How Does One Resist Buying Temptation?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Why did I decide to search for black and white Oxford aka Charleston tap shoes, and why did I find a pair of perfect, second-hand Charleston tap shoes in my size?


Is this fate, are they destined for my tapping feet?

I have not hit the buy button yet, but I do not feel any better for it! If I had not been browsing the net for said tap shoes today, I may not have found them, and would not be in this predicament; should I buy them, or attempt to forget them?

Reading this article How to Resist Urges to Buy Useless Products, I find their questions quite useful:

Why Do I Want This Item?

I having been lusting over a pair of black and white Oxford tap shoes for approximately six months, having seen a fellow tap dancer purchase a pair on a trip to the US.

Do I Really Need This Item?

Absolutely not! I already own a pair of tap shoes, purchased second hand from eBay, and customised with glitter.

Will It Go On Sale For Less The Second I Buy It?

I doubt it, second hand after all?

Can I Get A Better Deal On It Elsewhere?

I doubt it, at $30 + $20 shipping, this is the cheapest I've seen

Do I Have Room In My Car/House For It?

Yes indeed

Shouldn’t I Research It First?

Not so much to research about tap shoes, for a second hand pair, they look remarkably well kept.

What Is The Retailer’s Return Policy?

Not sure, but I doubt I'd pay to return heavy tap shoes overseas by mail

Why Does This Look So Familiar? (meaning are you sure you do not own a pair already?)

Tap shoes yes, Charleston tap shoes, no, no, no!

Am I In A Rush?


Do I Have Enough Money To Pay For It?

I suppose so, but I could put that money toward something else?!

Whilst I leave you with Rogers and Astaire
(do you see the shoes??.. mind you, Ginger dances in HEELS)

I ask you this.. how do you resist the urge to buy something you don't really need? Do you have inner battles with yourself on potential splurge purchases, or do you find yourself at ease to say no to a spontaneous buy?



Vintage Sweetheart said...

If it's something I've been wanting for a long time I think it's reasonable to buy it. Especially if the product would be hard to find again.

my thrifty closet said...

Wow this is hard... It really depends on your budget. I have passed so many items sometimes i do regret but hey! i am still alive and found other thrifty chic stuff.


Rachel said...

I love tap shoes! I always wanted to be Shirley Temple... actually be her, never really worked out

my thrifty closet said...

Wow...this is hard. i always use my budget as a guide. if it's beyond my budget, no matter how good the item i will not take a second look. but of course sometimes i do regret but after a while i will forget about it...hehe. But i must say that pair of shoes are so good looking


Patti said...

Yes, I agree with VS - it's not like you'll run across them in the Mall! If you can imagine yourself wearing them happily, then perhaps reselling them someday, I'd say go for it, enjoy!

Frugal Down Under said...

Sometimes I'm strong enough other times not. At the moment I'm in a strong phase.

Lavender said...

I've become so much better at impulse buys, mostly because I've become better at not wanting things. But if I come across something I've wanted for a long time, and it's a great deal, I'll get it. As long as all the other areas of the budget are fulfilled first... but you gotta save some money out for fun purchases :)

Agy said...

Ugh, know the feeling. Usually, my hubby will give me that "do you really need it?" look :-)

Mary said...

gasp!!! I don't know if I could resist that. Those have got to be the cutest things EVER!!! If I didn't already have 2 pairs of tap shoes (1 that is 1/2 a size to small, and another that works but it's pretty ugly) I would buy those. :):)

Alison said...

I am awful, I am too good at not buying then regreting it, even second hand! So on the back of that I am going to say - buy them!! They are gorgeous and you have wanted them for a while! I have really wanted a nice pair of tap shoes for ages, my reason for not buying some is that I need to find a new tap class to go to first!!

Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

I love the style of these shoes, but tapping is not my thing. I want a pair of black and white shoes so much. Maybe someday....

Stacey said...

I am terrible at doing this. I manage to invent answers to the questions that convince me TO buy the things.

Angela Herd said...

Fred & Ginger! Not only did she do it in heels, she did it backwards!! He was such a perfectionist he made her do the dances over and over again. One time Fred asked Ginger at the end of a dance scene "Didn't you have white shoes on?" To which she replied "Yes". The shoes had turned pink with her blood!!!

Unknown said...

@Angela ... Owww!

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