The Agony of Choice

I am probably one of the fussiest shoppers in the world. I have just had to take back an iPad mini after I discovered that I had been given the wrong one with the wrong amount of memory. I then decided to go back on my decision to buy some new tech for my computers and electronics course. But as always being a fussy person, which one? Too much choice and the things that I need can make me very picky. However to relief from my decision to make a purchase at this time I have decided to put it off and buy some new gear later once I have got my student grants and loans. Now is the question of archery equipment, I need a new stabiliser, new arrows, some accessories, replacement limbs, a spare string, arrow rest, etc. But which one?

The stuff that you can buy is going to be very tempting to make you want to part with your money but it has to be something useful and made to last. I got a nice new quiver at Christmas and now I need to fill it with some decent arrows. My first ones are starting to look worn and battered. I should buy two dozen of different kinds.

Now going out shopping there is a lot of bargains out there at the moment but it’s too difficult for me to choose that I never really buy anything. There are some things in my Christmas list that I didn’t get that I could have bought at the shops but I was very cautious about getting it. I’m not really interested in shopping at all, I only go out for the most vital essentials in retail therapy. Today’s shoppers are rife with profligacy and demand for cheap goods. I think that is the very cause of our debt problems.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the world’s economy is built on slavery, greed and compulsive consumerism. All because of us – the shoppers – and the retail giants who are getting richer at the expense of our debt. Now we hardly seem to save for a rainy day and we couldn’t even if we felt the need. You see Britain’s largest employer is the retail and service sector and the employees rely on the shoppers to go out and buy the goods to make the living and as we have an insatiable taste for the goods we happily oblige. And as we have so many shopping centres and retail parks in this country we are expected to get into debt to make the country rich and strong. Now that is like using the working classes to prop up the rich in the days of the industrial revolution. But because we are so tempted we don’t question our spending. This is because not only are the retailers the biggest sector in the economy, but other services are also the lifeblood of Britain. Law firms, financial services, banks, etc. All of them providing a solution to debt as you carry on spending and need it to be indebted to allow your country’s economy to survive.

Now compare this to the developing nations of the Far East which by now have developed or are close to final development. They haven’t got a welfare system and their largest economy is manufacturing and engineering. Instead of inventing ways to spend money and get into debt, they invent to build a better country with new business ideas and ways of employing people. Their banks are just as liberal as ours but they also have government intervention on development. Whereas we use our welfare system mostly as a social insurance system, the government gives money to the people to make jobs and businesses for themselves. It’s a wholly remarkable way of development that has made a very rich and prosperous nation. Their people save at least 60% of their salaries compared to 6% here in Britain. They have shopping centres just like us but most of it is in the form of markets where the customers go there mostly browsing rather than shopping. They are also a lot less crowded than our retail parks where the customers are more likely to go dining in the restaurants trying good food instead of pricey iPads and flat screen TVs.

Well as far as my own personal survival goes I will not be spending vast amounts to make the richer classes rich, I will make a purchase for a product that will be useful to my daily routine. Save to survive and only spend when you need something most.

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