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Label Me

November 13, 2008
By missxniss BRONZE, East Meadow, New York
missxniss BRONZE, East Meadow, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Anything that involves the movie Anchorman.

For years now, namebrands have become more and more popular - as well as expensive. In my high school, I see several students in the hallways with extremely high-priced clothing, jewelry, etc. I'll be honest, it disgusts me. Our parents/guardians have hard-working jobs and most of the things you get are coming from your parents/guardians salary. Is that fair? When you become their age, would you like it if your children spent YOUR money? Because that's how it is. Why do we need all these expensive things? Girls of all ages walk around in UGGS. At Mandee's or Target, they have boots EXACTLY like UGGS, but we choose not to buy them, because it doesn't say the namebrand stamped on the bottom/back of the boots. I'll admit, I bought my first pair of UGGS last year with my own money that I EARNED from babysitting; and I still wear them even though they have some wear-and-tear on them. Let's face it, society is very much so based on namebrand materials. Some people just cannot afford these expensive things. Since when are shirts $24.99? Why are hoodies $45.00? Do jeans really need to be priced at $50.00? Is it fair? Of course not. Will there ever be a decrease in prices? Will there be an increase? Who knows? Unfortunately, people nowadays have to cope with this type of peer pressure to look good. And personally, I'm blind-sided to really... why?

The author's comments:
When I went into middle school three years ago, my life did a 360 turn and I was completely and utterly stunned by why. As my years go on, I am trying to keep up with all the new fashion styles, etc. Apparently, it's not working too well. For most families, money does not grow on trees, so I basically "allowed" myself to "lower" my standards, so to say, and now I shop like anyone else, but rather than buying the most expensive things, I head for the clearance rack first. It's ridiculous to spend that much money on something. Let me know how you feel, please e-Mail me at , I would like to know how you feel about my article.

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on Oct. 28 2010 at 1:22 pm
KunaiNinjaFighter SILVER, Monticello, Arkansas
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Favorite Quote:
"Think left and thing right, Think low and Think High, Oh the thinks you can think up, if only you try!" Dr. Suess oh and "Two things are infinite: The Universe and Human Stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.'- Albert Einstein

I still don't understand why what people wear matters.

on Oct. 27 2010 at 12:34 am
Destinee BRONZE, Oakville, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Blegh. - Abraham Lincoln

*Sigh* If only I'd known of this before. When I came to Canada, I had no idea what "skinny jeans" were and went out and bought Guess Jeans for a 100 bucks because I didn't know any better. :P Now I shop more prudently, thank God. 

on Oct. 1 2010 at 9:59 pm
KunaiNinjaFighter SILVER, Monticello, Arkansas
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Favorite Quote:
"Think left and thing right, Think low and Think High, Oh the thinks you can think up, if only you try!" Dr. Suess oh and "Two things are infinite: The Universe and Human Stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.'- Albert Einstein

Nost girls at my school will buy a pair of jeans for $100 just cause they have a name brands on the butt, and a bunch a frays and holes in it. I say, if you want holes in your jeans (which I don't anyway) you can just go to wal-mart, buy some cheapo Riders, and a good pair of scissors (sp?). Then you can spend like, 30 minutes fraying your jeans and cutting holes in them

on Sep. 13 2010 at 8:49 pm
nextJKRowling BRONZE, Shorewood, Wisconsin
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Yesterdays history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, thats why its called the present

But at the same time, Americans now a days are insanely self centered. No one will give up their Hollister or Abercrombie to give to charity. It is just not the norm. People would rather be ahead and richer then donate their hard earned money.Charity is just not high on peoples list.

And "Cody" has no control on what his moms chooses. Refusing to wear the clothing would b an even larger waste.

on Aug. 28 2010 at 7:52 pm
ReadingFanatic SILVER, St. Louis, Missouri
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“Nobody important? Blimey, that’s amazing. Do you know, in nine hundred years of time and space I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important before.”

Calvin and Hobbes rock!!

on Aug. 24 2010 at 6:05 pm
Lestat09 BRONZE, Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

i disagree with the cuteness remark, if it's cheap, ITS EVEN CUTER!!!

plus i 100% agree with this article, things are getting WAY out of hand

on Aug. 3 2010 at 6:38 pm
beautifuldisaster18, Arlington, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Keep your feet on the ground, When your head's in the clouds.

Agreed! Clearance items are just as cute. The price does not determine the "cuteness".

on Aug. 2 2010 at 10:54 am
emergingtalent SILVER, Riverton, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
Be who you are and say what you feel, Because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter won't mind. -Dr. Seuss

wait, i did it again! i meant to reply but made a new post! i'm always doing that! sigh

on Aug. 2 2010 at 10:53 am
emergingtalent SILVER, Riverton, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
Be who you are and say what you feel, Because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter won't mind. -Dr. Seuss

because all knowledge comes from Calvin and Hobbes, that much I have learned!  =D

crushd SILVER said...
on Jul. 29 2010 at 7:56 pm
crushd SILVER, Mobile, Alabama
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Every wound can be forgotten in the right light.

i agree with Cody980. some people where name brand because they like it. i myself wear name brand and my mother doesn't mind buying it for me. she herself wears name brand clothes that she thinks are suitable for her. sure, some kids wear it because they think it makes them look cool and that's lame and it shouldn't be that way. we should wear the things we like. if it's from a thriftshop or abercrombie so be it, as long as it's what you want to do.

on Jul. 13 2010 at 11:16 pm
everthought BRONZE, Vancouver, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"forever is the new now"

clearance rack FTW. also, thrift stores have very original clothing...hipsters FTW! ;)

on Jul. 13 2010 at 12:54 pm
ReadWriteBreathe PLATINUM, Pocatello, Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
"You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you" Tyler Durden Fight Club

I really like this article. I agree completely with you. Nice work.

ShelbyW. said...
on Jul. 13 2010 at 10:05 am
ShelbyW., Glen Ridge, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't tell me the sky's the limit when I know there are footprints on the moon."

As the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" has taught us, "Brand name conformity is the American way to express individuality."

princess6 GOLD said...
on Jul. 8 2010 at 1:43 pm
princess6 GOLD, Berwyn, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"You choose your own destiny" :)

I shop anywhwere as long as the clothes is cute..who cares. But I agree some prices are awful like seriously why would i spend $15 on a solid tank top. But yesss  I sometimes do save up my money and buy something from Holister or abercrombie. BTW the clearance sections are pretty cheap in holister and abercrombie. ;)- who cares if there lst season!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on Jul. 2 2010 at 8:57 pm
JacintaT BRONZE, Brisbane, Other
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Half of the time the non-brand clothing, is just as good quality as the expensive stuff. Everything is going to go through wear and tear eventually.

on Jun. 30 2010 at 9:01 pm
jschara94 SILVER, North Freedom, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"We still live! We still love! We shall die dancing in each other's arms!" -Dr. Faustus

Vintage and used is the way to go! I get compliments all the time on my clothes, and I usually buy them from goodwill.  I would rather go naked than have to wear those pastel polo's that EVERYONE else wears just because they're "cool".  Be unique.

simplysteph said...
on Jun. 23 2010 at 7:22 pm
simplysteph, Dallas, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"When you laugh, the world laughs with you. When you weep, you weep alone."

[reply to Cody980]

At the same time, how would you feel if one day she wanted you to get a pair of jeans at Ross that looked exactly like ones you could get at Hollister? How would you feel about wearing a shirt that fit just as well that was lacking the huge "HOLLISTER" billboard across the front? Would you feel like somehow it wasn't as good?

Also, whether you like it or not, you are using her money in the long run, whether she's okay with it or not. Just think about it - if you saved $15 on every shirt and every pair of jeans you bought, and you had 20 total, you'd save your parents $300 that could be spent on insurance, food, electricity, water bills, medical bills, gas, and a number of other things. [To put it into perspective, a family of 3 could use that money to feed themselves for several weeks, maybe even a month.]

With the economy as it is, it's not smart to waste money just because someone gives you the opportunity to do so.

on Jun. 21 2010 at 2:03 pm
seraphinagreene BRONZE, Fargo, North Dakota
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Favorite Quote:
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." ~Mahatma Gandhi

personally, i don't like people knowing where i got my clothes or being all like, "omg i have that same _____!" non-namebrands are unique 

Cody980 said...
on May. 13 2010 at 5:46 pm
Have you thought maybe people just like Hollister clothes, not because the price not for the acceptance but because they like the style of the clothing? I'm only 14 but i shop at Hollister and Aeropstale and American Eagle, not to "fit in" but because I like the polo's, jacket's and jeans. My mom chooses to buy my clothes for me, I'm not using her money she is "choosing"  to spend her money. No where does it say she HAS to buy me name brand's.

on May. 7 2010 at 2:23 pm
HeatherBee BRONZE, I Live In, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground, like a skyscraper

Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect

yeah i think its crazy to just wear name-brand stuff for status. one of my 'high class-y' friends bought sunglasses for like $200 n i was like [in my head]: wow, really? well that was wen we wer still in junior high but shes still kinda like that, i dont like it...anyway, awesome article. u point out a good message!