Alright friends. I know that many of you enjoy watching haul videos, but I know that someone you are just just me and feel that they are a bit on the “look at me and what I got!” spectrum. First I want to explain what I mean and then I will set an example.
The “Look at me and what I got” spectrum is how I feel when I see other people doing haul videos. (Note here: I do not mind watching videos like, what I got for xmas, or birthday. Let that be clear. I am happy that people share those videos showing the love in a family. Love doesn’t always involved gifts though! Remember that!) It is what they are presenting when they show off what they “buy” for themselves. It is, to me, like a boot to the face to those that are unable to buy the things that are being “pushed” on the viewers. There are a lot of us out there that are unable to buy the high dollar things. We are living paycheck to paycheck, trying to figure out how the hell we are going to pay our bills, or shopping at dollar stores and Walmart. Many of the viewers that are on those “haul” videos are underage or are not financially able to buy the stuff that are being shown. 108 dollars for a TSHIRT? I don’t think so.
As for my example, I decided to see what the deal was with the haul videos. And I watched one higher up YouTuber with a video called “Fashion Haul and Shoe Unboxing” and let me tell you people, HOLY CHEEZITS. I remember sitting there and going “OMG I love that shirt!” or “Those boots are amazing!!” until I came back to my senses and decided to really pay attention to what was being shown. I wrote down the names of each of the products, and then set about to investigate. I went to the website where the things were bought and I searched for EACH THING. And to tell you the truth, I wish I hadn’t. I wish I had just stepped back and forgot about it.
All together, this Youtuber paid…. in excess of 1200 dollars. So let me break this down for you.
- 100 boots
- 54.40 tshirt
- 49.50 tshirt
- 103.50 tshirt
- 188 sweater
- 42 tshirt on sale
- 88 boots
- 72 purse
- 64 shoes on sale
- 70 boots
- 36 tshirt
- 64 shoes on sale
- 72 boots on sale
- 80 boots on sale
- other random objects that were unavailable
Total coming to 1260.60 just for the stuff I could find.
I felt myself have a small heart attack. I couldn’t believe it. So I done a bit more investigating. I began looking at the comments. Most of which were “I love that sweater, but I just don’t have the money for that.” or “Wow, those boots are fab, do you know where I could find them cheaper?”
I am not going to sit here and begrudge a person for spending a small fortune on OBJECTS. I really won’t. But what I will begrudge is a person that flaunts it for the world to see, without thought that those that are unable to get things like that. Not all of us are able to. And not being able to is NOT A BAD THING. There are many of us that are able to be happy about what we have. IT isn’t about settling either. It is about knowing the difference between what is worth it, and what isn’t.
Just having an object doesn’t make the world go ’round. Yes, even I sometimes wish that I had a fortune to spend on menial foolishness. But I also know that what I do have, and I cherish every single bit.
Friends, don’t ever watch those videos if they make you feel like crap for not being able to afford what another has. Envy is not a good thing. Learn to appreciate and love what you do have. One of these days, you will get up there, you will be able to set your mark, but just remember, don’t flaunt it.