The other day, I read that the Novogratz family released a new mass market product line in their style of colourful, high design, modern aesthetic.
I was thrilled! Fabulous interior design that brings Manhattan to me! and, you know, all the other great things it touts. My daughter needs a new bed, they sell metal frame funky beds in bright colours: perfect!
Then, I saw where the line would be exclusively sold: Wal-Mart. Enter my inner conflict. See, as I’ve begun to think about “shopping good” over the last few years, one of the first (and really only) hard lines I’ve drawn was against this mega-store. [I’ll keep it real and state that within my “hard line”, I’ve still probably purchased from Wal-Mart 3 or 4 times in the last 5 years.]
Three things brought me to this decision:
I’m not mentioning this to have a hate-on Wal-Mart, simply to show my own thought process in deciding where (or where not) to shop.
And then they go and launch some super cool products that make me want to shop there! Of course they do... the strategy, of course, is to get people like me to shop there, and people who already shop there to shop more. The question is…
When you’ve got great prices and appealing products on the table, where do ethics come into the mix? Do my “convictions” stand up to my desires? Do I reassess my opinion of purveyors based on the products they sell?
Good marketing will convince me to make the purchase before I have too much time to think about it.
Fortunately for me, the Novogratz line is not yet available in Canada! So I do have time. Time to think, to price compare, to shop around, perhaps to reassign a budget line. And, probably, ultimately, hopefully, shop somewhere else.
This dignify post draws from Derek Thompson's October 7th article in The Atlantic.
Thompson's article explains the practical challenges in 2021 for consumers as well as for retailers.
Here's how some of these points relate to dignify right now and in the coming months:
Mystery novels have often appealed to people with jobs that are never fully resolved (doctors, pastors, social workers). In this cultural era of many-problems-few-resolutions, reading a good mystery can be a refreshing break.
Our 12-year old daughter is the most avid, prolific reader I know! We teamed up to create a list of mysteries for all ages of independent readers. The recos below are listed with increasing age levels in mind, but no specific age parameters (as a mature, well-read, near-teen, she has read up to Agatha Christie on this list).
Our 11-year old computer is showing creaky signs of age, just about ready to go to sleep (and never wake up). But, we feel that it has served us well. When I compare it to other expenses over the years, the laptop is — at about a $100/year investment — one of our best value-for-dollar belongings.
When shopping for items like this, how do we choose well? How do we discern what brand/style/variety is built to last? Or, how do we determine even if “built to last” is relevant to the purchase?