What's the largest purchase you made that resulted in buyer's remorse?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by jaydub, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. jaydub macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    I've bought a number of cars in my driving lifetime, and have eventually sold them in favor of something else - though never did I feel the pangs of buyer's remorse.

    This time around; however, I bought a Mac Pro, and have really felt like I made a mistake. It's an amazing machine - which gets used about once a week. I needed to replace my ailing home machine, and I could've done so much more cheaply, but I already had a nice LCD monitor. Now I regret the whole shebang, because I could've just gotten an iMac (or better yet, replaced my two and a half year old MBP with a new one - I bought the Mac Pro a week before the updated MBPs were announced).

    So yeah, that's the biggie right now. What are some of your purchases that made you wonder wtf you were thinking?
  2. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
  3. jaydub thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    LOL well it's a purchase! At least that has a likelihood of improving (over some length of time, obviously).
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Nasty fat hooker, on a pound for pound purchase.

    Or were we talking dollar value. :eek:
  5. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
  6. jaydub thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    haha I bought my ex's diamond from a pawn shop. I was young and foolish (and broke, thankfully).
  7. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    My iPod mini. I love the thing to death, and wouldn't trade it for any other iPod but it has so many problems, I'm just mad I didn't buy a different one...
  8. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Rock Band for the Wii, sans controller.
    <- didn't do any homework on that one.
  9. comictimes macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2004
    Berkeley, California
    My new Macbook Pro... I mean I love it, it's spectacular and allows me to do tons of stuff I couldn't do with the Macbook just because of a lack of power, and the old Macbook (almost 2.5 years old) is going to my Mom who needs a new comp, so it's not going to waste.
    But it was a perfectly usable computer still, and this is first time I've spent a substantial amount of money on something I don't necessarily NEED, so I'm still coming to grips with that, even 3 weeks after having got the computer.

    So not necessarily buyer's remorse so much as shock at having spent so much...

    There's a reason I still don't own my own car :p
  10. jaydub thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    I honestly believe Apple has handed me a big ol' cup of Kool-Aid® because every time I see a new product and use one, I justify buying it. I did the same thing with my iPhone. It was nice, but it wasn't for me. Thankfully I was able to sell it.
  11. wvuwhat macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    My DLP tv I bought about 2 years ago. 56" in a college apartment. A little too much overkill. I've since stepped it down to a 46" LCD and much happier, especially since I got all my money back from selling the 56" on CL.
  12. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    The Brooklyn Bridge.

    I should have known to expect the worst when the seller kept twirling his moustache and adjusting his top hat...
  13. Bargsbeer macrumors member


    Oct 17, 2008
    Central FL
    A 2005 Ford Focus I am upside down $4000.00 on this POS. Not even 75K miles and it's already breaking down. Never buy ford.
  14. maclover001 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2008
    Vancouver, Canada
    I bought an Olympus FE-280 at London Drugs about a year ago. Most of its online reviews were good, so I went for it.

    It was the worst piece of CRAP that I have ever used. I took it back a day later, but I had to argue with the camera salesmen for about 30 minutes to get them to take it back. He insisted that receipt was forged. If the place can't even recognize their own damn receipts...

    Anyway, I went back about 2 weeks later and got a Canon SD750, because I liked my friend's. It was $50 more but SO WORTH IT.

    My story :)
  15. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    Probably a Gibson style guitar for $505 dollars when I have been a Fender style guitar player for most of my 33 years of playing guitar. Any Gibson or Gibson derivative guitar has a certain sound and feel that is very different than any Fender or Fender style guitar in all aspects.

    I do like this $4,000 dollar Fender Stratocaster type guitar, called a Vigier. All hand made and almost all unique. The Fender Stratocaster itself ranges from $499 to $999 USD, but the $4000 dollar Vigier Stratocaster style guitar is a keeper for life. There is also this Ibanez Fender Stratocaster style guitar for $8000 dollars that is to die for.

    And Fender, not to be beaten in the custom one of a kind category, has this $25,000 dollar Stratocaster with a nude model in a very suggestive pose that is a work of art, imho. That very piece of art, when published, was the beginning of what was to become magazine pornography. I would post a link to Fender's nude, sexually charged Stratocaster, but that would ban me from this website. :)
  16. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
  17. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007

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  18. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    My MBP - I was better off with an MB.

    A Ford Focus (needed a new engine at 85,000 miles)
  19. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Bought a new Nikon D60 w/nice lens for about $1100 otd; well, the War Department takes it out for a test drive and what not, then decides to go to Earl's Cafe in Gallup, New Mexico and she walks out of the cafe without the camera bag and drives to Grants, New Mexico to pick me up. By the time we drove back to Earl's Cafe, the camera bag was westbound on Interstate-40. :eek: I did get this nice $1100 coffee mug...:eek:

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  20. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    I will have to say my Apple TV. When i found out it will not play avi's i felt robbed

    All the rest of my Apple purchases absolutely awesome!

    Pays to read up before shopping people!
  21. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    My current car - a Vauxhall *spit* Vectra *spit* bought in a fit of sensibleness about 3 years back. Yes it has been cheap to run and reliable but I hate, hate, HATE driving it.

    It's the first really sensible car (practical, fits all the family + luggage etc) I've ever owned in more than 30 years of car ownership and it has cured me of ever being sensible again! ;)

    Fortunately it got crushed by a tree a couple weeks ago (nobody in it at the time), so just waiting for the insurance to pay out before I go buy something FUN :D
  22. PowerFullMac macrumors 601


    Oct 16, 2006
    With cars, unless you get one with huge depresiation rates, you can generally get a lot of money back, so thats most likely why there is no buyer's remorse with that.

    I dont think I have had buyer's remorse with anything bidder than a chocolate bar, TBH... (Whispa bars are Aero knock-offs).
  23. Tosser macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    A motor boat.
    For some reason I thought it was a good idea to "upgrade" my 22ft engineless sailboat to a motor boat. I figured that it would better fit my spouse's needs for space, and that she would be more likely to come along for the ride if I had a boat with standing height, electrical head and such amenities.

    Soon after, though, I realised, that although she would come more often, and was more likely to come along if I asked, she still wasn't really into it. To my horror, I discovered that I wasn't either. It was like driving a car, not sailing. I got bored very quickly. And there were no sense of accomplishment whatsoever.

    I have finally sold it off at a huge loss (percentage wise), and I will be buying a 29 (and a half, lol) engineless sailboat. No, it will not have standing height, it will not have electrical pumps, it will not have anything of the sort. It will, however, have a manual head with a holding tank – propably in some inconvenient location. But it will be a pure and excellent sailing craft. For me, and only for me. She can come along if she wants to, unlikely as that is. At most she will propably just come down to it for a cup of tea with a picnic basket.
  24. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Apple Time Capsule. What a pile of crap, honestly. If it wasn't dropping connections and interrupting backups it would be horrendously slow retrieving files. Even over gigabit ethernet.

    Thankfully the internal hard drive failed on me the other day so I took it back to the Apple Store and got a full refund (despite it being over 4 months old). Good riddance!

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