19 People Let Loose About What We Should Really Stop Buying

No one wants to be taken in by a scam, or to order something that turns out to be trash (or never shows up), or otherwise waste their hard-earned money, right? If you could avoid it, you would – I know I would, anyway.

Which is one reason I just love this question on Reddit – some great tips as far as what you absolutely shouldn’t spend your money on in the future.

19. Thankfully Lularoe seems to have died(ish).

Anything involved in an MLM scam. I’m looking at you Young Living Essential Oils.

Good friend of mine got into and she makes these “deep thought” posts on fb about flowers and coffee and whatever else and then ends with the scent she’s currently inhaling.

I wanted to be supportive so I ordered some stuff snd my credit card company refused to process the transaction.

18. It’s almost ironic. Don’t you think?

Online IQ test.

If there was a way to fail an IQ test, paying for one online would be it.

17. We’ve really got to stop.

The older I (44m) get, the more disgusting I find single use plastics and polymers.

I take issue with Japan in particular. It’s a country obsessed with packaging. It seems like every other thing is wrapped in multiple layers of plastic.

I once received a gift of strawberries and – I kid you not – it was encased in plastic. Each fruit was individually wrapped in clear plastic film and rested in a moulded plastic tray which in turn came in a rectangle hard plastic case.

16. I mean, honestly.

Animals they can’t take care of for the rest of their lives.

And if you realize you made a mistake, rehome them! Don’t set them free. Most will wreak havoc on the native ecosystem.

Just look at the Everglades.

15. Haven’t we learned anything?

Puppy mill puppies!

Small pets/birds/reptiles from pet stores too. They come from the equivalent of a puppy mill.

14. Is this still a thing?


Does anyone else notice that those Herbalife smoothie places keep popping up all over but they are so shady about it.

They look like average mom and pop smoothie places with no Herbalife branding on the outside or any where inside but then they start making your smoothie and bam they pull out the Herbalife powder!

13. This is the actual answer.

So much. Stop buying so much.

You don’t need all that effing stuff.

12. It’s just trash. And that’s where it will end up.

Cheap children’s party favors. We aren’t talking the colorful pencils and paper pads that actually have some use. I’m talking about the non descript plastic forms with popular media stickers and other garbage.

The amount of trash plastic available for this niche is staggering- especially given that most of those toys hold a child’s attention for 2 hours. Also- happy meal toys. Great for a collector, because most of them get thrown out 6 months after being found behind the couch.

Legos are highly resealable/giftable and tradeable. Hot wheels last forever. Most toys have at least a possible second life. But party favor crap- is just crap.

11. Back to the bar.

any kind of shower gel or facewash that has those plastic microbeads in them.

The beads are small enough to get through most filtration systems and are ruinous to marine life

10. It’s an investment.

Most saltwater fish if they aren’t willing to put in the effort, and certain species that just can’t be kept in captivity even with the effort.

90% of saltwater fish you see in the store except for most clowns, some tangs, some seahorses, and I think maybe cardinal fish are all wild caught.

More than any other pet, when you take home a saltwater fish you have purchased a piece of the environment and you should treat it with every bit of respect it deserves.

9. An actual plague.

Other people.

Oldest known codes of law in human history pertain to slave owning. Slavery has been a plague of civilization since the start. The “days since last moment of no-slavery” and “days any human civilization was around” are the same number.

8. What are people thinking?


They are the most trafficked animal in the world.

Take my word for it—-the pangolins would really appreciate not being seen as weird medicine.

7. Do the right thing.

Not a sexy or flashy response, but no one should be buying a boiler, furnace, or water heater below 90% efficiency.

The ~80% efficiency equipment is ancient technology and you are throwing your money away while also spewing more greenhouse gasses!

6. Everyone would be grateful.

GLITTER. Sparkles, glitter and sequins on everything, especially kids items.

You think it’s hard to get that shit out of your house after craft time?

It’s MICROPLASTIC, and it’s going into our waterways and oceans. Yet the toy stores and clothing stores are adding more sequins and glitter every day. Makes me furious. Just stop buying it!

5. It will break in a few years, though.

Equally not-sexy, but I’ve been getting into Heat Pump appliances lately.

I got a heat pump Hot Water tank a year or two ago. It was a bit more expensive up-front, but is massively more efficient than a conventional water heater.

Next up is my dryer. My current dryer is about 15 years old. Still works reasonably well, but has literally one setting “make it hot.” No fluff cycle, or low heat, or anything remotely fancy. It’s makes hot air; the end.

I’ll probably be replacing it in a year or two and a ventless heat pump dryer is currently on my radar. Not only is the device itself significantly more efficient, but it will let me plug up the vent hole in my wall (hence: ventless) and thus make the general heating and cooling of my house more efficient.

4. Just donate directly.

Merchandise with the pink “for the cure” bows.

3. It just makes you cringe.

Tiny plastic garbage

I see tiktoks of people unboxing like these mini-plastic toys (?) of name brand items.

And they will have 100s of them all individually wrapped in multiple layers of packaging just to have tiny replicas of a bottle of windex or lay’s potato chips.

2. It’s all a bunch of b.s.

Detox teas or anything that claims to help rid you of “toxins” in your body. If you can’t do that shit on your own already then you need a kidney or liver transplant, not a tea that a fit mom is trying to sell you.

Also those ads that claim you have an outrageous amount of ‘toxic poop’ inside you. 5, 10, 20+ pounds. It’s absolute poetry that people who are full of shit try to say it’s YOU that’s full of shit.

1. The poor sharks.

Shark fin soup. The fishers only want the fin and throw the shark out to the sea after cutting it since the other body parts have no monetary value, letting the shark to die.

Not to mention I believe shark meat in general is very high in mercury, meaning eating a lot of it is very bad for you.

The real reason though is that the fins are worth so much that taking up room with actual whole sharks just isn’t cost effective.

Glad I’m not guilty of any of these already.

What else would you put on this list? We’re listening in the comments!