I was flipping through the channels last week when I found a woman on the QVC channel selling a desktop computer. I like to keep tabs on certain technology products (mostly computers and external hard drives) just to keep track of the trends. I’ve coveted an external hard drive for years, and when the prices hit $30 for 250GB, possibly around Black Friday, I’ll pull the trigger. I don’t NEED one, but it would be nice to have a real place to backup my files.
Anyway, the woman on the QVC channel was rattling off all the cool features. The monitor was very large, which everyone loves, the processor was extremely fast, and the hard drive was humungous.
Just how big? 500GB, “which is enough to store over 50,000 songs, 75,000 pictures, AND 100 movies! Do you understand how much that is? More than you could possibly use!”
First, let’s take a second to think about how old you would have to be to have that many pictures and songs. If you can fill it, you probably have recorded some original Mozart. And your family pictures probably include some great shots of the gladiators in the Collosseum.
Second, is that woman you trying to sell something that nobody can use?
I’m sure there are a lot of people who bought this computer because it was at a reasonable price. But I’m also sure that a lot of people who didn’t need that large of a hard drive were sucked in and end up buying more than they needed.
People make purchases far larger than necessary simply because they can constantly. Think about the 64oz soda you’re about to buy. Sure, it’s only 20 cents more, but do you really need 64 ounces of soda?! That’s ridiculous!
In short, we shouldn’t let sheer quantity dictate our purchases. We need to spend our money wisely and focus on quality first.