Friday, 21 September 2012

Magazine grumble

Today in the supermarket I stopped for a glance around the magazine aisle and my eye was caught by a new magazine called 'The Simple Things'. I had a flick through and it looked OK, what you'd expect - recipes, gardening, things to make, places to go, articles on living more simply. All this for £4.99...! 

£4.99 to 'Embrace the simple life' as it says on the cover. Phew, that's a lot of money for people who are looking to simplify their lives.

I think it's great that more people are thinking about simplifying their lives and learning to appreciate  simpler things, it's a really positive change and a silver lining to the recession's grey clouds. But I think it's cynical to try to sell that lifestyle to people, to commercialise a lifestyle that includes more thoughtful, less rampant consumption. I know it's a trend like any other for many people, but selling a make do and mend, simplify your life kind of lifestyle in a £5 mag full of advertising kind of takes the piss.

2 comments:

  1. I have to say I fell for it, bought it to read when I was on holiday and thought it was a load of rubbish. I know it was the first issue but there wasnt much in there and I certainly wont be buying it again! If you want it (I think I still have it) send me an email at calam711@yahoo.co.uk with your address on it and I'll pop it in the post to you!You can see what you think then!

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  2. Couldn't agree more. People/industry will always try to make money off the back of things and I accept that, but 5 quid for a mag? yep, taking the piss. Most mags are too expensive for my budget, but I nick all my mums second hand when she has finished with them.

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