Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Conspicuous Consumption

"We spend money we don't have, on things we don't need, to impress people we don't like"

-Mary Ellen Edmunds


Jason said...

Tyler Durden: Do you know what a duvee is?
Narrator: It's a comforter...
Tyler Durden: It's a blanket. Just a blanket. Now why do guys like you and me know what a duvee is? Is this essential to our survival, in the hunter-gatherer sense of the word? No. What are we then?
Narrator: ...Consumers?
Tyler Durden: Right. We are consumers. We're the bi-products of a lifestyle obsession.

Fight Club
(...and I agree with wherever you were going with it.)

Steve said...

"Keeping up with the Joneses" has been around ever since we've all found our own caves. But do you think this is more woman led? Take Jason's comment above? And how many purchases and home improvements are encouraged by the woman of the house? Based upon my bachelorhood days and that of my friends, if it was only up to guys, we'd all have disposable houses that after a year or two or disrepair we'd just return for new ones. hahaha.

Ben & Kimberly McEvoy said...

what happened to the idea if it's broke -fix it, (dont just buy a new one) if it's not broke don't fix it . .OR REPLACE IT.

and if you don't need it heaven forbid you actually don't buy it.

really what is wrong with our mentality?!?!?!

it makes me sick how much packaging and waste we produce . . .as a community, society.

Our family of 5 with poopy diapers produces 1 large black garbage bag a week, and usually it is 2/3 full.

I think people need to try cooking with out boxes.

we are so, well democrats are so concerned with global warming, why don't we produce less waste, and consume less. wouldn't that stop the burning and cutting of rain forest?!?!!

phew how i ramble.

Della Hill said...

And this is only one of life's truisms that I thought I would get to leave behind me when I left high school.
How sad my reality turned out to be.

Robin said...

I love MEE. I have a picture with her covering my face. It makes me so happy.

Great quote and one that I think goes on the fridge today.

Jeri and Amy said...

Just one response to Steve's proposition that conspicuous consumption is "women led":

Men and women simply waste their money on different "toys." Few women care about "pimping [their] ride," and while I flush my money down the drain on cosmetics or clothing, my husband is always buying the newest gaming system ("honey, please wait a few weeks to purchase the newly released Playstation 12! I need time to find a storage unit to hold the past 11!")
Men typically need the biggest tv, the thinnest computeter, or the coolest phone. If it's not electronics or technology based, it's tools, guns, ATVs, golf clubs... you get the idea.

No one is immune from the desire to acquire... that's why those marketing wizards get paid the big bucks. Hmmm... maybe I should rethink my career!

Steve said...

Good point, Amy. And I probably spend more money on shoes than my wife does!
I was thinking more along the lines of the pointless "accessories" that women always need and the many household items that most men (and maybe women) totally overlook, yet for some reason need to be updated or new versions of. Luckily, K and I are both from the mold that if it's not broke, keep and it keep using it.

email said...

Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.

The Great Depression

f*bomb. said...

That's an old New England creedo!

Ah, Mary Ellen- the woman formed my mind when I was 19 years old. I still have notes from that lecture. And now I have one more reason to embrace her wholeheartedly.