Service of Changing Taste: Is it the Pandemic?

April 16th, 2020

Categories: Behavior, Change



I have always loved to shop or at least to look, but that has changed.

One new piece of clothing for summer and winter–a new blouse, sweater, pair of slacks, handbag or skirt–would make my season and me happy. I’m very good at finding bargains. A favorite pair of slacks cost $19 at TJ Maxx a year ago. Uniqlo has fun items to spruce up a mood for little more. And an online store,, was once a joy to peruse. It sends frequent emails all unopened.

These days I’m not tempted to look even if a store I like promotes drastic discounts. How could a lifelong passion disappear? Is it because I don’t foresee an occasion in which to wear something new, my savings have evaporated, I don’t want to face sanitizing another package–or what? A friend wrote: “When I open a package or letter I feel like I’m preparing for surgery.”

Have you noticed a similar drastic change in behavior?


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14 Responses to “Service of Changing Taste: Is it the Pandemic?”

  1. Nancie Steinberg Said:

    Nancie on Facebook: Actually not really. I am buying a few probably unnecessary things that grab my eye.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Nancie you sound normal. For me this is abnormal and I don’t like it.

  3. Jacki Morel Said:

    Jacki on Facebook: Not buying anything except toilet paper! Wait it’s unavailable 🤣

  4. Nancie Steinberg Said:

    Nancie on Facebook: hey girl I know you have enough TP

  5. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Essentials don’t count!

  6. Jacki Morel Said:

    Jacki on Facebook: Nancie Gonna outlive my tp supply! Can’t take it with U🤣

  7. Jacki Morel Said:

    Jacki on Facebook: Jeanne love some new Old Navy/Gap t shirts!

  8. Jeanne Byington Said:


    No desire here.

  9. Martha Takayama Said:

    I echo all your sentiments. I have completely lost interest in shopping. I don’t want to acquire more things no matter what bargains the prices might represent. I still am vain, and have a now only vague interest in high fashion coverage. The absurd relationship between catalogues and real life has never seemed so irrelevant and purposeless.

    With survival so tenuous it is hard to be interested in any acquisition that is not necessary to our survival. And it becomes clearer every day both how limited our needs are.

  10. Amanda Ripanykhazova Said:

    Then you are definitely out of the mainstream! There are tens of millions of consumers out there bored out of their minds staring into computer screens all day echoing Nancie’s sentiment!

    Even worse, they are so bored that they are sending millions of trolling messages asking dumb questions about things they dont need and wont either buy or bid on. But sales online are definitely on the uptick.

    As for TP, there is actually a massive glut of it as the companies making the consumer product (Procter&Gamble) easily ramp up production to meet the demand of the consumers who dont know there is a glut; while the producers of the Other Product (the ultra-ultra-el-cheapo industrial product that no one buys, invariably made by companies like Georgia Pacific) have nowhere to sell the stuff that, – still, – no one wants to buy. So their rubbish in huge rolls of unperforated single ply piles up in warehouses all around the country.

  11. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I suspect we may be in the minority. To begin with, Americans tend to spend whether or not they have the funds.

    I will be curious to see whether I will change to my normal default once the crisis is over and/or if I see some of my savings leak back and new business opportunities open up. I have always rejoiced to see clever merchandising, creative marketing, new products. I look forward to doing so once again.

  12. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I am not only in the minority regarding online purchases–I’m used to being an outlier–I am also not the slightest bit bored. If you could see the built up piles of statements/invoices I should file; materials I should try to understand and do something about; books I want to read; closets I must reorganize and Netflix programs I want to watch most people would not be bored either. In addition I have work to do for clients and I haven’t established enough of a schedule to be efficient.

    I also think that I have put a natural brake on frivolous spending until I see what’s what once dust settles.

  13. Amanda Ripanykhazova Said:

    Oh, you are right!

    OTOH, in online selling, I RELY on other people’s frivolous spending!

  14. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I am sure that you have wonderful things to sell combined with people who are bored which is most–I know quite a few–so you will do fine. In fact, the crisis may be a boon to your business. Here’s hoping!

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