'Always Wanted One Until I Had One': Internet Shares Their Biggest Regrets

Commenters were quick to share some of their most regrettable decisions and purchases in response to a viral post in a popular internet forum.

In a Reddit thread published on r/AskReddit, Redditor u/Penguin633 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) asked the forum's 35.6 million members one question: "What is something you thought you wanted, but really regretted afterwards?"

Posted on April 18, the thread has received more than 12,000 votes and 8,000 responses.

In thousands of comments responding to the original poster, Redditors listed a myriad of regrettable purchases including pools, boats, GoPro cameras and waterbeds.

"A backyard pool," Redditor u/Lenny_III wrote. "I always wanted one until I had one."

"Had to buy chemicals, had to test the water, had to clean it, found dead snakes in the skimmer baskets, had to get the pump replaced, etc." they added. "It was a huge pain in the a**."

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Thousands of Redditors came together to share their regrettable purchases and decisions in response to a viral r/AskReddit thread. Khosrork/iStock / Getty Images Plus

"[A] waterbed," Redditor u/TallAFTobs chimed in. "Biggest waste of money. Spent [$1,000] on the most uncomfortable bed ever. Practically broke my back and sold it for $100 after just a year of using it."

Earlier this year, a study published by Consumer Affairs revealed that more than 20 percent of Americans said they "always or often regret their financial decisions."

And while cars and houses remain the two most regretted purchases, home renovations, technology, boats and other nonautomotive vehicles are all likely to cause at least a twinge of regret among consumers nationwide.

However, while many of the viral post's comments centered around large purchases that didn't pan out, a handful of highly-voted responses focused elsewhere.

In a pair of comments, two Redditors lamented about work-related decisions that came with unexpected and adverse consequences.

"The job I am currently in," Redditor u/0ChillPterodactyl wrote in a comment which has received more than 6,000 votes.

"The work is alright but the company is sh*t," they added.

Redditor u/isaacthememeboi, whose comment has received nearly 6,000 votes, offered a different, but regretful perspective.

"Working a job that involves skills from one of my hobbies," they wrote. "Now it feels more like work than the hobby."

Despite countless articles and informational guides explaining exactly how to transform hobbies into businesses, combining pleasure and profit is not always conducive to fulfilling experiences.

Although turning a hobby into a business can provide various tax breaks, Chron warns of the entirely different mindset necessary when money is on the line.

"You will have to make every decision related to your hobby like a businessman, which may take some of the joy out of your former hobby," Chron business writer Russell Huebsch wrote.

"The idea has to be profitable enough for you to live off as well, and it must be competitive five and [ten] years down the road," Huebsch added.

In a separate response to the viral Reddit post, which has received nearly 3,000 votes one Redditor echoed that sentiment.

"Work doing something you love and you'll never work a day in your life," they wrote, reciting the age-old expression.

"Bullsh*t. It makes you hate the thing that you love because most people have to work for someone else who sets the rules and conditions and deadlines," they added.