Get me out of this irritating
natural stuff and back to the mall!
- Tourist, quoted in Shopping
Tourism, Retailing and Leisure
Why buy new when used will do?
- Toolbarn advertisement, New Zealand
Never underestimate the entertainment value of shopping.
- Joan Griffith, tour guide and craft store owner
What value does an object have when you can buy 10 more exactly
the same in an instant?
- Bernadette Murphy, Zen and the Art of Knitting
A souvenir is a reminder of a place where you are not.
Be careful of making your journey a shopping trip.
Let's not make a list of diamonds we cannot buy.
- Popular saying
Can we have sustainable transportation with so many automobile
A lot of tourists have a consumer attitude -- what can I get,
instead of what can I learn. We have to put aside our own cultural
biases and learn as much as possible from the people we visit.
I find that if you stay long enough, learn the language, you
get a sense of who locals are as people.
- Clay Hubbs, publisher of Transitions
Abroad, quoted in Rethinking
Our enormously productive economy . . . demands that we make
consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and
use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction,
our ego satisfaction, in consumption . . . we need things consumed,
burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate.
- Victor Lebow, cited in The
Story of Stuff
In the market place, for practical reasons, innumerable qualitative
distinctions which are of vital importance for man and society
are suppressed; they are not allowed to surface. Thus the reign
of quantity celebrates its greatest triumphs in 'The Market.'
Everything is equated with everything else. To equate things
means to give them a price and thus to make them exchangeable.
To the extent that economic thinking is based on the market,
it takes the sacredness out of life, because there can be nothing
sacred in something that has a price. Not surprisingly, therefore,
if economic thinking pervades the whole of society, even simple
non-economic values like beauty, healthy, or cleanliness can
survive only if they prove to be 'economic.'
Without a place to sell local products, farmers lose hope.
And without local food traditions, people lose hope. If you
don't dream, you don't exist. So let's dream together.
- Kamal Mouzawak, founder of the farmers' market in Beirut,
a city which has lost almost all of its public gathering places,
which makes the farmers' market so vital. Source: Gathering
to Celebrate Food Made the Old, Slow Way - New York Times
Please stop referring to yourselves as consumers. Consumers
are different than citizens. Consumers do not have obligations,
responsibilities and duties to their fellow human beings. As
long as you are using the word 'consumer' in the public discussion
you are degrading the discussion we are having and we are going
to continue being clueless.
- James Howard Kunstler, The
tragedy of suburbia
Story of Stuff