Thursday, August 4, 2011

Where to draw the line

Is there ever a time or place when it is okay to ignore the tag?  I think Yes!!!  Not many places but a few. 

1.  Garage Sales and Thrift Stores. 
Many Thrift Stores work off of donations and hence do not buy products that they sell.  Simple enough.  Its all about recycling.  Any thoughts?

2.  Going Out Of Business!!! Everything Must Go!!!
First off, I am sad that my favorite bookstore is closing...with that said...I was there with the kids a few days ago when I could not help but think that the store is not re-ordering anything anymore...whatever is in their warehouse will be shipped and sold until its since the damage is done and the product was already made and sold to a company that is now going out of business, is it okay to ignore the tag? 
I guess from a local economy standpoint...its okay but what about from a spiritual/moral standpoint? 

Where do we draw the line here? 

Any other places that you can think of?


  1. These are interesting thoughts to ponder. Does a deeply discounted item that is made in China, and sold in a store that will be no more, create a market demand that suggests other retailers should pick up this product?

  2. Perhaps second hand purchases count less, but I would think they count. Certainly with a big-ticket item like a car, I would choose an American used car over the imported competition. There is the question of where you will be going for those inevitable "dealer parts," (though those are way too outsourced) and perhaps more importantly, the fact that resale value does affect desirability and hence value of the new car. Trickling all the way down to the garage sale merchandise, I can't imagine any way for the market signals from the used market trickling up to the new market, but there's a lot about economics that's too complicated and sublime to imagine, or so they say.