What Kinda Shopper are You?
I was waiting in the VAT line since I bought an Ipad (a birthday gift for my father) and thought it might be worth getting back the Tax .. I noticed that most of the people waiting in line were fellow Kuwaitis each with at least 2 iPhone purchase and one in hand .. Although I am a big believer in “let people do whatever they want “, it just made me think of how materialistic we became as a culture .. constantly looking for the new and the expensive from brands, technologies, cars and pretty much everything else .. Although I personally know that many people don’t think this way .. I am speaking here as a culture in general ..
In an article titled “why do we want mor than we need?” there is a test about what type of buyer are you that analyses the type of buyers and the hidden motives behind it…. I am, personally, not much of a shopper and I don’t enjoy the process at all .. I however spend a lot of money on FOOD! I enjoy experiencing new restaurants of all types and budgets and am guilty of that… yeah and travelling too :)
So what makes us buys things we don’t really need? test yourself and find out more about your habits..(The following test is by Marie Romanens and Flavia M Salvi):
1.You are treating yourself to a shopping spree. You:
A- make a detailed list of the things you want and go to your usual haunts
V- head straight for the luxury brands
P- look for things that are both useful and beautiful
C- go to your favourite shops and treat yourself to whatever takes your fancy
2. In which of the following places would you most like to live?
V- a suit at the Ritz
P- the Starship Enterprise
C- a fairytale castle
A Ali baba’s cave
3. You are going to live like a hermit for a month, getting close to nature. What book do you take with you?
V- a glossy magazine
P- cooking and living in the outdoors
A- confessions of a shopaholic
C- the complete works of Jamie Oliver
4. Which comforter would you find it most difficult to do without?
P- your smart phone
A- your charm bracelet
V- your favourite work of art
C- a cuddly toy from childhood
5. you’re in a meeting and someone is hogging the floor
A- so much the better. it means you can retreat into your corner and not feel pressure to contribute
C- calmly pick them up on the points they are making
P- it’s gloves-off time. you interrupt and takeover the debate
V- you tip your coffee over them and apologise profusely
6. what excuse would you choose to justify a frivolous purchase?
C- I just really wanted to buy it
A- I deserve it
V- the sales assistant flattered me
P- it’ll be useful for something
7. What are your priorities when you do a supermarket shop?
C- you choose whatever you fancy eating at the time
A- you fill your trolley to the brim
P- you focus on price/quantity comparisons and getting a good variety of foods
V- you go for the best quality produce
8. you would never be attracted to someone who was too:
9. with which of the following colours do you associate wellbeing?
V- pearl grey
C- bright orange
10. the best sort of present is:
C- a surprise
11. you are going to clear out some of your possessions. what goes first?
A- computers and high-tech gadgets
P- things you’ve collected over the years
V- things that have been in the food cupboard for ages
C- accessories, such as shoes, bags and jewellery
Now add up how many times you chose each letter I will post the analysis of the results in a later post … remember that this is a test to know more about yourself so be honest about it :)
A____ V____ P____ C____