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(Vox)   No one understands back-to-school shopping this year   (vox.com) divider line
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557 clicks; posted to Business » on 01 Sep 2020 at 6:12 AM (19 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-09-01 5:57:09 AM  
Back to school - No!  Stop it, you fools!
 
2020-09-01 6:58:46 AM  
Coffins?
 
2020-09-01 7:15:09 AM  
I made sure to pick up a second Chromebook for my middle child back when most people were pretending schools were going to be open.  Just checked, and that same unit is now 40% more expensive 2 months ago, which in turn was 50% more expensive than the similar one I got for the older child on Black Friday.
 
2020-09-01 8:07:25 AM  

BMFPitt: I made sure to pick up a second Chromebook for my middle child back when most people were pretending schools were going to be open.  Just checked, and that same unit is now 40% more expensive 2 months ago, which in turn was 50% more expensive than the similar one I got for the older child on Black Friday.


What tense and date are you posting from?
 
2020-09-01 8:30:37 AM  
Bullet proof backpacks?
 
2020-09-01 8:34:37 AM  
So far this back to school* shopping consisted of 2 new gaming-class laptops, 2 iPad Pros with Pencils and a bunch of accessories to set up working spaces. In all, 7k worth of gear. Now, lil.outtatowner is 11 and our pre-shopping gear was not capable of supporting distance learning. Now that we don't even get that from the school, the second set of gear is to enable a home-teacher, me, to do the job of paid by taxes professionals.
Let's just say it was about 500% higher bill than normal year. We also had to invest hundreds of dollars into online licenses for software and content in order to provide a approximation to the resources school normally provides. To underscore how dire the situation is;- there is no textbooks, or written curriculum for parents to follow and administer either. The cost of the knowledge is a paywall for every topic.

Our kids will grow up the same way as my grandparents in WW2, woefully uneducated in era of high technology.

*Offer not valid online or in person in Ontario
 
2020-09-01 8:38:59 AM  

BMFPitt: I made sure to pick up a second Chromebook for my middle child back when most people were pretending schools were going to be open.  Just checked, and that same unit is now 40% more expensive 2 months ago, which in turn was 50% more expensive than the similar one I got for the older child on Black Friday.


School made a decision to loan us all iPads.  Totally locked down but functional.
 
2020-09-01 8:44:28 AM  

alechemist: Bullet proof backpacks?


Don't be silly.  No back-to-school ammunition sales* this year because there isn't any ammunition to be found except for the boutique calibers.

Everyone is buying it up as fast as it hits the shelves because of the mostly peaceful riots and the possibility of Joe "Assault Weapons Ban of 1994" Biden being elected.


*Hunting season and the start of the school year both happen in the fall.
 
2020-09-01 8:49:33 AM  

holdmybones: BMFPitt: I made sure to pick up a second Chromebook for my middle child back when most people were pretending schools were going to be open.  Just checked, and that same unit is now 40% more expensive 2 months ago, which in turn was 50% more expensive than the similar one I got for the older child on Black Friday.

What tense and date are you posting from?


We're way past tense now.  We're living in bungalows.  This being the mechanical age of course.
 
2020-09-01 9:05:30 AM  
I've never really understood back to school shopping, other than picking up school supplies.  Even for that, my sisters and I typically started off the school year using the previous year's leftovers.  Binders were emptied and reused, and we almost always had leftover notebook paper, unused portions of spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, etc.  And clothes?  My parents bought us stuff when the old stuff wore out, not "just because" when the school year started.

Why yes, I went to school in the 70s and early 80s as part of GenX.
 
2020-09-01 9:54:32 AM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: I've never really understood back to school shopping, other than picking up school supplies.  Even for that, my sisters and I typically started off the school year using the previous year's leftovers.  Binders were emptied and reused, and we almost always had leftover notebook paper, unused portions of spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, etc.  And clothes?  My parents bought us stuff when the old stuff wore out, not "just because" when the school year started.

Why yes, I went to school in the 70s and early 80s as part of GenX.


For me, back to school shopping meant standing in line at the book store for one to two days to be let in once to purchase all the supplies I needed for the year, and once the book store ran out, that was it. No more until next year. But I grew up during Sovietly times. I can't shake the stark resemblance in America and Canada at the moment. Ever used a crayon shorter than 1/4 inch? Diluted ink so it'll last 2-ce as long? Fun times.
 
2020-09-01 9:54:37 AM  
I used to love getting new stuff for the school year. Backpack, lunchbox, Trapper Keeper. So much potential!

I just got my kids the basics each year. A couple of spiral notebooks, a binder, a few pens and pencils. Didn't worry about the 30-item list the schools put out, and they never needed more. I always got the "to share" classroom stuff, though, to help out.

This year, my youngest is remote learning full-time, so didn't need to get anything. It was wonderful not having to fight the mob at Walmart.
 
2020-09-01 10:19:11 AM  
My savings account's corpse would like a word with subby.

/Worst back-to-school shopping ever.
 
2020-09-01 12:25:04 PM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: I've never really understood back to school shopping, other than picking up school supplies.  Even for that, my sisters and I typically started off the school year using the previous year's leftovers.  Binders were emptied and reused, and we almost always had leftover notebook paper, unused portions of spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, etc.  And clothes?  My parents bought us stuff when the old stuff wore out, not "just because" when the school year started.

Why yes, I went to school in the 70s and early 80s as part of GenX.


it no longer consists of buying supplies for your kids, you have to help buy supplies for the entire classroom.  Otherwise, I agree on your experience.  Clothes for the fall, paper,pens and pencils, maybe a backpack if yours was falling apart was the jist of the shopping list.

Still not sure why we cannot collect money from everyone and then have the school buy all the supplies at a bulk rate.

/Sadly, I know why...
 
2020-09-01 2:55:37 PM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: I've never really understood back to school shopping, other than picking up school supplies.  Even for that, my sisters and I typically started off the school year using the previous year's leftovers.  Binders were emptied and reused, and we almost always had leftover notebook paper, unused portions of spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, etc.  And clothes?  My parents bought us stuff when the old stuff wore out, not "just because" when the school year started.

Why yes, I went to school in the 70s and early 80s as part of GenX.


Yeah, me too, I usually could get mom to invest in a spiral note pad, and a new fancy fountain pen.
 
2020-09-01 3:43:52 PM  
Shut up and wait for cheap Halloween candy day. It's going to be ridiculous.
 
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