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Regretful People Share their Dumbest Purchases

There are a crap ton of things to buy out there, but very few of them are actually worth buying. Here are some people who regret their purchases because the product was deceptive or horrible, or they didn't realize the implications of their purchase, or they just wanted it so bad for no explainable reason. Sometimes purchases will lead to massive regret.

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    Text - Argle 21.0k points 12 hours ago 400 dollar fish tank lighting. I wasn't carpenter enough to build the hood to mount it. It sits in the basement as a monument of my idiocy.
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    Text - ModernDiabolist 18.8k points 8 hours I traded a rather rare volume into a local used book store because I had two of them. Then went back to the bookstore a month later and excitedly bought MY oWN BOOK BACK because it was rare and I didn't think I owned it. I was wrong.
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    Text - LadyCreepsPasta 18.4k points 12 hours ago edited Those claw covers for cats to stop them from scratching up your furniture.... They were ripped off the next day. He was gnawing at his little feet until every one was gone.
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    Text - ow2000 17.8k points 12 hours ago S A cactus that lights up
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    Text - StudebakerHotch 17.2k points 10 hours ago commissioned an artist to paint a portrait of my then girlfriend's dying pet rat. She had told me her rat was about to die a month before I got it. By the time it was ready, the relationship had ended and I didn't know what to do with it. I paid 90 for it and it was absolutely worth the price. Artist did an amazing job - I just didn't have anyone to give it to now. I ended up giving it to her anyway. I regret doing that since I probably just made
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    Text - ISPEAKMACHINE 17.0k points 11 hours ago edited When I was 7, I saved up for a 1 (foot) high porcelain Dalmatian from a department store. My pocket money was £1/week, the dog cost £27. My mother still has it at her house. It's the kind of thing a 70 year old would buy. I have no fucking idea what was going on in my head.
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    Text - pm_cutie_booty_pics 15.3k points 12 hours ago 75$ in plants only to let them die because I forgot about them
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    Text - theholymec 14.3k points 12 hours ago edited 9 hours ago When I was high off pain meds after my ACL surgery I was on amazon and saw a typewriter that I really wanted. Order it- and it was a picture of a typewriter on notebook. I'm still mad about that lol
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    Text - cellmedic4 13.7k points 12 hours ago 3 A house in 2007..it's still not worth as much as we paid for it.
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    Text - OscarFromSharkTales 13.0k points 9 hours ago S I went on a first date with the girl that I liked, we live in New Jersey and it was July so obviously I took her to the boardwalk. While we were there I saw a vender selling hermit crabs, and my dumbass thought it'd be funny to buy them as a joke and try to impress her. I then realized after spending $30 on two crabs (two because one would get lonely) that I needed a proper set up. So we went to petsmart and got a tank, food, sand, and a log
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    Text - Iamnoturdad 11.8k points 12 hours ago I bought an umbrella on a rainy day once from a cheap corner store that seemed like it was a hidden drug operation or something, and it broke that very day
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    Text - OrderOfZune 11.2k points 11 hours ago My first pack of cigarettes...
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    Text - hop378 10.7k points 12 hours ago edited I spent $60 dollars on a electric blue ceramic pumpkin.
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    Text - enjoythesilencio 8.9k points 10 hours ago Spent over $100 or more buying clothes for my avatar on a virtual reality game when I could've spent it on... You know, actual clothes.
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    Text - 100-billion-galaxies 8.5k points 11 hours ago This kills me every time I remember it and it's honestly made me into the extreme money saver I am today. When I was younger, my family visited Niagara Falls. I had $50 (which is A LOT for a kid with no job) and was excited to buy some souvenirs. I spent it all on key chains, I only got like 6 of them which made it to $50. They were all of the same place, too. It's not like they were from different cities. I wasted all the money I owned on FRE
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    Text - 1000livesofmagic 5.9k points 11 hours ago I used to buy Starbucks and/or lunch for several coworkers multiple times a week. I was in an incredible amount of debt.
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    Text - themapoe 5.5k points 11 hours ago My first time in Germany, I was only there for a few months, so I thought "I don't need a BahnCard; I'm not here for a full year." Then I spent well over 1000€ on train tickets. The whole time I could have been saving 50% AND collecting loyalty points.
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    Text - I_FUCKING_LOVE_COWS 5.3k points 10 hours I'm usually pretty conservative with my spending but I have bipolar disorder and sometimes when I am manic I go a little nuts with dumb purchases. My two worst are probably a top of the line spin bike (which I had never tried before) for about $1000 and I resold for 300 once I was out of the episode) and I also convinced myself to join a hockey league. I spent $1200 on skates, pads, gloves, stick and helmet. I have never skated and I still haven't.
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    Text - iLove Reedit 5.3k points 11 hours ago bought a onesie for my Great Dane. don't know why I bought it but I think he liked it
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    Text - nrith 5.0k points 11 hours ago Not me, but my mom. She surprised me with a pair of fancy basketball shoes for my birthday, even though I'd never expressed any interest in such a thing, and I was neither cool nor athletic. I brought them to scout camp a few weeks later and lost one of them in the mud. They were original, size 11 Air Jordans. In 1984 or 1985.
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    Text - Max-Rebo 3.9k points 12 hours ago edited 8 hours ago My phone died in the middle of times square. I was there on a school trip and was alone for about four hours. I ended up buying a charger from a gift shop that was marked up to fifty bucks. I ended up paying 30, and it was the shittiest charger I have ever used in my entire life. I can still remember looking at the screen when it booted up to say: 9 hours and 30 minutes until fully charged
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    Text - I_am_TylerDurden 2.4k points 11 hours ago edited I bought an $80 pen one time. Edit: I was about 8 yrs old, and was driving to Florida from NY with my dad and sisters. My dad is super showy (and I have no idea where he got the money) so at a rest stop, he handed us each a $100 bill and said "get whatever you want." So I bought the pen for $80. He was not happy when I got back to the car.
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    Text - The-office- 2.1k points 11 hours ago I once spent $15 on a Postmates order for ice cream
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    Text - notanothercirclejerk 1.1k points 10 hours ago I had accidentally doubled my dose of pain meds right before I went to go see showing of the film Drive. On my walk home I ordered a pair of what I thought was the gloves Ryan Goslings character wears in the film. A week later I got them in the mail and realized they were 3 sizes too big and a entirely different color. 160 bucks down the toilet. That night I took my ambien and apparently decided to try again after staying on the computer after
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    Text - clefairyHann 1.1k points 11 hours ago Bought $50 worth of beanie babies because I thought they'd be worth something
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    Text - Beezle-Bubba-Gump 959 points 10 hours ago When I was 17 I had unknowingly saved up a lot $2,000 from work - I chose to spend this on a double neck guitar.
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    Text - tomdincan 39.0k points 11 hours ago edited 3 hours ago A shitty mall katana...while I was on a date, no less. It was a first date. There was not a second. Edit: since many of you are requesting details, here goes: This was close to 20 years ago. I was 19. I had just moved into a new apartment, and thought mounting a katana on the wall would look mature and cool. It never made it up on the wall in any place I ever lived. I eventually sold it at a garage sale. Got $20 for it. The date wasn'
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    Text - bethmichelle19 25.3k points 11 hours ago Ive bought a lot of how to kits/books. Like how to knit, how to calligraphy, how to paint, how to write poetry, etc... have I learned how to do a single one of those things? No, no I have not
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    Text - BolleChakriThakbe Na 23.8k points 11 hours ago I bought a faceless doll to scare people. Turns out I was the most scared one.
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