Beyond the Purchase

Just as I decide to re-focus this blog a little more closely on the empirical research behind consumption, the relationship between consumption and happiness or fulfillment, what factors play a role in inducing us to buy, what things influence consumer choices, etc., I discover a site that’s already doing that, and indeed has been doing it for a while. And is actually a project by a research lab in San Francisco. And I found them while trying to track down a paper I wanted to blog about and their blog entry on the paper was one of the first search results I got.

The site is called Beyond the Purchase and you can find their blog here. The well-populated archives are comprised of posts that discuss plenty of very interesting research papers and findings. Back on the main website, they have some questionnaire scales that assess various factors that influence your own buying habits, so maybe register and have a go at some of those and see what you find out about yourself that you might not have explicitly known.

7 Thoughts on “Beyond the Purchase

  1. Hippocampe on March 22, 2013 at 4:29 am said:

    thanks for the link, I’ll have a look this week-end.

    Hope you still find motivation, time & energy to write about the issues stated in your teasing first paragraph, it sounds promising !

  2. Very interesting website, I’m just starting to make my way through the surveys and blog and already I’m totally engrossed in it. Consumerism/consumption is something I’m extremely interested in, especially with the rise of fashion/shopping blogs lately (guilty). If you come across any new links like this, I hope you’ll continue to share them!

  3. Thanks for sharing the link, it can be complementary to your own writings. I thnk the question of consumption, consumer happiness etc. is really is the air right now, and I can imagine this other blog is not the only one…

    But that’s a good thing, it means people are starting to question things, and actually share this questioning on their blog, whether it is through hard evidence/research or simple personal musings. Which is good news for everyone else, since it is very interesting!

  4. Hey Jess,

    This is Ryan from BeyondThePurchase.Org.

    First, great blog–I am enjoying reading your posts today (and I will be sharing some through my twitter account). I wish I had found you a long time ago. Second, you are right, our blog is not well connected (and our lack of readership is evidence of that). We have had more readers since your post than we have had in months. It would be great if we could find a way to connect all the people writing on consumption and happiness and support each other. Also, if you are interested, I would love post a Q & A with you on our blog about how you and how got started. Finally, I will address the concerns you raised on No Signposts in the Sea about the CBS having clinical language.

    Keep up the good work.


    • Hi Ryan, thanks so much for the comment. I’m glad to be able to send a little bit of traffic your way.

      I had a look at the Ridgway et al.’s 2008 paper reporting the CBS and I understand their approach and the terminology they’ve chosen, but I think that presenting it to laypeople in its current language would cause a lot of misunderstandings. If the feedback were changed just so it only discussed the traits rather than mentioning disorders, and mentioned that the results need to be taken with a grain of salt anyway, then I think it would fulfill its purpose of making people more aware of their habits and behaviours but without making them worry about whether there’s something wrong with them. Thanks so much for addressing that – your site is a great resource and I just don’t want people taking away the message that their behaviour is disordered or problematic. It’s like when I was administering the Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scale to my non-clinical participants and had to explain that their occasional high score within the typical ADHD range on some of the dimensions most definitely did not suggest that they had ADHD symptoms!

      If you want to get in touch, my email address is jess at the URL of the blog.

      All the best!

  5. hey Jess – SO glad to see that you’re blogging again. you’ve been sorely missed!

    thanks for sharing Ryan’s website – this topic is always on my mind, and so glad that more thoughtful voices are joining the conversation, and expanding the discussion :)

  6. Awesome that you got a comment from them. Please carry on with your own observations because I love reading your take on things. The other blog might be more technical and precise in other aspects but it’s too clinical. Your blog has that extra human touch on top. Also I don’t see why you guys can’t collaborate!

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