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2014-02-17 01:07:44 PM  
6 votes:
The biggest advertising con ever concocted (mostly for Americans) is the idea that diamonds are rare and valuable.
2014-02-17 01:47:17 PM  
4 votes:

shanrick: The biggest advertising con ever concocted (mostly for Americans) is the idea that diamonds are rare and valuable.


I thought it was that Starbucks coffee is worth 5 bucks. Or that Hershey's makes chocolate. Or that 59 ounces of OJ is the same as 64 ounces of OJ as long as it's in the same package. Or that adding air to a bag of chips makes it weigh more. Or that a pint of Haagen Daaz now equals 14 ounces. Or that buying 8 oz cans of Coke is healthier and more inexpensive.

Hey but cows can produce twice as much as 50 years ago, so that's probably healthy drink some more. So is the addition of soybean oil and HFCS to everything you eat. Don't worry if it's less than 0.5g of transfats it's still fine.

85% ethanol is totally environmental though. And coal is now clean. Wind and solar are terrible because they kill a few birds, so let's completely forget about that coal ash leeching into your water supply because that would kill jobs.

Oh you stopped eating HFCS and replaced it with cane sugar? Good for you, you can eat more of this regular sugar which is in everything you eat and still terrible for you. This organic agave nectar is totally different.

What? You got cancer because of all that sugar and a combination of environmental factors? Don't worry we have tons of drugs now, I mean sure there are side effects like death, and they cost indescribable amounts of money and you'll have to go to an oncologist for the rest of your life. But hey! Life, sweet life.

I'm glad you avoided those blood diamonds though. Here, have some dark chocolate made by child slave labor, it's healthy for you! Oh it looks like you got some on your Gap shirt and pants made by child slave labor. Here let me put some antibiotic soap on it while you answer your phone laden with parts mined from child slave labor.

Yeah, tricking women into buying diamonds is totally the worst con ever invented by corporations.

Everything depreciates when you try to resell it years later. Clothes, appliances, cars, cell phones, toys, computers, furniture, 99% of art. Most houses in most areas at best stay at market price when you factor in inflation.

/just sayin.
2014-02-17 01:44:57 PM  
3 votes:
Women are shallow, men are stupid.
2014-02-17 03:40:37 PM  
2 votes:
www.ishkur.com
2014-02-17 02:02:49 PM  
2 votes:

bdub77: Yeah, tricking women into buying diamonds is totally the worst con ever invented by corporations


It's the men doing the buying.  And everything you mentioned has some utility, unlike diamonds, which are worn solely for status.
2014-02-17 10:25:56 PM  
1 vote:

gadian: I'm not really a jewelry person though and I guess I lack the bird brained "ooh shiny" when it comes to it.


I very much have an "ooh shiny" mentality. I've been collecting gems and precious stones since I was a little boy. Now as an adult with a decent paying job, I can more or less fund such a hobby on my own. But, I have accepted such gifts from friends and family who know I have an interest in them, and I have given some as gifts occasionally over the years. We all have our things, whether it's model trains or paintings or gemstone collections or whatever. No shame in liking or disliking or indifference.
2014-02-17 10:01:35 PM  
1 vote:
Might as well strap a clod of dirt to your finger, as far as I'm concerned. I never understood the appeal and I find them valueless.  Thank goodness my husband listened when I said I don't like diamonds.  I'm not really a jewelry person though and I guess I lack the bird brained "ooh shiny" when it comes to it.
2014-02-17 04:49:44 PM  
1 vote:
Why does anyone still buy real diamonds?  Even aside from the ethical concerns, the lab created diamonds are mostly better quality and way cheaper.  Hell, they have to put a micro-etching on lab created diamonds so that jewelers can distinguish them from utterly perfect natural diamonds (how's that for exercising some cartel muscle - fark debeers)

My wife's engagement ring (2+ carats of lab created diamonds) looks like something a Kardashian would wear but cost less than $2K (I think - its been 5 years. definitely less than $3K, though)
2014-02-17 04:20:08 PM  
1 vote:
My wife never liked diamonds. I recently gave her something else made of carbon:
www.cervelo.com

A small diamond ring would have been less expensive, but she really enjoys this.
2014-02-17 03:44:10 PM  
1 vote:

relaxitsjustme: shanrick: The biggest advertising con ever concocted (mostly for Americans) is the idea that diamonds are rare and valuable.

Try and buy one.


Try and sell one.
2014-02-17 03:34:22 PM  
1 vote:
What's saddest is the giant, ugly stones you see so frequently.  Don't these girls realize that their 1 carat dirty cloud isn't a good quality diamond?
2014-02-17 03:33:59 PM  
1 vote:

relaxitsjustme: moefuggenbrew: relaxitsjustme: Would you be pissed if you found out a family antique oak desk was really a fake built in the 50's and distressed to look 100+ years old?

No, I wouldn't be.

Because it still looks like it did the day before and still holds my farking computer monitor.

Way to snip the most important part of my answer so I'll repeat it: Because it isn't as valuable.


Do you like your family furniture solely for its value? I'll take function anyday.
2014-02-17 03:24:50 PM  
1 vote:

relaxitsjustme: Would you be pissed if you found out a family antique oak desk was really a fake built in the 50's and distressed to look 100+ years old?


No, I wouldn't be.

Because it still looks like it did the day before and still holds my farking computer monitor.
2014-02-17 03:15:18 PM  
1 vote:

Marcus Aurelius: bdub77: Yeah, tricking women into buying diamonds is totally the worst con ever invented by corporations

It's the men doing the buying.  And everything you mentioned has some utility, unlike diamonds, which are worn solely for status.


So what. Lots of things are done solely for status but for whatever reason we don't get a fark thread on them every 6 months.
2014-02-17 03:11:48 PM  
1 vote:
I'm just going to own it. I have a very nice diamond engagement ring and I enjoy wearing it.

I'm a girly girl and I like pretty things. The nice thing about a ring (compared to say, earrings) is that I can just look down at my hand to admire it.

It's the man (or woman, NTTAWWT) you're marrying that really matters. But if a couple can afford a nice diamond ring and that's something that will make them happy, I don't believe it is a stupid purchase. The ring is just a bonus!
2014-02-17 02:58:05 PM  
1 vote:
Mrs. Smurf's engagement ring is a ruby set in a heart shaped setting.  Together with the alternating ruby and diamond wedding band it draws a lot more praise than any diamond could regardless of size.

Moral of the CSB:
Peer pressure is for losers.  Do what makes you happy
2014-02-17 02:57:47 PM  
1 vote:
This article sucks. It's just commenting on and block quoting a 30 year old article from the Atlantic that has been floating around the internet since myspace was a thing. Go do your own reporting, you hack.
2014-02-17 02:19:29 PM  
1 vote:

Ambivalence: hervatski: If you find a girl who doesn't want a diamond ring for your engagement hold onto her! Never let her go!

Unless its been a month, in which case let go of your pillow and put it in the wash.

I didn't want an engagement ring. for years i dodged my hisband's attempts to get me one. "if you have enough money for a diamond ring, you have enough money to make a downpayment on a house" i would say. "don't get me a diamond, I'll never wear it" I said. years later, we had the house and the retirement plans and decent savings and yet again he insisted on getting me a diamond ring. fine. i picked out a modest ring with 3 stones, but now he gets all pouty when i don't wear it.

I swear...do men ever listen?


We do. Just mostly to other guys saying "she says she doesn't want it, but she really does."

It's kind of an issue that our gender has dealing with your gender, which sucks.
2014-02-17 02:14:25 PM  
1 vote:

hervatski: If you find a girl who doesn't want a diamond ring for your engagement hold onto her! Never let her go!

Unless its been a month, in which case let go of your pillow and put it in the wash.


I didn't want an engagement ring. for years i dodged my hisband's attempts to get me one. "if you have enough money for a diamond ring, you have enough money to make a downpayment on a house" i would say. "don't get me a diamond, I'll never wear it" I said. years later, we had the house and the retirement plans and decent savings and yet again he insisted on getting me a diamond ring. fine. i picked out a modest ring with 3 stones, but now he gets all pouty when i don't wear it.

I swear...do men ever listen?
2014-02-17 02:12:15 PM  
1 vote:

Marcus Aurelius: bdub77: Yeah, tricking women into buying diamonds is totally the worst con ever invented by corporations

It's the men doing the buying.  And everything you mentioned has some utility, unlike diamonds, which are worn solely for status.


Clothes certainly have utility, but many are bought and worn for status. Many cars are bought for status. In China, cell phones and tablets are a status symbol. Art rarely has any 'utility' in the basic sense. In fact jewelry is in many ways an extension of the art world.

And again, things depreciate after they are bought, whether they have utility or not. Anyone who buys a diamond expecting it to appreciate is an idiot.
2014-02-17 01:53:17 PM  
1 vote:
If you find a girl who doesn't want a diamond ring for your engagement hold onto her! Never let her go!

Unless its been a month, in which case let go of your pillow and put it in the wash.
2014-02-17 01:20:31 PM  
1 vote:
What's appalling is how many urban sisters need the bling on the ring thing.
 
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