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I can only say what books influence me the most and it's science fiction. Usually some real-life condition is the underlying theme of the story be it politics, racism, greed, cruelty or some other problem but set in some future time/place.

I think one of the books that influenced me the most was Frank Herbet's Dune. Dune was a desert planet with valuable resources of melange, a spice drug that is extremely desirable by all. It's fought over, and hoarded. It's a study of politics, power and greed.

I know nothing of the publishing process so cannot discuss it but I am interested in knowing something more about it.

 

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Welcome to the first bi-weekly chat for July! Our theme for this month is Shopping, and to kick-start the chats, we will first be discussing the items we frequently shop for. What are some of the items you frequently buy, be it on Hex or in real life? Some people like to go stationery shopping, whilst others love to shop for shoes. What about you? What kind of items do you enjoy shopping for? Have you ever purchased something on a whim, and thereafter, regretted the purchase? Perhaps window shopping suits you more? If so, are there specific items you enjoy window shopping for, or are you someone who simply window shops around the mall, regardless of what items the stores are selling? Let us know all about it! Please remember, though, to keep everything HEX-appropriate.
 

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Chai - in particular David Rio "Tiger Spice" or Big train "Gingerbread"... both are delicious and addictive if you are into those sort of flavours.
 

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I usually buy a lot of chocolate frogs in bulk on hex, I go through periods where I try to get as many silver card parts (despite the fact that I never get any I need anymore) so i try to do the games as well as open the frog things. As for real life its always hobby things, like things to make nice handmade cards and stamps for it and the like.

I don't really buy much else, not impulsivly at least. Maybe once in a while I'll buy some makeup but ehh. I'm picky about things like that.
 

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I shop for needed things. Food takes up most of my shopping budget. I have two stores near me that I use, depending on where I am at the time. If I need new clothes or shoes, I have to travel a little farther. I don't window shop!
 

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What kind of items do you enjoy shopping for?
Books and presents for people are what I love shopping for the most.

Have you ever purchased something on a whim, and thereafter, regretted the purchase?
Not really - even the few times I do buy something sporadically it's usually something small and inexpensive.

I don't really windowshop - I mostly go shopping when I need something. Sometimes I'll glance around if I'm out, but 99.8% of the time I go where I need to go, get what I need, and get out.
 

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What are some of the items you frequently buy, be it on Hex or in real life?
On Hex, I look for items that are mentioned in the books and buy when I can afford them.

Some people like to go stationery shopping, whilst others love to shop for shoes. What about you?
I like to shop for antiques, I rarely buy any because they are priced beyond my means but I do enjoy looking at them.

What kind of items do you enjoy shopping for?
Antique salt and pepper shakers.

Have you ever purchased something on a whim, and thereafter, regretted the purchase?
Exercise equipment. Nuff said?

Perhaps window shopping suits you more? If so, are there specific items you enjoy window shopping for, or are you someone who simply window shops around the mall, regardless of what items the stores are selling?

I window shop at all stores just to see what's being sold. I just love to look at stuff!

 

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What kind of items do you enjoy shopping for?

I love to shop for clothes for my grandchildren .

Have you ever purchased something on a whim, and thereafter, regretted the purchase?

No never have, If i want to I hold myself back from doing so and take time to think about it .

I hate window shopping. if I am out shopping,its because i want or need something. i won't just window shop.
 

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Hi! I love to shop HP things and personal stuff
 

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So in real life I hate shopping so I am a huge online shopper! Amazon is my best friend that and Horse .com . I spend most of my money on my menagerie of pets. I am constantly buying fly sheets, blankets, supplements. You name it, if I think my horse needs it she gets it. For myself I buy everything off amazon and mostly books for my kindle. I never really regret anything I buy because I save my money and try not to buy off of whims.
 

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Oh so nice! You have a horse, so nice! I have three dogs....and love them, too, but I go shopping to stores to buy them things but you just gave a good idea.....going to that page, too, to get to see it
 

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On Hex I buy bananas every day. I buy them at 1 galleon, and sell them for 1 galleon, 16 sickles and 28 knuts each. It makes a few extra galleons so I can save more and eventually add to the nice items in my TC.

In real life I love buying garden stuff. Even new gloves or something small like seeds.... I have to stay away from the garden centre if I don want to spend any money 😆 I hate food and grocery shopping with a passion!

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I don't really like shopping for clothes or shoes, especially not window shopping. When I need some new clothes, I go straight to the shops where I think I can find the particular clothing I have in mind, buy it and leave again. It doesn't happen very often, that I buy something without having it planned in the beginning.
In fact this holds for almost everything I buy. I always plan and think it through thoroughly, especially when it's something more expensive. I guess that's the reason why I never really regret buying something.
The only thingsI really enjoy buying, be it online or in a store in the city, are books and computer games. I can definitely spend hours in book stores, and the hours I spent on amazon looking for new e-books can't be counted I guess those are also the only spontaneous buys I ever made, and I never regretted them.
 

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I think shopping is the 21st equivalent of hunting and gathering....I do most of the grocery shopping as well as occasion shopping (birthdays, anniversaries, CHristmas). I believe in frequenting Marshalls, Ross, Target, Kohls for discounts and sales. Thrifty is good.. I wish I could afford to own a horse to shop for, but I'm volunteering at Red Bucket Equine Rescue ranch in Chino Hills, CA. so I could contribute things to my friends there...
 

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I'm definitely a window shopper. Whenever my mom and I go shopping together we spend most of the time making fun of how much money the average person wastes.
 

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I am not into shopping because I rarely have any money to throw around. Last time a bought myself some new clothes was 10 years ago. My bf online shops. I'm skeptical and prefer things the old fashion way, by which I mean hand-me-downs.
Come to think of it, I did order tea once from an online site and what arrived looked nothing like what I thought I was getting. Buyer beware.
 

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I can't stand clothes shopping. It takes way too long to find something I like, and I don't like much. Instead, I buy the same outfits that I know would fit me. Every day, I cycle through them. My sister also gives me her old clothes so I don't have to go shopping
 

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In real life, I most often shop for books. 😄 Non-fiction, fiction, and manga more specifically. If I'm not shopping for books I'm shopping for clothes that I tend to need. I usually don't spend too much time clothes shopping unless I'm at the mall and there are good deals.

I also love shopping for tea and shoes, the latter mostly online. I have been known to splurge both on books and on shoes. XD
 

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When I go out shopping, I like to make a list so that I get everything I need.
That way I can budget my monthly money
I always try to hols some back so that it is not all spent at once

window shopping.. maybe sometimes, but i will always hesitate before actually purchasing.

regrets? none!
 

Mixed Blood
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In my Muggle times I enjoy shopping for books in small used book stores, I adore Half-Priced Books. I have found several fun Harry Potter themed items over the years. I don't like shopping for clothes unless it's just a sudden splurge of an item I come across, I hate having to find something for a specific occasion , so I tend to go vintage, face it my closet is now full of antiques!

I love the produce section of the grocery store, I have my cart half full before I even enter the rest of the store.

Love, love , love a garden center, especially in spring & fall

Here on HEX I like to window shop in peoples stores that have been here for years, they often have items that I have never seen or could ever dream of owning. I do check prices of items regularly when looking for things to stock my store.
 

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