Sunday, January 25, 2015
Why I Do..., No. 1: Why I Bargain Hunt
You may wonder what in the world that has to do with bargain hunting. Simply this: Like the usual Pokémon trainer, I am on a quest to obtain various items...but, instead of "pocket monsters," my quest is for entertainment: books, DVDs, and CDs. Usually, when I go to garage sales, thrift stores, library sales, MovieStop, used bookstores, and similar places, that's all I buy. Some items are very commonplace and easy to find; others are rare, usually because they're out of print, and difficult to get my hands on. With many items, I find that if I don't pounce on it right away, I end up missing out. Unlike that collection RPG, though, I'm not limited to just a set number of items; there's a nearly infinite amount of literature and audiovisual media that can be mine...as long as I seek it out.
Some people would argue that, when it comes to finding rare items, eBay is a better place. Well, that's true...if you know what you're looking for. At the kinds of places I go to, it's not what you know you want; it's what you didn't know you wanted. I often end up seeing book series or DVDs that I've either never heard of or hadn't thought about in a while, ones that I'd never think to type into any kind of online search. Plus, places such as eBay and Amazon Marketplace often include shipping fees that can be a doozy.
In recent years, I've talked quite a bit about bargain hunting, both on Facebook and off. Many of my friends have seen photos and lists of my latest hauls; sometimes, I wonder if people have unfriended me because of such posts. To me, bargain hunting is like a sport; I have my victories, and I have my defeats. Some days I make out very well, and sometimes I go a great distance and come home with almost nothing. It's not really a competition, per se; I'm not trying to "keep up with the Joneses" by having the biggest book collection on my block. I don't even know how much entertainment my neighbors own, and I don't really care; to me, I buy the books, DVDs, and CDs that I want, not every single one I see. I just try and find the best deals on the items I want.