercing the ocean surface in the form of an island. Unfortunately, I had spent too much of my money on trinkets and things I would never see or use again. However, I've never forgotten that painting. I never regret the purchases I make because they each serve their own purpose. I only regret the purchases I am unable to make and the broken memories they represent.

  40. 12.04.2010 / 5:09 pm

    I would have to say my kids bunk bed it broke 3 wks after i bought

  41. Sarrah_t
    12.04.2010 / 5:13 pm

    I work at an outlet mall and I have a serious shopping problem. Bad combination, right?
    My biggest regret was a David Yurman ring that I bought because all the girls at work were fawning over it. I have always prided myself on being a person who buys something because they love it, even if isn't in style. But I bought this stupid ring that I NEVER wear because other people liked it. I don't care if it was a good deal, it's just not worth it.

  42. 12.04.2010 / 6:17 pm

    My biggest purchase regret was when we bought an LCD computer monitor for $499 only to learn that the price went down to under $300 in a few months. We still use it, but now it is probably worth less than $150.
    ecoblogz at gmail dot com

  43. 12.04.2010 / 6:48 pm

    I think I must be very fortunate in that everything I've ever bought and hated has been returnable. The only thing I've bought but haven't used is a $300 suit from United Colors of Benetton. It's still a gorgeous suit — the only problem is it doesn't fit me anymore! I bought it when I was very skinny for a new job, but then I got to work and realized nobody wore a suit… ever. I didn't want to stick out like a sore thumb so I never even wore it! It's still got all the tags on it, but I'm 2 dresses sizes bigger now. I should probably ebay it.

  44. 12.04.2010 / 7:17 pm

    My largest purchase regret a used Chevy Avalanche. I LOVED it. We bought it. We drove it for a few months and had to put thousands of dollars into it. My husband and I said if ANYTHING else goes wrong it is gone. I took it in recall work a couple weeks later and the maintenance guy told me that we were going to have problems with something major. I said ok and told my husband about it. (You know how they try to get you to do work you don't need.) My husband took a look at it. (automotive guy) They are right. We drove to the dealership my brother works at the next day to replace the stupid thing. We didn't even get what we owed on it in trade. I LOVE paying for your last vehicle on your new car loan!!!!! NOT!!!!!!!

  45. Anonymous
    12.04.2010 / 7:45 pm

    I regret buying that purple suede jacket , skirt and bustier in the 80's. It cost over $500 and I now that I look back on the pictures of me wearing it, I look like a tacky hooker.

  46. Mamavalveeta03
    12.04.2010 / 9:04 pm

    I bought a pair of fabulous, to die for, high heels. Which, I never have worn. They were too expensive, too high, and too NOT ME!!!

  47. Chacoy
    12.04.2010 / 9:24 pm

    Wow good to see I am not alone!! I was moving into a new place and needed new furnture right? So went shopping and picked out the perfect couch. Oh this couch was beautiful, fuffy and perfect for my new place. I got it home and ready to put it into it's spot when I reaized that I didn't masure the spot where it was ging to go…needless to say the couch was so big that you couldn't get into the kitchen, the hallway etc.(It was the perfect playpen for kids!) my dad offered up a solution and he he's my dad I just had to trust what he was 'thinking'. He decided to cut the couch in half with a chainsaw! So of course I come home and freak out that there is definitely NOT going to be a buyer for 'A couch that has been cut in half= 2 couches for the price of one!' Needless to say I have two ouches now and they still don't fit to well but it is nie to know that for either buyers remorse or a big mistake we can bring them back(without the sawed part happening!) Thank you for the opportunity!

  48. Roxy
    12.04.2010 / 10:46 pm

    my biggest purchase regret is a designer pair of boots. I hardly got the chance to wear them and they were stolen.

  49. Bonnie P
    12.04.2010 / 11:25 pm

    We bought a house that backed up to a busy street. I stood in the livingroom and tried to listen for the traffic. I liked the house until we tried to sell it. Then no offers. I know now you donot buy a house on a busy streeet. No matter how great the house the is, or a low price.

  50. Rachel
    12.04.2010 / 11:35 pm

    When I was in high school I went to the mall with $75 (big bucks for a 15 year old!) and left with 1 skirt from Express. I thought I was so cool when I bought it! Now I can't believe I spent so much money on such an ugly skirt……it had multi-colored suede patches on it. Blah!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!! I hope somebody buys your pen on Ebay! 🙂

  51. Anne
    12.04.2010 / 11:52 pm

    I bought an electric broom last year for $89. It was going to take care of the dog hair problem on my hardwood floors. Well guess what, a regular ($7) broom works better. But I was too stubborn to admit that until it was too late to return it. So now it sits in the dining room and is untouched. Sometimes high tech is not better.
    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

  52. Tracey Byram
    12.05.2010 / 12:02 am

    My biggest shopping remorse took place 2 years ago when I spent $250 plus tax on a Furreal Butterscotch Pony for my granddaughter. She never had any interest in it and never played with it and it took up too much space. I learned my lesson.

  53. 12.05.2010 / 1:06 am

    My buy was a Black & Decker Blender. It lasted for 3 blends and then flew off the base. I called to have them replace it thinking i just bought a dud. They send the new one and it lasted 1 blend and started smoking and making a sound that i never want to hear again. We had named it "the child killer" because i had told B&D that it could have easily hit one of my children when it flew off the base. It was the worse money i have ever spent on a blender.The other would be a Bissel steam cleaner but it would make me too angry to even recount that process of frustration. We to this day have a ban on those 2 name brands.

  54. 12.05.2010 / 1:11 am

    My BIGGEST shopping regret is our car. While I am very grateful that we have a car I hate that it is only two doors, with a family of five, two in car seats one in a booster it is extremely hard to get the kids in and out of the car.

  55. 12.05.2010 / 1:12 am

    I regret buying an eye massager thingie from an online budget electronics store. It took about three weeks to arrive and then when it came, it didn't work properly. The massagers bent against your skin instead of being firm, and it only works with batteries – the AC/DC plug it came with is entirely non-functional….and even if it was functional you'd have the wire sticking down across your face. Blech.

  56. Lagean
    12.05.2010 / 1:16 am

    I traded my older model Ford pickup (nearly paid for) to my Dad for a new model Dodge (a few months old). Loved the truck but my finances took a HUGE turn and I couldn't afford it. Lost it in bankruptcy.

  57. Anonymous
    12.05.2010 / 1:23 am

    My biggest regret was a service of sorts.. Classes for buying and selling property. It is a great idea, but i didnt have the $$ or resources to get started so $7500 later big regret. Im still payin on the credit card 2 years later. Still a balance of $5000 or so. I could cry but live and learn i guess.Zippy573 AT netscape DOT net

  58. Kakihararocks
    12.05.2010 / 1:32 am

    My biggest purchase regret—I was in Paris and had my first credit card I was trying to be so sophisticated–I was in a lovely French boutique and I bought the most amazing perfume–of course when I got my credit card bill I had totally mis calculated the exchange rate and it was 10 times what I thought it would cost—it took me 5 years to pay it off-and of course once I got home I no longer even liked the perfume.

  59. shel
    12.05.2010 / 2:45 am

    I suppose besides that Yugo my husband and I bought when we first got married (yes, we really did) it would have to be my HE washing machine.I insisted I HAD to have an HE washing machine when my old GE washer broke down and was unrepairable. My husband and I went to the store and bought it and despite the low cost of delivery, we decided to bring it home ourselves. Big mistake…HUGE. It got stuck in our back door because two relatively intelligent people did not read the directions which said to remove the stabilizer bolts. So this massive washing machine is stuck in the back door of my house because of the bolts and it starts to rain. We're not thinking we're going to have to remove the entire door frame to get it out. I ended up calling my son at college and making him drive 45 minutes to get home so he and my husband could unwedge this monster from the back door.
    Finally we get it inside and it's scratched all over. My husband insists touch-up appliance paint will fix it but by that time I was just disgusted with the whole thing. Not to mention after running it a few times I discovered that it doesn't do nearly as good a job as my old washer and, if left to its own devices for a few days, it starts to smell.

  60. cstironkat
    12.05.2010 / 2:51 am

    A house I thought I could renovate with my husband and then make money on it. What a mess and we lost money.

  61. Wardell M
    12.05.2010 / 2:52 am

    My biggest shopping regret is the Geo Metro I bought in 2000. I paid 13000 for it and I had it for 2 yrs when my sister wrecked it! It was an impulse buy and I still had to pay for it even though the car was totalted and I had no transportation after that. Still regret it to this day.

  62. 12.05.2010 / 4:10 am

    Bought me some Paige jeans online because it was on sale and ended up really not liking it. I think its better for people with flat bums.

  63. Mandala
    12.05.2010 / 4:30 am

    I am an impulsive shopper and so I end up getting stuff I really don't need. I think my biggest regret is paying $1000 as downpayment for a timeshare. The next day we realized that spending $200 monthly for payments would not be practical, we decided to cancel and tried getting back our money but we could only get $500 refunded :(. Really impulsive of me and really a bad deal.mandalarctic at gmail dot com

    mandalarctic at gmail

  64. Mallory R
    12.05.2010 / 4:38 am

    When I was in College I had a brand new credit card. I felt the need to buy a snowboard/bindings/boots. (ps I had NEVER been BEFORE I bought them) My next brilliant step was to buy a seasons pass at our local resort.
    Even though I went probably 5 times, I never properly learned how to snowboard and I do not even enjoy it!! I HATE the COLD. What was I thinking!!

    So it was a waste of money, and I also got myself into debt because I was a poor college student with no real way to pay for my purchases! Not genius!

    Mallory1031 at gmail dot com

  65. Colleen
    12.05.2010 / 4:55 am

    Oh there's so many. One of my biggest regrets was purchasing an asus netbook. I went to Best Buy and decided which one I wanted and then went home and researched the price online. I found a good deal and bought it online for $499. I had it 3 months and on separate occasions the keyboard failed, the battery charger failed twice, and the monitor broke. It was only "warrantied" through the website I bought it from for 15 days. So I had to contact Asus on each occasion and pay to ship the broken part or the entire netbook to them to fix. I have had the worst customer service from them. From now on I purchase big items at the store and purchase additional warranties.cthompson1477@gmail dot com

  66. Aibrean
    12.05.2010 / 8:02 am

    I have four contenders for worst purchase of all time.
    1) My Dell Inspiron laptop. I bought it for college, and it cost over $1,000. It has made my life a nightmare. It always breaks right before projects for due. The keys pop off. The screen died. It overheats. I could go on and on. I had a four year warranty, which has since ended, but Dell always replaced my broken parts with used, substandard parts. Terrible waste of money.

    2) I never buy anything for myself, so I purchased a lovely $500+ briefcase for my birthday. It was too heavy, the wrong color, and did I mention expensive?! I was too cheap to pay $50 to ship it back, so I'm stuck with it.

    3&4) Senior prom and father-daughter dance dresses. Senior prom involved a $200 coral colored mermaid-fitted dress in satin. Terrible. The other dress was navy blue, $100+, and just as unflattering.

    Now I'm scared of buying laptops, handbags, and formal dresses because of shopper's remorse. aibreanros at gmail dot com

  67. Anonymous
    12.05.2010 / 8:10 am

    My biggest regret was purchasing websites (5 of them) thinking I would do something with them and make money. Instead, I've done nothing with them because it cost even more to activate them, and I lost all of the paperwork when we moved, so I can't even sell them. I totally fell for what I later realized were the same psychological crowd manipulation tricks used by cults with lighting, temperature, sound, etc. So I'm out thousands of dollars and didn't qualify for the class action lawsuit against the company. Very expensive lesson to learn, but I learned it well.

  68. 12.05.2010 / 4:15 pm

    Our biggest regret purchase is our SUV. My BF went out car shopping where he was suppose to be looking a a Ford Escape, he Came home with a Benz suv. His reasoning was that a Used one was the same price of a Ford Escape. Big mistake, first the SUv is kinda os small inside. It is like riding in a matchbox car. Second the repairs costs on it are huge. It costs almost double what a normal car costs to fix. That thing is going to put us in the poor house all becuase he wanted a "flashy" suv.

  69. Jennifer
    12.05.2010 / 4:50 pm

    Our biggest purchase regret is our house. We bought right as the market began to turn downwards. We figured prices wouldn't go much lower. Our house is currently worth $130,000 less than what we paid.

  70. MandieC
    12.05.2010 / 7:13 pm

    My biggest regret was purchasing a Wii. My husband and I thought we would use it ALL the time but now it sits staring at me – taunting me. I wish I would have taken the money and paid down a bill or put it toward my anniversary vacation. I could have done that if I had the Premium Return Protection service!!

  71. Melody
    12.05.2010 / 8:10 pm

    My biggest regret: our house. My husband lost his job 2x in 2 years.. (and we were single income!) and now we can't even practically give it away. That sucker is going to go into foreclosure and haunt me for years!! 🙁

  72. Mstyle10
    12.05.2010 / 9:14 pm

    My biggest purchase regret was recently buying a new power wheels for my son. He is totally scared of it and will not go near it. Plus, now someone offered us a used one for free. If I had only known…

  73. 12.06.2010 / 1:59 am

    A fancy travel pillow at the airport gift shop. I was on a total pre-trip travel high and bought it on impulse. I tried using it on the flight and my head was still all bobble-y.

  74. 12.06.2010 / 4:18 am

    mine was buying a sweater first [rice and two days later it was Clearanced 8 bucks cheaper

    Cbrocious1984 AT gmail DOT com

  75. Dayna C
    12.06.2010 / 4:23 am

    I bought this beautiful leather bag from one of those online trunk sales. I was awesome and at 1/3 of the original price it was a steal! I wore it all of 4 times and the hardware on one of the straps came off. I didn't realize it until it was too late and the strap became detached. I couldn't find the hardware to reattach it. So I have this beautiful, rarely worn purse that I only got a couple uses out of. And of course the online trunk sale website had an absolutely no returns policy!

  76. Connie T
    12.06.2010 / 6:34 am

    I purchased a very expensive vacuum cleaner many years ago that I absolutely hate, but I spent so much money on it that I'm still using it out of guilt.cslmwt at hotmail dot com

  77. 12.06.2010 / 6:35 am

    My biggest purchase regret is not limited to a single purchase, but a pattern of a bad purchasing habit that I have. Sometimes I see something that I really want, and I become OBSESSED. As in I have to that object right away and I ignore the little voice in my head that says that I don't really need that object and that as soon as I have it, I won't want it. So to break this bad habit, I've been telling people when I feel these urges coming on and the accountability usually stops me from making a bad purchase, but I still slip up sometimes!
    That's my story and thanks for this giveaway 🙂

  78. Liz Nordquist
    12.06.2010 / 7:04 am

    /my biggest purchase mistake was paying $200 dollars to order true religion jeans online, that ended up not being authentic!
    Not only was the size a bit too tight around the waist and wayy to long on the legs, they were terrible quality and there was no way I could feel right about selling them to someone else knowing there replicas.

    Thanks for this giveaway 🙂


  79. Anonymous
    12.06.2010 / 7:22 am

    A Wii Fit board. My husband was like "We can work out on it! It can chart your weight as you get FIT! It has fun games that work you out without you even REALIZING it!!" and I totally got suckered in and we bought it together on our credit card. In Japan. And here in the US, not only can we not buy any new games for it (because it's region 2, only plays games from Region 2; i.e., Japan), it just sits gathering dust. Well, it's actually a good stand for our folder of Playstation games and DVD's…and our son likes to pull it out once in awhile and jump up and down on it pretending it's a trampoline…But the entire board and Wii Fit game was such a waste of money because we used it twice!
    Ugh. If only we had known…

    Great giveaway and good luck selling that pen!!

  80. 12.06.2010 / 11:02 am

    My biggest mistake is the stove in our kitchen.
    We bought our home several years ago as a FSBO.

    Owner ended up pulling the old bait and switch, the appliances we got were not the appliances that were in the house when we toured it 5 times. That is a whole story on it's own..the motgage compnay had to intervene a month after purchase b/c he bounced the check to pay the back taxes and the county said we had to pay $2100.00 and I cried a lot ! It finally got taken care of but my advice is…FSBO is great, just spend the $200.00 to have a real estate attorney look over everthing first, before you sign. Some people are dishonest! Anyway, we didn't have a dime left but the stove only had one burner that worked, sort of, and the oven didn't work at all. The fridge we replaced with the one in my moms garage . Still have that too. We saw an ad for a local ding and dent with financing so we went on over.

    We found an inexpensive stove signed up and brought it home.

    It didn't work right either! The door wouldn't shut all the way so there is massive heat loss and the back two burners cycle for a minute or two then stop. You have to turn it on over and over if you need something going in back. The store said it worked fine when we bought it, I argued with them, hub argued , my dad (!!!) even called and tried to talk to the mgr. No dice.

    I still have the stove, still hate the stove, still want a good stove!

    The only good thing is that experience opened my eyes and since then I have learned to be frugal…but SMART about it.

    The Premium Return Protection Plan sounds smart to me. Wish i had it 4 1/2 years ago!

    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

  81. Maggie Smith
    12.06.2010 / 2:03 pm

    There are several items that I've regretted purchasing over the years but my Jeep Grand Cherokee is #1. My husband traded in his beloved Wrangler (that was paid off!) for it and the car was a lemon! Grrr, so frustrating. We are too broke to buy another car and now we have a newborn and a 2 year old to take care of! Christmas is going to be meager this year!

  82. Anonymous
    12.06.2010 / 4:27 pm

    My biggest purchase regret so far is our TV, I should have waited and got a flat screen, sigh.

  83. Renee E.
    12.07.2010 / 3:14 pm

    my husband and i bought a couch–albiet, a cheap, IKEA couch, when we first moved to boston and ended up selling it for half price when we moved. its not a huge financial mistake, but if i'd known that we were going to move in just 9 months, i would've looked for something cheaper or free
    emerson0811 at gmail dot com

  84. Anonymous
    12.07.2010 / 5:19 pm

    Wow, this is so awesome. Sadly I've been a victim, er, participant in my own Shoppers Remorse situations many times. So which one was the worst? Gonna be hard for me to narrow it down, so I'm going with two. A beauty uh-oh, and a fashion whoa. I get in a habit of checking out Ebay late at night, for beauty pieces from older MAC collections that aren't available anymore. I found a set of two MAC lipsticks from a collection I had wanted to try but never got the chance to. The price was way cheap, something like only $35 for the two lipsticks, which is uncommon for hard to find MAC pieces, but I decided to try my luck and buy it anyway, even if it did seem to good to be true….turns out it was! It was fake MAC, the colors were wrong, the logos were wrong. It was a wreck. $35 down the drain when I should have know better. Bad bad Amber…
    Now for my fashion remorse, which you know, was totallllllly not my fault… 😉 I ended up buying a pair of shoes, opened toed, gray suede. They looked so cute online! I liked the size of the heel (4 inch), I liked the shade of gray more dark than light, and I liked the style of the pumps. Once they arrived to me, I took one look and thought "Seriously, what made me buy these?" It was as if some Amber-imposter with a penchant for all things fashionable had taken a shopping spree with her eyes closed. Theres no way I would have chosen these shoes had I gone shopping in person, so what sort of Internet-shopping alcohol had I drank? Needless to say, my wallet too a break after that. You'll be glad to know that it is since back in action, but it's a little more cautious these days 😉

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

  85. 12.07.2010 / 6:19 pm

    this is a great idea!my biggest purchase regret was my very first pair of boots that i purchased from a local boutique. they were originally $250, marked down to a steal: $100 or so the saleslady said. last pair, my exact size. can you believe it?! neither could i! i tried them on twice or three times in the store, and decided that i could not pass up such a deal. they were half off! in my size! it meant something! i purchased the non-returnable steal-of-a-deal boots. after wearing them a few times outdoors, i realized that they were 1) at least a half size too big, if not a whole size, making them extremely difficult to walk in considering my feet were sliding all over the place and i appeared to be very "wobbly". 2) they started leaking as soon as i wore them, and my feet were constantly wet. i was determined to make them work, even had them resoled to attempt to redeem my purchase. they were still too big, still leaked, and i finally decided to stop wearing them and get rid of them completely. it was a painful process. it taught me that just because they're on a great deal doesn't mean that it's worth my money for something that isn't going to be exactly what i want.

  86. S Carter
    12.07.2010 / 6:42 pm

    I would say my biggest purchase regret was a VERY expensive camera. I love pictures and always had a basic camera. Right out of college, I bought this "I do everything" camera with multiple lenses. Being the low tech girl I am, I never figured out how to work it, so many years later I sold it for almost nothing. What a waste!!

  87. Jess Kay Designs
    12.07.2010 / 6:42 pm

    I'm usually a very cautious shopper, always doing my research and bargain shopping for the best price/quality/etc. However, I made an impulse buy once for a Shiatsu Neck massager. I have one for my back that I use all the time, but my neck always gets sore from working on the computer so much, so I thought I would love the neck massager version… instead, I hate it. I've only used it once and now it just sits there and collects dust!

  88. 12.07.2010 / 7:50 pm

    My biggest regret isn't that large in monetary value, but is my BIGGEST because I keep making it! Every time I buy shoes, I end up with another pair that doesn't quite fit. I wear size 10 1/2, so it's really hard to find good ones, and I usually convince myself that it will "be okay" with shoes that don't end up working. Do you KNOW how many pairs I have that never make it out of the closet??

  89. Laly Gonzalez
    12.07.2010 / 9:22 pm

    Jesus, my computer! I had a perfectly good laptop that fell to the floor and I thought was a total loss, so I bought a $1,200 Mac, without having $1,200 (the power of credit). Turns out, I could get my old computer fixed for only 40 bucks, and now I'm stuck with 2 computers, and a nice debt.
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  90. Superpaige
    12.07.2010 / 9:27 pm

    My husband AND I put money down on a house, then realized that wasn't the house for us. We lost our earnest money, and it was a big regret. I also have a pair of shoes I'm not sure if I like, but I've already worn them Regret.

  91. Kismit3k
    12.07.2010 / 11:48 pm

    my biggest purchase regret was a netbook computer i bought on sale…i thought i'd use it while abroad to webchat with my bf longdistance. turns out the computer didn't even have a camera, it was too slow to even use, and had like a one week return policy. oops!

  92. Shae johnson
    12.08.2010 / 12:41 am

    I bought a purse once that I thought was totally cute. I had it for a few days, and was like, "what? This thing is ugly!"

  93. Schmidty
    12.08.2010 / 2:08 am

    My biggest purchase remorse was a laptop that seemed to be a true lemon …many problems almost from day one. This new Amex service would have been great to have at the time, because bottom line was I wished I could give it back and buy another brand entirely.

  94. Lynda
    12.08.2010 / 2:16 am

    Off the top of my head, I would say my Wii fit board. It's been sitting in the corner, never been used… and I regret it everytime I walk by it!

  95. Stephanie
    12.08.2010 / 3:08 am

    I bought a red cardigan from the Limited that hangs in my closet to this day. The necklace is weird on me, but I waited too long to return it! ugh! swoodsonshoeclips at gmail dot com

  96. amybelle2001
    12.08.2010 / 3:30 am

    My biggest purchase regret is a Nespresso machine that I loved but bought to give to my husband (then my boyfriend) as a present. We've only used it once. It's in our storage room gathering dust. I can't even bring myself to sell it online because I have this fantasy that we will use it someday.

    amybelle2001 at gmail dot com

  97. Urbanfoxjewelry
    12.08.2010 / 4:04 am

    I recently bought a clipless curling iron online and the thing never heats up! It cost $70 too 🙁 urbanfoxjewelry AT

  98. Aik
    12.08.2010 / 5:54 am

    My biggest purchase regret is a Canon Pixma IP1800 Printer. I spent a few hundred bucks for it, and it doesn't even work properly! It's noisy, ink-consuming and has a problem with paper loading. The papers always get stuck in the printer! I totally regretted buying it. 🙁

  99. Ashleyrgarrett89
    12.08.2010 / 6:32 am

    My biggest purchase regret was a 50 inch television. My husband wanted it soo bad. I wasn’t so sold. But I gave him the go and we went to Sears to buy that television in all of its glory. Oh how I loathed that screen taking over my husbands life! I hated it. I’d say, oh let’s sell it and save the money, we don’t need it. But of course, with the “Deal” we got on it, my husband claimed we would never get such a steal again on a monster like that.
    The kicker? We just moved this summer and it’s been sitting in storage for the past 6 months. Not even touched. Bye bye money…

  100. Cat Davis
    12.08.2010 / 9:10 am

    It probably sounds odd but my biggest purchase regret was buying an XBox360. The games are too violent for my nature and honestly, I'm a Wii girl and love the Mario games so I should have bought the Wii instead of listening to my husband.

  101. Sarah G
    12.08.2010 / 11:35 am

    One of the worst purchase regrets I have (and, it probably sounds silly!) is purchasing a two year subscription to our local newspaper. I was in the grocery store, and a very good (albeit pushy) salesperson wouldn't let me get past the table until I signed up. I ended up paying almost double the going rate. 😛 'Til this day, I avoid that store like the plague. 🙂

  102. gingela5
    12.08.2010 / 6:07 pm

    My biggest purchase regret is my car! I thought mine was dying and needed about $400 worth of repairs–I had already put too much money into it so I sold it to my parents and bought a new one. My mom has been driving it for about two months now without having a single thing done to it. She says it's running "perfectly." UGH!

  103. Anonymous
    12.08.2010 / 6:19 pm

    I realize the purpose of the contest is buyer's remorse. But I've tried to live by the credo that we learn from our mistakes so I hate to say that I have regrets about anything I've purchased. Yeah, that sweater-making machine still sits in the basement in the original box. Yeah, the treadmill that we got before my daughter was born almost 8 years ago is collecting dust. Yeah, that fresh produce ended up going bad because I over-thought it and over-bought it. I've learned that I need to make better choices and have become a more frugal shopper as a result.
    But since you're looking for my biggest purchase regret, I guess I would have to say the house we live in! We moved back to Iowa from Los Angeles to be closer to family… and although I love the house, I realize that being closer to family also means being closer to drama. So if I purchase something that I plan to use to escape the drama, I'll be sure to check the American Express Premium Return Protection Service to see if I can return it when I realize it won't make the drama go away!

  104. carmen
    12.08.2010 / 8:01 pm

    My biggest purchase regret is my expensive water color kit. I had lofty ambitions of becoming a great artist but have only used it a couple of times!

  105. bergdorfblonde88
    12.08.2010 / 8:34 pm

    I normally make a point of only buying things I fall completely in love with, and know I will never regret wearing/using.
    However, when I got engaged I fell prey to allowing too many of my bridesmaids to come dress shopping with me, and initially ended up with a very expensive designer dress that I, personally, came to hate and resent…definitely the biggest case of shopper's remorse I've ever experienced.

    In the end, I wound up finding a new dress I adored, and all was well with the world, but I was in meltdown mode for a couple of months panicking about what to do!

    Thanks for this opportunity! 🙂

  106. 12.09.2010 / 12:11 am

    I regret buying clothes for work because after the job ends, I don't like to wear them anymore.

  107. 12.09.2010 / 3:41 am

    My biggest purchase regret is probably the massive amounts of liquid foundation makeup. My skin never agrees to it but I still try and buy

  108. 12.09.2010 / 4:40 am

    My biggest purchase regret is my laptop. I thought it would be great so that hubby could use the desktop and I would still be able to blog hop (since I'm a little hooked on bloghopping) HOWEVER… it just sits on a shelf in my room. Hubby is never on the desktop except for when I'm fixing dinner. Go figure, he got "bored" with his game a week after I got my laptop. Oh well at least it keeps the dust off my shelf!Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

  109. Amy Perez
    12.09.2010 / 6:27 am

    My biggest shopping regret was when I purchased my laptop. Oh, don't get me wrong – I love my computer and all, but that there folks is just the problem. I think I may love it a wee bit too much. The high-speed internet combined with the too-numerous-to-count fascinating, entertaining, and edifying blogs, on top of the multiple folders of emails needing my attention, added to the interesting articles that beg to be read, plus the online stores that tempt you to covet their goods, throw in the various social networking sites (which I avoid like the plague!) and multiply by the bajillion and one nifty gadgets already on my computer total together to slowly ebb away your-already-limited time. Time, valuable, non-returnable, non-refundable time that could be spent with my family and friends and God; time used improving myself through books, exercise or service to others, etc. So, yes, though I love this piece of technology, I'd rather have forgone the pricey piece of metal than the priceless time I've wasted.

  110. 12.09.2010 / 7:23 am

    My biggest purchase regret is my car!!! It's a nice car and all but we so did not need all the luxuries that came with it. If I could just go back to that day I would have picked something that would have been paid off in a year not 5! My husband could have had his new truck and I could have drove the other truck. I was an idiot lets just say that!

  111. 12.09.2010 / 1:25 pm

    I figured that my biggest regret should be something BIG! as in size.. I regret buying "green" leather sofas in upgraded leather. They are the ugliest damn things you have ever seen. I have been decorating around them for years, but will they WEAR OUT? Will they go anywhere else in the house? NOOOOO!!! They show no decline whatsoever after 10 years. Now you know, if they were in a lovely brown saddle color (that matches everything) that I'd have to be replacing them by now, but these green (the ugliest green ever) monsters will not even look tired. They are still shiny and bright. GAHHHH!!! What the heck was I thinking???? WHAT? Here is a link to them so you can see the level of stupidity and hideousness of my biggest regret EVER EVER!… Are you shaking your head and laughing hilariously at me right now? I know you are…ergo my regret!

  112. Foy_jamie
    12.09.2010 / 2:53 pm

    my printer is a big one! We bought it on sale and it was a great deal then I got it home and hooked it up to my new computer and it worked fine till I tried to get the scanner and all the other things to work. Turns out it was on sale cause it is not compatible with windows 7!

  113. Kelsey
    12.09.2010 / 8:26 pm

    Biggest purchase that I regreted, hmm their has been a few of these in my lifetimes hehe so here goes. I purchased a very expensive wedding dress, and we ended up canceling the wedding so I never got to wear it! I ended up paying $1500 for the dress and when I had it adjusted that was another $500! To me that was a lot of money that went down the drain, and for nothing!
    kelseylouiseapley at gmail dot com

  114. 12.10.2010 / 2:24 am

    My biggest purchase regret is the worst I ever had. I went shopping with my mom one day. I didn't really mean to buy anything. But then I started seeing things I liked and I wanted to buy them. I started spending soo much and wasn't keeping track of what I was buying being the fashionista I am. I just love clothes, so I saw these jeggings that I really liked. They were in my style and at a really goood bargain. So I added it to the stuff I bought. I payed for everything and went home. When I got home i looked through my bags to sort the things I bought. I look at my new jeggings and theres a rip. I was like how did I not see this. I was soo busy shopping, that I didn't look over if the clothes were messed up. So I went back to the shop to return it and they said that it was a final sale and that theres no returns. I was sooo mad. Thats the worst thing that ever happened before and it can't be fixed cause you will totally see where its riped still. Thats my biggest shopping regret and I hope my last one too.

  115. Flyergal82
    12.10.2010 / 4:38 am

    I bought a new dress and gifts for a wedding…and ended up not being invited to the wedding. Anyone want personalized wine glasses ?

  116. 12.10.2010 / 5:22 am

    I spent an entire summer buying my shopper's remorse products. I was working at the hippest, coolest boutique in the city with clothes to DIE for. Shortly before being hired, I became pregnant with our first child. I got an employee discount, so even though I couldn't fit into the clothes after a few months, I spent all of my earnings there at the boutique. I couldn't wait to lose the baby weight 9 months later and start wearing my chic outfits. Unfortunately, I lost the weight, but none of the clothes fit my new body. I have thousands of dollars worth of amazing clothes hanging in my closet that I'll probably never be able to wear…. 🙁
    mickeycoutts at yahoo dot com

  117. 12.10.2010 / 5:23 am

    May sound funny, but one of my purchase regrets are things I buy for myself, even if they are small. I always seem to think I have to spend my money on my teenagers instead of myself. Sometimes I even feel a little guilty when I get my hair cut (like today!)

  118. One4earth
    12.10.2010 / 6:42 pm

    It may not seem like much, but when you are in need you are in
    need! I recently bought a three pack of underwear from a

    Catherines store. I paid cash and didn't keep the receipt. The FIRST

    time I pulled on a pair, they ripped apart! I took them straight out of

    the bag…not after they had washed/dried! They ripped like dry

    rotted fabric rips. All three pairs did this. I spend $25 on trash.

    When I contacted the company about this, they refused to stand

    behind their product or help me out. They said without a receipt,

    there was nothing they could do! I had to just throw them

    away…made me sick on my tight budget. I will never shop there


  119. Nynekats
    12.10.2010 / 7:58 pm

    Let me start first by saying that I am a die hard environmentalist.
    Because of this, a few years ago I sold my Toro gasoline run lawn

    mower and purchased a Black and Decker corded electric mower.

    At first I thought I was going to love it. Its really quiet and easy to

    maintain. It doesn't stink and takes no gasoline. Its got a lot of stuff

    going for it; however, its got a 100 foot cord attached to it that I

    have to whip around my whole body, trees, bushes, etc. to keep

    from mowing over. It makes me INSANE! I bought the corded

    version because it was $200 cheaper than the cordless and

    weighed less than 1/2 what the cordless did (due to battery

    weight). I made a mistake. I SO wish I had purchased the cordless

    model. Playing jump rope while mowing is NOT my idea of a good


  120. 12.10.2010 / 8:10 pm

    It has taken me all week to decide what my BIGGEST regret is and, being a compulsive shopper, I cannot name just one thing… we’ve purchased too much stuff, including: two timeshares, multiple big ticket items (60” television, fancy light fixture, car, 7 foot tall poly resin Nutcracker soldier…) and too many less expensive items, that still clutter my house, to mention. So I am telling you the most tragic, regrettable things I have purchased, even though they wouldn’t qualify for the American Express Premium Return Protection Service.
    I regret buying little pets.

    No, not the cute little animal toys (although I DID fall into that trap for a while–trying to collect them all for my daughter and going store to store almost daily to find the latest ones). No, I am talking about actual small animals. More specifically: gerbils, a toad, and a rabbit. Let me just say that we have and HAVE had for the past 10 years 2-4 dogs at any given time, so adding more animals to our chaotic household was never a good idea. But, I am one of those parents that tends to overcompensate for not being the best mommy on the planet…. I don't go on school field trips, or plan elaborate birthday parties or enroll my kids in every sport and after school activity imaginable and somehow, in my mind, that makes me a lesser parent. So– I tend to overindulge my kids more than I should. Yeah, I’m far from perfect. Judge me if you must.

    Case #1 — a pair of gerbils given to my daughter for her 9th birthday. We gave them to her with the complete gerbil set-up: cage, plastic tunnel things, wheel for them to run on, and the plastic ball they can run in when on the floor (which, as I failed to explain to my children when giving them the ball, is NOT intended to be used as a bowling ball that knocks down soda bottle "pins" while the gerbils are INSIDE– poor little things). Well, the gerbils were biters-not that I blame them- and not very fun little pets, so within a few months, they were re-adopted by one of our neighbors.

    Case #2 — a fire bellied toad that my mother decided to buy for my daughter for her 10th birthday while they were at the pet store buying dog food one day. She didn't ask me, she just did it, but I figured that it would be easy-peasy. She bought the tank, some plants and rocks, and toad food, so we were ready to go. Unfortunately, after a few weeks with this cute little amphibian, I noticed that she wasn't eating and looked…well, NOT GOOD. I asked my mom if she was 100% sure that we were feeding it the right food. She assured me that the little frog pellets were what the Petco employee told her they eat. Two more days of not eating and I called Petco just to double check– and to let them know that we may have gotten a sick toad. Imagine my horror when the employee explained to me that fire bellied toads eat LIVE CRICKETS!! We had been dropping these ridiculous dried pellets in the tank for weeks and essentially starving the poor thing to death. Well, not "essentially" starving it to death– switching to crickets wasn't enough to save it. It was too late. One morning a few days later, we went to see if she had eaten her crickets and instead found the crickets eating her dried remains.

    Case #3 — and the most tragic — a rabbit. The year that my daughter turned 12, we were also in a (minor but traumatic) car accident and she remained freaked out about it even a couple months later. So, one day, while I was at a pet supply store, I saw the most beautiful velveteen rabbit and thought that she would love it! I mean, a rabbit isn't like a gerbil or a toad– a rabbit is cute and cuddly and snuggly and will make her feel all better. Right? Well, she DID love it when I brought it home. She made room for its cage in her room, gave it one of her baby blankets to sleep on and was so excited to have a new friend. But then, within a week, the rabbit was spraying its urine everywhere and it smelled so disgusting. No matter what we did, it just reeked! So, we had to move it outside. My daughter tried to still love it, but was pretty much turned off by the rabbit now– no longer seeing it as cute and cuddly since it has turned her room (and her baby blanket) into a urinal. My mom on the other hand, (who lived with us at the time to help me with the kids due to my chronic illness) spent lots of time outside with the rabbit… she held it, let it run around, let it sit on top of its cage. But remember: we have dogs. The dogs aren't EVER outside when the rabbit is out of the cage, but one day– oh, that day– my son, who was 6 at the time and quite the little troublemaker, went running out to the backyard to play right after school. Within minutes, he was back in the house, standing in the living room. Looking mortified, he said, “Mommy, I DIDN’T do it, but…. I think Rolo is dead ‘cuz he’s laying on his back in the grass like this,” and he showed us how the bunny was laying with its paws straight up and legs straight out. We rushed outside and sure enough, Rolo was dead. Apparently, after letting him out of the cage before she left for work in the morning, my mom neglected to put him back IN the cage and/or forgot to latch it. We have no way of knowing how long the dogs chased it around the backyard before its poor little heart arrested. We were all speechless. I felt so guilty and didn’t know what the right thing to do was, so I had him cremated. His remains still sit in the plastic urn on our mantle.

    It was very traumatic and took me longer to learn my lesson that I wish it had. Needless to say, in the 5 years since that “incident,” we haven’t purchased anymore small critters.

    (Sorry for the super long story- but thanks for reading)

  121. Kimberly B.
    12.10.2010 / 10:14 pm

    A food chopper seemed like an innocent enough purchase. Especially when it was one labeled “As seen on TV.” I smiled at its sleek design. It would be like having tiny elves to do all of my chopping and dicing work. My husband was rather excited about the purchase as well. He thought of himself as a “gourmet” cook: Translation: He now knew not to put salad in the microwave. My husband decided to make stir-fry for our wedding anniversary, my favorite food. “Um, honey,” he called about halfway through the food preparations. “We have a little problem.” He held up his hand, a tangled spider web design of blood decorating it. “That food chopper is lethal.” I rushed him to the emergency room, and we spent our anniversary in a cold white room. Instead of the lovely dinner on top of a table with the beautiful new tablecloth I’d bought, the only table around had a crinkled piece of paper on it. Instead of a romantic evening, I got to watch a balding doctor jam a needle in my husband’s hand, applying six stitches. The first thing I did we when arrived home was to throw away the evil monster with blades as teeth. One food chopper. 19.95. Biggest purchase regret. Not as seen on TV.

  122. 12.10.2010 / 11:08 pm

    My biggest purchase regret is letting my husband buy a new "fun" car. He got pulled over the same day and ended up paying almost $1000 in fines!

  123. Erobison09
    12.10.2010 / 11:13 pm

    I regret buying a new tv, our old one was just fine and our new one wasn't much better. I just regret spending so much money on something we really didn't need

  124. Mermont84
    12.11.2010 / 1:41 am

    my biggest purchase regret was my apartment – i didnt realize all the faults that were going to occur – from fridges that died, AC units that were filled with mold. the place looked great on the outside but on further inspection, it was the worst purchase ever since it was a moneypit!!!

  125. Anonymous
    12.11.2010 / 4:36 am

    One time I purchased a pair of black leggings, and I was completely unaware that they were see through, I'm talking about extremely see through. Now this wouldnt be that big of a deal, had I worn these leggings with a long tunic or a dress, BUT paired these leggings with a just an average length sweater. Since I had been working on my glucose, and I felt very happy with my results, I figured that I might as well show of all my hard work, and wear these leggings that showed off my back side. So when I went out with my girlfriends that night, (which let me add, they didnt notice either) we had our picture taken by the local nighlife newspaper that comes out weekly in my city. Well… I was horrified to see that a picture had made it to the newspaper, and my backside happend to be the view that was in these pictures, and the only thing that stood out was my big white thongs through my leggings. Apparently the flash from the camera made my thong glow, and everyone knew it was me because I was dancing with my usual group of girlfriends in the picture and I'm the only one with long brown hair in my group of friends. People got a real kick out of this, and my coworkers even saw it!!! I was so horrified!! I threw those leggings away to say the least, never again will I be caught wearing those !!! And girls, make sure those leggings you wear are not see through, hold those suckers up to a lamp and do a light test, it will save you from a lot of embarassment! roxygurl205 at hotmail dot com

  126. Anonymous
    12.11.2010 / 5:08 am

    My biggest purchase regret was at a recent craft show. I bought a great turquoise and gold bracelet. Unfortunately, the gold turned me green. No way to return it. I still live the setting and the turquoise (probably faux-quoise). My great bargain ($225 marked down to $100) turned out to be a great lesson!

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