Posts filed under ‘Consumerism’
It’s amazing to me that there are pockets of society left where wearing a dead animals is still acceptable:
Known as ‘The Louis Vuitton Don’ it would of course only make sense for Kanye West to be at the French fashion house’s Menswear Fall/Winter Collection for 2013/14 show on Thursday.[...]
Holding his head up high, the Watch The Throne genius wore a black T-shirt with a pair of slim fitting black jeans teamed with black trainers.
Wrapping a red and black checked shirt around his waist, West accessorised with a large gold linked chain and a gold grill worn on the bottom row of his teeth.[...]Standing out from the crowd – as he would have wanted it – Kanye wore a khaki jacket which was beautified with fur lining and a fur large hood.
Okay, this is ridiculous. I just got back from the grocery store and guess what I saw there? A ten foot long display of Easter candy, namely 15 variations of this Cadbury egg. It’s what, 48-hours since Christmas Day?
Ahhh. Let me out of here!!
Black Friday? No. Let’s make the day after Thanksgiving National Buy Nothing Day America!
(This ad was produced in 2006 so the date for Buy Nothing Day — November 26 — is incorrect for this year.)
Again, happy Buy Nothing Day everyone!
Fox (yeah, I know) has been taking an “unscientific” poll all day as to whether stores should open tonight ahead of “Black Friday.” Love the overwhelmingly clear results:
Can you believe it? People are already camping out, waiting for those “Black Friday” deals (and the dateline on this article is yesterday for God’s sake, November 19 — only four days to go!):
The most eager of shoppers are already lining up for Black Friday sales at retail stores.
Local newspapers and TV stations from around the country are reporting that folks are camping out in tents in front of Best Buy stores and other retailers days before doorbuster sales hit.
Many of the photos we found were in front of Best Buy locations. Consumer electronics, as always, are hot items.
Is the trade-off worth it? Is the money these people will save worth the price they’re paying for that supposed savings? Really?
And OMG, I am so sick of our obsession with THINGS! Aaaaah.
The Museum of Design in Zurich, Switzerland just opened an exhibit called the “Plastic Garbage Product” about the proliferation (to say the least) of plastic on our poor planet.
Here’s a photo of one of the exhibits:
And here’s a video depicting the eternal life of the “majestic plastic bag:”
(H/t Chris L.)
I just got back from a Michaels craft store (needed a cheapo picture frame) and — are you ready for this? — their big display is for Halloween stuff!
I spent a good part of my day yesterday standing outside my local grocery store asking people to donate one or two cans of food to my local food bank in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers‘ nation-wide food drive. (Bless their hearts.)
Old ladies, students and people who didn’t look like they had all that much went into the store and came out with a can or two. One kid — I swear, he couldn’t have been older than 19 –giddily handed me a whole bag of food. He was amazing. You should have seen his smile.
But what sticks with me tonight is a woman who drove up to the door with her husband at the wheel of their Mercedes-Benz station wagon. A car like this:
It sells for — this is the bare bones price — $52,000.
She and her 9-something-year-old-daughter got out of the car, acknowledged our plea for a can or two and walked into the store.
Ten minutes later they walked out and walked past us without making a donation. Nothing. Not even a 10c bag of ramen soup.
A family that owns a car — a car — that cost at least $52,000 — walks away from people who can’t afford food?
The HHS sets the yearly income poverty level for a family of eight — eight — at $38,390. (Can you imagine?)
Again, thanks to all who gave but geeze Louize, what’s with that mom and her daughter?
Hey, I think I know: #IGotMine.
This is unbelievable:
Another day, another Urban Outfitters controversy. The Anti-Defamation League is none too thrilled over this shirt, which they feel too closely resembles the Star of David that Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust. The company who made the shirt denied it has anything to do with Holocaust imagery and the shirt is no longer available on the Urban Outfitters website.
So neither the company who made the shirt or anyone — anyone! — at Urban Outfitters saw any resemblance to the Star of David Jews were required to wear in Nazi Germany?
No. None at all:
They are so ripping us off:
Easy luxe with a silken touch. Scoop neckline. Mid-hip length. Modal rayon and polyester. Machine wash. Imported. [As in: Made in China.]
This is outrageous. Show me a Savers and I’ll show you a soft 100% cotton boyfriend-style top for $2.00.
$1,000 for a camera? Someone, anyone, please, is QVC’s audience as a whole in the bracket of those who can afford to spend that kind of money on that kind of thing?
I don’t think so.
Heck. I wouldn’t pay that much either. I looked at a camera the other day that was going for something like $84, and I nixed it.
It’s just sad. Sad that ten days from now good, well intentioned good people will open their credit card statements and wonder WHAT THE HELL DID I DO? QVC, on the other hand, will smile all the way to the bank.
Here’s an approximately 3-year-old girl named Riley who thoroughly grasps how corporations market to little kids:
I never much liked pink either.
Riley for President!
Nothing sadder than watching people in a Walmart store tear each other apart so they can buy cheap s**t made in China:
This video was taken at the Walmart in Porter Ranch, CA on November 24th, 2011 during the store’s Black Friday sales.
What you’re seeing is a clip taken of a group of shoppers ripping and tearing at each other and a kiosk to get their hands on discounted Xbox 360 games. During the mayhem, one woman thought she was going to be robbed, so she pulled out her pepper spray and blasted the crowd. From my understanding another girl was shot directly in the face with the spray.
You can see the Security guards escorting the girl in a white shirt away from the area at the end of the video.
All this for a few video games….
The corporatists who run the country have some of us right where they want us to be.
I turned the TV on this morning intending to head to my local channel to catch the weather. I don’t know which channel the TV was when I turned it off yesterday but the first shot I saw was an aerial view of a shopping mall in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The anchor was excitedly noting that the parking lot was packed. And yes, there, before my eyes were acres and acres of pavement and parked cars. Woohoo!
Then I began to wonder whether the New York Stock Exchange was going to be open today so I turned to CNBC. They were live inside a mall. It was packed too. Another woohoo!
I finally landed on my local channel for that weather report but it struck me that the media seems happy and relieved that that unfortunately placed, pesky orphan of a holiday — Thanksgiving — is finally out of the way and it can concentrate on the real business of life here in these United States of America – “consumers” (God I hate being called that) buying stuff!
At 9:16 p.m. ET: Here’s a live feed from the campus of UCDavis (see below if you don’t know what’s going on there).
Granted, it’s via the corporate media — CBS — so it could go dark at any minute but it’s on now, here.
Now that so many cities have banned camping in parks or near city halls in response to the Occupy movement, it’s going to be very interesting indeed to see how people like Christine Orta of Tampa, Florida are treated:
Christine Orta of Tampa is ready to take advantage of big Black Friday deals at her local Best Buy. She’s so ready, in fact, that she started camping out in a tent in front of the store on Wednesday, a full nine days before the deals will be offered, NBC affiliate Tampa Bay Online reports (h/t The Consumerist).
But Orta’s not alone in her quest for discounts, she’s camping with three other families who plan to share resources while awaiting the biggest shopping day of the year.
So it’s OK for people to camp out when they’re being a consumer, like Ms. Orta or these people who camped outside an Apple store in New York City to buy an iPod:
But when people are protesting the corporatocracy, it isn’t.
I’d say that’s a telling example of where our priorities lie.
Are these guys ever going to be charged? With something? Anything? I mean, now they’re bring Europe down.
Yesterday – Jefferson County, Alabama filed bankruptcy – and became the latest victim of the high crimes on Wall Street. The decision made by Jefferson county to file bankruptcy represents the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy in American history.
In a twisted scheme of corruption and financial manipulation – mega banks JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs allegedly paid off elected officials to invest in junk bonds to help finance a new sewer system. But when the junk investments went bust – so too did Jefferson County – running out of money.
If JPMorganChase and Goldman Sachs are people, this is where I want to see them:
I steal a piece of pizza and that’s where I am. These guys bring down the world’s economy and heck, they’re probably merrily making money off of that too.
I hadn’t heard of “shadow work” until today, when I read this article, though I’ve done plenty of it without knowing it had a name, and so have you.
So, what is “shadow work?”
Examples abound, helping drive unemployment rates. Airports now have self-service check-in kiosks that allow travelers to perform the jobs of ticket agents. Travel agents once unearthed, perused and compared fares, deals and hotel rates. Shadow-working travelers now do all of this themselves on their computer screens. Medical patients are now better informed than ever — as a result of hours of online shadow work. In 1998, the Internal Revenue Service estimated that taxpayers spent six billion hours per year on “tax compliance activities.” That’s serious shadow work, the equivalent of three million full-time jobs.
Once upon a time, retail stores had employees who were not cashiers but roamed the floor, assisting customers. Go into a Wal-Mart or Target or Staples and find someone to help you locate and choose a product. Good luck. You’re on your own, left to wander the aisles in search of an unoccupied staff person. (Meanwhile, you might stumble on and purchase some item you hadn’t planned on buying.) Here, it’s not technology, but a business tactic that cuts payroll expenses by trimming the service provided to customers — and prolongs the time those customers spend rambling around inside the store. Regardless, the result is still more shadow work, as customers take on the job that retail salespeople once did.
Shadow work isn’t always unpaid; sometimes it shows up at one’s salaried job in the form of new tasks covertly added to one’s responsibilities. Not long ago, human resources departments kept track of employees’ vacation, personal and sick days. In many organizations, employees now enter their own data into absence management software.
The American corporatocracy has surreptitiously conned us into doing things for it that it used to do for us. And, far as I can tell (hello!), they aren’t reducing what they charge us to compensate for that.
So they win again and we go along with the program like dumb drones.
Welcome to a new week of doing that (me included).
This would be our Tweet of the Day:
I’m in the market for a throw to spread out on my couch so when Mr. Al (pictured above) lies on top of the back cushions (yep, that’s what he does) they stay as clean as possible.
So I’m looking around today for the nicest looking but cheapest throw I can find and I come across this “Kitty Throw” at The Company Store. Check it out:
This is a “throw?” They’ve got to be kidding. It looks like a doily or a place mat. It looks like a piece of burlap with an applique slapped on it and, get this, they’re selling it for $40! I think I could make it for about $3.
OccupyWallStreet and stop corporations from ripping us off is all I can say.
This would be our Tweet of the Day re NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg who’s worth an estimated 18.1 BILLION.
$18+ Billion. That’s with a B.
I’m off tomorrow, volunteering at my local food bank. When I’m there, I think about how the people who come through would love to have an extra $30 much less $18 billion.
The disparity in this country is Un. Real.
H/t to #OWS for their work.
Ed Schultz will broadcast his show live tonight from
Zuccotti “Liberty” Park in NYC, ground zero for the OccupyWallStreet (OWS) movement.
I sent him a tweet a few days ago suggesting that he get his ass down there because OWS is the new Wisconsin — which he was so supportive of — but he came off as timid and confused when he talked about it on his radio show, whining (like the wingers): What are their demands?
Hopefully now, now that Dylan Ratigan has been bold and super-supportive — Schultz ah, either cares about it or he wants to grab the ratings. My guess is he wants to grab the ratings but whatever. Coverage is good.
Rachel Maddow said it all just now as to what the 2012 election is going to be about. Forget the 99ers. Forget jobs. Forget education. Forget healthcare. Forget infrastructure.
Thanks to Bush’s Supreme Court and Citizens United, 2012 is all about:
I’ll put video up as soon as it’s available but ain’t that the truth?
I don’t know about you but I can’t afford to buy my representative. But Bank of America can!
I have never watched a full episode of “Jersey Shore,” but the bits and pieces I have seen are embarrassing to me as an American. The fact that a show featuring an entire cast of dumbed-down airheads was even produced is a sad commentary on the state of our nation. I mean, until the other day, “Snookie,” the “star” of the show, didn’t know Montana was a state.
So I empathize with Abercrombie & Fitch. They are so embarrassed by the show they’re offering to pay cast member Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino not to wear their clothes:
With their quick rise to fame, the cast of MTV reality show “Jersey Shore” has cashed in on a number of endorsement deals, including weight loss supplements, alcohol and bronzer.
But here’s a first. Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is offering to pay Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino not to wear its merchandise.
The New Albany, Ohio company released a statement Tuesday evening titled “A Win-Win Situation,” in which it stated a “deep concern” over the association between Mr. Sorrentino and the brand. A&F offered up a “substantial payment” to Mr. Sorrentino “to wear an alternate brand.”
“We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans,” the statement read.
The company also extended the pay-to-not-play offer to the other Jersey Shore reality stars and said it was “urgently waiting a response.”
This has to be a first in the annals of advertising history. Retailers historically love product placement but apparently they feel much as I do when it comes to “Jersey Shore” bimbos being associated with their brand.
The Dow closed down 264.36 this afternoon and gold is up $11 to $1,656.20.
Gosh. Haven’t we just come down from listening to a month of yelling and screaming about how “the markets” want stability to we’ve gotta get that damn debt ceiling thing resolved. And now there’s this?
According to the Financial Times, the “negotiation process has damaged business confidence and taken attention away from a worsening economy” so I guess Wall Street is waking up, looking around, and not liking what it sees because Washington didn’t actually deal with any of the real issues.
Gee. Who could have imagined?
Hell yeah. Let’s give corporations (even more) tax breaks so they’ll create jobs…like they are now, right?
Ford to Create 5,000 Jobs — IN INDIA!
US automobile major Ford will invest $1 billion (Rs.4,000 crore) to manufacture cars and engines at an integrated facility at Sanad in Gujarat, generating 5,000 jobs, the company announced Thursday.
Ford has entered signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Gujarat government to construct the facility, a company statement said. The construction of both the plants will begin later this year, with the first vehicle and engine scheduled to come off the line in 2014, it added.
How long are people going to buy the tax-breaks-create-jobs meme? It should have died back in 2008 at the beginning of this recession or certainly, in the nearly three years since.
A new IKEA store is set to open in South Denver on Wednesday. That said,
Although IKEA didn’t even allow people to start lining up outside its doors for Wednesday’s grand opening until 9 o’clock this morning, it’s been more than 30 hours since the line effectively started forming in the parking lot across the street.
Last week we saw the Greek people protesting in the streets over the “austerity measures” their government is implementing to, as the media says, “prevent the country from going bankrupt.” From what I gleaned from the coverage over the last several weeks was that the government wasn’t what was in trouble; it was the banks. And today that has been confirmed.
Here is video from BloombergTV of an interview with Jim Rogers, one of the few straight-talkers in the business/financial world. In it he lays it out:
“They’re really bailing out European banks. They’re not bailing out Greece. … Why should hard-working Dutch taxpayers or Finnish taxpayers suddenly wake up one day and get a call from their government saying you’ve got to pay more taxes to bail out some French banks or some German banks who made bad loans? I find that the height of irresponsibility. I find it the height of immorality. It’s a terrible way to run a country, a nation, an economy. It’s not good for Europe. It’s certainly not good for the world.”
The anchor asks whether an “orderly default” is better in the long-run than a short-term bailout.
Of course it is. I mean, go ahead and admit the problem now. Make people take their losses now, in an orderly way as you say. If you do it the other way and you keep building up the debt and the debt gets worse over the next few years, when the market forces you to do it in a disorderly way, that’s called panic. That’s called chaos. And that’s when you have things like 2008 and 2009, when everything collapses around you and there’s not much anybody can do.
Go ahead and do it now while it might be controlled a little bit better.
Watch the whole interview if you’re so inclined. Rogers says the measures being implemented around the world are simply kicking the can down the road and that the world is going to eventually have big problems.
Anyway, it’s no wonder the Greek people are furious. They’re being asked to carry the load while the banks are being rescued, just like what happened here in the U.S.
Don’t forget: A riot is the language of the unheard (MLK).