I never quite grasped the concept of this Sales thing.
I have a fairly simple set of rules for buying stuff.
The most important starter is do I want it or do I need it.
If I want it but don't need it, then it is mentally shelved, maybe as a suggestion for a birthday present or until some rich relative dies and leaves me a fortune.
If I need it then the next question is can I afford it.
If the cash is there then off I go and make my purchase. If the cupboard is bare then I either save for it or forget it. The last time I borrowed money for anything must be about thirty years ago and I'm not going down that path again, unless it's an extreme emergency.
So I am trying to see where this Sales thing fits into the pattern. The only time I could see myself partaking is if I need something, but can't afford it unless I get up at silly o'clock, haul myself into Dublin and then queue in the vague hope that whatever it is I am trying to buy is actually on sale or not snapped up by the time I get to the shop. That seems like one hell of a gamble and not one I would like to take.
Of course a lot of people are hoping to buy some frightfully expensive designer shit that has a few bob knocked off its price. This is another phenomenon I fail to grasp. Why on earth lash out hundreds of yoyos on something just because it has a name on it? That is the height of insanity. If you can buy a pair of shoes, a coat or whatever that fulfills its function, why on earth pay quadruple the price just because it is branded?
A point most people seem to overlook is that buying something for €150 when it's normally €350 is not a bargain. They haven't saved €200, they have spent €150 [unless that item was something they really needed at the time]. When I was a kid, a friend's mother used to get the bus into Dublin at the crack of dawn to visit the fruit market. She used to come home laden with crates of oranges or tomatoes or whatever and would be delighted with herself as she got them at bargain prices. When it was pointed out to her that the fruit or vegetable concerned would gently rot away as no one was eating it, she would shrug and point out how much she had saved by buying in bulk.
So as per usual, I won't be torturing myself by traveling long distances to buy a load of junk that I don't need.
Sure haven't I got all I need right here?