Jewelry Is A Filthy, Poisonous Business

Last month's icky earring-removal story prompted the grossest stories you'll ever read. But we also received a message from a woman who had worked in the jewelry industry, and was not surprised about the hair-clog earring. She'd seen worse. » 11/16/10 11:57am 11/16/10 11:57am

Some Women Feel Uncomfortable Buying From Pretty Sales Associates

You know the place: That boutique that has really fun fashion — great jewelry, cool shoes — and would — or should — be a joy to shop. Except the women who work there are so beautiful. Too beautiful? » 8/19/09 3:40pm 8/19/09 3:40pm

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 can … » 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

"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

What's The Deal With Buying "Organic"?

In general, the best shopping advice is not to shop at all. But if that's not good enough for you, I can babble on about margins and commodity fetishism to the point that you'll probably want to pay me to shut up, and I hear that's good for the environment. Yesterday Clorox bought Burt's Bees. This is hot on the heels… » 11/01/07 2:00pm 11/01/07 2:00pm

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