I am certain that Sim Lim Square is a building that is full of seductive temptation. In less than an hour, I parted with at least $400 on electronic products alone. I dont even spend that much on clothes and shoes!
Sim Lim Square is known to be one of the most renowned place in Singapore for electronic products at a cheaper price. The first two floors were dedicated to cameras, video recording equiptment as well as home products. Me and my brother liked to hang out in the fourth level onwards for the computer things and we’d go gaga over the computer paraphernalia.
But I dont know what came over me today.
Normally, I’d just go “oh wow”
But today, I went:
“OMYGOSH! 2ND HAND LAPTOP! ONLY ONE MONTH OLD! $1.3K! OMG ITS BEAUTIFUL! I WANT IT! I WANT IT!”
“OMYGOSH!!! LOOK AT THAT LCD SCREEN! ITS GORGEOUS! ONLY $260!!!I WANT IT! I WANT IT!”
“WOW! 2GB MP4 PLAYER! IT PLAYS MUSIC, MOVIES, RADIO, AND RECORDS SOUND! I WANT IT! I WANT IT!”
“A NEW OPTICAL MOUSE! MINE! HEADPHONES! MINE! I WANT A NEW GRAPHICS CARD! GIVE ME! WAAAH!!!”
If it werent for this small voice inside me, struggling to say, “Marina, you dont NEED all these” I think I would have gone overboard and spent all of my money.
With that, I quickly scoured and fled the place after getting what we were supposed to get to avoid temptation.
Its been researched that shopping has a direct effect on the brain’s pleasure center. The feeling is not dissimilar to the experience for an addict to get their fix. Thus it is very easy for someone to start on getting on high when shopping for their favourite things.
Its a scary thought to know that its very easy to fall into temptations like that.
Though the amount that I spent might not seem to be that much to some people, but to me, the value is still alot – and my fear is that the amount will escalate with time. Children dont spend the same way adults do. People’s expenditure increases as they grow older.
There are already enough people who got themselves into debt on overspending. It would be horrible to include myself to the alumni. I do hope that, that never happens.
Have you ever had a moment when you went entirely crazy during shopping?