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Apr 24, 2019 04:42:52

The power of new

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Victoria Maung

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Psychological obsolescence might preclude the need for planned obsolescence (which is a very real thing, according to investigation by the Planet Money podcast episode #902 titled The Phoebus Cartel).

I recently entered a phase (gradual entry since like five years ago) where I'm attempting to buy things for longevity, rather than fast fashion, even if it means spending a prettier penny. I still have my Moose Brand bag, which I got for a steal years ago when they were a fledgling company. I'm still sticking with my North Face backpack from beginning of college, and most of my clothes too. Unfortunately I gave away a pair of beautiful and pricey Mephisto boots because they were giving me feet issues. Then I still have my leather Sperrys, which I got at a reduced price of $20 on Amazon that I wore for seasons at a time. 

Basically, I have lots of items in great condition, but I recently caught the turn-of-season shopping bug and purchased Kork Ease sandals and a pair of Chacos. I told myself that I'd just live a life with fewer pairs of shoes: casual boat, athletic, formal, flats, flip-flops, snowboots, waterproof walking, and that's it. But I can't help but want ankle-height booties, cute leather sandals, functional ugly-cute Chacos. So even though my shoes are far from obsolete, I get the idea that psychological obsolescence is powerful and pervasive. 

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    @vickenstein Too bad you got rid of the Mephisto boots as they wound worth it purely from the name alone. :)

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 24, 2019 07:54:26
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      @brandonwilson Definitely might've given an arm and a leg for those. But at least I got 5 years of use out of them!

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Apr 25, 2019 04:04:12
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