Tuesday, December 16, 2014
#351 / Goodies?
On Sunday, December 7, 2014, the San Jose Mercury News ran an article in their "Sunday Business" section extolling a new, Los Angeles-based business called Loot Crate.
For only $13.37 per month, you can sign up for a "Box of Goodies," with a $40.00+ retail value. That box of stuff will come to your door (every month) and you will just be surprised. You'll get a bunch of stuff you didn't even know you were going to get. How great, right?
Well, I hate to be disparaging, but I think this is a pretty stupid idea.
Maybe my reaction comes from my commitment to Quaker simplicity. Or, my reaction could be associated with my "no regrets" idea that we should consume radically less. I am pretty sure that my recollection of that very powerful video, The Story of Stuff, plays into my negative reaction to the whole idea of Loot Crate.
One person posed a question on my blog entry titled "Extinction Is Forever." That was the posting in which I suggested that we should be trying to consume "radically less."
"Consuming less of what?" was the question.
I refer all readers who have that question to the Story of Stuff video. That video makes it pretty clear.
Less of everything.
And NO Loot Crate!