I always upvote Thornstein Veblen. His "Theory of the Leisure Class" was so prescient it's astonishing. He explained the the kardashians and Instagram 120 years before either even existed.Conspicuous consumption is my mantra.....
Another relevant term sometimes attributed to Veblen is "performative shaving". Performative shaving occurs when shaving becomes an end unto itself, and is articulated to others. It is characterized by a competitive obsession with marginal reductions in whisker length, often measured in nanometers, either through improvements in tools or techniques, followed by the communication of said improvements to others.I always upvote Thornstein Veblen. His "Theory of the Leisure Class" was so prescient it's astonishing. He explained the the kardashians and Instagram 120 years before either even existed.
In addition to "conspicuous consumption" he also coined the terms "invidious distinction" (seeking power by inspiring envy), and "pecuniary emulation" (the instinct to keep up with the Jonses).
I hadn't really thought about a kardashian ethos applied to shaving. Now that I think about it though, Badger and Blade does facilitate conspicuous consumption, does inspire people to buy the newest gear (invidious distinction), and does generate a sort of peer pressure to buy more unnecessary stuff (pecuniary emulation). Holy crap. Is Badger and Blade basically the instagram of shaving?
Interesting post.Now that I think about it though, Badger and Blade does facilitate conspicuous consumption
This is, of course, the other side of the coin! I may place an order at the local pizzeria this evening and get a pie...with toppings! Nevermind this frozen nonsense!Your problem is not your spending (" I have not spent much on shaving supplies in the last years."), your problem is your bad attitude about spending.
I suggest the following:
1. I'm sorry to have to be the one to tell you this, but you're going to die someday. Your beneficiaries are going to spend your money like water (as well they should)! Why do you go to work: food, shelter, retirement savings - and spending on enjoyment! If you've take care of all the necessities, and clearly have no history of spending issues, why all the angst? Life should not be this grim.
2. You can load up your cart for $250???? Stop buying the cheap stuff!!! Get a nice brush and some MdC and SV soap. Lighten up and live a little (unless you're spending your families food money - then forget this whole post).