Thursday, November 16
My last post got me wondering....
A) What's the longest wait in line you've ever endured? How long? Was it worth it?

B) What's the most outrageous item you've ever purchased for OVER the retail price of that item? Did you have buyer's remorse?

  Into the pensieve on Thursday, November 16, 2006
  Your thoughts, please (13)

At November 16, 2006, Blogger Karmyn R said...

The longest I've ever waited in line - was either at a theme park OR in a grocery store in Jackson, Alabama (talk about S L O W)

The most I've ever spent for over retail...hmmmmm....That's a hard one because I usually won't buy things unless they are sale!! - or I wait until they are a little older then get them when the price goes down. But - probably spent too much on our couch and loveseat (had a little bit of buyers remorse, but am happy now that we have them)

At November 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stood in line for about 4 or 5 hours for a signed copy of Deliver Us From Evil by Shawn Hannity. I use to listen to him but have since experienced burn out in regards to anything in the political/network news/media arena. Anyway I stood in line that long partly because I promised one of my customers that I would get him a copy as well.
I paid MSRP (retail) for a 1999 Honda Odyssy? when they first hit the market. A dealer in Louiville KY tried to get me to pay $1500 over MSRP because of this secret high speed under coating and scotchguard seat protector but told him he was smoking crack. I called a Columbus GA dealer who was getting MSRP with a 3 month waiting list. I did not have remorse for paying the asking price for that vehicle but it did pain me because I love negotiating.

At November 16, 2006, Blogger LeftCoastOnlooker said...

1) the line to board the ferry, to go out on the bay & watch the Blue Angles

2) I think the only thing I've ever paid over for is an auction I won at a fund-raiser -- no buyer's remorse there, I wanted the item & the $ was for a good cause.
Related: This over-pricing is part of why we don't own a home. I refuse to go into debt until the year 5050, for a shoebox that will be a pile of rubble after the next quake (getting off the soapbox, now).

At November 16, 2006, Blogger Pamela said...

A) longest line was definetly at Disneyland and probably and hour and a half. No

B) I can't recall right now. Buyers remorse. YES. Everytime I look in my billfold.

At November 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A) - I don't do lines - never...

B) - Can't say I ever have...

I think it is nuts that people stand/camp/lay in line to purchase a silly gaming device. I think I can spend $500-$700 better - like on a getaway with my Sweetheart *grin*...

At November 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh gosh. I'm embarrased to even say. I camped out in college -- all night.



Richard Marx tickets.

At November 17, 2006, Blogger Susan in va said...

A) A one and a half hour wait through the security line in Orlando....with two little rambunctious boys. We made it home all in one piece so it was definitely worth it!

B) I didn't pay over retail for this item, but it was a little splurge for my daughter's 2nd birthday. I purchased a $200 kitchen set off of e-Bay. The seller turned out to be a scam artist who had stolen someone's identity. So basically, I transferred $200 to a thief. I haven't purchased anything from e-Bay since.

At November 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am one of the infamous Target campers, joe. we waited in line for 40 hours for the playstation 3. yes, it seems quite ridiculous, absurd, whatever. the point is, we bought playstations for $600 but they're already on eBay, and the average going price right now is $3000 (yes, that's the correct amount of zeros). in my opinion, time well spent, and a fun story to tell friends.

At November 17, 2006, Blogger Kila said...

The longest wait I recall is 3 hours, to vote in November 2004.

I don't think I've ever paid above retail for anything. I won't even pay the retail price.

At November 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Longest line was to a spook walk in October. Was worth the wait. Was way scary.

Purchased over the retail value... hmmm. I'm thinking on that one.

At November 17, 2006, Blogger Robin said...


Joe, it was a pleasure meeting you and "the gang"...hope you come back to see my little story :).

Karmyn & Kila, I'm a bargain shopper, too, a definite aversion to paying retail for anything. I do remember my dad paying about triple the ticket price for a "very important" college ballgame back in the day :).

Chas, your comment cracked me up...burned out on politics? Puhlease! But I hear the new-car-buyin-pain....I HATE that process ("I can put you in this car TODAY...").

LCO, maybe you should move east....

Pamela, having JUST come from Disney, and from a HOT, CROWDED trip to Six Flags this summer, I concur with that whole standing in line thing.

Iris, Oooo, I like the way you think with a "good" way to drop a few hundred; I'm up for a get-away anytime with my sweetie :).

Kelly, ROFL! Richard Marx??? But somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I think I camped out for tix too in college...for the life of me now, I can't remember who!

Ooooo, I do remember waiting in line to buy one of the Harry Potter books when it was released...we've been to two mid-night parties!

Yuk, Susan, on the eBay thing. I've had lots of luck buying stuff, and only one "sting"...a bootleg copy of a video, NOT the original as promised. When I went back to the seller to complain...POOF, no longer in business :(.

Vicki, Hmmm, a spook walk, that just sounds funny, not s c a r y!

At November 17, 2006, Blogger Malissa said...

I'm not good at lines.

I think airport lines have been the worst.

Over retail!? Perish the thought! I own a resale store so even retail stinks to me;)

I DO collect Jadeite so I'm sure I paid more than they retailed for in 1940 huh?

At November 20, 2006, Blogger Erin said...

Heading to Gatlinburg, don't know what highway it's on.
Glad you stopped by the ol' blog to get your groove on.

Hope you and your company have a blast
Eating together, a Thankful repast.

The longest I've waited in line was last year
2 hours to get through Pigeon Forge, and I fear

This year is going to be just the same
The early Xmas shoppers, just can't be tamed.
And that's the end of my poem, 'cause it's lame.


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