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April 19, 2006

Purchase My Life

In the tradition of All My Life For Sale un and deux, and as the interesting basis for her senior thesis, Deedee Adams has created Purchase My Life. She's selling nearly all of her worldly possessions on eBay, tagged and indexed, starting at under a buck.

Among the reasons she's doing it is to examine what she terms a "scarcity complex:"

Q: Yeah. Um, what's a scarcity complex?

A: It's the belief that you cannot throw anything away because you may need it again in the future. If you were to throw it away and were to need it again, you believe that you would not be able to get it. Thus the reason why you keep a million old ballpoint pens, old school binders from 1998, and boxes and boxes of stuff that just sits in storage. [...]

Having been brought up in that sort of environment—money was tight, anything that possibly had a future use was hoarded only to never be used again—it's an interesting angle to take for this sort of project.

Posted by Colin at April 19, 2006 8:11 PM

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Colin, Thanks for the mention. Love your site. You write so well!

Posted by: DeeDee [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 20, 2006 12:59 PM

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