Shop ’Til Your Drop? Bitch, Please.

Use Cyber Monday As a Tool For Specific, Targeted Purposes

David Koff
5 min readNov 23, 2022

I fucking hate consumerism.

And, since Americans seem to REALLY enjoy buying so much crap that we devote entire holidays to that pursuit, I suppose that puts me in an awkward position to write about Cyber Monday. Or does it?

On the one hand, my wife and I have consciously scaled back what we own over time. Now, we try to only keep those things we need a few items we’d like. Luxuries, in other words.

On the other hand: the shit we need and the shit we like breaks over time. Deciding what can and should be replaced is now an interesting experience. Let me give you an example:

About three months ago, the microphones in each of my AirPods Pro both broke after about two years of hard usage. I didn’t want to replace them, so… I just stopped using them. Instead, I switched to using the speakerphone setting and — when that wasn’t possible — I turned to my trusty, old, white, wired earphones. Remember those?

I know. #OldSkool

I used those long, stringy white wires for months because I wanted to see if I could make do without Apple’s luxury item inside each of my ears. Well, the results are in. And, after getting my hands, silverware, and child…



David Koff

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