05 December 2012

Just bought a clean copy of a $100 textbook for 5 bucks on Amazon. American commerce is the most amazing thing to this Canadian.

9 comments:

lostgander said...

Did you score any Black Friday deals this year?

wrenna said...

Nope. But the idea of Black Friday as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season seems to have stuck. So far I have bought Christmas cards, toys and treats for my cat, and a little something for my psychiatrist and nurse who will be moving on. I am having trouble not just buying everything I want for myself.

lostgander said...

Oh no. We have corrupted you! Another Canadian falls victim to the American Consumerist Machine. There have been several mentions lately on National Public Radio here about gift giving to yourself. They even did an informal poll. Apparently shoppers are indignant about the super sales only occurring around the holidays when they are 'supposed' to be buying for others. So now stores are adjusting their marketing to make people more comfortable with the idea of buying more stuff for yourself. I'm not sure if this helps you now as a Canadian, but maybe in another few decades the idea will catch on up there, too.

wrenna said...

I am bad... I shop for myself unabashedly, and for luxury items such as lingerie (although I got that on sale), oolong tea and mirrored fake antiqued picture frames. You can see a picture of the latter at www.blipfoto.com/wrenna. Basically, my family would never find these things for me, I wouldn't want lingerie from my mom, and I am willing to spend a little bit more on my luxuries than they would consider reasonable. I wouldn't buy all these treats and at once during the rest of the year.

lostgander said...

Well, I'm not judging you in the least. I think it's perfectly reasonable that you wouldn't want lingerie from your mom. That would be kind of creepy.

If you want something, it makes more sense to me to just buy it, rather than telling someone else you want it and letting them buy it for you. Which is one of the points they were making on the radio. Although they did also say you'd be giving that person the gift of letting them buy you something, even if it is just something you told them you wanted. Which is weird to me and makes me skeptical. If you don't know a person well enough to find a gift for them you know they'd want, then maybe you shouldn't be buying them gifts. Even if you are related to them. Maybe it is a sign that instead of buying them gifts you should try to get closer to them, you know like by talking to them or writing letters or something. That is a meaningful gift that will last much longer than any material thing will.

lostgander said...

Haha...the caption for that photo is so great. I love your blatant honesty about how it would have been a nice gift for your mom or sister.

wrenna said...

Thank you for supporting my pursuit of little luxuries. You set the standard for gift giving very high, but then my mom is now seeing a psychologist who is talking to her about communication so who knows how our relationship will evolve. This morning she gave me lebkuchen and Mozert chocolates for St Nikolaus Day, so at least she knows what I like from the European specialty store! Ruthless honesty is the only way when one is as self-indulgent as I am.

lostgander said...

I can't even meet my own standards but that doesn't stop me from dreaming up new and even more impossible ones. :)

wrenna said...

Glad you know yourself :)