Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Too Many Choices!

Sometimes I really think that there is such a thing as "too much of a good thing" as the picture above that I took awhile back serves to illustrate. It used to be that when you went to the store to get new shoes, for example, you had limited choices and didn't have to spend all day pondering which ones to get or finally pick out a pair only to go home and wish that maybe you had gotten the other ones instead. I can see why children are confused when it comes to making choices these days as things like this are confusing even to we adults.

Case in point - I stopped in at the local WalMart yesterday because I needed to pick up a couple of things for the new house as one invariably always needs when moving from one place to another. One of the things I was looking for was a silverware tray for the drawer as the one that I had previously was too big and didn't fit correctly. I figured I'd pop in, grab a new silverware tray and a couple other things, pop back out and continue my day. Wrong!

When I got to the aisle where the silverware trays were I stood there facing way too many choices - bamboo, silicone-lined, several different types of plastic, red, gray, black, clear ... augh! I found myself picking up and then putting down again not one or two but four different silverware trays before I finally decided on a mesh silver one as I hate it when you get crumbs in your silveware tray for whatever reason and I figured that with mesh, the crumbs would fall right through. Before making that decision I had actually put two other choices into the cart and started down the aisle before I backed up, changed my mind, and took them out again when something else caught my eye. Ridiculous. And that was just the silverware tray ... never mind the robe hooks, sink liners, and other things that I needed. Quick trip to WalMart my old Aunt Del!

Seriously, it would be so much easier with just a few less choices ... life is too short to spend any of it standing in WalMart trying to make up my mind! Which I guess is another reason I hate shopping - too many choices! Anyone else have this problem?

20 comments:

  1. I thought I was the only female alive that hated shopping. Seriously.Hate.To.Shop. I put it off as long as I can - unless I can have my mother pick up whatever it is I need - that's my personal favorite. When I do go, I have a list, and I'm in and out as soon as possible.

    Luckily, I usually don't have the problem of too many choices, because I usually know right away what I like.

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  2. wrong, Miss bee hates to shop almost as much as I do

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  3. I guess it could be worse? You could have to drive to three different stores just to find the one thing you want because no one has it??

    Sorry, I always look for the bright side.

    Have a great day.

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  4. i do hate to shop but for some reason i like walmart. i have no idea why...

    smiles, bee
    xxxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  5. Ha! I usually have an idea what I want and look for it. In most cases, I cannot find it so I settle for something else...
    I like shopping for the house and for my clothes. Groceries, on the other hand, I hate to shop for :o)

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  6. Not quite the same thing, but my sister has a problem in parking lots when there are too many spaces to choose from. If I am along, i try to steer her into one, which really irritates her.

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  7. I HATE shopping. I have serious issues with making decisions as well.

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  8. No this never happens to anybody but you. And maybe your old Anut Dell. But that's it... ;)

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  9. While I don't hate to shop, I do hate to make a decision. That's why I seem to do my best shopping at C*stc* (we call it the $99 store) where choices are almost non-existent. Yesterday I bought a hair dryer there in a second because they had only ONE (count 'em) one choice!

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  10. I'm with you on this too. It's downright confusing sometimes. Okay, I hate to shop too. I would have done the same exact thing you did.

    Have a terrific day Linda. Big hug. :)

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  11. I might take hours picking something.

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  12. OH I know what you mean Linda. It takes forever choosing even the simplest thing! :0

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  13. I like buying.
    I don't like having to search for what I want.
    I hate shopping....and window shopping makes no sense to me at ALL.

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  14. oh gee...for you it's silverware trays...for me it was frames for my crossstitch. whoah. I actually carried one all around the dad-gum store...only to discard it later.....to pick another to carry.....to end up with a third...or was it fourth??

    I spent 30 min going up and down the frames section of Michaels.

    yikes and yowzers.

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  15. Wow, you're right. That photo has indeed many choices and I can't even pick one. I'm like that when it comes to buying a book! Too many choices and not enough money to buy em all. I pick up a book several times, I put it back, go around to look for more interesting books then I repeat the process. I don't go empty-handed, though!

    Having choices in life it's a clear thing that we are progressing! It's the same when picking which path you're gonna go in College. That's why students like me shift lol!

    Hope you pick all the right choices for your new home! Also, I kinda hate shopping too. I just go to mall whenever I need something but I don't go wasting my time window shopping or looking for something to spend my money on lol!

    Well, you're gonna encounter a lot more problems regarding too many choices as you buy stuff for the new house!

    Much Love,

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  16. Omg I think I talked too much LOL. I forgot to say I enjoyed this post!

    Much Love,

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  17. If memory serves...at at my age that's always a crapshoot...when I was a kid athletic shoes came in one of four possible choices: white high tops, white low tops, black high tops, and black low tops. Life was so much easier then!

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  18. YES I have this problem... I HATE SHOPPING!..... even online...

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  19. Now normally I don't like to shop, but I do find that for some things I enjoy the variety of choices.

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  20. i am reminded of the bonus scene in "borat" DVD where he is in one of our American supermarkets, in the dairy isle where there is a vast selection of cheeses. he asks the man giving him a tour "what is this?" and he repies "that's cheese". "and this?" asks borat.."that's cheese" "and this?" "that's cheese" etc. etc. etc. i thought that scene was not only a classic "humor-through-repetition" scenario, but also a pointed comment to the overabundance of options that we enjoy in this country on a regular basis.

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