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  • The Confession of a new Shopaholic


    I was caught in Walmart the other day, and thrown in jail, by the “Buy American” police.

    I am a convalescing shopalholic, ever since I lost my job a few months ago. I desperately try to avoid the brand name products; I can afford them no more. To quench my urge to shop, I decided to try Walmart.

    This was a whole new world. It was a zoo in there. You were hit by aisle and aisle of products, at so called “roll-back” prices, which I can afford. Even better, I spotted names like Joe Fresh, just like bumping into a nodding acquaintance. I felt exhilarated. I piled the shopping cart with stuff, from underwear to grocery. I was in an up-swing mood, until I was greeted by the “Buy American” police, at the checkout counter.

    I was accused of committing an un-patriotic act, harbouring anti-American sentiment and practicing anti-consumerism ideology. All my checkout items were foreign made, with insufficient American content.

    In my defence, I tired to explain, with the shrinking Almighty Dollar, we common citizen cannot afford American designer, high end fashion anymore. We have to survive, desperate time needs desperate measure. Further, how can we distinguish goods that are produced here at home and those abroad? By their names or their labels? Even a Toyota is Japanese by name only, it is produced by our workers here in America, and even worse, many products with label of ‘made in USA’ actually have components that are from elsewhere.

    But do they listen!? Of course not, I was thrown in jail.

    So what is my crime?

    Just listen, here is what the DA eloquently proclaimed, my everyday routine:

    “Jane Smith started the day early, having set her alarm CLOCK (made in Japan) for 6am.
    While her COFFEE POT (made in China) was perking, she blow-dried her hair with her ELECTRIC DRYER (made in Hong Kong). She put on a BLOUSE, (made in Sri Lanka), DESIGNER JEANS (made in Singapore) and TENNIS SHOES (made in Korea).

    After cooking her breakfast in her ELECTRIC SKILLET (made in India) she sat down with her CALCULATOR (made in Mexico) to see how much she could spend today.

    After setting her WATCH (made in Taiwan) to RADIO time (made in India), she got in her CAR, (made in Germany) and filled it with GAS (from Saudi Arabia) and continued her search for a good paying American job.

    At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking on her COMPUTER (made in Malaysia), Jane decided to relax for a while. She put on her FLIP-FLOP SANDALS, (made in Brazil) poured herself a glass of WINE (made in France) and turned on her TV (made in Indonesia), and wondered why she can’t find a good paying job in America.

    At bedtime, Jane Smith took at look at her financial situation. And realized she’s deeply in DEBT (made in USA).”


    I became the casualty of the recession, globilization and protectionism.

    The verdict: Guilty as charged.









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