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Describe an expensive item that you bought and regretted - Cue Card # 782

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an expensive item that you bought and regretted.

You should say:

  • what expensive item it was
  • when you bought it
  • why you bought it

and explain why you regretted buying this expensive item.

[Instruction: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:

Depending on how one defines “expensive”, I am not exactly very much in favour of buying many expensive items unless I am thoroughly convinced about their usage and benefits. After all, I don’t really like to regret after buying such an expensive item.

But, that’s exactly what had happened to me when I bought my last pair of “expensive” shoes from a “so-called” world-famous brand. Of course, the problem is, I never really thought that I would need to worry about regretting my decision after buying that item because the products, made by this world-famous brand, generally maintain very high quality from start to finish. Besides, a couple of my friends had also purchased their products in the past from the same company but never really complained about it. 

But, when I bought my shoes from the same brand about a year ago, I felt like I had been “cheated”, to say the least, as those expensive shoes of mine started to lose their shine and look only after wearing them for about a few weeks. 

By the way, I decided to buy those shoes, mainly because I heard that they were very comfortable to wear and that they could be used in all kinds of weather conditions. Besides, I must also say that those shoes had such a nice and unique design and appealing leather finish that they could attract an average customer like me very easily. So, I guess, I had more than enough arguments or reasons in my defence to buy that pair of expensive shoes.

But, the truth is, I was really very disappointed after buying those shoes, primarily because they looked very “ordinary” to me at the end of the day. I also regret the decision because I didn’t really use my common sense or common wisdom to check the overall quality of that expensive item before buying it. But, hey, at least I learned my lesson that it doesn’t necessarily mean that something has to be good just because it is expensive!


Model Answer 2:

We all love to purchase luxury items sometimes to make our life comfortable and better, and I am not an exception to this trend. However, sometimes we regret buying expensive things that we do not need. Today, I will talk about an expensive item that I regret buying.

What expensive item it was:
The expensive item that I bought was an expensive watch. I bought it two years ago from a well-known brand's store. The watch was quite expensive, and I spent a significant amount of money on it.

When you bought it: 
I bought it in 2019, just after getting my first job. I had saved a good amount of money and wanted to buy something that I could use for a long time. I saw that watch on a store shelf and instantly fell in love with it. The salesperson told me all the features, and I was impressed by the watch's quality and style.

Why you bought it:
I always liked wearing watches, and this one was different from all the watches I had. The design was unique, and it had all the features that I needed, such as time, date, alarm, stopwatch, and so on. Moreover, I thought it would complement my professional look and enhance my personality.

And explain why you regretted buying this expensive item:
After buying the watch, I wore it for the first few months, but then I started feeling uncomfortable wearing it. The watch was heavy, and its strap was tight, which made me feel uneasy. Furthermore, I realized that I did not need all the features that the watch had. I used only time and date, and the other features were useless to me. I regretted buying the watch because it was a waste of my money, and I could have used that money to buy something more useful.

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