I have been searching for a word that describes this phenomenon: If a person buys an expensive item, it leads to them buying more expensive items to go with it.

  • 1
    As in conspicuous consumption begets more conspicuous consumption? I suppose accessorizing might work.
    – JLG
    Jan 23, 2013 at 22:07
  • Greed. And more greed. (I had to add the second greed because you can't comment with only 5 characters. Which is sort of fulfilling the thing you're talking about. Why isn't 5 enough?)
    – Mynamite
    Jan 23, 2013 at 23:57
  • Overbling ? :-) Jan 24, 2013 at 0:52

3 Answers 3


This might be a case of oniomania, and such a person might be called an oniomaniac. (No, it has nothing to do with onions.)


Maybe accessorize?

From Oxford English Dictionary:

accessorize, v

To provide an outfit or garment with accessories; to make use of accessories.


Usually, the impetus for this comes from the seller, who's interested in upselling. Leading to...

I was upsold (About 463,000 results on Google)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.