Speaking of what really happens in real life. This was another little piece of musing that occurred to me this afternoon.
I happened to be in the local Mall this afternoon. As I enter it there is a hair salon to my right, then another one a couple of shops in to my left. Both doing OK business apparently.
As the Mall branches out, there is a couple of jewellery shops.
Then a bit further on is an island display outlet selling premium sunglasses, Oakley and the like. They even had the temerity to have a sign up saying “Sale – $75 off”. Good grief, how much were they selling them for anyway. And why on gods green earth would anyone have even considered paying that much for them in the first place?
Lastly, as I walked into the Chemist’s shop where I was going, the whole front of the shop is given over to cosmetics displays.
Well clearly we are not in a depression – or a recession either now are we. If there is that much discretionary money still flying around to spend on this sort of crap, we can’t be hurting too badly.
When I start to see the nail salons closing down and all the rest of these waste of space retailers disappearing, then I will know that there is a genuine crunch hitting home hard enough to reform the economy and attitudes.
Until then, all the talk about the economy is just petulant whining.
Interesting that most of this is female oriented.
I wonder where the male discretionary spending is going?
Since we are talking about what actually happens in real life, then I shouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the hair salons to close. Hell will freeze over before women stop going to get their hair done.
Whatever the deep psychological motivator for it all is, there is precious little that comes higher on the discretionary spending priority list for the vast majority of women.
So while they will say they do it to look pretty – and I am thinking: too late. In the real world it is much,much better if you don’t say that out loud.