I will almost never buy on impulse. I tend to WishList stuff in the hope of a sale, and mostly stuff that’s non-generic (i.e. same-y, ‘me too’, cliched) and well-made. With a preference for certain sellers who I know make quality items that don’t disappoint and who I want to support if I can afford it (1971s, Nursoda, Ken G, Cybertenko, Poisen etc).
Within that, I have a marked and specific preferences for toon and semi-toon, also science-fiction and fantasy. Items that might one day fit a project I’d like to do (an Ancient Egypt tale, a H.P. Lovecraft story, a whimsical fantasy fairy-tale, a short Moebius-like comic book). So I have specific things in mind there. Egyptian barges, cats, creatures whose design matches that of my planned fairy-tale heroine, clothing or tech that looks like it’s from a stylish 1970s French comic.
I’d also like to find good items that might fit Poser to Vue pictures I have in mind. Giant war-elephants and their riders coming out of a dusty desert, a herd of alien creatures on a vast plain with ancient tech monoliths, isometric views of ancient English landscapes with hut villages (Poser props to Vue).
I also pick off ‘cheap but obscure’ items that might vanish. So I WishList ridiculously expensive old stuff, in the vain hope that it might one day be down to $3-$5 (e.g. Grotto’s Vampire for Michael 3, Void Prime: Dakari by Sixus1, DiplocaulusDR, Woolly Mammoth for Daz Studio, HH Colossadon) before it vanishes forever.
But I notice anything that’s toon (of Nursoda quality in design). I prefer Poser items, as that’s the easiest to get a convincing comic-book look for (real-time Comic Book Preview etc). Also a few of Ali’s HR hairs.
Also, when keeping up with the stores, when looking for older items to fill in the rumtime for a specific need, I will have PzDB on hand for a quick check if I have something already. Regrettably pzDB is no longer sold or available.
At DAZ it’s a bit different. They have far less ‘quirk’, so what tends to get WishList-ed is quality instead. So for instance I WishListed ‘DS Cadichon for Daz Horse 2’ because it’s obvious quality - and one day I might really want a great pack-mule. The same with ‘Weasel by AM’ - one day a weasel might be needed, especially in a fairy tale (“Pop Goes the Weasel”, as the old song goes). But mostly I hover at the lowest end, hoping to pick of some really cheap discounts on old Poser items (such as to complete my collection for Predatron’s old Troglodyte - Troglodyte Curly Horns, War Stuff for Troglodyte, Troglodyte Jack Boots, War Pigs for Predatron’s Troglodyte).
‘Off WishList’ I also have my eye on other places via WishLists. A couple of Xurge M4 cyber-suits I don’t yet have. Some Crossdresser Licences from EvilInnocence. Some of the rabbit-people items at Philosopher’s Egg. Also ArtStation Marketplace, even Gumroad (but they bizarrely offer no WishList function - they must be losing millions due to that!).
However all this is on hold because… no money! It’s the same story everywhere. Huge post-lockdown bills for electric/gas, food, transport, service charges, and mortgage have destroyed many people’s ability to spend anything. Even small amounts. That goes double for artists, writers and creatives, who are never well paid even at the best of times.