The Popularity Vote

Question: When your Sales Associate tells you that the item you are considering to buy is popular, does that make you more apt to purchase, or more likely to put it back?  Personally, I find that if I’m looking at something, whether it be clothes, shoes, nail polish, whatever…if the SA says “Oh, that item has been really popular, we can’t keep it on the shelves,” I instantly reconsider my opinion on the product.  I don’t want to have something that everyone else has!  I have no desire to wear an item that I’ll see on the next girl, or the next.  I purchased a Coach bag at an outlet in Vegas back in 2009…only to find when I came home that it seemed everyone else had done the same.  To top it off, a Coach store recently opened here in Halifax, and ever since I’ve been turned off the brand.  It’s everywhere!  I remember when American Eagle first came here back in 2000, it was the same thing.  Clones, everywhere.

Now, because I live in a smaller city, there are some exclusions to this mentality.  As we don’t have access to everything we read about in magazines and online, and see on TV, I make a point to buy items from these hard-to-find brands because, let’s face it, I’m a jerk.  Well, OK, maybe not truly, but I do enjoy having things that others don’t (must come from a driving need to be special or something?).  Whatever my issue, I regularly seek out things that are *unique* to Halifax.  Which means that while that new Chanel nail polish has been in demand all over the world, here in Halifax its hardly a blip on the radar – so I want it.  BAD.

…Huh.  I just had a brainwave. I think this practice also comes from 1) my incessant need for new stimuli, and 2) my love of the ‘hard to get.’  Those who know me know that to be true, in many areas of my life ;)  As a whole, we always appreciate more what we had to work hard to get, and I am a prime example of that!

Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying all your workout gear from, say, Lululemon, and being part of a greater movement.  We gain strength as a community in both our shared interests and our differences.  There has to be both people like me and people who bond through similarities.  I tend to be a lone wolf to some degree and that does create a sense of distance which I don’t always enjoy.  But, I’ve come to accept myself and others as they are and appreciate them both!

How do you approach shopping and the popular vote?  Do I sound like a complete ass?  Or can you relate to my take on things?

Yay for the weekend!! I hope everyone is enjoying their’s as much as I am – sooo nice to relax!

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  1. #1 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on May 17, 2011 - 10:19 pm

    Don’t get me started on Coach. When income-less teenagers start carrying things that you find you have to save up for, it’s definitely gone beyond being a trend to just downright tacky. (The tacky part has to do with the splashing of their label all over their goods – like, chillax, you’re not Prada.)

    I don’t necessarily avoid popular items but I do go out of the way to avoid things that have the brand/designer name in very noticeable places – nothing dates an item more than that. With a piece of clothing like a top or skirt, you can work to find a creative way to dress the outfit without looking like a clone. But there’s no working around a bag that has those awful Cs all over them (unless we’re talking Chanel ;)).

    • #2 by Latoya on May 20, 2011 - 11:01 am

      I think you’re more on the mark than perhaps I was coming across – I intensely dislike obvious branding, no matter who the designer is, and I think that’s what irks me. When something is so recognizeable and THAT’S why it’s being worn, it turns me off because it seems so disingenious. And you’re right about the Coach thing – it’s crazy to me that these kids are all wearing bags that they definitely can’t afford, while we’d have to shell out half our paychecks and live on noodles for a month. LOL…it just seems scary to me.

  2. #3 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on May 22, 2011 - 12:46 am

    Admittedly, I do own a Coach purse but hopefully it’s not recognizable as one. ;) Also, some of their vintage leather goods and shoes are quite decent. I just find that Coach in general is sold for much more than what their label is actually worth, in comparison to more established designers. Kids who get their money from parents and don’t have any discernment will insist on carrying those awful “C” bags around, but I cringe when I see adults with them. If I’m paying $300 for a nylon purse, it had better be much more special than the one on every other person’s arm on the streets!

  3. #4 by Mary Hergett on May 31, 2011 - 9:54 am

    I totally agree with you on this one. I have refused to purchase anything from Lululemon for the exact reason you are stating here. I thought about it, went into the store and tried on some pants and then had a sudden brainwave that every girl I see on the streets is wearing Lulu from head to toe. Maybe if I’d heard about it before the store was brought here, I might have purchased something, but now I absolutely refuse. I’ve always wanted to be that girl everyone wants to know what she’s wearing cause it’s different.

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