Monday Listicles: 10 Dumbest Purchases

It's no secret to those who know me best, that I am a gadget girl. I used to speak geek in several languages, now I pretty much only speak Apple. Over the years most of my dumbest purchases have centered around electronic things purchased too soon or too late. 

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1. In 1989 I bought a clunky word processor from a mail order catalog. I used money that I earned from a summer job. The word processor was over $500 with shipping. The estimated exaggerated weight was 500 pounds and it looked something like this ==>

The keyboard was attached to the screen with something that looked like a telephone cord. One time I picked it up to move it and the keyboard dropped to the floor and the connection to the screen broke (showing wires). There wasn’t a replacement for it. I lost a book I was writing. 

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2. Sony Floppy disk camera. We had one at work that they let us borrow on the weekends. Eventually I bought one for myself. However, there were already cameras out that took memory sticks and stuff like that. So why did I buy the one that took a FLOPPY disk? DUMB

3. A Sony Mini-disc player. I actually bought this twice because the first one broke. By the time I bought the second one, the first iPod was out. DUMB. But I have this priceless video worth the two time purchase. 

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4. A Palm-TX. I actually bought this twice also, because the first one broke. By the time I bought the second one, the iPod touch was out. DUMB. 

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5. A portable XM-player.  I bought this to listen to at work. It only worked propped up in a window sill at home. I could listen to XM through my computer at home but not at work. DUMB. 


I'll stop there with the electronics. Here's a few more random "should have rethought that" purchases...

6. Pink Crocs. First of all I hate pink. I thought I'd buy a pair that I wouldn't dare to wear any further than the mailbox. They were so ugly, I didn't wear them beyond the front door.

7. A fish tank. I wish I had known the maintenance involved.

8. Giant sunglasses. Well I didn't buy them, and it wasn't dumb at the time. Before my brother settled down, he spoiled me with some things like I used to do for him when I was young and single. We went to a place like Sunglass Hut and he said pick out whatever you want. The big sunglasses were trendy. He bought me an expensive pair of Burberry sunglasses. I still have them and I still wear them, but every time I look at myself in the rearview mirror, I ask, "Why didn't you buy something normal?"

9. A plant. Why have I done this over and over? I don't have a green thumb or the patience for maintenance. Why my fish are still alive, I don't know. One time my mom was visiting me when I was about to buy another plant. She said, "Why don't we get you a wind chime instead?" I still have the wind chime. 

Here's the dumbest thing...

#10 A Mitsubishi Eclipse. If I could have a do over, this would be it. I already had a car. But I wanted one that my daddy didn’t have “part ownership” in. I wanted a sports looking car, not the practical looking Nissan Sentra that I had. I am sure to this day the car salesman talks about the best commission he ever made. Two and half years after I signed on the dotted line, I was getting married and moving overseas. I had to get a loan to GIVE the leased car back to Mitsubishi. DUMB!


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