Regardless of what it is I purchased, I'd just like to discuss the act of impulse buying. I have suffered from it, and i know many people who currently suffer from this "affliction of the mind", but is it a bad thing? I think during this economic crisis, obviously caused by our current president who had this planned years ago and started initiating the steps necessary for such a crisis long before he had any political clout, we should embrace the act. Why not? We all have tons of money, and it's easily justifiable if we think in terms of helping the economy. HA! just kidding, but seriously though, i think if people have the money, they aren't hurting anyone by buying a skid plate for their motorcycle. The real problem begins when people impulse buy with money they don't currently have in their possession.
This brings me to my conclusion that the act of impulse buying, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. Although, when you factor in whether or not the person has the money to back it up or if they do it more than once a month (which is the limit for acceptable impulse purchasing i just created), you start to enter into grey areas. There are obviously other factors that affect whether or not the impulse buy is acceptable: price, function, coolness, need, number of wheels (anything with 3 is a bad buy), etc..., but these factors aren't as important as the initial two.
Bottom line: Build a house in the white area, dabble in the grey area, and leave the black area for your friends to hang out in.
This post is dedicated to those that have no control over their purchasing power. We salute you.