Oh look a bag of dried cranberries.
Chloe Schama at the New Republic cites a litany of ways we’re willing to pay a premium for good ol’ peace and quiet. We text instead of call, we stake out the quiet car on Amtrak (and then rage at the people who don’t abide by the rules), we pay more for fancy automobiles that don’t make noise, we live on quiet blocks, and we soundproof conference rooms. My personal favorite: “You can buy John Cage’s 4’33’’ on iTunes.” (omg)
Inviting the real-time disapproving remarks of my dentist into my home and into my daily routine sounds like my worst nightmare, and certainly not something I would pay $330 for, but if you are concerned about preventing all of the horrible things are teeth and bodies are going to die from it might be something worth looking into.
How brand loyal are you?
In the New Yorker, Simon Parkin says when it comes to buying video games, players put a premium on length, no matter how good the game is.
It’s Fashion Week in NYC, and New York magazine issue is all about the things we wear and the businesses that sell them. One particularly interesting piece comes from Matthew Shaer, who reports about Abercrombie and Fitch’s struggle to keep up in today’s market where “fast fashion” sells.
Vernon Silver is a reporter for Bloomberg News based in Rome, and when an Italian worker heard he was visiting the U.S., she asked Silver if he could pick her up a gold unlocked iPhone 5s. She didn’t want the phone for her own personal use—she wanted to resell it back on the Italian market for a small profit.
Reporters at the Los Angeles Times look at various tricks shoppers pull at department stores, and how retailers are addressing them.
Reader’s Digest put together a list of supermarket tricks we all fall for (here is a link that will save you from having to click through a 50-slide slideshow), and a lot of it is interesting! I did not know the thing about the cakes, for example, and I’ve definitely bought cakes straight out of the display case many times. I have never ditched anything at the checkout lane though.