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"Transumers not really consumers" -- I disagree.

I just read an AP article in my local newspaper about "Transumers" -- people who are transient consumers. They don't purchase and consume things, they rent or lease consumer items that are then passed on to the next transumer. Sounds sort of green and sustainable, right? It was billed as a new econonmy type thing. Well, the person featured in the photo and the lead off to the article is budgeting $800 per month to rent designer pocketbooks. 

Here's the article: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/06/29/ap6598975.html 

Yep, that's right, $800 per month, every month, for pocketbooks, presumably so she isn't seen with the same pocketbook. What???? I admit, I love pocketbooks, but I doubt that in my forty years of loving pocketbooks I've spent a total of $800.00 Another example given is "Wear Today, Gone Tomorrow" where you can rent a designer dress for $49.00 for a week (plus a $10.00 cleaning fee). So that's $60.00 for a dress that you can only wear once, plus someone else has already worn it!

Is it just me, or does this seem like the ultimate antithesis of thrift?  How is it that this is a positive reaction to the "economic downturn" (great depression two)? "Less treasure, more pleasure" was the subtitle to this article. Sheesh!

 I get almost all of my clothes second-hand (just like those designer handbags and dresses are, if someone else has worn them). I wonder what someone paying $800 per month for handbags thinks about second-hand clothes? Does she really she's using used goods? 

The article also talks about renting tools and bicycles and using Netflix for movies -- but these sensible programs were overshadowed for me by the profligate rentals.



Edey said:

This lady having $800 just to rent purses must have an extraordinary amount of wealth. I'd love to see what kind of budget she has in addition to setting aside funds for purses.  Edey

July 6, 2009 12:04 AM

kay in canada said:

I agree that $800 for pocketbooks is insane, but renting clothing not necessarily so.  If it is an outfit you would otherwise only get to wear once or twice, like to a wedding or prom, it may be worth it.  Guys have been getting away with renting formal wear for years, why can't us ladies?

July 8, 2009 8:42 PM

cheap_yankee said:

Renting a prom or bridal gown might be wise, but otherwise if you want cheap used clothing you should go to a thrift shop.  The rental places charge more for a weekend rental than a thrift shop does to buy it, and you can always wear it again (often for many years), rip it apart and use the fabric for something else, pass it along to a friend, or re-donate it and take a tax deduction.  It's like the silly people who lease cars or furniture from those shady rentacenters ... they pay up to 3 times more to rent the item than to buy it and, at the end of the day, they walk off empty handed.  "There's a sucker born every minute..." (PF Barnum)

July 12, 2009 12:00 AM

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