A couple things I've seen on TV lately have sort of amazed me. The first are the commercials for expensive "meal components" or whatever you might want to call "selected" groceries delivered to your door with a recipe. Then you do all the prep and all the cooking and then sit down to a "gourmet" home-cooked meal.
Now firstly, if you know what you want to fix, I'm sure that you can buy the components cheaper locally. Secondly, even after doing all the work to prepare, cook and plate the meal, you could still have gone out to a nice restaurant just as cheaply for a lot less effort, and then you wouldn't have had to wash the dishes. I'm all for eating at home, but buy your own groceries for gosh sakes!
The other ad that actually torques me are the two young women so thrilled because they can sell their designer handbags at a loss for a still ridiculous price. I believe we are to assume that they'll NOT take that money to pay the rent, but to buy NEW designer handbags which they will soon grow tired of and sell, so they can buy yet NEWER designer handbags, "ad nauseum."
I will assume the women are actually living beyond their means, or they wouldn't NEED to sell their old handbags to buy new ones. I also assume that they must be fickle, or they wouldn't tire so quickly of a quality bag.Worst of all, while they're running around buying handbags that they apparently can't really afford, people are probably walking the streets hungry and homeless within tenths of a mile of their conspicuous consumption.
I find both of these scenarios ridiculously wasteful of money, but the last is repulsively so. © 2017