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Title: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: LibrarIan on June 20, 2014, 02:16:38 PM
Priceless.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/study-finds-americans-lead-world-in-ability-to-jus,36316/ (http://www.theonion.com/articles/study-finds-americans-lead-world-in-ability-to-jus,36316/)
Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: boognish on June 20, 2014, 02:41:31 PM
I think we're also the most capable of making unnecessary purchases. Like, there's no threat of folks living in real poverty blowing $100/month on their iPhone.

The main point is we're fucking dumb. Which is true.
Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: oldtoyota on June 20, 2014, 03:25:48 PM
I think we're also the most capable of making unnecessary purchases. Like, there's no threat of folks living in real poverty blowing $100/month on their iPhone.

The main point is we're fucking dumb. Which is true.

Another Onion article that is not far from the truth…or maybe it just is the truth.

Re the iPhone. I have a $10/mo plan and shake my head anytime someone figures out I can't access the internet AT EVERY MOMENT.

Title: When The Onion gets too close to truth to be funny
Post by: gillstone on June 20, 2014, 03:38:36 PM
http://www.theonion.com/articles/study-finds-americans-lead-world-in-ability-to-jus,36316/ (http://www.theonion.com/articles/study-finds-americans-lead-world-in-ability-to-jus,36316/)

Not sure if I should laugh or cry
Title: Re: When The Onion gets too close to truth to be funny
Post by: viper155 on June 20, 2014, 04:26:46 PM
Look who is in charge of our education system...what do you expect? really.
Title: Re: When The Onion gets too close to truth to be funny
Post by: Milspecstache on June 20, 2014, 07:01:19 PM
"The study also found that U.S. consumers were equally dominant when it came to helping friends and family members justify the purchase of unnecessary products"

That is so true!  I am so much more frugal when I have frugal friends that I interact with continuously.  Currently I have very few in my life hence relying on MMM for my daily fix of mustachian.  That balances the consumerism I hear at the job.
Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: arebelspy on June 20, 2014, 09:17:17 PM
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Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: wtjbatman on June 20, 2014, 11:16:09 PM
This is why I tell my students that a penny saved is a penny earned. Words of wisdom, free of charge.
Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: GuitarStv on June 23, 2014, 09:44:09 AM
This is why I tell my students that a penny saved is a penny earned. Words of wisdom, free of charge.

Unfortunately I can't use that saying.  We just recently outlawed the penny.
Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: arebelspy on June 23, 2014, 09:50:08 AM
This is why I tell my students that a penny saved is a penny earned. Words of wisdom, free of charge.

Unfortunately I can't use that saying.  We just recently outlawed the penny.

It's due to the government trying to suppress people's opinions.

No more "penny for your thoughts" allowed.
Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: HairyUpperLip on June 23, 2014, 10:01:06 AM
Wait...

so people don't need the Donnie Darko Collector's Edition DVD with the extended unedited alternate ending with directors cut and actor thoughts?!?

Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: davisgang90 on June 23, 2014, 10:10:43 AM
We're Number One!  USA! USA! USA!
Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: enigmaT120 on June 23, 2014, 10:57:48 AM
Another fine one from the news source I trust the most.

Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: Lans Holman on June 24, 2014, 01:33:28 PM
And here's the real news version:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/fashion/weddings/raise-your-hand-for-an-engagement-selfie.html?_r=1 (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/fashion/weddings/raise-your-hand-for-an-engagement-selfie.html?_r=1)
Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: Winston on June 25, 2014, 09:50:51 AM
And here's the real news version:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/fashion/weddings/raise-your-hand-for-an-engagement-selfie.html?_r=1 (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/fashion/weddings/raise-your-hand-for-an-engagement-selfie.html?_r=1)

*gag* To paraphrase P.T. Barnum (David Hannum?), "There's a sucker taking a selfie every minute."

Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: Quark on June 25, 2014, 01:55:22 PM
But....I actually *do* purchase bulk items on sale! Isn't that a necessary purchase?

Oh wait, I think they mean items which one does not use.
Title: Re: Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases
Post by: Rollin on June 25, 2014, 02:31:07 PM


Re the iPhone. I have a $10/mo plan and shake my head anytime someone figures out I can't access the internet AT EVERY MOMENT.
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How do you survive?  How can you function?

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Title: Re: When The Onion gets too close to truth to be funny
Post by: Rollin on June 25, 2014, 02:36:39 PM
Look who is in charge of our education system...what do you expect? really.

I'm not sure it has much to do with education (or lack thereof).  I think it has more to do with consumerism (and all the media blasting and the social aspects of purchasing), and how purchases are used to scratch and itch that just can't be reached.  My gosh, I though I raised kids that were above some of this, but when I gave one of them a newish cell phone that was the flip variety you'd have thought I slapped them in the face (off to the room crying).  This is from a mustacian family that discusses this stuff regularly, has no cable or other tv, and does much to reduce exposure to the "norm."