@MikeDSykes The positives are mainly for the companies—they make more of a profit by not selling them through a shop (who would take a cut) and can sell through the most sought-after releases immediately. And technically it gives everyone a shot at them, regardless of geography.
@MikeDSykes But I feel like in reality, it actually lessens the average person's chance of scoring. Stock is still cleaned out by bots and professional reseller types who are constantly seeking ways to game the system. And I'm not convinced the companies care that their systems get gamed.
Nike/Jordan seemingly could clear up a lot of problems for consumers by simply making the same overall number of shoes in half as many styles but oh well.
Like I understand the need for and importance of scarcity in relation to desirability but making everything remotely interesting hard to get has to backfire at some point. And once you lose those core consumers why would they ever come back?
I can't help but feel they're reaching the dangerous part of this game—like the revenue is so good they feel like they need to keep pushing it but the bubble is only being supported by those in it for the money.
car's finally going into the shop next week to get repaired from when I got backed into last month and it's been interesting learning what "totalled" really means
like naive me kind of thought "totalled" meant "undrivable" moreso than "repairs cost more than a certain amount" and apparently I came awfully close to that with an '02 Subaru with 90k miles and two dented doors
when the very helpful lady at the body shop started saying "total" I was looking at the car like wait what. the damage is maybe a touch beyond just cosmetic, no serious structural damage, no broken glass. it'll get a new front door and they'll try and pull the dents from the rear
this whole country has run against an iceberg and punctured too many compartments and now we're in the between time when things still seem kinda normal and most people don't realize the wounds are mortal and the shit is sinking
meanwhile the rich people are eyeing the lifeboats and convincing the people in steerage to give them whatever they have left
Kind of dig the Jazz locking in Gobert and Mitchell even though I don't know if that's a championship core. There's a lot to be said just for competitiveness and continuity. Fanbases need that too.
Stockton and Malone got statues in Utah and remain beloved despite not winning a championship. You don't always need to blow it up and chase rings every year. Because then you risk no continuity AND no championships (cough, Rockets, cough).
Maybe the Jazz put the right pieces around Rudy and Donovan and win. Maybe they don't. But at the very least a fan can root for a guy knowing he'll be there, can buy a jersey and watch him for years. There's value in that.
surely having to plan every trip to a store like it's a trip behind enemy lines for a year straight won't affect how i shop for the rest of my life
we are never going back to any kind of pre-pandemic normal. we could have! some semblance of it anyway. if there was any sort of central response to this. there wasn't. we won't.
there is zero chance even when I get a vaccine that I go back to a mall, or a restaurant, or a sporting event, or an indoor concert, or a movie theater, without thinking long and hard about it. and even being in the position to make that decision seems a long way off.
i don't drink anymore. buying stuff doesn't make me happy. most of the stuff I HAVE already doesn't make me happy. i have seen one friend IRL since...summer? for all intents and purposes i may as well not exist.
this isn't any sort of cry for help because i don't want that either. i just feel like nobody and nothing. at this point it's more acceptance.
america deserves to be burned to the ground and never rebuilt. we are an utterly failed state with a government that does not give a single shit about its most vulnerable citizens, or any of the rest of us unless we're rich.
a pandemic has been sweeping the country for almost a year now and the government has actively resisted helping the population—with our own money—for almost the entire time. we are completely on our own as an openly criminal administration strips everything bare.
I have less than zero respect for the people who we put in charge and do nothing to help us. we're told to do everything ourselves and then when we fail that it's our fault. fuck america. there is no "america." there's just 350,000,000 individuals. fuck you.