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  • "All the senses can be manipulated to attempt to alter consumer mood, and in turn purchasing interest and perception of the quality of a product. Stimulate two senses and the brand impact increases by 30%, rising to 70% when a third is added … US company Inscentivation, for example, owns a scent that increases betting on slot machines in casinos by 45%, while UK company Bodywise treats its bills with an odour that makes them 17% more likely to be paid."
    Helen Soteriou, British business journalist
    Source: BBC News (August 13, 2012)
  • "We could live as we did in 1948 and have an additional six months off a year, or strike some better balance between time and more things. But this is never the choice presented to us. The option is never more time, it's always buying more."
    Neal Lawson (1963–), British journalist and author
    Source: All Consuming (2009)
  • "Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to go shopping."
    Bo Derek (1956–), US actress
    Source: Quoted in The 10 Women You’ll Be Before You’re 35 (Alison James, 2005)
  • "America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy."
    John Updike (19322009), US novelist and critic
    Source: Problems (1980)
  • "What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest."
    Andy Warhol (19281987), US artist and producer
    Source: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (from A to B and Back Again) (1975)
  • "Buying is much more American than thinking and I'm as American as they come."
    Andy Warhol (19281987), US artist and producer
    Source: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (from A to B and Back Again) (1975)
  • "People want economy and they will pay any price to get it."
    Lee Iacocca (1924–), US former president of Ford Motor Company, and former CEO and chairman of Chrysler
    Source: New York Times (1974)
  • "In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy."
    Ivan Illich (19262002), US priest and educator
    Source: Tools for Conviviality (1973)
  • "Work to survive, survive by consuming, survive to consume: the hellish cycle is complete."
    Raoul Vaneigem (1934–), Belgian philosopher
    Source: The Revolution of Everyday Life (1967)
  • "Teenagers travel in droves, packs, swarms. To the librarian, they’re a gaggle of geese. To the cook, they’re a scourge of locusts. To department stores they’re a big beautiful exaltation of larks, all lovely and loose and jingly."
    Bernice Fitz-Gibbon (1895?1982), US advertising executive
    Source: New York Times (1960)
  • "Our gadget-filled paradise suspended in a hell of insecurity."
    Reinhold Niebuhr (18921971), US theologian
    Source: Pious and Secular America (1957)
  • "A society in which consumption has to be artificially stimulated in order to keep production going is a society founded on trash and waste, and such a society is a house built on sand."
    Dorothy L. Sayers (18931957), British author
    Source: Creed or Chaos (1947)
  • "Man wants but little here below but likes that little good—and not too long in coming."
    Samuel Butler (18351902), British writer
    Source: Further Extracts from the Notebooks (A. Bartholomew, ed, 1934)
  • "Consumption is the sole end and purpose of production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer."
    Adam Smith (17231790), British economist and philosopher
    Source: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776)
  • "Too many of us are spending money we haven't earned to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't like."

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