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# consumerism - Friday 8 December, 2017

Opinion: 'I find Christmas so false. It’s all veneer, folks'

Nearly everything about it is imported and constructed, writes Michael Fortune.

# consumerism - Monday 10 March, 2014

"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.

# consumerism - Sunday 15 December, 2013

Video blog: A brief history – Christmas, cheer, and commercialisation

What’s the true meaning of this holiday, again?

# consumerism - Saturday 6 April, 2013

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.

# consumerism - Saturday 2 March, 2013

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…

# consumerism - Sunday 6 January, 2013

10 consumer trends for this coming year

Trendspotting firm has been watching the way the wind blows for companies (and consumers) in 2013.

# consumerism - Thursday 3 January, 2013

SuperValu launches country's first grocery shopping app

Now you can do your weekly shop from your smartphone.

# consumerism - Tuesday 25 December, 2012

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.

# consumerism - Monday 17 December, 2012

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.

# consumerism - Thursday 1 November, 2012

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.

# consumerism - Saturday 10 March, 2012

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.

# consumerism - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

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.

# consumerism - Wednesday 19 October, 2011

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.

# consumerism - Tuesday 6 September, 2011

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.

# consumerism - Monday 5 September, 2011

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 - Wednesday 10 August, 2011

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.

# consumerism - Tuesday 9 August, 2011

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.

# consumerism - Tuesday 29 March, 2011

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.