5 Things You Regret Buying

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My first regret would be a stereo record player I bought shortly after I started working full time. I thought by buying British I was doing the right thing, but within a week the turntable split and one speaker didn’t work. I took it back and the shop was very apologetic offering me the loan of another until mine was fixed. I was 16.
I gave it a month, then went back into the shop to be told it wasn’t repaired and there was an issue with getting parts (how familiar of today LOL), so again I left it with them.
I went in two weeks later to be fobbed off with the same excuse, so the following day I went in with my Dad, who kept in the background but was there for support.
I was put off again and said I either wanted a full refund or a replacement NOW.
After umming and aahing (and Dad moving in) a compromise was reached and for an additional £10 I got a music centre with cassette player as well compared to the radio record player I had previously purchased. Personally I don’t think I should have had to pay anything extra, but that music centre did me proud for years.
(Note this was not the one I saved for and brought home on the bus).

We both regret buying our first house, a one bedroom ‘box’ called a cluster home which was pokey and horrible, but we had no choice as our rent went up 25% and the poll tax came into force increasing our outgoings by over £100 a month we simply didn’t have. We had to pay to get the gas and electric put on, the broken window had not been replaced as the building society had promised, and we discovered the cat flap had not been secured so all of the cats in the neighbourhood had used it as a toilet. I hated that house from my first step over the threshold as an owner, and we were stuck there for over 6 years because we got caught in negative equity.

Next up is a car, a Skoda Favourit estate as we needed a bigger vehicle to my Yugo 55a as we were taking in students and they have a lot of luggage! It failed it’s first MOT, the wheels were not the ones I remember when I decided to buy it and I deeply regretted parting with my Yugo which had served me proud for some 8 years.

I bought a skirt and matching top for the office and thought it very smart, until I saw myself in the mirror in the ladies and it emphasised every lump and bump of my body.
With the best will in the world, badly fitted eye glasses and an over active imagination, I could not describe those as ‘curves’. I never wore it again, not even as separates, and it went to a charity shop.

My final choice for regret is a gas cooker. When we sold our one bedroom box, the kitchen socket for an electric cooker in the new house had been utilised for the shower, so we had to get a gas cooker. I was familiar with gas and actually preferred cooking on it to electric but I burnt everything in the oven, no matter how hard I tried. This was because the burners ran front to back down the centre of the oven rather than at the back as was the more traditional design. Guess that was my introduction to the the two pan dinner on the hob and the microwave which put me in good stead on the boat!

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to 5 Things You Regret Buying

  1. willowdot21 says:

    We all have nightmare purchases don’t we 💜

  2. Nope, Not Pam says:

    These sure are regrettable purchases 🙁

  3. I feel ya on the first house purchase. Mine wasn’t as bad as your experience, but it was still a helluva shock. I got a special loan through a program called “HUD” that used to exist in America (I doubt HUD survived the Covid years). That stands for Housing and Urban Development and they gave money to first time home owners so that houses that were in need of TLC and sometimes remodeling would be used by people who couldn’t afford a big mortgage or new house. My house was in a very poor area of Salt Lake, which had once been a quite upscale gracious area. My house had been a crack house (or at least hard drugs were sold there, there was a big police raid, in which the front door was kicked in and damaged). The yard was a tip. The inside needed repainting, re-carpeting, a new water heater (which they didn’t tell me had a big hole punched in the side until after I turned on the water), on-going plumbing issues from day one which were never exactly fixed. There were drugs (overlooked I suppose in the raid) in the toilet cistern which I promptly threw away. For a ‘basement’ there was a crawl space where the furnace and water heater ‘lived’ and which I could not get into due to mobility issues. I got new cabinets, but had to provide my own appliances (I got my grandfather’s hand-me-down refrigerator in avocado green (from the 70s) which I had for twenty years before it finally died. The stove/cooker needed replacing, the flooring in the kitchen needed replacing. But the worst thing was the first night I spent alone there, some cretins ‘tagged’ my freshly painted white garage door with graffiti. Full fencing of the yard was my next purchase and I never felt comfortable in that house ever again, it felt dangerous and unsafe there. But hubby and I were there for almost 22 years all the same. The neighborhood decayed into the ghetto/gangland that it is now. I’m always going to be so grateful I got out. My sympathies on your situation, but sometimes we get handed a pig in a poke instead of the wonderful home we envision, hmm?

    • We do indeed Melanie, and our one bedroom box was home for 6 years and we did the best we could. Our next house was lovely but our neighbours went on holiday for 6 months and rented theirs out so we had to put up with parties and loud music, so had to get environment health involved.
      The bungalow was next and we were there 9 years, then the cottage, the boat and now here since Sept 2017. Doesn’t matter where we are as long as we’re together and we make it home.

  4. Little things like clothes can be put down to experience but regret over a big thing like a house or a car can be quite painful.
    I hope you are happy with your current house.

    • We are………… it’s cheap and economical to run, has all that we need (would prefer a bigger kitchen though) and a good sized garden for growing veg and for the dog to play in.

  5. murisopsis says:

    Only 5? I always regretted the enameled cookware I bought when starting out on my own. It chipped if you so much as looked at it. Also regretted selling my dresser with the swivel mirror on top – I should have kept it or put a much bigger price on it!

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