WANT, Hand Me Down

WANT is an interactive (anti) retail experience created by the the University of Washington’s Environmental Design class. The exhibit is designed to make learning about saving money a pleasurable experience. Actual goods are replaced with lookalike objects that preach the benefits of thrift. It’s an interesting subversion, encoding a message at-odds with the inherent nature of the retail environment.
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Clearly, most of us are consuming far more than we need or should. We live in a culture characterized by planned obsolescence and throwaway fashion. And some progressive brands like howies with their hand me down range are beginning to address the issue.
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When The Going gets Tough … The Tough Go To Costco

I have been hearing and reading a lot about how the current economic climate, far from having bottomed out, may actually be set to get much worse. International financier George Soros thinks we are at the end of a macro-boom, and some think that the international monetary system may go belly up. Nouriel Roubini and the organization Feasta (below) were two entities who predicted the current situation.

In the meantime, however, shopping clubs like Costco are doing well (as you might expect) but fueled by more upscale shoppers (which you might not expect). Maybe they are stocking up for Armageddon, as I am tempted to do having read the articles! but Please enjoy the snippets and links below…

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Two years ago, Nouriel Roubini predicted the current economic crisis, and was subjected to knowing looks and sneers by the establishment. Now – with his newfound Nostrasamus-like status – he sees things becoming far worse. Great.
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Upscale Shoppers Lead Costco Pilgrimage
As the economy weakens, traffic at club stores targeting budget-conscious shoppers has increased at a rate faster than US population growth — with upscale consumers driving the increase, according to new data from Mediamark Research & Intelligence (MRI)