Since that story appeared, we've heard from a number of readers who wanted to add to the list.
One commenter told of how the previous owner of his house shelled out thousands for an indoor sauna that was barely ever used once the novelty wore off. Others told of how swimming pools drained money like their liner leaked water. We also heard an inventory of just about every "as seen on TV" product you can think of.
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It is not that the quality or value of such purchases is lacking, so much as the fact that household budgets are squandered on something that proves an impulse buy or fad.
If you really do love your new chicken rotisserie and use it all the time, good for you -- it was a wise purchase. But too often we all ring the register with items that seemed like a good idea at the time but quickly gather dust in the basement.
We took a look at five other items, some less tangible than our previous list, that people often buy and never make full use of.