Sunday, July 5, 2015

Gifts for the Greedy

What to give the person who has everything but tact?

Gifts for the Greedy

0 comments

I've become a magnet for weird PR pitches. Last month was All About Alpacas. Now, I'm being hounded by a company that seems to represent the worst in American consumerism and bald greed.

I speak of shareagift.com, a launching-any-minute website that aims to help people with salty tastes and limited tact get what they want instead of the same old junk they'll wind up tossing or re-gifting.

A good percentage of Christmas and other gifts become deadweight, the pitch begins. People spend 16% more on presents than they are really worth. For example, a gifter spends $20 for a DVD that would have only cost $15 if it had been purchased for themselves. Many of the inappropriate gifts come from the elderly, and it costs this group, on the average, 50% more to buy this present.

The idea: Bluntly inform Granny and all your other cheap pals that you don't want slippers -- but would adore it if they'd all pitch in on a pair of stilettos. Or diamond earrings. Or a leather jacket. Or an alpaca!

Groups of two to 20 can rally around your outlandish demands. You know you're worth it!

And while you're cashing in, you'll be fighting a nationwide epidemic: Wasteful Gifting.

What, you've never heard of it? Apparently, it's a societal scourge: The Economist estimates that around Christmastime, for example, people spend $40 billion, $4 billion of which is being lost in wasteful gifts.

I mock at the risk of handing the company the free publicity it seeks. But, I must.

Granny, if you're reading, I'm down with slippers. One of mine disappeared last spring.

-- Monica Yant Kinney

 

 Click here for the latest from the metro columnists.


 

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Blinq is a news commentary blog featuring contributions from Inquirer Metro columnists Kevin Riordan and Daniel Rubin.

Kevin Riordan Inquirer Columnist
Daniel Rubin Inquirer Columnist
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter