They say that yesterday’s current trends somehow end up being tomorrow’s buyer’s remorse, and the following list of 5 items that you might have purchased this year you probably won’t have to purchase, need to purchase or want to purchase in 2015. Enjoy.
Item #1: Expensive razorblades
Did you know that the shaving industry (yes, it’s an actual industry) is controlled by Gillette? It’s a $13 billion industry and, with nearly 70% of that industry going to one company, it means they pretty much run the market on razor blades, and that’s one of the reasons they’re so expensive.
With companies like Dollar Shave Club however, you can get blades on a mail order subscription basis and, even better, they cost a fraction of the blades that Gillette sells (and, from what we hear, deliver the same quality). Bye-bye, Gillette, hello economical shaving.
Item #2: Cable TV
With nearly 102 million subscribers, cable providers aren’t exactly hurting for customers. Their numbers are declining however, mostly due to cable alternatives like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon prime, three of the most prominent on the list of companies that provide TV programs and movies streaming on your computer, laptop or smartphone. As cable rates go ever higher, people with the patience to wait a day or two in order to get new episodes of their favorite programs can save a huge amount of money.
Item #3: DVDs and CDs with movies and music
Remember videocassette tapes? Most people don’t because the technology behind them, which was amazing back in the 1980s, is now completely obsolete. With digital movies and music allowing people to download both directly to their computers, laptops and smart phones, there won’t be any need for DVDs and CDs any longer very soon. Also, most people save their information to smart drives and/or the cloud these days, meaning that in 10 years you probably won’t remember DVDs and CDs either.
Item #4: Bottled Water
When water bottling company Perrier launched in the 1970s, nobody thought that bottled water would take off. They were wrong of course, and the industry made nearly $13 billion in 2013. The fact is however that most bottled water is bottled very close to your home (not in the Swiss Alps, as they’d have you believe) using the same water that comes out of your tap. Next year a lot more people will be buying home purification systems in order to take advantage of that fact, and save a bundle on bottled water when they do. Not only is it more economical but, in terms of the environment, the reduction in transporting all of that water (and the pollution it causes) is definitely a good thing.
Item #5: Mini Tablet computers
When the iPad Mini was first launched it was an incredible success, but many people wondered why it wasn’t able to do 1 thing; make phone calls. Today they have their iPhone 6 Plus, which isn’t as big but, at 5.5 inches, is good enough for people who like “phablets’, the new combination of tablets and smartphones. In fact, the bigger iPhone 6 might just be the death knell for the iPad Mini, whose sales dropped precipitously in 2014. In fact, sales of the iPhone 6 Plus made up over 40% of sales in this new segment, even though it wasn’t released until September.