Imagine Trying to Explain This to Someone in Bangladesh :The latest Abercrombie & Fitch catalog sells "premium destroyed" jeans for $198 a pair. The pants, which appear to have been found at the bottom of a mine shaft, offer "handcrafted abrasion details" and "one-of-a-kind destroyed elements on every pair." I know ugly pants are trendy, and I'll skip the obvious comment about a society so lazy we hire someone to wear out our jeans for us. (Guess I didn't skip that obvious comment). Let's hone in on the obscenity of spending $198 on worn-out jeans merely because the purchase confers transitory, shallow status. If you've got $198 to spare, spending that sum on this self-indulgent vanity item should make you feel awful about yourself -- it proves you are so insecure and weak-willed, a cynical marketing conglomerate can trick you into wasting your money. Whereas you could give the same amount to the Global AIDS Fund and feel really good about yourself. In the corporate suites of Abercrombie & Fitch, they are laughing out loud at their own customers for being so unbelievably stupid as to pay $198 for a product that's advertised as in poor condition. At the A&F website, be sure to click on the "Diversity and Inclusion" tab, a masterpiece of hot-air corporate gibberish. It should say, "Unless you're well-to-do, weak-willed and gullible, we don't want to include you."(Emphasis mine)
Talk about getting your money's worth for a pair of raggedy jeans.
So what do you think?