GMPent and Conspicuous Consumption

So this guy, gmpent, on instagram I’ve really taken an interest in. He posts various luxury items, you know, like Starbucks and Lululemon (hey, everyone knows how luxurious Starbucks is) and that’s pretty much his account in a nutshell, no family, no friends, not even pictures of himself. Just his credit cards.

And it’s all just a bit…weird.

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Conspicuous consumption is rampant these days. So this guy is not original by any means, but the whole centurion card in the froyo is just…weird. It seems his entire life is just cars and two credit cards. Which is really really sad. And I am being so serious when I say every picture has his credit card in it. The credit card in the food is just gross. Do you realize all the places your credit card has been? The tables, counters and other germ-laden public places? And you put that right in your food. Yuck. Anything for Instagram, right?

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Because nothing screams ‘nouveau riche’ quite like posing with your credit cards

So what is he trying to say? What is the goal of his account? I honestly don’t know. Perhaps to tell people he has a lot of money. If that’s the case, congrats gmpent! You have a lot of money. Maybe he’s unafraid of being robbed (remember what happened to Soulja Boy?). Or maybe someone should just buy him a proper wallet.

Perhaps this is all some weird joke that I, and a lot of other people, don’t get. If so, bravo gmpent!

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What’s Popular Ain’t Always Right: A Look at Lululemon Hate and Cultural Self-Centeredness

We live in a world with millions of choices. Where to eat, where to go to school, where to shop. And literally everyone is competing for our money. If the constant sales and value menu items are any indication, it is definitely a buyers market.

Recently, I’ve been noticing absolute ire for companies that do not cater to everyone. Specifically, Lululemon. These days it’s cool to hate on Lulu. A quick google search will lead you to HUNDREDS of articles and blog posts with people disavowing Lululemon yoga pants. But to say they don’t support plus sized women would be a misstep.

So why hate Lululemon? I find the mentality similar to those on the J. Crew Aficionada website who hate J. Crew because the company does not cater to their specific, ever-changing, individual needs and wants.

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According to the online angry mob, Lululemon does not carry sizes larger than a US12. Lane Bryant does not carry smaller sizes. But no one is boycotting them. There are plenty of plus size athletic wear companies. So I’m not sure what the problem is, there seems to be something for everyone.

And when is it okay to take one person and attribute their horrible actions to everyone that’s somehow affiliated with them? Oh yeah. People do that all the time. To blacks, Arabs, Asians. Okay Carry on.

But seriously, this woman wrote an entire blog post titled “Lululemon: Are Those Leggings Really Worth Your Soul?” (Yes it’s really titled that), and after referencing the murder of Jayna Murray, she goes on to state “these people [lululemon employees] are insane”. Not that the murderer, Brittany Norwood, is insane, but the entire company. I highly doubt Ms. Norwood’s retail job caused her to murder another person. More than likely she would’ve murdered someone while working anywhere.

Lululemon is definitely under fire, and it seems that the Huffington Post is leading the charge. In the past few years, The Huffington Post has written over 40 negative articles about Lululemon. So much so the retail store has it’s own landing page on the website.

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No other legitimate news source (if you can call HuffPo that) has taken up so many gigabytes to report on yoga pants. Maybe the powers that be at Lululemon forgot to pay off AOL for good press. Because HuffPo definitely has a hard on for them.

This is probably the best example of hive mindset I have ever seen. HuffPo continually writes about how Lululemon are such evil bastards, so people jump onboard and start to believe it.

Despite everyone’s hysteric claims to never shop there again, Lululemon’s revenue has actually been going up. According to reports, net revenue for the quarter increased 20% to $379.9 million from $316.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. I know my local Lulu has been packed every time I walked by.

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Despite any PR mistakes Lululemon has made, they don’t deserve the hate they receive. Companies are run by people and people are flawed. And as far as companies go, Lulu seem to at least care about their customers. As stated earlier, we have choices. If you don’t like Lululemon, there are at least 6 other high end athletic wear companies I can think of off the top of my head. Just choose another one.

How Not to Get Scammed on the Internet

Lately, I’ve been noticing a lot of scams on the internet. Specifically online shopping scam sites. According to Ripoffreport.com, people fall for these scams all the time. As an avid online shopper, and eBayer, I’m hyper-aware of scams on the internet. Some are obvious and some are more subtle.  Since scam sites do not seem to be going away anytime soon, here’s how to recognize internet shopping scams.

 

1. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. 

Many scam sites pride themselves on “lower prices”. However, many people find when they order from a scam website they either don’t receive what they paid for, or they have extra charges on their credit cards. Most Toms Shoes pins on Pinterest lead to scam sites. Be wary of offers of ‘cheap’ products, and ‘outlet’ prices.

Only some of MANY Fake Toms Shoes website links found on Pinterest

Only some of MANY Fake Toms Shoes website links found on Pinterest

 

2. Whenever going on a site, always check out the ‘About Us’ and ‘FAQ’ pages. If it sounds wrong, it is. Also be aware of any misspellings or typos.

Genuine websites will not have any misspellings or typos.

 

3. Know where the product is coming from. 

Be wary of international sellers. You might be receiving  an inauthentic product, or fall victim to identity theft.

 

4. Pay attention to the URL. 

A lot of scam webpages look eerily similar to the business they are trying to defraud.

Fake Lululemon Site

Fake Lululemon Site

Real Lululemon.com Website

Real Lululemon.com Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know the URL of the website you are on. Fraud sites will always have a different URL to the real one. Numbers (e.g. 2014), Sale and Cheap are a few watch words to know if you have come across a fraudulent website.

 

5. If you are unsure of the website, use PayPal. 

 

6. Don’t trust the ‘VeriSign Secured’ images. 

It is way too easy to add a Secured website or BBB Accredited business image to a webpage. footIf you see the above images on a site you are not sure about, do not automatically trust it because of these images. If you want to make sure a business is accredited, search for it on the BBB website, here.

 

If all else fails and you are still unsure, go to the ‘Contact Us’ page and give the business a call. Don’t send an email, call and speak with a person. Genuine webpages will have a customer service number that you can call.

It is all too easy to fall prey to scams on the internet, but by paying close attention  you can avoid the trouble that giving fraudulent websites your personal information can bring.

Gah I don’t even have a name for this one…

I tend to avoid shopping fan sites. Yes, some stores have fan sites. But I avoid them because the women on those sites tend to be…nutter butters.

The women say they hate the store (yes hate), they say they’re over it, but the very next week they are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and the cycle continues. What’s the definition of insanity again?

J. Crew owes me. I’ve spent a lot of money there over the past 10 years. I want them to sell things that I like. If they don’t to hell with them. I won’t shop there anymore. (Well really I will buy and then complain weekly on J. Crew Aficionada).

I’m a loyal customer! I deserve it! I deserve free UPS shipping,

And if they don’t. I hope they go out of business. Even if that means thousands of jobs. Since I’ve spent so much money and invested so much time in jcrew over the years

/satire