Lu$ury overload

I get my glossy magazine fix (People, In Style, Elle, etc) every six weeks when Joe gets a haircut. Waiting at the salon, I flip through the magazines filled with enticing ads for handbags retail priced to feed a family of four, or skinny grinning celebrities dressed to the nines in deceptively simple outfits.

The wildly inflated cost of these commodities is more a function of the Madison Avenue marketing expenses than the actual labor and materials costs incurred off-shore. The ads convey the fantasy of glamour and wealth so well, it’s hard to imagine that people who buy them might also be seen at Target comparing costs of laundry powder.

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