Ah, yes, the eternal hunt for the Holy Bargain, the true grail of American consumerism. If I had a dollar for every time I received a blank, uncomprehending stare from a friend or coworker when I tell them my many and varied reasons for never shopping at Walmart, I could afford to buy chocolate monopoly sets from Needless Markup. My family, all very liberal and definitely not pro-Walmart, know and understand why I don't shop there, but they admit they do patronize that hell hole, sheepishly saying, "But it's so CHEAP." Unlike me, they are not poor people. It's infuriating. If all the people who know buying cheap plastic disposable crap is wrong on so many levels would, like, just not do it, things would turn around.
One of the problems for me is that I am poor and I have a somewhat dysfunctional daughter to deal with. While I don't shop at Wal-Mart, every other place winds up with Wal-Mart cast-offs or other products spawned from the How-Cheap-Will-You-Make-This bidding process.Vast amounts of piddly little toys are important for my daughter's program and few people are willing to make those well, let alone stock them.
It is almost impossible to buy anything that wasn't made in China these days. We were at the farmer's market one day early last fall, and I saw some really cute hand-made fall decorations. (I'm kind of a sucker for stuff like that.) At any rate, I bought one, and only after I got it home did I notice the little sticker on the bottom: Made in China. I'm pretty sure the vendor was violating the rules of the farmer's market, but I see they're back again this year . . . When my son was little I got a lot of his toys second-hand at yard sales, Goodwill, etc. This certainly doesn't address the safety factor but they were cheap and at least not winding up in the landfill; when he outgrew them, back to Goodwill they went.
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