Addicted to Buying Products

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I am addicted to buying products on how to make money online.

It's been this way for a while - and I keep buying them. I've even purchased products more than once because I forgot! That's how I clued into the fact that I have a slight problem.

What's helping is that I've started a review project on my blog. (Thanks Tiffany Dow for the idea... And yes, I got this idea from a product I purchased!)

However, I still have the itch to buy things. So it only helped a little.

Do any of you have additional strategies for me to stop?

My goal is to stop long enough to actually implement some (or all) of things I've purchased. That's why the reviews are helping. But it hasn't gotten rid of the urge entirely.
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  • Profile picture of the author drewfioravanti
    Marketers sell. If you are buying, you aren't selling. If you aren't selling, you aren't marketing. You are just a consumer.

    Make what you have work before you move on to the next thing. You'll find that making it work is the hardest part.

    But once you figure that out, you can replicate and scale it.
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  • Profile picture of the author katherineolga
    Thank you drewfioravanti - I honestly think I just needed a pep talk or something! So, thanks for providing me with one. :-) It's much appreciated,
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    Easy solution,

    Never buy a 2nd product unless you have implemented the 1st one.....

    Its not only you, many people are addicted, I used to buy different products as well but then stopped it coz I wasnt implementing them... I hardly buy anything now..
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  • Profile picture of the author J50
    You don't need to buy products, there's so many people who give all their information away for free. Pat Flynn from SPI is one; follow him here: Passive Income: The Smart Passive Income Blog

    He'll teach you from scratch how to build a niche site: How to Build a Niche Site
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  • Profile picture of the author kdmpublishing
    Every time you purchase one of those type of products, and receive the email receipt, move it to a separate folder in your email client. Now you have a list of everything you bought. Before you buy again, go back and check that list to make sure that:

    1. You haven't purchased it before
    2. You actually truly have a need for it (how will this help you)

    And yes as the previous response stated, you can find a lot of information for free, at least to give you an idea on what to do. How to do it maybe be another story altogether, but it is a start.

    So many products, especially the ones under $20 look good and seem necessary, but you really have to look and see if you really need it.

    Especially the products that as soon as you purchase, the competition comes up with a better clone of this in two weeks.
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  • Profile picture of the author katherineolga
    So, it sounds like I should just have willpower and stay the course of implementing what I've purchased and using the reviews strategy to keep me motivated.

    The Warrior Forum alone has tons of great information - and I've become part of the War Room too and am completely blown away by the generosity.

    So, perhaps when I get an urge I can hop into the War Room and read some of the threads?

    I just love learning so much! I think it's a good thing as long as I take action. Something to work on.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Try the 48 hr rule:

      When you see something new and have the itch to buy it - LEAVE the sales page and wait 48 hrs. Chances are by then you will realize it's not something you have to have.

      Remember always that people who buy lots of make money products are called "buyers" and "target market" - marketers are those SELLING the products.

      Don't substitute buying things for doing things.
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      • Profile picture of the author katherineolga
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post


        Try the 48 hr rule:
        This is such a great idea! It's the same as wanting a new purse. Wanting and needing aren't the same thing. So, when I get an urge to buy a pair of shoes or a purse or a dress I leave the store. If after a few days I don't have the urge anymore I don't return to the store to buy it.

        Originally Posted by Romeo90 View Post

        War Room is the answer - but I see you already have a WR membership?
        Yes, it seems like a good solution but doesn't entirely solve the problem of not taking action. But, at least that solution will save me money!

        Originally Posted by rodsav View Post

        There are some very good and tempting products for sale especially on the Warrior Forum.
        Well, on the bright side, it means that the people who write the copy are very good at what they do! Something to strive for in my own endeavors. :-)

        Originally Posted by zeroaffiliate View Post

        I think the best way for you to stop is to buy a good coach.
        I totally agree. I am starting to realize that one of the reasons why buying products doesn't work is that everyone is different. (Different life experiences and skills, to name just a few.) A coach can tailor a plan to fit the individual (a GOOD coach.)

        Seems like on the surface, coaching may seem expensive but if it saves me thousands a year on products... (that may prove useless) ... that can even be a money saver long term.

        --

        Okay, I have a few deadlines to take care of and a festival to attend later on today - I do plan on commenting on more of what you guys have said but I need to tear myself away from Warrior before a WSO sucks me in.
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    • Profile picture of the author kdmpublishing
      Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

      So, it sounds like I should just have willpower and stay the course of implementing what I've purchased and using the reviews strategy to keep me motivated.

      The Warrior Forum alone has tons of great information - and I've become part of the War Room too and am completely blown away by the generosity.

      So, perhaps when I get an urge I can hop into the War Room and read some of the threads?

      I just love learning so much! I think it's a good thing as long as I take action. Something to work on.
      Yes the war room can help. I have purchased items that I have found its equivalent free in that area. Or just finding the right website with the info you need can be found by searching through the war room.
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  • Profile picture of the author rodsav
    There are some very good and tempting products for sale especially on the Warrior Forum. I would suggest stay focused on the projects your currently working on before purchasing another product. I agree it can be difficult and addictive.
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  • Profile picture of the author zeroaffiliate
    I think the best way for you to stop is to buy a good coach.

    Getting a coach, can guide you to take action today as well as create a plan for you to keep you busy from buying anything else.
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    • Profile picture of the author Yogini
      I think it is good to review what you've already bought, choose one and stay devoted to it for 30 days and then review it. There is something about sales letters that can make them tempting and to appear to offer less work to acheive success.

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    • Profile picture of the author Nicole Nahi
      Originally Posted by zeroaffiliate View Post

      I think the best way for you to stop is to buy a good coach.

      Getting a coach, can guide you to take action today as well as create a plan for you to keep you busy from buying anything else.

      I second that. Getting a coach is helping me to focus only on what she is teaching and thus ignoring everything else!
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    It's been mentioned. You're a War Room member. Lots of the stuff in there was once an irresistible little shiny object just like the stuff you've been buying. Next time you feel the urge, just head in there and grab one or two freebies and go through them. Who knows, you might actually find a business model so exciting you'll want to stay with it and forget all about the WSO board.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    Making money online begins with hard work, many expenses, and zero sales. Nobody starts selling something from the first days… or months.

    So, if you want to ever see positive results you have to stick with a method and work hard trying to achieve a very specific goal, instead of going from one idea to another bright idea.

    Internet marketing is complicated. You have to choose something you like and know and work on it until you will see positive results.

    If you will fail, you will at least understand why you failed, and you will correct your mistakes. Next time, you will succeed.

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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    Do any of you have additional strategies for me to stop?
    Act upon a money making strategy.


    Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author Igor Fridrihs
    Hey,

    I think the best way is find a coach and stick to coaching program until you get results. Coaching is not cheap, but it would be much cheaper and useful than buying products and never succeed.
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    • Profile picture of the author igorGriffiths
      I know what you mean by being addicted to buying

      One thing I would recommend doing and it is a tactic I have used.

      Whenever you buy or optin for a product, schedule an overview session for that into your weekly calendar and make sure you do it.

      You then either schedule implementation into your calendar or bin the product.

      Until you have processed that transaction or your schedule has no more room for overview sessions then no more products.
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      • Profile picture of the author James Clark
        To the OP. If you are just buying push button riches then you are not building a business. My advice would be find all the information that you can on building a list. There will be no riches without a list, period.

        If you just focus on making money you won't make much. Look, I genuine have a need to help people. But having said that I'm not in the charity business and I'm not in the hand holding business either.

        Example: If I ran across a guy going up I-95 and he tells me that his destination is Chicago. I would tell him that he is going the wrong way, because I-95 runs North and South.(duh) But I'm only going to tell him once.
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  • Profile picture of the author RockNRolla
    Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    I've even purchased products more than once because I forgot! That's how I clued into the fact that I have a slight problem.
    I shouldn't laugh but this line did make me give out a little chuckle!

    I'm glad you've found something to focus on now though, it's such a sin to keep buying information products. Why not take all the knowledge you must've amassed from all these products and write your own? Then contact all the people you purchased from previously and explain to them how you bought their products and it inspired you to create your own product, in which you'd like them to promote to their lists as an affiliate
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    • Originally Posted by RockNRolla View Post

      I shouldn't laugh but this line did make me give out a little chuckle!

      I'm glad you've found something to focus on now though, it's such a sin to keep buying information products. Why not take all the knowledge you must've amassed from all these products and write your own? Then contact all the people you purchased from previously and explain to them how you bought their products and it inspired you to create your own product, in which you'd like them to promote to their lists as an affiliate
      Great use of emotional blackmail..cough..I meant to say emotional marketing strategy. Lol
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      • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
        Great ideas on here.

        Why not agree to treat yourself to another shiny shiny but only AFTER you have completely implemented one you already bought.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    Stay the hell out of rhe WSO forum, that is about al you can do. I feel your pain as I get attracted by BSO all the time and I am usually broke before the end of the nonth, but it is a hard thing to overcome. There is always something that sounds like it is just what you need, and so often I can't seem to make them work, or just get sucked in to another BSO before I even get started by the last one i got.

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    • Profile picture of the author katherineolga
      Originally Posted by James Clark View Post

      If you are just buying push button riches then you are not building a business. My advice would be find all the information that you can on building a list. There will be no riches without a list, period. .
      That is great advice and something I have been bad at. This is going to be my focus for a while because I have been lacking!

      Originally Posted by RockNRolla View Post

      I shouldn't laugh but this line did make me give out a little chuckle!

      Why not take all the knowledge you must've amassed from all these products and write your own? Then contact all the people you purchased from previously and explain to them how you bought their products and it inspired you to create your own product, in which you'd like them to promote to their lists as an affiliate
      This is a great idea! I am glad I made you laugh. :-)

      Originally Posted by timpears View Post

      Stay the hell out of rhe WSO forum, that is about al you can do. I feel your pain as I get attracted by BSO all the time and I am usually broke before the end of the month, but it is a hard thing to overcome.
      I blew it! I'm here! It IS hard to overcome. This thread, to be honest, is helping. I visit it and react to more of the posts when I am feeling antsy and about to buy new products. I haven't yet!

      Originally Posted by Mark Pescetti View Post

      Sounds like you haven't haven't found what you're looking for.
      I love, love, LOVE this song. And you may be right!
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  • Profile picture of the author TonyBabb
    This was me too. I finally got to a point where I would stay away from the wso forum. I also started organizing what I had, made a list of what it was about, and who it was by. This helped me from buying the same subject mater over again.
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    • Profile picture of the author depp12
      Hi,

      I had/have the same problem myself. I just could'nt stop buying products.

      Here's what i did :

      1. I went through all emails (they usually show up wso delivery/purchase.) I made a list with corresponding amounts that i had paid for each product. Include those oto's as well.

      2. Add up all your hosting account costs as well. Domain purchases as well.

      You have a nice amount when you add these two together. Try it and believe me you will be shocked into working through each and every product on that list you made. All these purchases add up over time...

      I hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    However, I still have the itch to buy things. So it only helped a little.
    This is what I call "filling your bucket." It's what people do when they feel like they don't know enough about something - they rabidly and obsessively consume everything they can find about it.

    Basically, because you don't know much about the subject, you are in fact learning from every single thing you buy. Eventually you get over it, but if you can't afford to wait, recognise this:

    The overwhelming majority of what you are buying can be found online for free.

    Start regarding every product you want to buy as a puzzle. Imagine a product that promises to teach you how to make six figures a year using nothing but free tools.

    How could you do that?

    Instead of immediately buying the product because you think it has some big secret in it like "install this magic program and push the button to make money fly out of your screen," try to figure out the secret.

    What tools would you need to make six figures a year? Are there free alternatives to those tools? What are they?

    Every internet marketer I know recommends Camtasia for screen recording. That's $300. Meanwhile, Microsoft Expression Encoder also makes screen recordings, and that's a free download from Microsoft's web site.

    Hey presto, I just saved a bunch of people $300. Some people would hype that up and sell it as a $10 product, because it's good value. Who wouldn't pay $10 to save $300? I sure would.

    Similarly, you can use LibreOffice instead of Microsoft Office. It's free, too. You can use GIMP instead of PhotoShop. Audacity is a free audio software program which works just fine for recording podcasts and interviews. Need to start a blog? Use Blogger or Tumblr; both work fine and cost nothing. The list goes on.

    Name a task. Name a tool. Go hit Bing or Google and you'll almost always find something to do that task or replace that tool... for free.

    And six figures a year? That's about $8,333 a month. Call it $9,000 and it's $300 a day. What would you have to do to make an average of $300 every day? How could you make that happen?

    Three things are happening in your brain when you do this.

    First, you are entertaining yourself in much the same way the product would have entertained you. Addictive product purchases are just a dopamine response. You read a product, you get excited. You want to be excited, so you get a new product. But it's not the product that excites you, it's the possibilities. It's the way the gears turn and the wheels get set in motion. It isn't being told how to do something that you love so much - it's thinking about doing it. This happens in your occipital lobe, the lizard brain. Lizards and birds alike enjoy collecting shiny things and stockpiling them. It's a natural sauroptid response. You are developing a little fantasy library of businesses you wish you had. And whenever you get tired of them, you go shopping for another fantasy. It's basically porn.

    Second, you are making use of the information you already have. When you say "how can I do that?" your brain goes to what it already knows from other products and says "well, so-and-so already said that you can do it like this." You're digging through your bucket and pulling out whatever might help you solve this puzzle. This is the key element of your education. Slavishly following someone else's method is garbage. Creating your own method that is uniquely suited to your needs? That's what you're after.

    And finally, most importantly, you are proving to yourself that you already know this and do not need to buy that product. The information in that product is already in your bucket, so you don't need to put it there. You can leave this product alone. In fact, once you have walked away from enough products, you should start asking yourself rather pointedly why you are not doing anything with all this stuff you know.

    Marketing is like magic. It's not really magic, it's a trick. And most people... once they know how the trick is done... well, the magic goes out of it and they aren't interested anymore. But some people will still enjoy the trick even after they know how it's done. And a tiny few of those people like it even more.

    It's that last minority that turn into the next generation of "gurus."
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  • Profile picture of the author edhuu
    when you're thinking to buy a product, just remember that you already have a bunch of products on your comp. Nothing's gonna change if you buy another one.
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  • Profile picture of the author MKCookins
    Simple really....

    Pick 1 method that has been proven to make money online...
    1. squeeze pages
    2. Ebay
    3. Blogging
    4. List building

    So on and so forth...

    Then start learning everything you need to know about that one certain topic here on warrior forums or youtube.

    As you know by now buying products will not make you successful. It is taking action that will do this.

    A post I read a while back by Kim Roach was something like
    "Sure Fireway to make your first 1,000 dollar a month online
    1. Set up your squeeze page
    2. focus on ONE traffic strategy
    3. focus on ONE affiliate program

    THAT'S IT!

    Also I think what will benefit you more is not the information that is sold in the products you buy... but find out how they made you buy it in the first place.

    Determine what words and marketing strategies they did to make you think "wow i really need this" then apply these same techniques into your own marketing.

    Hope this will help you
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  • Profile picture of the author wmwoodie
    Hi katherineolga,
    Whew! I thought I was the only one who had this problem. It was getting so bad for me that I was about ready to go seek professional help!
    I am exaggerating a little but not much. I was hooked on buying up all the latest things that hit the market. Like you I love to learn about new stuff, especially IM stuff and I am a real sucker for software products. It got to be so bad that I was spending money that I did not have and going in debt! So, I can really relate to what you are going through and I feel for you. What helped me get over my problem was when I took a really good coaching program that lasted for a few months and it was pretty intense. It focused my energy in being more productive and working on specific goals. It was also very time intensive so I did not have much time to spend on looking around at other things. I suggest you find something similar to occupy yourself with. I wish you all the best!

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  • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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    Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    I am addicted to buying products on how to make money online.
    Oh no. This seems to be a big problem. Case in point?


    Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    What's helping is that I've started a review project on my blog. (Thanks Tiffany Dow for the idea... And yes, I got this idea from a product I purchased!)
    Reviewing products is an age old strategy that still works well for traffic and conversions, but it's definitely not Tiffany's idea. Just saying. If that helps curb your itch, then good. It wil probably make you some money too.


    Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    Do any of you have additional strategies for me to stop?
    Yeah, follow the advice in your signature. Okay, okay, seriously, accept the fact that no product will do the work for you. It seems like you still believe that there's a system out there that is completely "hands off". Well it's not there, so stop looking.

    Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    My goal is to stop long enough to actually implement some (or all) of things I've purchased. That's why the reviews are helping. But it hasn't gotten rid of the urge entirely.
    Get a rubber band and put it on your wrist. When you get the urge to buy something...snap that rubber band on your hand as fast as you can. A little reinforcement is all you need. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author twinkenterprises
    Think of how it can help you. Is it possible that you will make more money from using this product then it costs. If you can't see that happening you don't need it. Also by doing a little research you can usually find the same or better information for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonJames
    Its not really that bad to buy products. The whole worlds economy is based on buying and selling products. There are tons of cheap Special Offers here for like 5 to 10 dollars that shouldn't hurt your wallet too much, plus you'll likely learn more from them. I've learned a lot from buying special offers here.
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  • Profile picture of the author sfrewerd
    Oh yeah, been there done that...over and over again. It's a major waste of time and money for the most part. I think it's all about procrastinating actually 'doing' something productive. I have to say that I'm a recovering addict. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
    I think because you're a woman and many marketers will tell you that women are compulsive shoppers (emotional: brain) they love shopping because they want something while men buy what they need. And because most WSO salesletters are well written and that products are tempting, it worsens your situation.

    Myself as a man, I want to buy more WSO products especially when you have great deals, but I stop by clicking the Buy button with these questions: Am I going to take action after the purchase, do I have the time to read, will it give me something better, cant I use something similar, but free ....? Then, take your time, no regrets and close your browser window.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    You would be much better off spending the money on a mentor - rather than continuously buying crap.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nicole Nahi
      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      You would be much better off spending the money on a mentor - rather than continuously buying crap.
      A good mentor is worth his/her weight in gold!
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Maybe I should come up with a product on "how to quit buying and actually start implementing", guess there are tons of you.

    The ball is in your court.
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  • Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    I am addicted to buying products on how to make money online.
    That's a pretty brave statement to make in an internet marketing forum.

    I'm guessing your other favorite pastime is dressing up in raw meat, and locking yourself in a cage with wild dogs who haven't eaten for a week?


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  • Profile picture of the author Avalonesa
    Lol, I've been addicted to consumerism before. It's a hard habit to kick, that consumer money on your back always trying to reel you back in for more
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  • Try to stick to learning one product first before you go and buy another one. Stop looking for offers and focus your attention to learning what you bought and applying it first in your business. I know it's hard but habits can be broken.
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  • Profile picture of the author badlimey
    The best things in life are free. On a subconscious level you are trying to buy something that will take the work out of making money. Not going to happen! Best of luck to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author MaxTheMarketer
    Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    I am addicted to buying products on how to make money online.

    It's been this way for a while - and I keep buying them. I've even purchased products more than once because I forgot! That's how I clued into the fact that I have a slight problem.

    What's helping is that I've started a review project on my blog. (Thanks Tiffany Dow for the idea... And yes, I got this idea from a product I purchased!)

    However, I still have the itch to buy things. So it only helped a little.

    Do any of you have additional strategies for me to stop?

    My goal is to stop long enough to actually implement some (or all) of things I've purchased. That's why the reviews are helping. But it hasn't gotten rid of the urge entirely.
    You're what (you should have heard from some of your products I guess) marketers call "info-junkie". You just LOVE information, theories, histories behind techniques, models and tools.

    You also seem to be affected by a classical cognitive bias called "Information Bias" which is the tendency to seek out more information than is needed to take action.

    Information bias (psychology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The first step (which you have already done) is to admit your problem, "I love to consume information but I have issues in applying them in the real world".

    I used to have this problem myself when I realized I had this issue in one of the many information products I have consumed over the last years. It struck me like a lightening strike from above, "Oh my, I am an info-junkie, I need to transform myself into an action-junkie!".

    My tip to you is to start applying, a little bit a time, some of the info you have consumed throughout your "info consuming career". This way you will start to see that progress and concrete results spawn from your concrete action-steps and your info-consumption is merely like guidelines or a guide for what to do, why to do it and how you go about doing it.

    Now, what you've just read from me is "Info" too. But I hope you can see the golden tree in the forest so to speak, and APPLY what you have just read and hopefully being inspired and motivated by.

    The worst thing you could do now is to think, "I'll THINK about doing that SOME DAY".

    NO! Follow the technique ASAP so you build momentum, or the so called "snowball effect", just do it missy, you can do it, we believe in you and I believe in you! ^^,

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  • Profile picture of the author kayfrank
    If you created your own product and therefore could sell something that you knew everything about and knew it was good quality (because you created it) do you think you would be focused more on selling? Instead of buying? Thats what made the difference for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Well while you're in the buying mood, how about you buy some of my products?

    Lol kidding of course (sort of). You have to get out of the bad habit of not implementing what you've learned. Do you even learn anything from the courses? I hope you have a good job or steady income right now... keep this habit up and you might have to resort to a 9-5 that you (probably) hate. Feel me?
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  • Profile picture of the author Theo Encarnado
    Hey Katherine,

    I know how you feel, I too jumped at everything under the sun until I made a decision. That decision was to unsubscribe to all of the "gurus" list. Sure they provide value, however most of the emails were something to get you to buy stuff, and more stuff...

    I would suggest just coming here to the warrior forum to learn about making money online, getting traffic, getting leads, etc... There's more than enough valuable information on here, just search and you will find...
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  • Profile picture of the author mrgoe
    Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    I am addicted to buying products on how to make money online.

    It's been this way for a while - and I keep buying them. I've even purchased products more than once because I forgot! That's how I clued into the fact that I have a slight problem.

    What's helping is that I've started a review project on my blog. (Thanks Tiffany Dow for the idea... And yes, I got this idea from a product I purchased!)

    However, I still have the itch to buy things. So it only helped a little.

    Do any of you have additional strategies for me to stop?

    My goal is to stop long enough to actually implement some (or all) of things I've purchased. That's why the reviews are helping. But it hasn't gotten rid of the urge entirely.
    Give me your email, I`ll give you 1000 craps to buy using my affiliate, that will surely kill your mood to buy again ))
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  • Profile picture of the author sirtiman
    I'm sure you have some ideas to help others to make money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author CRGreen
    You hit the nail on the head when you said that you wanted to stop long enough to implement some of what you're learning. It isn't doing you any good if you're spending all this money on these information products but not taking the time to actually implement the things you learn into your business. Start scheduling some time to go through (maybe one product a month - whatever works for you) the products but also make the time to take ACTION on what you're learning.

    If you have a review blog set up. You can promote the products via affiliate links and share the pros/cons of each product or share case studies of things that are working (and aren't working) in your business that you learned from a specific product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    You need Chuck Norris next to you at all times, so he can punch you in the face every time you try and click the "Buy Now" button :p

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  • Profile picture of the author katherineolga
    So, yesterday I was pretty useless. I stayed up way too late the night before watching the Bruins lose in triple overtime and I want to start commenting on the lovely things you guys have said... but it's going to take a while.

    I just want to stop and say thank you so much for responding to my thread! There are some great ideas and some wonderful pieces of advice and I look forward to reading the thread in more depth and making some personal responses.
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  • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
    Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    Do any of you have additional strategies for me to stop?
    I can sell you an ebook on how to stop buying ebooks, only $19.95
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  • Sounds like you need to go through all the products you've bought choose a method you're comfortable with and start implementing. And try to remain focused on one of the products.
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  • Profile picture of the author ymest
    Hhahaa been there, done that! I found a way of stopping it! I unsubscribed from all the "gurus" and kept one or two. I kept the ones I had a good feeling about. I choose one area and focused on it until I had achieved something. Every product you buy has some "nuggets" in them. By nuggets, I mean some really good information...something that will make you read it three times and be happy. However, you can't do that with all the products you buy. Whatever you have right now, and I guess it's quite a few...choose one or two maximum and STUDY THEM HARD! DIG IN PROPERLY and IMPLEMENT!

    If you don't want to unsubscribe from the other products, fine but don't read their emails;LOL! This is to keep the temptation at bay and that's how I stopped my compulsive buying. It was literally ruining me and I wasn't making money for myself...only for others.

    Hope this help....

    Yoan...a recovering compulsive Internet Marketing product buyer! LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    I have a $97 product on how to fix a buying addiction.
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    • Profile picture of the author datingworld
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      I have a $97 product on how to fix a buying addiction.
      hahaha
      thats the funny one
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    • Profile picture of the author James Clark
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      I have a $97 product on how to fix a buying addiction.
      That is some funny shit! Those products that you are buying is a Market. People who buy those have not figure out that they need a coach. They don't want to invest in a coach, mentor, or they can't afford it.

      Conversely, go back and look at how much money you spent on buying products and look at the numbers. Men lie and women lie but the numbers don't.

      If you had spent the amount on coaching you would be further along!
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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    Hi Katherine,

    I used to be a compulsive MMO buyer years ago. I finally read some good advice that helped me stop.

    Do not buy something unless you need to use it or will use it today.

    In the beginning that advice was easier said than done. If it's a problem, then it has become a habit. So you have to keep asking your self that question and then find a way to walk away.

    You also really need to be honest with your self about what may be happening.

    Are you just buying or feeding your self with hope?

    Someone mentioned that compulsive buying is also a form of procrastination. And that may just be a temporary salve for feelings of fear, etc.

    Avoid fooling or tricking your self into thinking you're "working" on your "business" when you merely buy and never take any action.


    Ken
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  • Profile picture of the author sarah23
    I had the same problem of buying and buying, Now I only buy when extremely necessary.
    please don't buy until it is necessary.
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  • Profile picture of the author shami
    as many of them mentioned here you are a buyer not a seller.

    create one simple product and start selling that will help you to shift your focus.

    Don't buy any product this month re-read whatever you have bought before and specially read twice which ever make more sense to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
    Make a business plan (doesn't have to be formal or really specific, just outline where you are, where you want to be, and your main focus on how to get there) then use that business plan as a litmus test to see if the products you're interested in, matches the overall goal or direction you are going with your business. That along side some of the other recommendations here (like waiting 48 hours) should help.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Why stop buying?

    You clearly are buying because you're getting pleasure from the process and reading the course.. You're not interested in implementing any these..

    So for you, it's like buying a pair of shoes, or clothes..

    As long as your not, spending a lot.. Don't see any reason to stop

    Cheers,

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  • Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    I am addicted to buying products on how to make money online.

    It's been this way for a while - and I keep buying them. I've even purchased products more than once because I forgot! That's how I clued into the fact that I have a slight problem.

    What's helping is that I've started a review project on my blog. (Thanks Tiffany Dow for the idea... And yes, I got this idea from a product I purchased!)

    However, I still have the itch to buy things. So it only helped a little.

    Do any of you have additional strategies for me to stop?

    My goal is to stop long enough to actually implement some (or all) of things I've purchased. That's why the reviews are helping. But it hasn't gotten rid of the urge entirely.
    Seems like you are getting some decent traffic. Is your blog making more than you're spending? If so, I think you have a nice model. There are many of us who need to buy...but I promise you that once you pick a niche or business model and dedicate the same amount of time you do to learning about new stuff, you are going to succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author pingsters
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    Buying products on making money online isn't a bad idea.It is a show of how passionate you are about it.
    I would rather advise you work on implementing one product at a time once purchased before going for another one.
    This way it will be manageable economically.
    Cheers
    Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author eClicker
    There is a period of time all of us experience when we have a new fresh idea. I forgot what it's called. It's the period of time when the ideas and plan we have is fresh and new and we feel like we can conquer the world with it.

    As time goes on the excitement of this new idea dies and reality sets in and we realize we may have to work hard to get this plan to work or we run into some stumbling blocks and we decide to quit well wouldn't you know here comes an email with the latest greatest gadget and the cycle continues.

    I have been there. The best thing to do is decide what you will focus on and TRY notice I said try to stick with that one niche. Get that up and going then at the very least you can afford to "idea" shop. Just my....02




    Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

    I am addicted to buying products on how to make money online.

    It's been this way for a while - and I keep buying them. I've even purchased products more than once because I forgot! That's how I clued into the fact that I have a slight problem.

    What's helping is that I've started a review project on my blog. (Thanks Tiffany Dow for the idea... And yes, I got this idea from a product I purchased!)

    However, I still have the itch to buy things. So it only helped a little.

    Do any of you have additional strategies for me to stop?

    My goal is to stop long enough to actually implement some (or all) of things I've purchased. That's why the reviews are helping. But it hasn't gotten rid of the urge entirely.
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  • Profile picture of the author katherineolga
    My thank you button went away! I tried to go through the post and thank all of you for your wonderful responses but I think I broke it.

    Anyway, this thread is several weeks old but I just wanted to stop in and give you an update on my situation.

    All of your suggestions were helpful, some even made me laugh. I finally found something that helped me, though.

    I had to step away from the forum for a while and I minimized my involvement in all forums and social networks for the weeks since my disappearance. Tuning out the chatter really helped and I've attained a much higher level of focus. I spent about a week making a new business plan. I chose something and have been implementing it ever since. I won't say that my income has been impacted yet, but I feel a lot calmer and definitely more productive.

    So, thank you to everyone who took the time to help me/us (as there appears to be many of us) who share(d) this difficulty. :-)

    By the way, I am back and ready to participate so I look forward to interacting with all of you in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidAtias1
    There are a lot of people like you.
    But, your problem that you not implement what you learned or you even learn from the products?
    Anyway, your friend's idea is really good, use the fact that you bought a lot of products and start review blog.

    Wish you the best,
    David
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Saha
    Hey Katherine,

    Don't worry we all go thru this phase of buying any bit of information on making money available on the cyberspace. Most of it either lay unused or are crap with no value.
    Its good that you have realized your problem and have honestly confessed it.
    I think it will do a world of good to you now. So go ahead and make it work for you!

    All the best
    Stephen
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    • Profile picture of the author katherineolga
      I do believe that making this issue public has really helped put me on a path of fixing the problem. That, and the fact that I do have a coach. Having one really, really helps.

      It is encouraging (in a way) to hear that a lot of people go through this! Thank you everyone for your support and advice and humor. I love it - I wonder if people would buy a "how to stop buying products" product. If I had seen it when in the consuming mindset, I likely would have.
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      • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
        Originally Posted by katherineolga View Post

        I do believe that making this issue public has really helped put me on a path of fixing the problem. That, and the fact that I do have a coach. Having one really, really helps.

        It is encouraging (in a way) to hear that a lot of people go through this! Thank you everyone for your support and advice and humor. I love it - I wonder if people would buy a "how to stop buying products" product. If I had seen it when in the consuming mindset, I likely would have.
        Just remember your not the only one. Everyone goes through this. Well most at least. Also having a coach or just a group of people to lean on really helps. Someone to hold you accountable. Just stay focused and plow forward!

        To your success,
        Brian
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