Posted by Rob Walker on January 7, 2007
Posted Under: Consumed,Unconsumption

In Consumed: Freecycle: Can getting rid of stuff feel as good as getting it?

Getting new stuff can feel really good. Most everybody knows that. Most everybody also knows — particularly in the aftermath of the consumption-frenzy holiday season — that utility can fade, pleasure can be fleeting and the whole thought-that-counts thing is especially ephemeral. Apart from the usual solution to this problem (more new stuff!), it’s worth pondering whether getting rid of stuff can ever feel as good as getting it….

Continue reading at the NYT site via this no-registration-required link.

Additional links: Freecycle; earlier Murketing post on unconsumption.

Further diversion may be found at MKTG Tumblr, and the Consumed Facebook page.

Reader Comments

What about Craigslist? I’ve found the ‘free’ column to yield better results than Freecycle of any other outfit. Most items go fast.

Written By fionnbahr on September 8th, 2008 @ 12:13 pm