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Monday 20 March 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Consumerism

All time
Opinion: 'I find Christmas so false. It’s all veneer, folks'
Nearly everything about it is imported and constructed, writes Michael Fortune.
# running errands
"Cathedrals of consumption": A history of shopping in Ireland
A series of lectures and an exhibition will outline Ireland’s consumer cravings from Georgian Dublin to modern-day neon shopfronts.
Video blog: A brief history – Christmas, cheer, and commercialisation
What’s the true meaning of this holiday, again?
# Stigma
10 signs that you are addicted to shopping
It might sound like a joke – but the stress, debt and emotional dependence is nothing to laugh about.
# nearly new
10 things you're better off buying used
Some tips to get you upcycling, reusing and getting more for your money: and we’d like your suggestions too…
# Companies
10 consumer trends for this coming year
Trendspotting firm has been watching the way the wind blows for companies (and consumers) in 2013.
# Online Shopping
SuperValu launches country's first grocery shopping app
Now you can do your weekly shop from your smartphone.
# gentle persuasion
Irish ads of yore that we don't mind at all
There are no ads on RTÉ today… but if there were, we wouldn’t be charmed if they were like these ones from the turn of the 19th century.
Lisa McInerney: Don't feed the Grinch - Christmas is meant to be over the top
We overspend, not because we’re greedy or worried we’ll be ostracised if we don’t, but because we love how generosity feels.
# hug a hoodie
PHOTOS: Teens queue as Abercrombie and Fitch store opens its doors in Dublin
Yes, it’s only a shop – but don’t tell that to the large group who queued in the cold just to be among the first to enter the Abercrombie and Fitch store.
# open thread
Have your say: What should we do to rein in our spending?
Is our culture suffering from an epidemic of consumerism? What should we do to make sure we’re shopping sensibly? Let us know here…
Column: We’re spending our money, then throwing things away. Why?
We buy cheap, we don’t repair the things we buy – and we’re wasting our money on ‘retail therapy’ that won’t make us happy, writes Anne B Ryan.
# Spending
Visa card spending in Ireland up by 48pc last year
Irish people spent €13 billion on Visa cards last year, while the number of transactions on Visa cards grew by 76 per cent.
# Consumer Affairs
Central Bank unveils stronger consumer protection code
The new code, which comes into effect in January, is billed as the most significant upgrade of consumer protection since 2006.
# Doom and Gloom
Front-loaded budget ‘could push economy to breaking point’
The KBC/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index is virtually unchanged, but shows a worrying emerging trend in the medium term.
# Spending
European consumers are starting to spend more... except in Ireland and Portugal
Figures from Visa show that European consumers increased spending by 2.5 per cent in Q2… but that bailed out states were down.
# Consumerism
Summer sales fail to bring out the shoppers
KBC says consumer sentiment fell in July, despite aggressive price cuts by retailers, with shoppers fearing for the future.
# Savings
Hopes for recovery take a blow as Irish consumers increase savings
The Nationwide/ESRI savings index shows a significant increase in the amount of cash that worried consumers are keeping aside.
# Supermarkets
Is Tesco allowed to hike its prices and then just drop them again?
The answer: well, legally, yes – as long as the ‘higher’ prices have been imposed for long enough.