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The Two Sides of IKEA - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
The Two Sides of IKEA
On the plus side, nowhere but IKEA can you buy your own lack for as little as $10. On the minus side, the cost of that lack suggests that the people who manufactured it for you are financially lacking. Still, it's nice to see a corporation providing its customers with the tools to construct a psychoanalytic analysis of commodity fetishism. If only the product weren't so inimical to screwing.

Mode: tingly
Muse: The Carpenters' Christmas album in the living room

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slanderous From: slanderous Date: December 26th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i can't possibly be the only dork on your friends list that found this hilarious!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2004 06:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I hope not! Turns out that the lack supplements our family room décor quite nicely. We got the $50 coffee table-with shelf model. Kim and Skylar are building Harry Potter LEGO constructions on it right now. But the parts were clearly fashioned in a place where wages are abominable.

On the other hand, we did buy a light made in Sweden, where wages and benefits are good. Someday I hope to make it to the point where we have just enough money to buy everything that it's possible to buy from places where the workers are treated decently, but not so much that our income itself becomes a problem. Right now, we aren't even close to achieving the former, alas.

Happy Kwanzaa!
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