Posts Tagged ‘Playstation’

Ok, so let’s get one thing straight about me: I do not like to spend my money. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy buying things, but every dollar–really, every penny–I shell out is almost always an excruciating battle for me. This is not because I have no money, nor is it because I think that the things I wish to own are not worth what I would need to spend in order to acquire them. It is simply this sort of frugal/stubbornness that results in me dragging my feet (for months, if not years) before purchasing the things that I want.

Now…this is not necessarily a bad thing. By being frugal, I am increasing my chances of avoiding financial problems later on in life. At the same time, though, I do believe it is a good thing to enjoy your money once in awhile. After all, you’ve worked hard for the money you’ve earned. And so if you’re able to afford the things you want after taking care of your responsibilities, by all means, treat yourself.

And I do treat myself. My anime/manga collection is sizable enough to prove that my money does sometimes see the light of day after being deposited into my bank. And when it comes to those things that I would regret NOT purchasing, I am much quicker to lay my money down. The thing is, though, those items that I would be so quick to lay my money down for are far and few between. It is much more common for me to have a gigantic list of items that I would eventually like to own, but feel no need to rush out and buy right away.

I would say that, with most things, this attitude is probably a good thing. Where the problem comes in is that, especially in this day and age, and especially in the anime/manga/video game world, one often has to buy something sooner than later because it might not be around for very long. Ten years ago, this would not have been the case. But now with companies bankrupting left and right and the survivors doing their darndest to keep up with all the newest trends so that they can keep their old customers and draw in new ones…there is no guarantee that the DVD set or graphic novel series you want will be around a year or two from now. Sure, you’ll still be able to buy it through websites like Amazon and Ebay, but you might wind up shelling out twice or thrice as much as you would have if you’d just gone ahead and purchased it when the company was selling it.

So anyways…I’m meandering from the original purpose of my post a bit. The item I am currently trying to decide whether to purchase or not is the Sony PS3. There is no doubt in my mind that I want it, and there are plenty of games I know I would enjoy playing on it. So…whether or not I would enjoy my purchase is not at all an issue. What IS an issue is the fact that I’m in graduate school and, as such, have little to no life outside of what my classes and work dictate. Because of this, I am concerned that if I buy this console right now (or a couple of months from now), that it will simply lay there next to my television gathering dust.

Now…let’s say I wait until graduate school is finished…which really isn’t that far away…if all goes well, I’ll be done by the end of this spring. Whoo! And really, this is not such a bad idea…I’d be done with school and have more time to play games. At the same time, though, I might not, since I will probably be spending  a lot of my time looking desperately for a job. And then on top of everything else, I like to spend a lot of what free time I do have with my boyfriend, family, and friends. Plus, I have a lot of other hobbies…reading, writing, watching anime, and the list goes on. I’ve already got so much stuff occupying my time, and am sure that more will show up to take more of my time in the future, that I’m really wondering if I should even let this whole time thing be an issue.

And then of course there’s the fact that if I give Sony a couple more years, they’re probably going to be announcing the PS4. This is the least of my concerns, though, considering I’ve been wanting a PS3 since it first came out and, five years later, am still trying to decide whether or not to break down and buy one. ’cause really…whether the PS4 comes out next year or five years from now on, chances are that IF I even buy one, it’ll take me five years after its release to actually seriously consider doing so.

So what should I do? Do I buy it sooner? Later? Never? The prices have dropped, so that’s another attractive feature. It’s just a matter of deciding whether or not it’s really worth purchasing…oh the dilemma. 😛


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