Now with only a few clicks of a button, we can get everything we need or want. This has led to a serious discussion of what consumerism brings us and how we should change our shopping habits. And this is not the only reason why people sometimes need to think twice before confirming that purchase. Together with this goes untrustworthy brands, low-quality items, and influential hype of purchasing unnecessary things.
Reddit user @u/Badass_Band1t asked people online “What should people seriously stop buying?” and received almost 40k upvotes together with 27.5 comments where other users shared their opinions about things that, for various reasons, should not be purchased in the future.
Most of the answers showed that people are very much concerned about plastic use. A lot of comments suggested that we can all live without buying single-use plastic products when there are so many alternatives that are friendly to the environment. Plastic water bottles and cutlery were among the things that pollute surroundings the most and can be easily replaced with reusable items.
I guess that spreading awareness about MLM (multi-level marketing) scams stuck in people’s minds as these companies and their products were also mentioned by users of Reddit. It was stressed in some of the comments that any kind of unnecessary things that provide you with temporary happiness are not worth buying as they only take up space but usually have no value.
What do you think people should also stop buying? Leave your thoughts in the comments down below!
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Animals that are so inbred to meet a certain ‘breed standard’ that they are a walking vet bill from birth. Brachycephalic dog breeds such as French Bulldogs being an example.
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Puppy mill puppies!
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Anything an influencer gets paid to promote
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The sewage that comes out of TV Evangelists’ mouths.
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Shark fin soup. The fishers only want the fin and throw the shark out to the sea after cutting it since the other body parts have no monetary value, letting the shark to die
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University books… boycott them, ridiculous price for individuals to pay for education, should all be online publicly for free.
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So much. Stop buy so much. You don’t need all that f*****g s**t.
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A new phone every year.
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Animals they can’t take care of for the rest of their lives.
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Detox teas or anything that claims to help rid you of “toxins” in your body. If you can’t do that s**t on your own already then you need a kidney or liver transplant, not a tea that a fit mom is trying to sell you.
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GLITTER. Sparkles, glitter and sequins on everything, especially kids items.
You think it’s hard to get that s**t out of your house after craft time?
It’s MICROPLASTIC, and it’s going into our waterways and oceans. Yet the toy stores and clothing stores are adding more sequins and glitter every day. Makes me furious. Just stop buying it!
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Especially those sealed tight ones… Our dead need to decompose, and they will, but the casket can just explode.
When I’m dead I want to be buried in a blanket and tossed in a hole. Let nature worry about me.
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Pugs and French bulldogs
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Products with palm oil in.
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Cigarettes. Quit while you can. If you need help doing so, we can be friends and I can help you all I can.
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any kind of shower gel or facewash that has those plastic microbeads in them.
The beads are small enough to get through most filtration systems and are ruinous to marine life
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Anything involved in an MLM scam. I’m looking at you Young Living Essential Oils
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Just buy a water filter and fill up the same bottle
Edit: for people saying just drink tap water, I agree 100%. I’m just saying there are a lot of people who only buy bottled water, drink it, throw it and buy another one. Ridiculously unnecessary. Those plastics are so difficult to recycle, if at all. Most just ends up in landfill anyway.
Trying to convince them to buy a water filter is good middle ground!
My FIL boasts about how eco-conscious he is but still does what I said above. Drives me mental.
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Tiny plastic garbage
I see tiktoks of people unboxing like these mini-plastic toys (?) of name brand items.
And they will have 100s of them all individually wrapped in multiple layers of packaging just to have tiny replicas of a bottle of windex or lay’s potato chips.
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Red Delicious apples. You deserve better than that mushy garbage. Get yourself a honeycrisp.
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If you have a Keurig, use the reusable K-Cup.
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Any home exercise machine or equipment that requires a subscription to use. You paid 2 grand for a treadmill and then a recurring monthly fee to use it. How is this business model working?
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S**t made of plastic they use once and throw away.
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Online IQ test. If there was a way to fail an IQ test, paying for one online would be it.
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Most saltwater fish if they aren’t willing to put in the effort, and certain species that just can’t be kept in captivity even with the effort.
90% of saltwater fish you see in the store except for most clowns, some tangs, some seahorses, and I think maybe cardinal fish are all wild caught.
More than any other pet, when you take home a saltwater fish you have purchased a piece of the environment and you should treat it with every bit of respect it deserves.
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I can’t understand the people that buy holiday decor every single year. Are people buying fake trees and tossing them every year and needing a new one? Same with ornaments and what not. Obviously people move out of their parents or they need to replace ornaments if they’re broken or something but the amount in stores does not add up to me. Why so much new stuff every year?
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