September 25, 2001    





If you could take back making any purchase, what would it be?

big white platform shoes.


As I tend to be an impulse shopper, I've made many purchases that I later regretted. The most recent thing isn't exactly a purchase but it bothered me so much that I will use that. A few months ago I signed up with Cavalier telephone, which is both a local and long-distance service in one. I thought I was being so smart because now instead of TWO bills, one for local calls and one for long-distance calls, I would only get one bill and would save money. I received the paperwork from them and assumed I was receiving services from them. Not the case. A few months later, I had to email them for something (I couldn't get them on the phone), and the two letters I received, full of typos and bad grammar, said that we weren't signed up fortheir service but were on the "pending" list. Also, that I could not make any changes or deletions; it had to be strictly from my husband. So Bill called them and told them to cancel our account. We planned to move shortly after that and called our current phone company to have our service transferred. They said they couldn't do that because we were officially still signed up with Cavalier. And what's more, they couldn't turn off our old service. Bill called Cavalier and had three conference calls with them and our phone company. They said everything was fixed but when I called the following week to set up service at our new address, I was told once again that it couldn't be done because we still 'belonged' to Cavalier. After several more phone calls we finally got the mess straightened out.

Reba, 51+
Silver Spring

The Chevy Vega that I bought back in the early 80s. I used to have to pull into a gas station and tell them to fill it up with oil and check the gas. I love Chevy and back then I was an avid fan of "buy American" but that car was a joke.

Fisch, 46
, CT   USA

Tuition to art school

Maggie, 20
, IL   USA

The 80dollar tech book that is unreadable and now out of date untouched.

Firelady, 43
, TX   USA

Any item of clothing that "will be perfect when you lose five pounds!"

Jane, 60 
West Linn
, OR   USA

Probably a plane ticket for my ex-boyfriend to come here & see me. I guess not buying him the ticket would have altered my life somewhat, so maybe it wouldn't be a good idea. . .but really, bringing him here was a bad way to spend money.

Karen, 22

Metaphorically, I've purchased too many pigs in too many pokes--but my optimism always seemed to be justified....

Jill, 60

Besides the occassional bad clothing purchase? I would probably say the 1990 Toyota Tercel that I purchased too quickly, paid too much for, spend too much on repairs, and kept too long.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

I'm an impulse buyer, so mostly everything in my closet.

Jennifer, 19

I have a box of about 80 CDs that I really, really, really shouldn't have bought - they're all punk and nu-metal shite that I bought on impulse and have only listened to once. As far as clothes go, I have a pair of jeans that are at least two waist sizes too small (I misread the label and lost the receipt) and a hooded sweatshirt that I can't bring myself to wear anymore that I wish I'd never laid eyes on.

Shanna ,16

About eighty-five percent of the things I own.

Kristin, 20

Yesterday / Tomorrow