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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail isn't particularly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Buyer's Remorse.
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We're big fans of the stylish writer, comedian, and actor Mo Rocca. We've followed him since his early days as a correspondent on the The Daily Show through more recent appearances as a pop culture, political and food pundit on CBS, MNSNBC and the Food Network. Although Mo's wardrobe has expanded from the bow tie and blazer look he sported early in his career, he is still quite the dapper dresser. So we weren't surprised to discover that his tale of Buyers Remorse was both hilarious and fashion oriented.
Racked: Mo can you tell us about a Buyer's Remorse experience you've had?
Mo Rocca: My Buyer's Remorse is a $2700 light green cashmere jacket. I liked the salesman so much, who had sold me other jackets at the same store, and he was so excited about this jacket, that I felt like somehow it would hurt our relationship [if I didn't buy it], that this would be like the one thing that might make him fall out of love with me somehow.
This is an older married man from New Jersey. There was nothing sexual or romantic about it at all. He had just become like this kind of loveable but gruff uncle to me in a way. And our relationship was only based on me buying expensive suits and jackets—and this one took the cake. He was so convinced it was great. It was the wrong color for me, it was two sizes too big, but when he touched it he said, "Oh just feel it." And I touched it, and actually it felt great, but it didn't feel that great.
Anyway, I bought it and then I thought, "This is ridiculous," and then I returned it. Then I felt guilty about that, so I went back and repurchased it.
This was now about ten years ago. I've worn it probably about four times and when I tried it on the other day, I remembered that it was two sizes too large. I suddenly became very angry at him, and I went back to the store. Suddenly I felt betrayed and I almost had the feeling that, "Oh my God all that time, you didn't love me, you sold me something two sizes too large! And you must have known!"
When I bought it back to the store, for the discount alterations, the tailor looked at it and said, "He sold you something two sizes too large." And it was as if he was saying to me, "All this time, he was married to somebody else." That's how it felt.
Racked: So these alterations were recent, way after you bought it?
Mo Rocca: Yes, after about ten years. I'm going to pick it up next week.
Racked: Can you say what store it is?
Mo Rocca: I can't, because I really like this guy, even though I'm angry at him I feel like we can get back together again.
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