At What Point Does A Love Of Shopping Turn Into Full-Blown Addiction?

A recent episode of MTV's documentary series True Life focused on two young women who are such compulsive shoppers that their credit, their relationships, and their lives are at risk. One of the girls featured doesn't pay her bills and instead shops every day, buying lots of cheap crap she doesn't need, just so she… » 7/21/08 11:00am 7/21/08 11:00am

"Financial Infidelity": Save The Economy But Wreck Your Marriage


Meet Tara Padua Wise. Tara shops at the same store twice a week, throws away receipts, refuses bags, cuts off tags when her husband isn't looking and pretends that everything she owns, her husband already knew about. She likes to shop, hates to budget, and doesn't think it's the biggest deal that she lies to her… » 6/23/08 2:00pm 6/23/08 2:00pm

The Secretive Culty Christians Behind Forever 21

Surely sometime in the past few years you have found yourself at a Forever 21 purchasing a $5 tunic or a $24 winter coat and thinking, "Where the hell did Forever 21 come from that I now buy half my clothes there, anyway?" (and also: "Fuck, is the sweatshop business actually cutting wages?) A story in the latest issue… » 2/12/08 5:00pm 2/12/08 5:00pm

d.e.m.o., And The Death Of Office-Park Corporate Hip-hop Style

A little piece of news hit me hard on this first day after the first victorious battle in the long march toward electing a first black president: Pacific Sunwear is closing its beloved mall chain d.e.m.o. For those of you unfamiliar with d.e.m.o., it was a chain opened by the multibillion dollar empire of… » 1/04/08 4:20pm 1/04/08 4:20pm

"I Went Home, Grabbed Some Spraypaint, Took The Train Back And Waited…

I'm still a little bitter over the months I spent making $9 an hour clearing out their dressing rooms, but I have to credit the ethically exploitative, generically-trendhumping corporate paradox that is American Apparel for its ceaseless bloggy news flow. Just last week, the company ran a New York Times ad advocating… » 12/28/07 1:30pm 12/28/07 1:30pm

Sales Clerks At Fancy Stores: What Is Up Their Butts Anyway?

Americans are purchasing luxury goods at the lowest rate in three whole years, and luxury goods stores are fighting back with a sophisticated new method to determine whether customers are enjoying their shopping experiences, reports today's Wall Street Journal. The method is called "facial coding," and it involves… » 11/01/07 4:30pm 11/01/07 4:30pm

If Coach Is Selling So Many Bags, How Come Everyone's Selling Its Stock?

In general, the best shopping advice is not to shop at all. But if that's not good enough for you, I can always babble on about about margins and marketing long enough for you to forget why you wanted that frivolous piece of commodity fetishist crap in the first place. In this space I'll try to solve some of the… » 10/24/07 12:30pm 10/24/07 12:30pm