Dr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, has this prompt called “5 Things,” where she asks us to list five things about a particular topic. For this week’s topic, she’s asking about five things we’ve purchased and have suffered buyer’s remorse. In other words, purchases we regret making.
1. 1961 Jaguar XK-150. Back in my younger days I used to be into classic British roadsters. At various times I owned a Sunbeam Alpine, an MG Midget, a Triumph Spitfire, and an Austin-Healey 3000. At one point I decided I needed another classic British roadster, so I bought a Jaguar XK 150, like the one pictured below.
While 60s-era British roadsters were very sexy cars and so much fun to drive (not to mention, chick magnets), they were not known for their reliability. But my XK -150 was, far and away, the worst of the lot, spending more time in the shop than on the road. It’s a good thing it was my second car. I finally ended up selling it to the mechanic whose shop it was in most of the time I owned it.
2. Sonic mole repellent stakes. I bought these because they allegedly offered a “humane” way of ridding my yard of moles. But as I wrote here, not only did they not repel moles, they seem to attract them, as I have more mole holes in my backyard now than ever before.
3. Casual shirts with no breast pocket. I buy most of my clothing online and when I buy casual shirts, I like them to have a breast pocket where I can keep tissues in case I need to sneeze or my nose starts running. I recently bought three casual shirts online from a company called UNTUCKit, as I wrote here. I had to return my original order because the cut was too snug for my old man body. I called the company and told them I needed to return them and exchange them for the “relaxed” fit. When I spoke to the customer service rep, I said that I needed these relaxed fit shirts to have a breast pocket. When my order arrived, two of the three shirts had breast pockets and one didn’t, even though the customer service rep assured me that all of their casual shirts are made with breast pocket on the left. Now I’ve got to initiate a return of the breast pocketless shirt. Why do they make men’s casual shirts without breast pockets anyway?
I was reminded of this when I read this post from Sandman Jazz this morning.
4. A combination dining and ping pong table. Our house has an open concept layout with a kitchen, family room and dining room all open. Most of the time it’s just me and my wife here and we have a beautiful, 45-inch diameter antique oak table with exquisitely carved claw feet that is perfectly suitable for the two of us.
But we still have room in our open concept living area for a larger dining table for when family and friends come over.
I wanted to use that space to get a dual purpose table, one that we could use as a dining table when needed, but that could be used as a pool table at most other times. My wife agreed in concept, but she wanted a combo dining table and ping ping table, suggesting that our kids and grandkids would love it much more than a billiards table.
I caved, because you know, happy wife. But what we didn’t take into consideration when making this purchase decision was our pet cat and pet dog, both of whom loved to pounce on stray ping pong balls and destroy them. Our cat is now gone, and so is our dog from when we bought the combo table. But a few months ago we took home a rescue dog who is obsessed with ping pong balls. Hence, we almost never us the ping pong aspect of our large dining table.
My regret is that I didn’t stick to my guns and buy the combo dining/billiards table, which I’m sure we’d have gotten much more enjoyment from and use of.
5. A BlackBerry Storm smartphone. I’d been using BlackBerry smartphones for years before Apple introduced its first iPhone in 2007. When it was time to upgrade my smartphone, I examined the iPhone and it seemed to me to be little more than an iPod with a phone capability added on. I was also a very loyal BlackBerry customer, so I opted to upgrade to a BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry’s answer to Apple’s iPhone, rather than jumping on the iPhone bandwagon.
What a mistake. The BlackBerry Storm was a piece of shit. By 2010, when I bought my first iPhone, the iPhone 4, BlackBerry, which had been the market leader in first generation smartphones, was barely a blip on the radar. In hindsight, I should have done two things: bought the iPhone instead of the BlackBerry storm, and bought stock in Apple!