Category Archives: Clothes

It’s Good to Buy New Clothes Every Year or so

It’s that time of year again.  About once or twice a year, I venture out to a clothing retailer and grab a few items.  This past weekend it was Old Navy.  They usually have great prices and this visit was no exception.  I bought three shirts and a pair of shorts, all for $26.  That should hold me for another year!

Not doing a whole lot of in-person retail shopping, I forget how much of a hassle it can be to check out at the register.  At the Old Navy counter, the cashier first asked for my phone number so that I may receive text messages about the latest sales – no thanks.  Then, the cashier asked if I’d like to apply for the store credit card.  I would receive 50% off today’s purchase, 10% future purchases and plus many other exciting deals – again, no thanks.  Finally the clerk gave me my total and I slid my credit card.  Just as I finished signing the screen and mentally preparing myself to grab the bag and sprint towards the nearest exit, the cashier stops me for one last request: “What’s your email address?”  Uhhh…no thanks…have a nice day.

I don’t think there’s any store I’m so in love with that I want them to regularly send me text messages, credit card bills, and email updates.  Plus with all the security breaches lately at Target, Home Depot, and others, I don’t think I want to trust one more company with my personal contact information.  I’m guessing next year, when I venture out for my annual clothing hunt, whichever store I choose will probably up the anti and ask me to “like” them on Facebook, subscribe to their twitter feed, and add them to my Linked-In network.  I know these retailers are trying to do everything they can to stay relevant in this high-tech world, but I just want some pants.