Day 22 of 30 Days On Dads – Buying High-Priced Sneakers: I Understand The Problem and Insanity, But Parents Are The Solution

Folks, watch the video below and let me know what you think.

If you are spending over $100 for some fashionable gym shoes/sneakers and you’re one paycheck short of a care-package, then you are a sheep. Sorry, but it needs to be said.

Parents, if you are buying these shoes for your kids and

a.) you can barely afford your own mortgage/rent/car note

b.) you are one paycheck short of a care-package

c.) you don’t want your kids “teased” because they don’t have the latest and greatest

You are a sheep as well.

Dave Ramsey says it all the time, “Learn to live like no one else, so one day you can live like no one else.”

But you know what? My generation is to blame! We made Jordan’s the shoes to have and I guess we see why we screamed foul and for help when the collapse of the housing market pulled our pants down, exposing us to the reality that we owned, excuses me, GOT LOANS for houses that we should not have purchased, had car loans that we should not have had and a host of other depreciating material possessions that we are willing to pay top dollar for because we can get the credit.

Maybe gym shoes/sneakers are the “gateway drug” for over-consumption?

NkeCostThe above was found in 1995 as part of the Just Don’t Do It Campaign at the University of Michigan. I have a feeling that since that time, the cost to consumer portion has gone up much more than the cost to Nike or the retailer.

So what “value” am I missing here folks? Check out the video the show on sneakers that aired on ESPN’s Outside The Lines titled, “Sneakerheads” Buying And Selling High-End Sneakers, and let me know in the comments below.

I gotta say though, at least that kid in the video had a plan and may be making a profit, but what about those of you who have them just sitting in the closet, ready to donate next year when that outfit is out of style or no longer fits? You’ll likely be working for that dude in the video one day, but you’ll also be putting his kids through college while you’re buying sneakers from his store.

I have one word: BAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!


Cruising With CornerstoneDad: Chevy Says, “Satisfaction Guaranteed!”

I post this because a regular CornerstoneDad commenter asked my opinion on the Chevy Cruze. After reading this, he can actually buy it and if he doesn’t like it, just take it back!

Some restrictions apply of course.

My son has purchased a new Malibu in the last 30 days, so people (at least in my area and social circle) are certainly considering putting a Chevy in their driveway.

When businesses come with the high pressure warranty sale on my dad, he always says, “Why am I buying your product if you’re so worried about it breaking? Maybe I shouldn’t buy it then!”

(Trust me, that one works well and I use it all the time.)

So props to General Motors for taking such a stand behind its products, as they are obviously confident that people are going to be satisfied.

Yes, I know there’s a psychological game being played here as well but we aren’t going to focus on that right now.

So if you’re a CornerstoneDad getting ready to plop down some cash on a new ride (literally for my Dave Ramsey fans), this may be a reason to stop by your local Chevy dealer and see they can show you some love.