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The kind of people who pay a cover to get into a bar when there are other bars in town that let you in the door for free.

Posted by Bar Hopper | November 19, 2007 9:02 AM

The kind of people who buy an extended warranty on a $40 DVD player at Wal-Mart?

The kind of people who pay a premium for tap water that comes in a plastic bottle with a pretty label?

Posted by tsm | November 19, 2007 9:12 AM

The kind of people who are hoarders. You know? Those older ladies you see on the Oprah show and you can't see the floor of any room in their house because of their Precious Moments collection(s). People like that. Miserable people.

Posted by thecandyqueen | November 19, 2007 9:20 AM

@1: people pay cuz the pussy is better in those bars.

i doubt its better @ the convention center.

Posted by max solomon | November 19, 2007 9:20 AM

The whole Christmas experience is one big giant WTF for me.

And while we're on the subject, if one more motherfucker calls me a Scrooge because I hate everything about this time of year, I think I will find out for sure how far a Christmas tree will go up a human's ass.

Posted by Mike in MO | November 19, 2007 9:32 AM

Reminds me of PT Barnum and his famous quote.

Posted by MGD | November 19, 2007 9:32 AM

Where's your Christmas spirit, Dan?

Posted by Michigan Matt | November 19, 2007 9:35 AM

I FUCKING HATE people who like things different than what I like. I FUCKING HATE their very guts. God. What the FUCK is wrong with people who pay money to do things that you couldn't PAY ME enough money do do? A lot of shit is wrong with them, that's what. Like baseball. I HATE baseball. Yet these FUCKERS pay good money to go see BASEBALL! What. The. Fuck.

Here's what I think. I think we should round up everybody who ever paid a dime to do anything which I would not pay for, and we should just fucking kill them. Yeah. Kill them. Death is what they deserve and they should be put to death for being so different. I'll slit their throat myself. Fuck yeah. Paying money to shop? God, I'd love to get my hands around the throat of somebody who would pay money to shop.

I'd teach them to pay to shop, I promise you that. Oh yes, I'd teach them good.

Posted by elenchos | November 19, 2007 9:37 AM

Dan, why not just send a reporter next time? Then you could find out. Or send the Public Intern! His normal attitude of staring down his nose in disdain at others would work perfectly at an event like this. It would be comedic gold!

Posted by brappy | November 19, 2007 9:52 AM

We have one of these in Austin as well. However, it only costs $5, they sell beer, and they have good live music the whole time.

Posted by Jim | November 19, 2007 10:11 AM

@4 - you must not be into cougars.

Posted by Bar Hopper | November 19, 2007 10:15 AM

I had to go to one of those a few years ago when my sis from CA came to visit. Nope - no hiking for her or seeing anything worth seeing out here. Nope, she had to go to the fucking X-mas show. The shit they sell is all very unique being hand made from some persons imagination but that doesn't mean it good. My sis bought 2 reindeer made of wood. They were so fucking ugly and cost a ridiculous amount of money. I bet a 3rd grader could have made something nicer with some whatever blew out of the trees last storm free.
Never will I go to one of those things again. Old ladies ohhing and awwing over dumb expensive crap.

Posted by irl500girl | November 19, 2007 10:34 AM

What amazes me is that we're heading toward a recession and everyone, myself and a few subprime borrowers excluded, are spending as much money as ever. Dipshits.

Posted by keshmeshi | November 19, 2007 10:40 AM

Who are these people?

Desperate housewives out to prove they are on top of X-mas this year.

The easily led.

Mommies, babies, girls of all ages from exurbia, out for a day of "fun."

Their neutered husbands.

My inlaws.

Posted by certaindoom | November 19, 2007 10:48 AM

Elenchos @ 8: that's the best summary of the Craigslist discussion forums I've ever seen. Tack on a graph about fellow riders of public transit intruding on your consciousness and you could put it in best-of and close it forever.

Posted by Quinapalus | November 19, 2007 10:48 AM

The same kind of people who think it is awesome that 106.9 has already started to play Christmas carols 24/7. Frumpy middle aged women wearing over sized tweetie bird sweaters underneath planet hollywood jackets.

Posted by Rotten666 | November 19, 2007 10:56 AM

@5 - Mike in MO. I agree 100% only I have a kid I have to fake it for, which I do poorly. I expect the "Bah Humbug" comments to start coming from my co-workers any day now!

Posted by C in C | November 19, 2007 11:00 AM

This is what America has come to.

You know why our schools suck? It's in this country's best interest to churn out as many clueless idiots as possible, because they're the ones who waste their money on stupid crap like this.

Posted by Gomez | November 19, 2007 12:04 PM

Who pays?

Who pays to go to the auto show?
Who pays to go to the home show?
Who pays to take the Amtrak to the Outlet Mall in Centralia?

Lots of people pay to shop.

When we factor in the gasoline for the cars, the time spent watching or reading through/skipping over advertisements, we ALL pay to shop in one way or another.

It's our economy.
We are bound by the system to shop.
It's inevitable that opportunities to charge money to facilitate the execution of that duty will arise.

Posted by snark | November 19, 2007 12:15 PM

But it's a slithery kind of marketing acumen to get people to buy their way into a venue where the things being offered are available anywhere.

Somebody - the cheese balls who cooked this up - are going to have a very good Christmas indeed.

Posted by Bauhaus | November 19, 2007 12:39 PM

Bored people, that's who. People who have nothing whatever to occupy their time, and desperately seek collecting and "crafting" to fill their empty days. People bored with their local malls, because they already spend every weekend there, who want to shop somewhere different and make an "event" out of it.

Don't f***ing ask me. I don't get the Home Show either. Wall-to-wall salesmen hawking crap - not my idea of a good time. But each to his own.

Posted by Geni | November 19, 2007 1:33 PM

Well, it's the worth the $14 for a 1% discount on certain items, right?

Posted by Dianna | November 19, 2007 2:26 PM

Century of the Self, a four hour BBC Doc from 2003, will answer all of your questions regarding the rise of consumerism culture.

You can watch it for free on Google Video, just search for it. (It's four 1 hour segments.)

Posted by Really, watch it. | November 19, 2007 3:03 PM

HEY! I take the Amtrak to Centralia to shop - but not at the outlet mall. They have some very nice antiquey stores on the main street, and then there's time for a stately beer and light lunch at the olympic club before it's time to go back home.

But go to a Christmas Show at a convention center? I'd sooner have the itch.

So There.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | November 19, 2007 11:36 PM

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