Reviewers were quick to share some of their most regrettable decisions and purchases in response to a viral post on a popular internet forum.
In a Reddit thread posted to r/AskReddit, Redditor u/Penguin633 (otherwise known as the Original Poster, or OP) posed a question to the forum’s 35.6 million members: “What did you think you wanted, but what did you really regret afterwards?”
Posted on April 18, the thread received more than 12,000 votes and 8,000 responses.
In thousands of comments responding to the original poster, Redditors listed a myriad of regrettable purchases, including swimming pools, boats, GoPro cameras and waterbeds.
“A backyard pool,” Redditor u/Lenny_III wrote. “I always wanted one until I got one.”
“I had to buy chemicals, test the water, clean it, find dead snakes in the skimmer baskets, get the pump replaced, etc.” they added. “It was a huge pain in the ass.”
“[A] waterbed,” added Redditor u/TallAFTobs. “The biggest waste of money. Spent [$1,000] on the most uncomfortable bed ever. I practically broke my back and sold it for $100 after only a year of use.”
Earlier this year, a study published by Consumer Affairs revealed that more than 20% of Americans said they “always or often regret their financial decisions.”
And while cars and homes remain the two most regretted purchases, home improvements, technology, boats and other non-automotive vehicles are all likely to cause at least a twinge of heartbreak among consumers nationwide.
However, while many of the viral post’s comments centered on big purchases that didn’t go through, a handful of highly upvoted responses focused elsewhere.
In a pair of comments, two Redditors lamented work-related decisions that had unintended and harmful consequences.
“The job I’m currently holding,” Redditor u/0ChillPterodactyl wrote in a comment that received over 6,000 votes.
“The work is going well but the company is crap,” they added.
Redditor u/isaacthememeboi, whose comment received nearly 6,000 votes, offered a different, but regrettable, perspective.
“Working in a job that involves the skills of one of my hobbies,” they wrote. “Now it feels more like work than a hobby.”
Despite countless articles and informative guides explaining precisely how to turn leisure into business, combining pleasure and profit is not always conducive to fulfilling experiences.
Although turning a hobby into a business can offer various tax breaks, stopwatch warns of the entirely different mindset needed when money is at stake.
“You will have to make all the decisions related to your hobby like a businessman, which can take away some of the joy from your old hobby,” stopwatch business writer Russell Huebsch wrote.
“The idea has to be profitable enough that you can make a living from it as well, and it has to be competitive five years and [ten] years later,” added Huebsch.
In a separate response to the viral Reddit post, which received nearly 3,000 votes, a Redditor echoed that sentiment.
“Work doing something you love and you will never work a day in your life,” they wrote, reciting the age-old phrase.
“Bullshit. It makes you hate what you love because most people have to work for someone else who sets the rules and conditions and deadlines,” they added.