It is not about who has the biggest sale - it is about remembering (Rhonda)
We now return to our regularly scheduled rant.
We are all acutely aware of how inflation is wreaking havoc with our paychecks and discretionary spending. The blame lies in many areas: Covid-related pent-up demand, unnecessary regressive tariffs, supply chain disruptions, and baby-boomers enjoying our last hoorah; after all, you can’t take it with you. There may even be a shot of Biden inadequacy that is currently conspicuous.
Whatever the reason, we have not seen the likes of this in decades. For those that can afford it, an annoyance. For those at the lower-income threshold, devastation resulting in many difficult decisions.
The available tools are simple economics 101 - Again, affecting the least able to cope.
Short-term there may be one simple thing we can collectively do.
No one loves shopping and new fashion better than I. There are times I am powerless when seeing and desiring a new top, skirt dress, and ___________; you fill in the blank for your obsession. It is part of being transgender to see a beautiful, well-put-together woman at the mall and think how that outfit would look if we were wearing it. Thus, the obsession to find and own it (outfit not her).
Just last week I went into the Tommy Bahama store in my local mall. Their fashions fit my new casual style and the tropical-look that is so prevalent here in South Florida. I have several dresses for there. That day's purchase, the top shown below: The linen top I liked is described this way:
Our lightweight Linnea linen drapes beautifully, creating a sophisticated silhouette complemented by a chic tie front that brings your entire outfit together. 100% linen”.
There is no question it is cute and the small fit me well in all the right places. (vanity sizing) It looks great and impulsively, I bought it.
The price $84.50. When I returned home a severe case of “buyers remorse” set it. Can I afford it - yes. However, that price for something so casual, and basic is unjustifiable. So, I am returning it.
There was one other experience I had that very same morning that drives home my rant. I love to have a cup of hot tea in the morning (my coffee alternative). While waiting for the mall stores to open, I ordered a small hot tea at Starbucks. I was given a small cup of hot water and a teabag. $3.18. Even taking into account their enormous overhead, still three dollars for a teabag? Buying a box of 100 or more at my local grocery runs about that same price or $4.04 Amazon. Will I purchase hot tea at Starbucks again? Unjustifiable!
I would like to think that some of the inflation is caused by retailers having to pay covid returning retail workers a living wage. I know personally for my part-time retail job, this is not the case. Also Starbucks workers are seeking union representation to have better working condition and pay. (In the past eight months... close to 250 other Starbucks stores have followed, driving a surge in union election petitions not seen since 2015.)
There are many consumables we have few options other than shopping for the best price. Our only collective, short-term, option is just say “NO” to nonessentials when a price is unjustifiable. Maybe the merchants / corporations will get the message?