A few years ago, I realized that I was getting stuff that I would look at the promos, and say “that;s nice, I could use that in a render someday”. But, I rarely used those items. Now when I look at something I think about it, and If I have a good Idea on how I will use it in a render (i.e. the item makes me want to make the render in my minds eye), then I will probably get it. Though there have been some items that I didn’t get while on sale, that I really needed later and paid “full” price for.
I definitely haven’t bought much since the new web site went live for several reasons. At first I just didn’t enjoy using the new web site at all, but it’s better now (though I still don’t like the forum color scheme - it will give me a headache rather quickly). With the change in how the PC vouchers worked, I was much less tempted to use them (and actually didn’t use a couple of them), since I usually got PA items with them. Then, thanks to some of the mess with the new store, my PC membership lapsed when they (or actually the auto-renew) tried to use an expired credit card, and I haven’t felt like spending an extra $30 to renew yet (DAZ did offer to let me renew my membership by purchasing a new membership then getting a refund for the extra $30 - unfortunately I was out of town without good internet service for a few weeks, and by the time I got back I felt like it had been too long to take them up on their offer). And finally, I used to get the occasional voucher for a gallery submission, which typically increased my purchases beyond the value of the voucher. But without the galleries, I don’t have as much incentive to buy, both because there is less incentive to make a new render for a chance at a voucher, and because I often saw something that I “had” to have while going through the galleries.
I’m not really complaining, I just realized that several issues with the new site have really affected my purchases here. I’m sure it’s just a temporary thing, and will probably change once I have the incentive to renew my PC membership. Maybe with the annual PC sale (next month??) I’ll renew, and spend a bit more, but I’m kind of saving up for when Carrara 8.5 is released.