the future of shopping… really?

Take a look at this video:  The Future of Shopping.

If this is the future of shopping in America, it’s another ring in the downward spiral of our financial culture and a step toward another depression era.  Thoughts?

If we must do this, and it does look a little bit fun, how about putting some impoverished people on the screens and buy them some clothing?  Oh… the uses I could find for this technology!  The price markup on clothing is so high as it is, imagine what the prices will be when you add in giant plasma screens, super computers with fancy software, video cameras, wireless routers, maintenance fees and electricity?  Because we are too lazy to try on some clothes that we don’t need?

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” — Oscar Wilde

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3 Responses to the future of shopping… really?

  1. Ozz says:

    Well lets see….The US is a CONSUMER based economy it is no surprise that companies attempt to make shopping an easier afair. I think it’s kinda cool but I hate dressing rooms. Just think of the jobs from wiring the stores for this, the dock workers taking the shipments of plasma screens, the software support (ok probably really good for India but ya never know)….etc.

    Why some of these impoverished people might get a job due to this, then they can buy the clothes. What a concept instead of handing out…train. It is better to show a man how to fish than to just give him fish.

    ~Ozz~

  2. embracechaos says:

    Although I agree with your statement of teaching man how to fish, I don’t feel that this shopping direction is a positive one. This seems to me like another step in making the rich richer and the poor poorer. Our consumer based economy teaches us and our kids that more is better, success is defined by money and happiness will be yours if you buy things that make life easier and more comfortable.

    I have become uncomfortable with my comfort. I don’t expect everyone to follow me in that (okay, so I hope some do), but I hope as a society that we can make some positive changes. Like bridging ‘the gap’ between rich people and poor people. ‘Target’ing new ways to build community and thinking outside ourselves, while not building more ‘wal’s to protect ourselves from people we don’t know or understand.

    One last thing. There are many types of homelessness and poverty. When I go visit friends (I don’t see these as mission trips anymore), and I see a cute little kid helping me work on painting an apartment so they have a place to meet with others, or maybe a child in Mexico that doesn’t have enough to eat, they just want to feel loved and have their basic needs met. Yes, there are many people who have chosen homelessness as a way of life and I’m sure there are many lazy people our there that don’t want to work and instead ‘work’ the system. But there are many out there that don’t have a choice and they need justice, people who care and are willing to get off their butts and do something about it.

    Too lazy to try on clothing or too lazy to work? I’m not the one to judge that, although I have many opinions… (I know, we’re all surprised by that!) My point with this whole shopping thing is that I’m not going to be lazy with this. If it takes a little extra effort to buy necessities that are not excessive, not made in sweatshops and better for the environment, then that’s what I’m going to do. Small change can equal big change.

    Ozz, I love a devil’s advocate perspective and you know I greatly appreciate your views! Keep them coming.

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