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Karl Ruprecht Kroenen
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Shopping black stuff and the shopping habits of our species  
10th-Dec-2011 01:50 pm

Now this post is not all that interesting for my male readers (unless they have an object fetish or they are anything like my friend  Christopher)
So the other day, just 10 minutes before work, I popped by at my friend's work place at the main office, where they were selling last years crap for practically no money.
Since my friend started working there as a buyer, a lot of their merch has turn to black (of course).
So I seized the opportunity to fill 2 bags of vitally important unnecessary black stuff :D


*And against all odds look what I found!!!!

So why do women spend more money on clothes, shoes, accessories and perfume than men?
I don't know. Why do men spend more money on audio and visual equipment, eating out, alcohol and automobiles?

If I am wrong, then that means that straight men who read this post spent more than a split of a second on each of the pictures I posted here and/or even clicked for a bigger view!

Hmmm let me see the number on those who did that....

Saying that this is a girly post, make me less of a girl?
Makes me contribute to the stereotypes?
Prove me wrong.
You, as a straight full blown male.
Tell me how interesting you found these pictures.

Why do women are more interested in shopping clothes and other crap?
Well you can just google it and get a variety of answers:

"A survey says the majority of women buy clothes simply for the thrill associated with the purchase"

"Men Buy, Women Shop': The Sexes Have Different Priorities When Walking Down the Aisles"
In a study titled, "Men Buy, Women Shop," researchers at Wharton's Jay H. Baker Retail Initiative and the Verde Group, a Toronto consulting firm, found that women react more strongly than men to personal interaction with sales associates. Men are more likely to respond to more utilitarian aspects of the experience -- such as the availability of parking, whether the item they came for is in stock, and the length of the checkout line...

As one female shopper between the ages of 18 and 35 told the researchers:
"I love shopping. I love shopping even when I have a deadline. I just love shopping."
Compare that to this response from a male in the same age group who described how men approach retailing:
"We're going to this store and we buy it and we leave because we want to do something else."

and ...
It is said that behind every great man there is a great woman. And she is almost certainly responsible for dressing him.

So what does that tell you?
It is a phenomenon from the beginning of time.
Men and women are not the same.
We are just too different.
And if that generalization makes you uncomfortable.
Welcome to the statistics reality.

As I see it, I buy things I want and not things I need. That makes my day a little more jolly.
I sit and write for hours. I read more books than the average Joe and Jane.
I enormously enjoy a good thrilling conversation.
I love people who can teach me new things!
I love saying : "Oh really? I didn't know that!"
I have more interests than I can afford ...
plus I love the thrill of shopping.

Does that make me shallow in your eyes?
Does that make me establish the ugly stereotypes?

Roll over and open up your eyes ...
you are human after all and
resistance to the stereotypes it is a stereotype all by itself ...

Happy shopping ...

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