My thoughts on clothes

I hate to admit, but when I was in middle and high school nearly all my purchases were made with the thought “I wonder what others will think of this”. I had dozens of shirts from Threadless, skateboarding and surfing shirts, and skate shoes. I wanted my clothes to say something about me. I think…

The psychological tactics American Airlines used to try to get me to buy trip insurance

I recently purchased a flight from American Airlines. Right as you’re about to purchase, they offer trip insurance. I noticed a few ways American Airlines is trying to persuade me to purchase this insurance for $22.75. Social Proof “91,017 American Airlines customers protected their trip in the last 7 days” First off, it’s in green…

How I’ve learned to spend more

I used to be extremely cheap, as in I took the toilet paper rolls from the business school stalls so I didn’t have to buy my own. I’m still very cheap, but I’ve learned that being cheap has additional costs. I’ve shifted to becoming more frugal. I spend more on things I value and spend…

Why Amazon Won’t Eat All of Ecommerce

The Amazon Advantage and how Nuancers, Curators, and Category Shifters will continue to innovate in the eCommerce space despite the market dominance of Retail Behemoths. I don’t like Amazon. Not just the fact that they’re a behemoth in online retail. It’s the lack of trust between customer and seller. I’ve noticed in the past year…

Beware dropshipping product reviews

Product reviews are not safe anymore. I’ve read a few articles recently talking about the proliferation in Facebook groups for buying fake 5 star reviews for Amazon listings. (If these journalists are finding them why doesn’t Amazon do something?) Dropshippers are also cashing in on “fake” reviews. Now I’m putting “fake” in quotations because I…

Strong opinions loosely held

Strong opinions loosely held

I first saw this quote on Nat Eliason’s Twitter and it’s one of those rare sentences that actually resonates. I’m not one for quotes, but there are times I find one that speaks to something I’ve been thinking about and does it so succinctly. What I love about it is that it helps explain something…