what if nobody bought new stuff? [day 56]

“What if nobody bought new stuff?  What would happen to the economy?”  This was a question asked by Thom yesterday, and I might add, a very good one.

First let me say that I appreciate the people that have enough money and are willing to pay for new items.  Without them, people like me would have no used stuff or second hand stuff to buy.  We would have to resort 100% on dumpster diving?  Not sure what the full impact of that would be for thrifty types, but it would sure change things.

Our economy is built on plastic and filled with air.  When I started on this soapbox yesterday saying that “…it has to collapse someday…”, I was quickly corrected by Jerod that the proper word here is “deflate”.  So, in my opinion, the economy will ‘deflate’ at some point.  We can’t possibly continue like this long term.  I’m not an economist or a fortune teller, and I don’t know how this will happen, but it will.  It makes me want to stuff money in my mattress instead of investing it.  (note to criminals: I have not actually done this so don’t break in and look in my mattress)

Whether the Awful Inevitable Radical Economy Deflation (AIRED) happens fast or slow, and the amount of negative impact it will have could be lessened by everyone just being a little bit intentional about the way we shop.  We have the ability to support good retailers and not support bad ones.  I know all of this sounds radical, and maybe somewhat like a conspiracy theory, but could it happen?  Yes.  If you think something different, please comment with your thoughts.

In the mean time, here’s a few simple things to consider when shopping.  You can help make a difference.

  • Know where you’re buying your stuff. Is this retailer using unfair labor practices or are they paying fair wages?
  • What is a retailer doing to be green and help conserve resources? Green energy, materials and business practices are clearly evident if you do a little research.
  • Do they give back to the community? If so, support them.  No business has to do this but many choose to.
  • Is this something you can buy second hand? You could save money and keep things from going in a landfill.
  • Instead of buying an item, could you borrow it? Sharing things you don’t use frequently will give you less clutter and save you money while building community.

If you can find items that aren’t supported by Ed Hardy, you’ve done well!  LOL, sorry, I couldn’t resist typing that.  😉

About jody wissing

I'm a person just trying to matter in a crazy world.
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5 Responses to what if nobody bought new stuff? [day 56]

  1. Amy Tuggey says:

    Okay – just to let everyone know,

    SunChips:
    http://www.sunchips.com/
    Not only power their factories with SOLAR energy, their bags are made with plants so they are biodegradable.

    Another good one? Annie Chun All Natural Asian Cuisine
    http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ExecMacro/anniechun/home.d2w/report

    The bowls that the noodles come in are made of corn products and are biodegradable.

    Later!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I like your tips on thinking about how we spend. And I also like Amy’s fyi on the businesses she mentioned. It would be great to see a longer list of really honorable/conscious/fair retailers. Some reporter must have done a piece on this in some article some time, right? Have you searched this out (in your free time, haha!)? Okay, maybe that’s a project I could spend a little time on. :)Other than a random Internet search, any ideas on how to go about discovering which retailers we should patronize?

  3. Plensermall says:

    Very Interesting!
    Thank You!

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