We’ve all been there… you’re cruising around a mall, flea market, or using Rumgr to browse through all the stuff for sale when suddenly an item catches your eye. It could be a colorful throw pillow that perfectly matches your living room couch, a Black & Decker work center, or even some bright green Nikes that are exactly your size.
And you stop in your tracks and think, ooooh. I kinda want that.
But do you actually buy that item, or even make an offer?
This is where your logic steps in big time. The left side of your brain kicks into high gear and starts coming up with reasons why it might NOT be a good idea.
- “We might be getting rid of that couch soon, and what would I do with the pillow then?”
- “Do I have room in the garage for the work center? Will I actually use it?”
- “Can I pull off bright green kicks?” “What if they run too narrow?”
Depending on how impulsive (or perhaps decisive) a person you are, these doubts will cause you to move on, to focus on something else — and NOT buy the item in question. Your eyes move to the next bright shiny object in the feed (or sales rack, or window of a store), and the process starts all over again.
But what if you could make that decision based on a set of criteria? And logically determine if the item was something you really DO want? Below are three questions you should ask yourself, as you stumble across cool finds and want to know if they’re really a “must-have.”
Has something like this already been on my mind for a while?
In many cases, the reason why a particular item piques your interest is because it’s been in the back of your mind for a long time, and seeing the image brought the idea to the surface again. For instance, you might not be actively looking to buy a painting for that big blank wall in your bedroom, but you see one you like pop up on Rumgr and it seems like, well, fate. We find this happens a lot with home decor and tools, such as patio chairs, picture frames, coffee grinders, etc.
Is it a deal that I will likely never see again?
If there’s one thing that pushes people to buy at a certain moment, it’s a good deal. Sometimes you’ll see something on Rumgr, like this six-foot pool table, in great condition — for just $150. You might never think of buying it new, but since it’s such a great deal you’re totally swayed. It happens all the time, and that’s where we see some of the happiest buyers… the ones that are really excited to have just landed an unbelievable deal, and don’t think twice about if they really “have to” have it.
Does it reflect me and my interests?
If you’re really into outdoor activities such as winter sports and hiking, and you love vintage games, there are certain items — like a snowboard, camping cookware, and this 1960′s El Toro pinball machine — that are going to immediately appeal to you, because they are a reflection of your personality and interests. Buying these types of items makes a lot of sense because they add to your identity and improve your experiences. Also, if it was posted by someone you know, even just a friend of a friend of a friend, chances are the item is a good fit for your taste and lifestyle.
How do I know if it’s NOT for me?
- If you made an offer, and completely forgot you did so, you probably aren’t that fired up about the item and are less likely to want to follow through on the deal.
- When you’re watching an item, if someone else makes an offer and you don’t find yourself getting antsy about it, you may not care enough about the item to want to make your own offer and eventually purchase it.