who publish Adbusters
magazine like to turn the biggest shopping day of the year — the day after Thanksgiving
— inside out by calling it “Buy Nothing Day.”
I’m finding this economy is doing a far better job than the Adbusters
,” as they call themselves. The recession-teetering-on-depression is turning every day into a “buy nothing day.”
In the good old days of easy money I would regularly get an irrational urge to buy something — anything. I couldn
’t explain it. It must have been Pavlovian without my being aware of the
stimulus. A song perhaps. Likely a jingle. Or a smell. Or a color.
Cast under a spell, I’d search for some urgent need, or more often, blatant, sensual desire. It could be as little as jamocha
almond fudge ice cream or as great as a 1972 MGB
But since the great economic downturn, months go by without a “Buy Something (Anything!) Day” twinge.
I was reminded of the infrequency today when I went out to buy something I actually needed. The experience created an odd variation of the old twinge. I found I was mildly disappointed
when my entire purchase came to $2.69.
Talk about inconspicuous
I needed a connector that converts stereo headphones to monaural.
Here I can feel a long, boring explanatory paragraph coming on. I’ll spare you except to say that a new hearing device I bought (yes, bought!) a couple of months back, doesn
’t accept stereo headphones or earbuds
. It deals with them by sending sound to only one ear.
Not good, especially if you are going deaf in the first place. I definitely need sound to both ears.
The nice fellow at Radio Shack solved the problem for $2.69. I was expecting, even anticipating
, spending at least $5. And then the clerk tells me that if I go to the company web site and answer a few questions (weasel word alert: “a few questions.” That’s what the phone survey folks say too.), Radio Shack will "give" me $10 off my next $40 purchase.
Let's see. I spend $2.69 and get $10 off my next $40 purchase. Hmmmm
. I’m wondering whether I might make a modest living by buying cheap connectors at Radio Shack and answering questions on-line questions.
Could it be I can’t afford to buy nothing?
Labels: Adbusters, Buy Nothing Day, Radio Shack, recession