Buying: Products vs Experiences?

During a coaching session with one of my lovely clients it became increasingly obvious that our values are polar opposites when it comes to products.

I love going for facials, massages, psychic readings, coaching sessions, dead sea floatation experiences, driving lessons in supercars, dance classes. So the extra money I have goes on these wonderful experiences. My client has a passion for clothes and colour and variety and it shows, she always looks amazing, open and inviting and she mostly spends her extra money on products.

It occurred to me when we were speaking on skype that I put more value on experiences than products and she puts more value on products. Neither is right, wrong, better or worse, just different. I found it fascinating because when I see a product my first thoughts are: “oh no, where will that go?”, “do I have space for it?”, “will I end up giving it to charity in 6 months?”. I see products as clutter but she gets great delight from them but couldn’t bear the idea of wasting money on a massage.

I’m not sure where you place your value, but I’d love you to tell me in the comments…

2 thoughts on “Buying: Products vs Experiences?

  1. The older I’ve gotten the less ‘products’ I buy, most likely because I can’t quite find the right excuses that justify it anymore (Sometimes I need to make sure I do have an excuse and spoil myself as I don’t want to end up feeling that i’m not good enough for anything at all!! – But that’s another post!), but then again, I don’t spend on ‘Experiences’ like I used to either. Going out for dinner has gone from being once a week to once every few months.
    I guess the one thing that I do buy and enjoy very much at the moment is both, a product and experience.
    Gardening – I buy the plants and then i plant them.
    This gives me great satisfaction as I get to purchase from a shop (love walking around the garden centers) and get an activity out of it. Win win.

    But are we asking here can you buy happiness? Some of the best ‘products’ and ‘experiences’ are ones that happen by accident, or as gifts. 😀

    Anyway, Im rambling. This is a very interesting topic and the more I think about it the more things I’m figuring out within myself – This is actually a very good therapy tool question. Hmmmm, I will continue thinking this one over. x

    • I know it’s amazing isn’t it, I’d never really thought much about it until that conversation. I hope you enjoyed thinking about it all 🙂

      Plants are wonderful purchases because you also get the experience of watching them grow and enjoying the beauty they bring to your day,x

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