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Today’s discussion topic inspiration is thanks to my latest impulse buy for a book. As that made me think about impulse buys. Obviously too much impulse buys aren’t a good thing, but for someone like me who overthinks everything it also can be be refreshing now and then to just buy something on impulse. Which made me curious about how other people thought of this topic. The impulse buy that sparked this topic was Pirate Bound by Carysa Locke.
How often do I buy books on impulse?
I rarely do impulse buys, which is probably why when I do purchase something on impulse it’s such a surprise to me and suddenly makes me think about why. The reason for my lack of impulse buys is my lack of money to spend on books. It’s a sad reality, but when you have very little money to spend on fun things you make sure that every dollar or euro counts and you want to make sure it’s something you will enjoy. Hence why I am very careful with buying books. On the other hand I do have impulse requests on netgalley, as it doesn’t costs anything (we could argue that point as in some sense of the word review copies aren’t free, but they don’t cost money). The risk is less and when I have a low moment when feeling bad or could use a mood boast and am on netgalley, a shiny new book on there can catch my attention and I hit request before I had time to think it through. It also doesn’t help that a lot of the books on netgalley are new releases and don’t have reviews yet. I usually read a few reviews before deciding if I want a book, so when those reviews aren’t there to hinder my progress it can make me more likely to actually hit that request button. Also part of the reason why netgalley is my weak spot and I know I will eventually read most of the books I get from there, so I don’t feel as bad about it as really impulse purchases. So real impulse purchases are rare for me as I explained above. The impulsive purchase that inspired this post was actually bought with gift card money, which I wanted to use entirely for books.
What determines which books I impulse buy
Most of the time the impulse buys are either next books in a series when I am currently reading the first book or books that I never saw before and somehow grab my attention. I can remember sort of impulse buying the rest of KA Tucker her Burying Water series when I was reading the first book. I also remember doing this a lot in the past when I had less books to read and more money to spend. When I read a good book 1, I usually bought the next book or two.
The other category impulse buys are books I never heard of before, they grab my attention and I read the blurb and/ or reviews and am hooked and get excited and want to have this book now. The first category probably has a higher change of getting books that I enjoy as I already am enjoying the first book, but weirdly enough it also has the risk for me to end up with books that stay on my shelves for a long time. I have a few series where I bought later books and they are still on my shelves waiting to be read. While the second category often leads to books I read pretty soon as I am still excited for them.
What I like/ dislike about impulse purchases
For all the negative things you might be able to say about impulse purchases I strangely enough also sorta like them. I am the type of person who doesn’t buy a lot of books and when I do I first spend time thinking which books to buy, read reviews for the book and then only the buy the ones I want most badly. I do have some auto buy authors and once I have some money to spend on books most of that money goes to those authors. This is also why winning a gift card feels like winning a jackpot for me. This year I won a few gift cards which lasts a long time, in fact I still have some gift card money left. The nice thing is that they all were amazon gift cards and as I normally can’t buy books there, having a gift card means those books are suddenly in reach. Weirdly enough they also have led to my most recent impulse buy. I knew I had still some gift card money left, cover caught my attention, the blurb sounded good and a second later I hit that 1 click buy button and it was mine. And guess what I read the book and it was really good and I am really glad I bought it on impulse like that.
It’s nice to not have so much thoughts and worrying about purchasing a book now and then and that impulse buy felt kinda nice as I just saw a book that sounded promising and bought it instead of adding it to my wishlist and maybe never buying it or thinking it through to much. I am a person who over thinks everything, but sometimes it’s nice to just let go and go with that impulse for a change. Ofcourse I also see the downside of impulse purchases in that you only should do them when you can afford to as else it might turn into a problem, and we’re back at the reason I hardly do impulse purchases. Also when the impulse purchase turns out to be a good book it’s great and emphasizes that positive feeling, but if it turns out to me a not so good one it can really ruin my mood and made me wish I had been more careful and didn’t just buy it like that. Or even worse when the book has one of my pet peeves of dislikes that I could’ve avoided if I had actually read one review or two. So yes there are definitely pro’s and cons about impulse purchases.