KONDA: Impulse buying contributes to US’ materialistic culture

Sometimes, people buy things on impulse. It does not sound too bad now and then – buying a cheap trinket while you are out grocery shopping. No, you do not need it, but there is no actual harm done to your bank account, and you feel satisfied with your new addition.

Corporations are fully aware of these behaviors and take advantage of consumer tendencies by employing marketing tactics such as product placement. While carefully considering how people might react to specific products that are displayed in certain ways, businesses have already determined the probability of your purchase. For instance, buying a candy bar while checking out is more common when it’s easily accessible in the moment. 

The problem is continuous impulsive buying — coming home with at least one thing you do not need or clicking the ‘order’ button on an online shopping site. A survey by Slickdeals found that 64 percent of adults in the U.S. increasingly bought on impulse, and 61 percent felt happy afterward. 

Buying something random could positively affect your mood — and it makes sense. But, you could find yourself depending on doing so to help you get through the day. The more you buy, the better you feel. You might end up spending more money each time, going from $10 to $20.

In fact, Americans increased their spending by 18 percent from January through April 2020. Slickdeals’ CEO Josh Meyers says impulse buying can be smart as people take advantage of bulk deals. On the other hand, it could be detrimental.

The truth is that products expire. Whether it’s denoted in a label on the packaging or expires in terms of its social popularity, people end up with things they do not need, and this contributes to consumerism.

Consumerism is described as materialistic

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We’re triplets and look like bimbos – we get the exact same plastic surgery, match outfits and do the same make-up too

A FAMILY of triplets who love plastic surgery have revealed that having matching bodies is the most important thing to them.

Hannah, Katherine and Nadia Capasso will do whatever it takes to mirror each other and have matching lip fillers, facial fillers and nose jobs.

Katherine, left, Nadia, middle, and Hannah, right, will do whatever it takes to mirror each other


Katherine, left, Nadia, middle, and Hannah, right, will do whatever it takes to mirror each otherCredit: Instagram – @thecapassotriplets
The trio say they have been inseparable and "best friends since the womb"


The trio say they have been inseparable and “best friends since the womb”Credit: TLC

But ever since one sister got another boob augmentation, their busts do not match.

According to Katherine, she and Nadia are looking into surgeons because they “want to look the same” as Hannah.

The 27-year-olds have shut down trolls that call them “childish” because they feel “so lucky” to be born with built-in best friends.

The trio, who are from New York, even have their own “secret language”.

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Speaking to Truly, Hannah said: “We do everything together, since we were born. 

“Some people call us childish, some people call us immature, some people call us booby streamers.”

Their dazzling lifestyle could be mistaken for that of glamour models, but the triplets are actually into video games

They dub themselves gamers by profession and livestream themselves playing a range of video games. 

But the largely male-dominated industry means the triplets are subject to harsh criticism for their look.

When on camera, they wear tight dresses, full faces of makeup and make sure their cleavage is pushed up.

Within their glitzy shared wardrobe is diamante-lined corsets, metal bralettes, mesh skirts, patterned mini dresses and fishnet tights. 

They also sport racy pyjamas, tight gym sets and lingerie as everyday clothes. 

Hannah assured: “There’s more to us than meets the eye.”

Katherine added: “We just like to play around and

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WATCH NOW: In N Out Beauty celebrates second year with grand re-opening | Business

In N Out Beauty Supply, 2324 18th St., a local beauty business that opened early in the pandemic, marked its second year with a grand re-opening Friday.

The event invited local business leaders and customers Friday afternoon to celebrate and featured formal ribbon cutting ceremonies.

Owner Lakisha Mitchell said it was just a way to show her appreciation to everyone who have helped her, as well as continue to get the business’ name out. Representatives from the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, including President Dave Strash, gathered to cut the ribbon and congratulate Mitchell on the milestone.

“We’re just appreciating everybody that comes out and supports us,” Mitchell said. “I want the business to be somewhere where everyone can come and get what they need.”

After her first year faced with the pandemic, Mitchell said she was mostly thrilled to still be open. Now she’s hoping to continue to grow, and looks forward to the day when she moves into an even larger space.

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“With two years, it feels like I just opened. I’m still trying to learn, but I have mentors. I’m looking to the future become bigger,” Mitchell said.

In N Out Beauty offers a wide variety of hair and beauty products and services, with a unique focus on Black hair. Mitchell, who is Black, said she initially got the idea for the business after struggling to find products and services for her daughters.

“What really gets me is when people come in and we can help them with their hair care needs,” Mitchell said. “I just want to continue to help people that need it.”

Beyond the usual challenges of starting a new business, Mitchell shared some of the struggles she had to face as a Black business owner.

“It’s always difficult. You

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How to sell your clothes in Vancouver for extra money

Secondhand marketplaces are the new side hustle.

Inflation this, cost of living that, simply breathing these days feels like it’s costing money.

To cope with increasing financial burdens, many people are turning to side hustles including selling their clothing online. Often our closet loses its lustre and we feel like we have nothing to wear because our pieces seem tired or over-worn but that doesn’t mean someone else would feel that way. 

The secondhand market is thriving with more opportunities to thrift clothing than ever before and there are designated sellers popping up in Vancouver all the time. These businesses are carving out niches for themselves all over the city in different areas like luxury fashion, pre-loved Y2K, vintage clothing, and streetwear. They are curating secondhand clothing in such a way that these pieces are given a second life and their value is reframed to make them seem desirable again.

Recycling and revitalizing clothing in this way is more environmentally responsible than simply disposing of it but it can also generate revenue if done right. It also doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing process, there are plenty of ways for people to casually dabble in selling their clothes to make a bit of money on the side.

Selling through a consignment store

There are consignment stores in Vancouver that will sell your clothing on your behalf and then offer a commission when the piece sells. The majority of them only accept luxury pieces but Turnabout and Front & Company will take other high street brands so long as they are in good condition and aren’t fast fashion.

Turnabout will only accept items with a recognizable label that are in season (so if you have summer dresses to sell it’s better to wait until next spring to bring them in). They

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