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The Shopping Haul Phenomenon

Aug 18, 2011

by Chappell Ellison

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We all love the thrill of embarking on a well-deserved shopping spree. Even better, when the clearance rack yields a few treasures, we feel a sense of pride over a penny saved. For most, the excitement usually dissipates as soon as the shopping bags hit the kitchen counter. But for a few teenagers, the real adrenaline rush comes in broadcasting their purchases to their fans on YouTube in short videos, some of which exceed a million views. Referred to as “shopping haul” videos, this trend has catapulted some young women into Internet fame.

“It’s just a simple black dress and I got this because it’s gonna be good especially with the holidays coming around,” explains shopping hauler Blair Fowler as she looks into her webcam, holding up the garment. “It’s black, it’s scoop neck and it has this really cute beaded design.” Fowler, along with her sister, Elle, are simply known as the “haul queens.” They’ve uploaded over 500 videos to YouTube, all of which feature each sister, filmed simply in her bedroom as she holds up the items purchased on her most recent haul. These videos have received over 75 million views.

But as the fan base of shopping haulers increases, many large retail companies are taking notice. When Blair Fowler mentioned Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics, the makeup company’s website crashed within the first fifteen minutes that Fowler uploaded her video. A mention of a Guess watch by Blair’s sister caused the timepiece to quickly sell out through a variety of online vendors. Retailers have since offered gift cards and freebies to the Fowler sisters and other shopping haulers, hoping to take part in the buzz. Yet if haulers don’t fess up to accepting free goods, they might have to face the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) who recently revised its endorsement guides to include social media. “The Federal Trade Commission recognizes that not everyone online knows whether they are watching an ad,” reports Dianne Derby for CBS. “[The new guidelines] suggest all haul videos disclose if a product was received for free. If not, they could be in violation of the FTC Act prohibiting deceptive and unfair practices.”

The casual, peer-to-peer conversational tone in haul videos feels, in many ways, more earnest than national ad campaigns. An enthusiastic teenager bouncing around her bedroom while declaring her love for a brand of lip gloss is more believable than Beyoncé repping hair products on television. Yet where there’s hype, large companies are quick to squeeze everything they can out of the trend, as proven by JC Penny whose 2010 back-to-school campaign encouraged teens to upload their haul videos featuring items purchased at the retailer. In the meantime, the Fowler sisters found themselves guiding cameras through Forever 21 on Good Morning America, and have since achieved a YouTube partnership that pays them a portion of ad revenue for every video they create.

But should companies be wary of forming partnerships with shopping haulers? In the case of Blair Fowler, it seems the more freebies she accepts, the more scrutiny she receives. “In many ways, she’s like the prettiest girl at your high school, who also happens to be the class sweetheart,” writes Hortense Smith for Jezebel. “[She is] decidedly friendly, somehow false, and inexplicably fascinating.” Though many will continue to argue against shopping haul videos, for now, Blaire Fowler and the rest of the haulers are a group of young women poised to develop an entire empire from sitting in front of a camera and talking about things they love.

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80 comments

  • SweetiePieCollars

    SweetiePieCollars said 8 years ago

    I usually just want government to butt-out. But in this case, it's only fair that they have to mention that they were (basically, in some way) paid to mention the product in their video. It's just too bad that it's up to the government to enforce it. Makes it feel a little communistic...

  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 8 years ago

    If only most of us can afford to even haul anything. I guess that is why it may also be popular. For those of us that can't shop 'til we drop, we watch others do it.

  • SunshineSparrow

    SunshineSparrow said 8 years ago

    I think i need to figure out a way to make money like this. ha ha. :0) maybe i should create an etsy haul. :0)

  • KBShimmer

    KBShimmer said 8 years ago

    I can appreciate people that blog about products they BUY, but many of these bloggers spend time asking for free product! Most many of these haul videos are free hauls. If I gave away something to everyone that asked, I would have no product left to sell. I get at least 1 request a day from a blogger wanting free product to do a YouTube video. Most have few followers and those followers are mostly other reviewers. By mentioning them getting free products, this article is just going to compound the problem here. I see this as a invitation for solicitation...

  • kathrynNORDSTROM

    kathrynNORDSTROM said 8 years ago

    Very interesting... the lines keep blurring and social media never ceases to amaze me. Also, I feel old :).

  • HellYeahISew

    HellYeahISew said 8 years ago

    This is the first time I've ever heard of "hauling." My initial reaction is, "Are you kidding me? These are the girls who made me feel awful in high school for not being able to these things." Then, I realized I'm hell-bent on dressing like Kate Middleton and the only difference between the two are the Fowlers are actively putting themselves in this position, whereas Kate Middleton fell into the role when she fell in love with a prince.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    I am so torn over this topic!! On one hand, it's good for business, on the other, it smacks of materialism.. I can't decide..

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 8 years ago

    i just love phenomena

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 8 years ago

    This is good for business. I laugh at my 20 year old when she puts her new purchase out there. It cracks me up! She just got a new puppy "Charlie" and she posts his good times and bad times as he grows up!

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons said 8 years ago

    Blair and Teddy are stars! I would have loved this as a teenager, when I was really into clothes. Although I used to shop at charity/thrift shops mainly to get something more unique (and cheaper!) than high street. Now I prefer to try and finesse my minimalist 'capsule' wardrobe - the thought of spending two hours trying on clothes in the store does not appeal at all ...

  • penyadesignshop2

    penyadesignshop2 said 8 years ago

    I agree. I too feel that it's only fair that they have to mention that they were basically paid to mention these products. These innocent and fun broad casting basically became a teen's version of QVC.

  • AgapeLoveBoutique

    AgapeLoveBoutique said 8 years ago

    did she keep saying salivation army? haha

  • TaBouTreasures

    TaBouTreasures said 8 years ago

    Do they pay income tax on these freebies? They should. It's a benefit, like having a company car. Maybe I'm too old, but I think youtube is flooded with nobodies getting their 15 minutes of fame because they like to act silly in front of a camera...

  • trianglevintage

    trianglevintage said 8 years ago

    i've never heard of this before, sounds like fun and of course you're going to be excited about what you found because if you weren't you wouldn't have bought it, it's kind of like favorites here in etsy except with video and already purchased stuff like the appreciation photos :)

  • CLDecoDesigns

    CLDecoDesigns said 8 years ago

    I have an appreciation for social media and this still seems strange to me. I can totally understand the draw for people to make themselves "stars" on youtube, I personally would feel silly, but I watched some the videos after reading this and they honestly seem cute and sweet. I'm jealous of the hauling!

  • ninetrial

    ninetrial said 8 years ago

    ~_^ This stinks... somebody needs to send these girls to a "fibershed" camp!

  • 1MeNaturally

    1MeNaturally said 8 years ago

    This is a great article and very true. AND it doesn't just work for Big Box retailers. It works for Etsy crafters too. A fellow YouTuber recently purchased a few of my items and did an unrequested, but much appreciated haul. Lucky for me she loved her earrings. I received 200+ YouTube subscribers and sold out over half of my store and counting. Check it out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQnvFTN3YPc&feature=channel_video_title

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 8 years ago

    omg i always joke about how much i hate haul videos. so materialistic, and far from reality

  • squibbles76

    squibbles76 said 8 years ago

    this whole thing stinks of that demi moore and david duchovney movie(keeping up with the jones's?) where they are paid by a company to endorse their products my making the neighbors jealous into buying until they kill themselves over their own stupid debt. but then whatever makes a sale or even a few thousand sales...can't say I haven't learned from guerilla marketing such as this. if you got it spend it right?! it is what keeps us going monetarily. spend local. we don't spend this year, we won't be able to in the next year.

  • karynstyle

    karynstyle said 8 years ago

    National addiction to consumption, spending, and self-aggrandizement + social media = haulers

  • jamiecox1984

    jamiecox1984 said 8 years ago

    I just don't know how I feel about this. It sorta scares me. It is all about consumerism. Don't get me wrong, I love fashion, but I guess more as an art. It just feeds young girls the desire to buy (and from big box). I think it would be different if it were local designers or even major designers (who treat fashion more as an art). But places like Forever 21 clothing company is mass produced and everything is stack cut, meaning when mass production occurs "multiple layers of fabrics are laid on a table and large number of garments is being cut at a time. The laid fabric stack is called as lay". There is no art involved. They bleed a trend dry (and usually it is a trend that was developed from an indie artist). And to simply make a quick profit. They don't care how it fits or about the quality. I think our standards should be higher. I also don't think major companies should tap into such things as young girls broadcasting their "hauls" online and using it to their advantage. Major companies are only about the now and once that form of advertising is done they will have sucked it dry and moved on to the next. It is a fad that only promote mass consumerism.

  • DariaBukesova

    DariaBukesova said 8 years ago

    I always wondered how they can afford to do this...

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey said 8 years ago

    Social media is good for a lot of things. It helps promote business, enables communication and offers a host of other benefits. Hauling, however, doesn't seem like a benefit to me. Personally, I think it's a better example of how the internet has the ability to instill a sense of rampart consumerism in folks.

  • ConfettiWestern

    ConfettiWestern said 8 years ago

    I am a young female who loves fashion. If videos are going to be devoted to this obsession, then why can't creativity and intelligence be used, as opposed to "uhh, umn, yeeeeah" and "this is sooooo slimming"? These girls need to team up with some Etsians and get a lesson in inventiveness, as well as some wit and charm. just sayin'.

  • RambleCraft

    RambleCraft said 8 years ago

    Well.... the little yorkie is cute. Really, this just feels painfully trifling. If my 98-pound teen daughter was so obsessed with finding clothing that is super "slimming" or made her "butt look smaller" I would be hard-pressed to find her something far more productive and healthy to focus on.

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 8 years ago

    A little materialistic this world has become.

  • kararane

    kararane said 8 years ago

    hi Chappell- your topics are always interesting. Buyology by Martin Lindstrom writes on this phenomenon- I recommend the book. Hopefully, these "haulers" will purchase from Etsy sellers.

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 8 years ago

    An eye opener for sure. I donot belive for a minute that these girls are not paid to mention certain products.

  • StarznHeartz

    StarznHeartz said 8 years ago

    I've watched the Fowler sister videos, not too impressed.... As far as reviews go, I had one very young girl find my Etsy shop and basically harass me to send her free stuff so she could review it on youtube. She even found my cell phone number and left me voice mails! UG! Also, I have watched several reviews on youtube of Etsy items and the reviewers are ruthless. (Even after the sellers sent the reviewers items for nothing!) It's sad becuase the crafters put so much time & effort into their items.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 8 years ago

    When I saved for something and was excited I told my friends in the school yard, my, haven't things got big. This screams materialism to me.

  • Lulu029

    Lulu029 said 8 years ago

    I must admit I do love a good YouTube haul. It's good to get a review before you buy anything. However what is right for the reviewer may not necessarily be right for you! There is a lot to be said for the business acumen of Blair and Elle fowler. While they are not my favorite youtubers I am definitely subscribed to their channels. it would be nice if we could all get free products to review from retailers. I don't think that their views are biased-they do say if they don't like something. There also a lot of older youtubers doing hauls. Share the love I say!

  • wallwork

    wallwork said 8 years ago

    Wow, I find this really distasteful.

  • JillisStuff

    JillisStuff said 8 years ago

    u people r such hypocrites, any of the people here would take free stuff any chance they got!

  • deSadeCollection

    deSadeCollection said 8 years ago

    A ma z i n g

  • deSadeCollection

    deSadeCollection said 8 years ago

    Amazing!

  • ametalheart

    ametalheart said 8 years ago

    Don't be surprised when the etsy haul phenomena appears on the etsy blog.

  • VioletQVintage

    VioletQVintage said 8 years ago

    I find this kind of awesome. The girl in that video is only 16, but she is great at marketing herself. She mentions her twitter, and gives people a reason to follow her. She mentions her vlog twice. And yet it is very conversational, and doesn't sound like she is promoting herself. The actual content of the video has no interest for me, but then I'm not a teenage girl who likes mall shopping. On the other hand, I do follow several blogs where people post their yard sale and flea market hauls. Several of those bloggers have Etsy shops.

  • AnatomyVintage

    AnatomyVintage said 8 years ago

    These make me laugh a little. I think they're cute, and maybe a bit silly. I had no idea that people did this until a friend mentioned that I should do haul videos of what I find while thrifting (only a week ago). I must say, I'm a bit inspired to try it. I think that this haul phenomenon is interesting because it shows that the traditional advertising methods aren't really working as well any more. Big stores are putting their products in the hands of average people. Maybe you can see it as dirty/crumby capitalism, but I think it shows a change in the way the economy is working. These individual girls have self-made power that they found through YouTube. It's kind of neat.

  • TheDedicationCompany

    TheDedicationCompany said 8 years ago

    So many of us Etsy sellers blog about our products, ourselves, what we are up to, what makes us tick and ultimately what we love. These gals seem to love shopping. Therefor, they want to share their purchases - it doesn't really seem any different than blogging about yourself. Their message is extremly focused and they feature one part of their lives - what they purchased shopping. It is so similar the blogging phenomenon of posting what you wore. Tons of bloggers out there post photos of what they wear each day so why not video blog about the purchases of what you bought? In terms of 'addiction to consumerism, etc.' - yeah our society is pretty obsessed but on the other hand that is what keeps my business successful so I can't really criticize about it as a merchant. Thanks for sharing this post. It is certainly interesting.

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 8 years ago

    Good article! Thanks!

  • Guchokipa

    Guchokipa said 8 years ago

    Yet another American trend I have never heard of. How strange that these haulers have such an influence on shoppers. As a teenager, I never understood why other people wanted to dress the same as the cheerleaders. Come on, white keds and Bongo shorts just didn't look good. Now these haulers are capitalizing on young women who have not gained enough confidence or sense to see that it is a marketing scheme. I suppose I wouldn't care if they were doing it just for fun. It is similar to blogging where most people get a large audience by being authentic yet there are a whole slew of blogs out there now with more commericial intentions. In this economy, I am not going to slam anyone for trying to make a buck, but I agree that the underlying scheme must be revealed. If people still continue to watch these haulers knowing they are essentially watching low budget commercials, then that is their decision of how to spend their time on this planet.

  • pillowfactory

    pillowfactory said 8 years ago

    the power of the internet.

  • studme

    studme said 8 years ago

    I like the song by Madonna, it's so funny that the world is driven by pretty pieces of paper, and it's value is decided by strangers hiding in a dark room. Maybe when the dollar is no more we can recycle them and we can trade scrabble tile pendants made with it.

  • LesleyWilsonArt

    LesleyWilsonArt said 8 years ago

    I've never heard of this, it seems rather strange that so many people would want to watch a video of a random teenage talk about what they bought. Where is the entertainment in that?

  • PairOfDragons

    PairOfDragons said 8 years ago

    It's the internet version of reality television. Many are enamored by the lives of others to the point that another person's extravagant life becomes more of a focus than their own. Although many of us on Etsy aren't out splurging at the mall, most suburban high school teenagers are (and I was one of them). Now however, I've grown past that, and quite possibly these young ladies will too.

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 8 years ago

    Never heard of this before. I think is plain stupid. "really really cute"...how many time she said that?

  • HillcrestVisuals

    HillcrestVisuals said 8 years ago

    I never cease to be amazed by the lengths corporate America will go to incorporate a "just plain folks" attitude into their marketing efforts. 30 years ago a girl would have gotten together with a few friends in her room to show off her "haul". I bet any day now these girls will be on TMZ and then somehow those godawful Kardashians will become involved!!! :-)

  • RummageVintage

    RummageVintage said 8 years ago

    Hehe she's uhhh... Good write up though :D

  • BeWhimsey

    BeWhimsey said 8 years ago

    Does anyone else out there wish maybe there was a non break the bank account (Shopaholic) version of a Haul video, maybe a consignment or used version? Would that not be something to be proud of, to want to show off that you had found the perfect shirt, not at the store that has every size and every color but at the store that takes some skill to find the “it’s perfect” outfit. You found the shirt that fits you just right, you feel sensational, not because of over spending but because you got something that chances are your not going to see on somebody the next time you go to the mall, something unique. Just for you.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Amazing.

  • MarieVaughnDesign

    MarieVaughnDesign said 8 years ago

    I guess the big wigs are coming to terms with the face that bombarding us with in your face soliciting/ marketing does NOT work! I'm glad that true, genuine, personalization is manifesting its way into the fashion realm and into the lives and decisions of you and I <3

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 8 years ago

    Pathetic! Am I the only one who feels her voice was SCREECHY?

  • RegalCottage

    RegalCottage said 8 years ago

    Thumbs up to the FTC on this one. Paid endorsements devalue what people are looking for in this kind of marketing. I think people want authentic endorsements. Tell me what you really love, not what someone gave you to advertise. And that is why I really dislike blogs that ask for free stuff for promos. If someone really loves my products, they will talk about it for free. And I do the same.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 8 years ago

    interesting article. did not watch the video, but fhs image of that puppy is adorable. :D

  • Zalavintage

    Zalavintage said 8 years ago

    I love the idea, but haven't had a chance to view...I've noticed since elementary school that one child comes to school looking great and within a week everyone is wearing the same thing... but on a business level, most design inspiration comes from the street, forecasters travel to Asia to see what innovations the kids are making in streetwear and bring them home to our mass merchandise designers like Forever 21 which soon make it to our streets the downside from my perspective is lack of quality and style.. disposable fashion all trend, here one moment gone the next one of the reasons I love vintage!

  • HazelHoney

    HazelHoney said 8 years ago

    Interesting... makes me want to go shopping that's for sure.

  • toriska

    toriska said 8 years ago

    When I was a teenager I would have thought this was the stupidest thing ever. Now that I'm a business owner I think, huh, good marketing for those products, wish my products could get in there!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 8 years ago

    I think that's pretty clever

  • DominiqueD

    DominiqueD said 8 years ago

    They recently had an episode about this on Drop Dead Diva, where Stacy endorced items on her video blog...but the items were free and sent to her specially. Someone placed a lawsuit against her because their daughter was buying everything Stacy was advertising (and it wasn't all pretty!). When she started telling the truth the company pulled out. I think these girls need to be careful they aren't pushing young followers to buy all this stuff with their paren't money. Also, this just drives consumerism of mass produced items.

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 8 years ago

    Sending 'mad props' to those who can break any system.

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 8 years ago

    I see it as 'no biggie'. We'll all forget about this eventually. Internet fab doesn't last very long. Let us just hope their bank accounts do from all this temporary excitement.

  • SeptemberHouse

    SeptemberHouse said 8 years ago

    In my opinion, the weirdest thing about this is not that these videos are made (that part doesn't surprise me at all) - it's that they are WATCHED. {obviously by many many people} I just don't get it.

  • TNShopthailand

    TNShopthailand said 8 years ago

    omg i always joke about how much i hate haul videos. so materialistic, and far from reality

  • margosoriginals

    margosoriginals said 8 years ago

    BeWhimsy, I think that would be a great idea! Even if it didn't get a lot of hits, it would still be fun! I might take a trip to the thrift store tomorrow and run with your idea ;) But on another note, I feel that we can't deny that we live in a capitalist society, and if companies are paying attention to the information age phenomenon, and want to target their advertising in that direction- that is totally acceptable- the point of owning a business no matter how big or small is to make a profit, and advertising is a big part of business. I agree though, that if the girls start receiving free products they should add a disclaimer for that. I really couldn't make it past the first 45 seconds of the video, but if people are inspired to buy things because of what these girls are saying, then good for all of them. The buyers, the girls, and the companies selling the goods. Consumerism of mass produced items is a part of our lifestyles and we are hypocrites if we don't admit to it. It definitely doesn't make it the fault of a couple of teenagers who were raised in this society.

  • jdizaclothingco

    jdizaclothingco said 8 years ago

    ....whats a haul vid? like a vid that they spend on spending alot of money on a particular item.?

  • aiseirigh

    aiseirigh said 8 years ago

    It was too annoying for me to watch the whole thing, mind you I can't stomache even ten seconds of "Jersey Shore" so I am clearly not the right demograph for this! I am just going to watch some Harry Potter to wash the annoying away! lol

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 8 years ago

    Holy smokes.. where have I been?! Really, isn't this the same as bloggers posting 'outfit of the day' looks.. whether it be free merchandise or purchased it's we the consumers who have to be aware of the source!

  • MegnificentCo

    MegnificentCo said 8 years ago

    i just tried to watch this video and i felt like i was losing my mind.

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello said 8 years ago

    Big companies would give anything to obtain the unachievable perceived innocence and honesty of endorsements of their products in advertising, its fake reality tv all over again. These girls are smart to strike while the iron is hot. Ethical....not so much.

  • vintagejenta

    vintagejenta said 8 years ago

    I would totally do something like this - except for it would feature the stuff I get at thrift stores and garage sales - not fancy department stores! Alas, there is little money to be made in reusing and repurposing what is already made. Yet another reason for everyone to be skeptical about everything. Every time I see a movie or TV show where a character is drinking brand-name soda with the can or bottle placed just so my mind screams - PRODUCT PLACEMENT! I kind of feel the same way about these videos, even if the girl's aren't getting paid or receiving free things.

  • PairOfDragons

    PairOfDragons said 8 years ago

    I agree that it may be interesting to view a haul video for vintage or unique items. All of the clothes featured in this video look really cheap, even on camera.

  • sparrowsalvage

    sparrowsalvage said 8 years ago

    Okay I made it through 56 seconds and then her voice became too much. Also the speed of her talking, the way her hands moved...it was like being forced to listen to a teenager yammering away across from you on a train. A lot of high pitched not-so-bright babble. I'm torn on this- on the one hand I have no problem with consumerism or capitalism, if I did I could hardly make a living here. But while I'd be happy for these videos to be about ethical hauls like thirft, dumpster diving, handmade and farmer's markets, I'm not in the slightest bit interested in them being big box hauls. I suppose what I dislike about it is the lack of connection these girls or their viewer have to the products they find- it's just blind acquisition; at least with thrift you have to see through the force-fed trends and glean what will work for you. In a way it seems like they're perched on their high-income thrones throwing money out the window on status-inducing shopping expeditions while the country goes to heck around them. I think the corps getting in on this shows just how desperate they are to keep convincing everyone that it's business as usual. (Reality and the internet never did get along.) Possibly also because I've recently decided to dedicate my career future to helping people become more self-reliant in everyday life, and thoughtlessly filling up a bag at the local big box is the antithesis of that.

  • DeuxPetitesSouris

    DeuxPetitesSouris said 8 years ago

    There are so many things wrong with this, where do I begin!? 1-a parent actually lets his/her teenage daughter film herself from her private bedroom and parade herself in front of the entire world? (did she actually lean her chest into the screen to give us a close up). Sick 2-it perpetuates mindless spending and consumerism and supports the opposite of what Etsy is all about. 3-it portrays teens as shallow and self-centered and greedy. There are so many teens doing good things. I wish someone would support them and showcase them as role models. Did this girl say that she works 2 jobs to pay for this stuff! Is anyone teaching her about saving up for an education, a rainy day, retirement. Is she not aware of the tough economy going on around her? She gives stuff to the Salvation Army because it's an EASY WAY TO GET RID OF STUFF? Really? To make room in the closet for all her new feebies? These kids need to learn how to make better use of their time.

  • noonblueapples

    noonblueapples said 8 years ago

    another sign that the apocalypse is nigh... I'm only half kidding. ;)

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage said 8 years ago

    I can't believe I forgot to market myself when I was a teen....and train myself and others to be vacuous airheads....

  • scoutandrescue

    scoutandrescue said 8 years ago

    OMG, I tried, I really did, but I couldn't get through the first 5 mins. I think it's a great idea, marketing/self promoting w/a video, but 10+ mins of "I haven't bought clothes in over a year..."--not because money is tight, or we're having a recession, or her parents are cutting corners, or she lost her job, but...she's been buying make-up.

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound said 8 years ago

    I keep thinking about the Beerhorst Family interview & video you ran, & how inspiring it was. I believe the idea behind this is great! A fabulous selling tool, surely, but the subject & speaker are so...empty. I'd love to see her spend some time w/the Beerhorsts. :-)

  • MonkeyBusinessBeadin

    MonkeyBusinessBeadin said 8 years ago

    I never feel bad about not having television, or for not frequenting internet videos such as these. These girls promote so much waste. Do they ever have to do laundry or do they just discard the dirty clothes and go on another haul? How much clothing do they throw away after they do a review about it and decide it's not the "in" thing after 10 minutes? Do they have any idea what their makeup is made of, or what it is doing to the environment? It's scary that the airheads of the world get praised, while the bookworms and quiet kids get dumped on. I'm not trying to say the "haulers" are stupid or lacking talent far from it. What they are doing takes a certain kind of intelligence and poise. I just hate to find yet more proof that we are raising another generation of super-consumers with little to no worry about what goes on around them.

  • LASdesigns

    LASdesigns said 8 years ago

    I made it further than I thought I would :) Not something for me to watch/learn from, but the girl is clever, nice sounding, and not promoting nasty behavior. When I was 16 I loved spending paychecks on my favorite things. Certainly gives oneself a sense of pride and accomplishment when entering the working world. Let's teach her about making an Etsy haul! Although it might be difficult being under 18 and not having the right account to make a purchase.

  • TheGypsyShop

    TheGypsyShop said 8 years ago

    I'm not having any luck with social media.... Any tips? I've paid for showcasing, but it hasn't produced any sales- some traffic- but slow. Does anybody know what to do to sell things in a showcase effectively? I'm 21$ into showcasing but haven't had a sale- I listed over 200 items and would love to increase traffic- it seems my fees and time are outweighing... And my prices are inexpensive as I thought this would promote sales. I'm going to take some better pictures- working on that, but I'm really interested to know how to get things rolling. It seems saturated maybe? I'd love just a few sales- I'm unemployed and my eyeglasses broke... If only I could earn $130 for some new ones... I'm nearly blind LOL... I paid for another showcase- have never showcased my jewelry before, so maybe some of it will sell... We marked down the Art by 80% too- I'm surprised it isn't moving... Maybe someone that has a blog like I do, maybe we can help each other out by placing each others widget codes on our blogs?

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