Posts Tagged With: consumerism

Consumerism. Wake up, time to buy

Yesterday, we were in TK Maxx, as one of my yoga teachers had found Manduka Eko Lite mats in her local one, for a third of the usual price, and I needed a new mat.
As my luck goes, they didn’t have them, so I was good to leave.  My wife however went looking to see if there was any shorts she could get for our upcoming trip to Cambodia.

While she was browsing I was randomly wandering round the store, not looking at things, and that’s when I noticed that the majority of the people were raking through the rails like zombies on autopilot, and that’s when it struck me.  They’re not looking for something they need, they’re looking till they SEE SOMETHING THEY WANT.

It’s almost like people are conditioned to buy to justify their existence.

“What did you do at the weekend?”
“I bought xxxx.  What about you?”
“Oh, I bought YYY”
“Cool”

Work, shop, sleep, repeat.

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Annnnnd we’re back to normal

So that’s Christmas and New Year out the way for another year (or as far as the shops are concerned, until September, when it’s deemed socially acceptable to start selling us Crimbo).

In a way I’m glad, because although I don’t consider myself that religious, I do find it pretty crass that the whole event has been reduced to a marketing ploy for shops to separate us from our money and give us stuff that to be honest we don’t really need or particularly want, in exchange.

The break from work was good, so I can’t complain about that.  Managed to catch Rogue One and Passengers at the cinema, and had a couple of nice meals out.

Even gave the kilt another airing on Christmas day.  It’s good to have an excuse to put it on, as it’s a lot of money to pay for a garment to just have it hanging in a wardrobe all year.

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