Konbanwa to all of you~ Starting out as a figure blog, all I have been doing is reviewing figures and covering events – haven’t shared much opinion on things that affect the lives of us otaku. Saying so, I have come here tonight to talk about a weakness that has probably plagued every single figure collector – Impulse Buying.
“What is impulse buying?”. It is the act of purchasing/buying products or services without any plans. Usually led by emotions triggered by seeing the actual product or exposure to extensive advertising . Basically? Emotionally-led buying.
“Why bother talking about it?”. I’ll mention it again. It affects the lives of us otakus. How? Impulse Buying can mean two things for us. More merchandise that we all love and an empty wallet that we all hate. Obviously, most of us try to avoid the latter. I have seen and heard a lot figure collectors ranting about how they regret buying their figures simply because they ran out of money or how impulsively bought figures lose their “color” after some time. (I don’t really have a word for it so :P).
“How do we avoid impulse buying?”. There are a lot of methods to. Some methods may include from slight to painful restrictions, while others simple budgeting and financial discipline.
Step 1: Determine your financial capabilities
Impulse Buying is not actually a bad thing, that is, if you have money to. Knowing your capabilities to dish out dough, knowing what you can and can’t buy are important steps in hobby budgeting. Knowing so allows you to set limits for yourself (though the limits are usually broken . . . at least for me :P)
Step 2: Determine your priorities and needs
Probably the thing that has kept me sane in terms of hobby spending. As a student who relies on allowances and term incentives, determining my priorities allow me to streamline my planned purchases thus saving me a lot of money and stress. Example: I like loli figures . . . A LOT 😄 but since I’m currently prioritizing my Strike Witches shrine I’d do well not to stray away from the plan and buy other figures.
Step 3: Deprive yourself of valuable resources
Simple but bothersome. Go get all your money —> Deposit it in a bank —> Go give your ATM card to someone trustworthy (uhmm like your parents?)Depriving yourself of resources only does one thing – financially crippling you but return, it gives you a whole lot of savings you can spend on figures that really matter.
Step 4: Don’t browse online shops until you have the money to spend
I admit, browsing mandarake and amiami is a pleasure. If you want to avoid impulse buying, just don’t look at shops until such time as you have banknotes to burn – simple right?
Impulse Buying can add a bit of spice in your figure collecting life – wanted or unwanted. It all sums up to your self-discipline when it comes to handling the money that you earn. Putting aside true/dictionary/wikipedia definition, impulse buying, for me, is just a reason to justify the purchases that we didn’t really want.
P.S. You probably have noticed that I have not been blogging as much lately. Please pardon me for that *points at VNs* I just get distracted way too fast 😄