@Megano! Anecdotal evidence time: I'm an American living in Canada, and when my wallet was stolen a few months back, every. single. one. of my American cards (3 credit cards and 1 debit, no chip and PIN) had several hundred dollars' worth of merchandise charged on it before I was able to cancel the cards. Not a single one of my Canadian cards (of which I have like five, for various strange reasons, all with chips and PINs) was used fraudulently. So there must be something to it. (I have since stopped carrying my American cards except when I'm in the U.S. They just don't feel secure to me.)
@la_di_da @Logan Sachon My mattress is also a floor model! I went in and asked for their cheapest mattress, and the guy offered me a floor model for the same price. I got a $900 mattress for something like $250. This was, like, seven years ago, and the mattress is still going strong. I am still proud of this purchase and brag about it to anyone who shares my bed. For the frame, I got a set of sturdy pine slats...off of Amazon, actually. They are also still holding strong. I would suggest probably anywhere *but* Ikea.
Oof, this was difficult to read. So much of this seems familiar, especially the parts about food. I lived this way for large parts of my childhood and most of my adult life: 4 years as a student at a stupidly expensive school where I worked 30+ hours a week to pay rent and eat, then 5 years as a freelancer/substitute teacher/job-scrounger, then 2 years as an M.A. student (funded, so it was paid for and I got a small stipend to live off of, before I hear any grousing about the irresponsibility of broke people going to grad school). As of this year, I actually sort of make enough to live on for the first time in a decade, but it's as a doctoral student, so it's still not *that much* more than this. On the plus side, I scarcely have time to eat/leave my house, so the living is cheap. But really...I don't know if the calories-per-dollar calculation that made every meal fraught will ever fully leave me.
Because when you have free unlimited wi-fi, people will sit there all day and maybe not buy anything? And then you won't be able to sell to other people? (Source: many years as an indie-cafe barista. But now I am a professional student, and I live off of free wi-fi. I see both sides of the issue.)
Best part is, PBR is NOT EVEN THAT CHEAP in Williamsburg. Not since they know that it's everyone's go-to beer. I would much rather pay the extra dollar for a Brooklyn Lager and, you know, enjoy what I'm drinking.
@cryptolect Oh my god, I never even thought about it as a finite supply. What am I going to do for decades of my life without sixties dresses??
@cryptolect See, I'm the same. I read with interest up to the "used clothes are ok" loophole, because used clothes *are* my weakness. The Gap has basically nothing for me...instead I buy a half-suitcase full of whatever's at the local Goodwill whenever I go out of town.
I have had the exact same conversation (over a period of weeks) with myself about Lip Tar. Whatever it is.
I always wondered where all the clothes with tags on came from there. I lived a half-block from that Buffalo Exchange when they first opened, and I found that they were less ok with the not-quite-perfect, third-hand but still wearable and on-trend vintage that I'd gotten so used to selling to their locations in Brooklyn. (I guess this post is one more bomb thrown in the New York-DC culture wars.)