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Michelle
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posted 08 January 2006 11:54 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Would you pay $30 US for one of these?

Geez. I could knit one of those in about 20 minutes. Unbelievable!


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Cartman
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posted 09 January 2006 12:11 AM      Profile for Cartman        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
But would your product feature such a detailed description on how to use it? Someone should send an email asking for clarification on these instructions.
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Michelle
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posted 09 January 2006 12:17 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I love the product reviews, especially the bad reviews where they say it's a waste of money. DUH! What the hell did you expect! You bought a frigging sock for thirty bucks! You use your iPod every day, and you can't figure out while looking at the product on the shelf how inconvenient it would be to slide it out every time you want to adjust the volume or fast forward? Good lord.

Apple's getting ridiculous.


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deBeauxOs
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posted 09 January 2006 12:27 AM      Profile for deBeauxOs     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
posted by Michelle: Would you pay $30 US for one of these?
Actually, each pack contains all six colours, but at 5$ US a pop, still overpriced.

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Yst
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posted 09 January 2006 12:36 AM      Profile for Yst     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The description of a tube of cloth being sold to adults for a practical use as 'fun' makes me want to scream.

Then again, from my point of view, Apple's whole marketing schtick, centred around the notion that conformity to the worship of a big name brand demonstrates 'creativity' and 'uniqueness' and 'difference' on the part of the consumer is just about the most galling thing in all marketing. It's not that they're the only company who does this. It's just that they've been uniquely successful in their industry, in convincing a significant number of people that brand worship is a laudable personality trait.


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posted 09 January 2006 12:40 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I too could knit one. Would take a lot longer than a half hour. But I could knit one.
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Nikita
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posted 09 January 2006 12:54 AM      Profile for Nikita     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ye gods. Apple probably ripped this idea off from somebody's grandma who was making christmas gifts or something.

Another fun thing...in one of the reviews (I only read a few) someone referred to his or her iPod as "him". Apparently, iPods come in genders now too.

edited to fix my horrific speeling of "sombodie's"

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Nikita
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posted 09 January 2006 12:56 AM      Profile for Nikita     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Double post... this is why Nikita shouldn't post when she's tired...

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Cartman
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posted 09 January 2006 12:58 AM      Profile for Cartman        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The company cost on accessories compared to what they sell them for is unbelievable. This is how Radio Shack exists. The ipod itself fetches a small markup.
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Hawkins
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posted 09 January 2006 12:59 AM      Profile for Hawkins     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I could cut a sock and sew up the end. Though it wouldn't have a nice little apple tag on it. I could get an apple sticker from the supermarket though.
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Hawkins
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posted 09 January 2006 01:05 AM      Profile for Hawkins     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Yst:
Then again, from my point of view, Apple's whole marketing schtick, centred around the notion that conformity to the worship of a big name brand demonstrates 'creativity' and 'uniqueness' and 'difference' on the part of the consumer is just about the most galling thing in all marketing. It's not that they're the only company who does this. It's just that they've been uniquely successful in their industry, in convincing a significant number of people that brand worship is a laudable personality trait.

Sorta sounds like many of the "hip" brands... like starbucks.

Why is everything lately discussed in "brand" terms? Not that things like Apple and Starbucks and Nike aren't brands... but CBC News is talking about being a "news brand", political parties have a brand image, etc. ... it makes me a little scared to think thats what the geniuses behind all of these new branding projects think about the general population and their support for things like political parties and news sources.


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posted 09 January 2006 02:01 AM      Profile for Anti-Totalitarian        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What do you expect when we live in a society where it's considered "cool" to wear jeans that are riddled with holes and paint stains and to pay $100 for the privilege?
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Mr. Magoo
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posted 09 January 2006 10:16 AM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was shopping at Winners a while back and saw a pair of jeans hanging on a "designer sale" rack. Nothing special about them. Regular denim, sewn with thread, two legs, a fly, a waistband, etc.

But they were, apparently, Jean Paul Gaultier jeans!

And that's why the tag said $350 (compare at $450).

I almost wished I could stand there until someone bought them to see what a total fool with their money looked like.

I have a hard time spending $25 on a shirt, but some trendoid with more money than brains wants to blow 14 times that on a pair of pants.

Can't wrap my head around any kind of track suit that costs more than $50 either, but apparently there are lots of people who disagree.


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Briguy
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posted 09 January 2006 10:27 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For Michelle and others: decorative wristwear for the cynical consumer.

Trendwhore bracelets


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skdadl
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posted 09 January 2006 10:31 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is a brand.

It would be interesting to write a meditation on brands. I know that we have Naomi Klein, but I mean something even more meditative, travelling back to these original signs of possession and violation.


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lagatta
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posted 09 January 2006 10:55 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes, on human slaves as well.

Though much as I agree about silly Apple branding, I don't disagree with the concept of making personal computers that weren't BUTT UGLY. There is something to be said for not having to stare at a hideous grey-beige box with clumsy angles all day.

Likewise, while designer jeans were a manifestation of 1980s silliness, it was about time jeans were designed to fit "womanly figures" - at the time, just about all jeans were cut straight up and down, not on a curve.


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Boom Boom
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posted 09 January 2006 10:59 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
oops - wrong thread

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lagatta
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posted 09 January 2006 01:31 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How about the World's ugliest couch? Some are just old, broken-down or obviously low-budget: the really funny ones are the overpriced, overwrought horrors.

By the way, boom boom, I wouldn't call Windows' domination of the market "trendy" - it is another form of near-monopoly control.


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skdadl
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posted 09 January 2006 01:47 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, lagatta! I could fix up some of those!

I like the ones that look like settees. That's partly because I am tired of kneeling down to vacuum under North American "couches."

Give me something with bare legs any day.


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fern hill
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posted 09 January 2006 01:51 PM      Profile for fern hill        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The happiest juxtaposition of words in English: day bed.
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skdadl
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posted 09 January 2006 01:51 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Furniture with legs:


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lagatta
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posted 09 January 2006 01:59 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've seen a lot of sofas or settees like that in the Netherlands - No doubt easier to keep clean for the Dutch Huisvrouw, and nowadays for people of both sexes and any domestic arrangement who works outside the house...

I'm still looking for a chairbed though - no room for that sofa or a full-sized sofabed - must come up with something to accomodate anyone staying here for a night or two...


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Sharon
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posted 09 January 2006 02:23 PM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
The winner will be crowned "The Ugliest Couch In The World!"

I think I'll enter my couch.


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Boom Boom
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posted 09 January 2006 03:02 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Originally posted by lagatta:
By the way, boom boom, I wouldn't call Windows' domination of the market "trendy" - it is another form of near-monopoly control.
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Yeah, and I put my post in the wrong thread, besides. I'll move it to a Linux thread.

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deBeauxOs
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posted 10 January 2006 02:45 AM      Profile for deBeauxOs     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
posted by lagatta: ... I'm still looking for a chairbed though - no room for that sofa or a full-sized sofabed - must come up with something to accomodate anyone staying here for a night or two...
Whenever I stay in Vancouver, I sleep on this odd unfolding mattress that my friend keeps. It was made by IKEA, circa 1985-90, I believe. It would be easy enough to replicate for anyone with minimal sewing skills and access to a sewing machine since it is basically an ottoman cube made of three stacked pieces of high-density foam, attached in such a way that when they unfold, accordeon-style, they form a single size flat mattress.

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