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What medium-sized indulgence could around $1000 buy?

I'm not looking for investment advice or money-savings advice. Pretty much the opposite. I'm looking for ideas of things that I could do with around $1000 - it could be a weekend trip, a premium consumer product, or something that will benefit me for a long time. Snowflake details inside, but really anything that comes to mind would be great! [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on May 7, 2014 - 85 answers

Roomba, Roomba, wherefore art thou, Roomba?

Will a robotic vacuum be an asset to our (snowflake filled) home? If so what makes, models, or features are worth the cost nowadays? First hand experience preferred but any input is welcome. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Dec 17, 2013 - 17 answers

A first-world problem if there ever was one.

I get a lot of happiness from buying stuff. I want to become one of those people who is happy with what she has and guarded with her cash. Someone who squeezes every last drop out of their shampoo bottle instead of getting overly excited to try a new brand before the current bottle is empty. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Jun 8, 2013 - 37 answers

Help me find a new laptop bag, mefi

I have a much-loved camera bag. I love the fabric, the way it feels to wear it and the fact that even when full it doesn't feel terribly heavy. I'd love to find a laptop bag that isn't a camera bag that's of a similar design and material, and has just-as-good durability. [more inside]
posted by gmb on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

American consumer culpability in the Bangladesh Rana Plaza collapse

What can the average American consumer do right now to prevent future Rana Plaza-like tragedies? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on May 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Might as well have the best.

You've done the research; what's the best? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Nov 8, 2012 - 46 answers

I want to put my money where my mouth is. Got suggestions?

How do I become a more ethical consumer? I'd like to primarily do business with organizations known for treating their workers - domestic and foreign - well. Where and how do I find them? [more inside]
posted by Selena777 on Jun 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Why do Big Store foods taste different?

I'll phrase this in a way to avoid legal problems or simple unfairness. I've noticed that certain foods and drinks I buy from The Big Store differ from the same items when I buy them from a Small Store. The items are the same brand with same description on packaging. But they just seem different in how they taste, feel, or spoil. Any insights on how and why this happens? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on May 21, 2012 - 17 answers

What should I bring back from Russia?

I am visiting Russia in June - Moscow, St Petersburg and Magadan. What should I buy while I'm there? Which food items, clothing, booze or um anything-at-all are wonderful, affordable and hard to find elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Apr 30, 2012 - 12 answers

When you hear designer!name, what iconic product comes to mind?

When you hear designer!name, what iconic product comes to mind? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Mar 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Man seeking Cookie to reignite old flame.

Does anybody know the name of a type of christmas-y sugar cookie with sprinkles that used to be sold in a cylindrical plastic tub? [more inside]
posted by SomeOneElse on Nov 24, 2011 - 6 answers

The Shopopolypse can't come soon enough.

We keep hearing about the price of cotton going up... but WHEN? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier on Aug 4, 2011 - 10 answers

What laptop should I buy? And/or what resources to inform myself when I buy a new laptop?

Hi there, After having used the same laptop for about 5 years, it's time to get a new one. So I'm here to ask 1. which laptop I shoudl get and/or 2. any online guides that are helpful. [more inside]
posted by beautiful on Jun 20, 2011 - 15 answers

"Snuggie" isn't even a real word.

You know how sometimes you find a single object that makes travel so much less inconvenient, uncomfortable, or disorganized? I'm going from the US to Russia (St. Petersburg) in a few weeks - please tell me what I would buy now if only I knew of its existence. Stuff for plane trips, packing, or just living out of a suitcase are all welcome. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on May 30, 2011 - 68 answers

What is the name of the industry / sector that designs retail store layouts etc. in order to encourage impulse buying and maximise profits?

What is the name of the industry / sector that designs retail store layouts etc. in order to encourage impulse buying and maximise profits?
posted by FuckingAwesome on Mar 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Breaking down the borders between manufactured reality and illusion.

How can I find out who invested in certain movies and how much they invested? I am trying to find out where the product placements are coming from in movies. Right now I'm working on Wayne Wang's 'Smoke', but also want to find this kind of information for other films. [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Nov 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Moving sale

Why do big box stores move, build brand new box stores, the exact same size, in the same neighborhood, what seems like every couple of years? [more inside]
posted by woodjockey on Oct 20, 2010 - 11 answers

What should I do if I'm not comfortable with kindergarten fund-raising in my child's name?

What should I do if I'm not comfortable with kindergarten fund-raising in my child's name? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Sep 14, 2010 - 19 answers

Advertising/Marketing/PR/Consumerism

Looking for some good documentaries on advertising, marketing, public relations & consumerism to help teach an undergraduate class! We have a list of possible documentaries already (we will show selected excerpts - not the entire thing) but were wondering if we were missing anything out and what the Hive Mind might suggest! Good "teaching moment" video clip suggestions based on Mad Men and other fictional advertising/marketing/PR/consumerism-themed films and TV shows are also welcome. Or perhaps there are even good relevant scenes from documentaries which are primarily about some other topic. Thanks for any help... it's much appreciated! Full list that we already have compiled inside... [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Aug 20, 2010 - 18 answers

What are the worst celebrity endorsements?

Find me some horrible, unsolicited celebrity endorsements. [more inside]
posted by ODiV on Jun 15, 2010 - 24 answers

Grappling with consumerism

What are specific and attainable things I can do to lessen my participation in the consumerist aspect of our world? Related, how can I justify the degree of 'necessary' participation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2010 - 25 answers

Help me help my 7-yr-old appreciate what she has.

Help me help my daughter appreciate what she has instead of wanting more, more, more. [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf on Dec 26, 2009 - 58 answers

How can I become more of a closet dirty hippie?

I don't wear deodorant, wash my hair, or run in shoes. What else can I stop doing? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Dec 20, 2009 - 87 answers

I Can't Get No Satisfaction

How to you curb your desire for material goods? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on May 21, 2009 - 38 answers

The paradox of what?

Books/Movies/Shows/??? with a heavy anti-consumerism bend? [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Apr 15, 2009 - 37 answers

What more can I do to help the environment?

I recycle, cycle, take the train, eat nearly no meat and don't buy useless stuff. But I know it's not enough. What can I do about environmental/consumerism issues that goes beyond that but doesn't involve chasing whalers on a tiny boat in the Sea of Japan? I'm especially interested about answers for things in the UK, but I'm academically interested in international things too. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Apr 13, 2009 - 18 answers

How to find airline tickets/fares without spending hours on dozens of sites?

Sorting out the airline ticket sites -- is there an efficient way to do this? Confusion and madness reign. [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Oct 14, 2008 - 9 answers

Can you recommend a great online-article on consumerism?

Can you suggest interesting--but not too long--articles on consumerism, for the College Writing class I teach? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla on Sep 16, 2008 - 11 answers

They're everywhere, but I can't find them

VideoID Filter: Help me find an online video from about a year ago that "highlighted" all of the advertisements in a city. All of the ads were white and everything else was black (or the other way around?). It really illustrated how surrounded by consumerism we are.
posted by PixelatorOfTime on Sep 12, 2008 - 5 answers

What cell phone/plan do you use?

Ok, Seriously. What is the best US cell phone plan/company/phone/method of doing business? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair on Feb 8, 2008 - 28 answers

The photographer and the lens

What lens to buy? [more inside]
posted by oxford blue on Jan 30, 2008 - 23 answers

Just more subtle forms of consumerism?

How to find balance between consumerism and materialism, and taking care of needs and appreciate quality/craftsmanship/design? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jan 20, 2008 - 25 answers

I prefer Syrah over both

Pop culture having an influence on the wine industry/wine consumers? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Sep 4, 2007 - 13 answers

How do I apply a new technology to old products when I have access to neither, and make money doing it?

How do I apply a new technology to old products when I have access to neither, and make money doing it? [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground on Aug 3, 2007 - 12 answers

iPhone camping supplies

I'm planning a campout for the iPhone. What supplies should I get? [more inside]
posted by baggers on Jun 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Show me the Money!

Is consumerism bad? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Jun 2, 2007 - 22 answers

Songs about Consumerism?

What are some good songs about consumerism? [more inside]
posted by Kwine on Dec 3, 2006 - 83 answers

How do I buy a car online?

How do I buy a car on eBay without getting screwed? [more inside]
posted by !Jim on Nov 22, 2006 - 9 answers

Best Fry's Electronics in Bay Area

What is the largest/best Fry's Electronics in the Bay area? [more inside]
posted by bitmage on Jul 5, 2006 - 16 answers

What is carbon debt of a new car?

How much energy/CO2 debt in used/incurred in the production of a new car? The fpp about the group who pledged to buy nothing new (which I can't find) got me thinking: some consumerism is spurred by the idea that newer products are more energy efficient than the older ones. But new products may use a lot of energy in their production and the break-even point may be beyond their lifespan. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on Feb 24, 2006 - 11 answers

I'll Take Airborne Swiffering For $200, Alex

What are disposable airplane headphones made of? And on a vaguely related note, what are those disposable Swiffer cloths made of? [more inside]
posted by gompa on Jan 8, 2006 - 12 answers

What do I do with all this plastic?

What do I do with all this plastic? [more inside]
posted by knave on Dec 5, 2005 - 8 answers

Gadget cage match

PSP or Ipod? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Aug 13, 2005 - 44 answers

Framing Holiday Gifts?

Being sick of Christmas consumerism, I'm trying to create as many of my holiday presents as I can. A semester-long photography course has allowed me to make a bunch of nice-sized prints for friends. I saved the best for my girlfriend, a portrait of a swan from our recent trip tp Strasbourg, France.

What I'm wondering is if it's presumptuous/precocious/obnoxious to have it framed for her.
posted by themadjuggler on Dec 17, 2004 - 20 answers

Flat panel TV alternatives

With the proper amount of cash, what is the best alternative if I want a flat panel television? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Jun 15, 2004 - 11 answers

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