In spoken Spanish especially, the verbs comprar and pedir tend to be used pronominally when the person buys/orders sth for themselves. In English we tend to assume it's for oneself unless stated otherwise. [See also comer vs. comerse]

-Me he comprado un coche nuevo — I've bought (myself) a new car


-Se compraba todos los últimos álbumes He would buy all the latest albums

Le compraba todos los últimos álbumes  — He would buy (him) all the latest albums (off him) [Posiblemente ambiguo: véase comprarle algo a alguien]


-Me pedí un whisky I ordered a whisky

-Se pidió una Coca Cola — He ordered/asked for a Coke


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