Yesterday, I decided I needed to get out of the house. I bought myself some lunch and then I visited a few stores and see what if I could find anything interesting. I scored some DVDs, VHS tapes, and managed to buy twelve video games for $25 at GameStop. I came home with several bags of goodies to enjoy and I didn’t spend much money. It was a good day.
But there was a moment in my retail therapy that made me stop and second guess how I do things. I was standing inside Ollie’s looking over their book selection when I discovered two books: X-Files Origins Agent of Chaos and X-Files Origins Devil’s Advocate.
The back cover explained that the books were an exploration of Mulder and Scully before they joined The X-Files and sounded pretty interesting. The books were written back in 2017 and were priced at $2.99 a piece.
There was a time in my life when I would have just purchased the books but several years ago I stopped trusting my instincts and buying things blindly. I started reaching out to the masses for approval that I was making a good purchase. So, rarely do I buy something without doing a little research before hand by reading reviews.
In theory this is wise. We reach out to make sure we aren’t being scammed. However, it’s been proven over and over that reviews are not always honest. Fake reviews and comparison websites are abundant online. Reviews on Amazon are so biased there is an entire site dedicated to helping you filter out the fakes: FakeSpot.
Even when not being purchased or provided by a company, reviews are not unbiased. People love to jump in and bash something because other people are doing it.
If I use reviews to dictate everything I purchase, I would have missed out on a lot of my favorite things growing up. I had no idea that people didn’t like Ghostbusters 2 until I got on the internet. I LOVE that movie.
Mac and Me is another movie that is considered a joke, but as a young kid I liked it more than ET. Same goes with The Monster Squad over The Goonies.
It’s not just movies that I like that other people don’t. It’s video games, books, comics, and food. We all have our individual tastes and they aren’t going to always line up with everyone else, so why do we doubt ourselves so much? Or more specifically, why do I doubt myself?
Is my fear of wasting money more important than going into something unbiased but hoping for the best? I mean, I understand doing your research when buying a car or a house, but did those three dollar books deserve for me to stop, pull up Amazon, and justify my purchase? Do I really lack confident in my purchasing decisions that I needed validation? Or was I simply trying not to waste six dollars on bad books?
I honestly don’t know what to think. I didn’t come to any grand conclusion, this was all just a simple observation of how the internet has become so intertwined in my own life that I do things without even thinking. It functions as almost a part of me and that is something I’m not all that fond of.