Lessons in Used-Bookstore Shopping
I have a problem, and it's name is used-bookstores. I tend to be a frugal shopper.
I have a rule when it comes to buying CDs that, unless it's brand-new and I HAVE TO HAVE IT, I should get it used for no more than five-dollars.
If you're paying less for the album as a whole then you'd pay for it in individual songs on iTunes, it's worth it. Unless it's too good to pass up at full price, see: anything by The Mountain Goats or My Brightest Diamond, and all Vinyl purchases of new music.
I'm rather the same when it comes to books. I like buying them used, and cheap. I once walked out of a library used-bookshop with ten books for one dollar. I know how to shop for cheap books, and I also know when it's worth it to buy a book new at full-price. However, this penchant for searching for cheap books means I end up coming home from trips to bookshops with LOTS OF BOOKS.
I mean, when you can get a book for fifty-cents, or even a dollar or two it's worth it. I got my hardcover copy of An Abundance of Katherines for ten-cents. Sans dust-jacket, but at ten-cents who really cares?
Another important rule: I never buy something just because it's cheap. If I really want it, and know I will read it, I get it. I never just go grabbing cheap books because they're cheap.
What I'm trying to say though, is that I have ended up with a lot of books, like a lot a lot. I've run out of bookshelf space, and haven't even been able to read them all. You guys, I have a problem...
I mean, I'm GOING to read them all, but where does it end? The answer is rather obvious: it doesn't, and I'm going to have to build myself a personal library or something.
I'm a bit the opposite when it comes to buying chocolate. I get chocolate if it looks incredibly interesting, and sometimes end up splurging. You guys, I bought a six-dollar bar of chocolate once... who needs that? (It was crazy delicious though...) I got the chocolate above a few days ago because it sounded really yummy, and it reminded me of Yoda. Dagoba(h)? Anyone?
It is super delicious. I can only really handle one piece at a time though. It not an "eat all at once" chocolate bar as it has a rather strong flavor.
What are your shopping vices?