Wednesday, June 13, 2007

late stage capitalism

The official Wikipedia definition of 'Late Stage Capitalism' states that it is a general term that refers to capitalism in the late 20th century, generally with the implication that capitalism is historically limited, and that it will eventually end. While I'm not sure about this, I have my own 'consumer products and behaviour' version of what I feel might be thought of as the symptoms of late stage capitalism. I'll organize these in various categories. I believe that some of these items have just been introduced to the Canadian market lately, which was the straw that broke the camel's back. I need to vent......

Mini-Size Chocolate Bars
What is the deal here.? Have you seen these things at convenience stores lately? Why would I want to pay the equivalent price for half the product? So basically I'm going to pay you a premium to help me eat less of your product; reason being, it's not that good for me?

Bottled Water
I believe this market segment is saving Coke and Pepsi. Well it better be Raspberry Flavoured Dasani....or else. Ever walk down your street the night before garbage day, the blue boxes are overflowing with those little plastic bottles. We're guilty, as we buy bottled water, mainly because it helps us drink more water and is convenient. Last time I checked though it still came out of the tap; and I'm guessing filtration technology, municipal treatment standards, and distribution and harnessing technology are improving every year...

Mini Size Pop
Aren't they cute? See Mini-Size Chocolate Bars.

Diet Books
Dr. Phil is the smartest man alive. Check the best seller list. One of these diet methods must work, I just need to keep reading books until I find one that's right for me. Wait a minute carbs are bad, no fat is bad, no eat what you want.....

Paint Choices
Was that Peanut Brittle in the Satin or Desert Camel in the Semi Gloss with a tinted primer? Wow, I hope those little sample cards are recyclable.

Febreeze Noticeables™
Way to go Procter & Gamble, build an entire market segment around having an artificial scent in my house so strong that I can notice it for a long time. I'm glad there is 8 choices of scent because I need 'Clothesline Breeze™ & Meadow Songs™' to disguise the fact that my Labrador just got back from a good swim.

It would be interesting to hear some other examples from readers.


telly said...

Just yesterday I got one of those 'informative' emails from a friend telling me that I shouldn't drink bottled water that's been in a car because it causes breast cancer (Sheryl Crow even said so!) so I looked it up on False.
It also led to an interesting interview with a researcher from John Hopkins. I often remind my friends of this whenever they offer me a bottle of water...

Question: So it’s okay for people to drink out of plastic water bottles?

Answer: ...The truth is that city water is much more highly regulated and monitored for quality. Bottled water is not. It can legally contain many things we would not tolerate in municipal drinking water.

Canadian Dream said...

I've got one that just drives me nuts. All those paper towels that are so strong you can use them like a cloth. Like?! Here's a crazy idea, skip the paper towel and use a real one! That way you can wash it and use it over and over again.

Ok I'm done venting. Thanks.


FourPillars said...

On the chocolate bars - I like eating Reese's peanut butter cups - now they have one out which only has two cups and there is more peanut butter - why? Bottom line is less food for same money. No thanks.

telly said...

The mini chocolate bars are for people that can't control themeselves but are trying to control their weight! Apparently Weight Watchers is a big advocate of the mini sized snacks.