Growing up, my family never had a lot of spending money, and we never got allowances like kids do today! But, when you’re in that kind of situation, you learn a fun, new pastime; Window Shopping. That’s where you go to stores or malls and look at all things you would buy if you had the money.
With the proliferation of the internet, it has become Screen Shopping, I guess. And it’s so much easier now, with the store only being a click away. You can “wander” for hours looking at all the things you want to buy. For me, that’s manga, of course. Amazon.com and Half.com have become my favorite Screen Shopping sites. I’ll drop in on Ebay every once in a while as well, just to see if there are any long runs I might be interested in. I’m not going to buy, just to look. But these sites have a secret weapon to use again us Screen Shoppers; Wish lists. With just a click or two of the mouse, and there’s a long list of wishes just waiting to be granted. For Christmas and birthdays, they’re useful. But for the rest of the year, they’re there, taunting you. Trying to seduce you with super low prices and 4-3 deals.
A few weeks ago, I was able to resist that temptation. My youngest daughter’s birthday is coming up, and we decided to get some books from Amazon, with the 4-3 deal. But to get the free shipping (another weapon they use to get you), we had to order a couple of more books to reach the prerequisite $25. So what’s the first thing I do? Go to my wishlist to see what manga I can get! Oh, it was so tempting too. I have a bunch that are 4-3 as well. And I missed a few volumes too. (With all the series’s I was buying, that’s hardly surprising). I could get the free shipping AND complete some series! But, I also missed a few volumes from series’ my husband and oldest daughter were reading, so I wanted to get those too.
When I finally went to place the order, I start adding books. First, the gifts for my youngest. Then, my husband’s, and finally my oldest. Just with those, we have the free shipping and one free book. With two more, it could be another free book… That temptation fluttered in front of me like a Hell Butterfly… But then, I thought of the piles of books I still had to read, personal and for review. And adding to that pile just didn’t sit right with me. I had said was going to cut down my manga, and I had to keep to it! So with great determination, I completed the order WITHOUT my books!
They are still sitting there, those books in my wish lists. Half.com sends me emails where there have been updates and changes. And just like a good Screen Shopper, I look through them and then delete the email. It’s nice to know that they are there for when I finally get through my backlog. Or maybe I’ll be able to trade for some of them and be able to just delete them. But I know that list will never go away. Just like all the displays in shop windows.