Your Take on Conspicuous Consumption

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    Feb 24, 2014 12:51 AM GMT
    So I'm seeing it a lot these days. There are students in my city, from California, the Middle East, the Far East, etc. And tons of them are driving around in luxury cars. Porsches, Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Aston Martin, BMW's, Mercedes, etc. Or they're carrying a $2,000 Louis Vuitton luxury briefcase, Gucci, Armani Collezioni, Prada clothes and accessories. It used to not bother me as much. But after a while, I gotta wonder: what's the point? They're just vanity products. They really aren't worth what you pay for them. There's no promise that their quality and lifetime can be justified at those ridiculous prices. You pay for the label. But to what end? Do people do it just to make others jealous? Where's the rationale? If they just "need a car to get around", why don't they settle for a reasonably priced sedan and save the rest of their money for an emergency?

    Is conspicuous consumption a bad thing? Do you think it's harmful? Do you buy a lot of luxury goods, and if you do, why?

    I think what got to me most was a story I read in a paper today about it, and this car dealer got tipped $750 just for selling somebody a car. I dont even make that in a single 80 hour paycheck! I work two jobs, 56 hours a week. I dont have a car and very little time to shop for one carefully...Commuting by bus takes so much time and I dont have time even to hang out with friends or date because I'm just so busy. There was this one guy, he was nice. But he gave up on me because I was working too much. But I cant stop. I have to pay rent and put food on my table somehow. icon_cry.gif
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    Feb 24, 2014 1:01 AM GMT
    I think people should be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor. But at the same time, there's a fine line between rewarding oneself and flaunting to make others feel bad.

    I guess you have to ask yourself.. if you eventually got to point where you made more money than you did before, would you still live in the same neighborhood, wear the same clothes, drive the same car?

    Personally, I don't judge a person that is wealthy. I judge them based on what they do with their wealth.

    I guess "judge" is a strong word. Let's just say I form an opinion about them. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 24, 2014 9:29 AM GMT
    xrichx saidPersonally, I don't judge a person that is wealthy. I judge them based on what they do with their wealth.

    I'll judge them based on what kind of person they are, how they treat others for example. I've known people who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth and they were good people. Even though their parents were rich they taught them good values.