To buy or not to buy. That is the question.
Hamlet’s infamous indecisiveness likely resonates with shoppers everywhere this post-holiday season, when the deals are still good and the mall continues to beckon with a strange, effervescent glow. We’ve all seen the signs: “Boxing Day extended by two weeks!” “Hurry in! Sales won’t last long!” And in spite of our continuous self-rationalization that these ads are just marketing ploys, we still find ourselves rushing into the nearest Best Buy or Walmart, determined to capitalize on whatever extraordinary deal is being offered.
Even though video games/computer games/all things technology are a definite hobby of mine, I always feel an instant wave of guilt when I buy something shiny and new from the electronics store. Maybe it’s the fact that I can never quite justify buying an updated piece of technology until its predecessor breaks. Maybe it’s the fact that these gadgets tend to be quite costly. After a particularly offensive splurge, I always find myself thinking about the things I *could* have spent my money on, such as a new winter jacket, the set of tires I desperately need for my car, or even a jumbo pack of paper towels. Everyone needs paper towels, especially accident-prone graduate students whose work space is often so obliterated by kitchen mess that I can scarcely find the stack of papers I was working on.