Hey everyone, my name is Marcus, and welcome to The Savvy Consumer podcast. In this podcast, we discuss the psychology and human behaviour behind consumption, and how we can utilize this knowledge to become a more savvy consumer. We also talk about related topics such as optimizing personal finances, staying productive, and buying and selling preloved items.
All Things Food - Food in General, Food in Singapore, and Food at Different Price Points... Plus Fast Food and Superheroes, The New (or Old) Way to Travel, and How to Know That You Have Gotten Old
Food is one of Singapore's national unofficial pasttimes - some of us live and breathe food. While this does not apply to all Singaporeans (e.g. Jon), this tends to be the case in this island of ours. We discuss our thoughts on food in general, talk about some of Singapore's "national" foods, and talk about foods that range from cheap to wallet-breaking. We also talk about superheroes created by fast-food chains (2:22), a novel (or not) way to travel once it is feasible for us to do so (26:08), and how to definitively know that we have transitioned from a young person to a not-so-young person (48:50).
Buyer & Seller Etiquette - What To and What Not-To Do... Plus Chocolates as a Metaphor for Humans, How We Learned A Lesson From Our Own Podcast, and The Truth Behind Service in the F&B Industry
Having bought and sold stuff for nearly the past seven years, I share my experience in meeting and dealing with all sorts of people and get Jon to share his instinctive opinion on these experiences. We also talk about chocolates which have extended their stay (2:30), the lessons we have learned in the process of recording this episode (37:52), and how Food & Beverage (F&B) establishments generally view customer service (46:57).
Why You Own Nothing and Rent Everything... Plus How Much Your Opinion is Actually Worth, How Boxes Spark Joy, and How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
Jon directs this episode as I take a backseat and go with the flow... not. In this episode, we propose a new way of looking at your possessions, and how to utilize this perspective in everyday life. We also talk about selling your opinions on second-hand platforms (6:36), how you can use boxes to contain all the joy you have sparked (42:57), and how you can create a win-win situation in a traditional win-lose situation (53:36).
Free-to-play, Pay-to-play, or Pay-to-lose? The Dangers of Freemium Games and Lootboxes... Plus Choosing Between Charizard and Marriage, and Why Vocal Warmups are Important
Genshin Impact is a hugely popular free-to-play game that has brought the spotlight back on freemium games and lootboxes. We give our take on games using a similar model and lootboxes as actual players of these games, and discuss how can approach these games with a realistic mindset. We also talk about choosing between Charizard and marriage (4:06), how gameboy taught us the value of money (38:46), and why vocal warmups are important (62:00).
Should Buying and Reselling for a Profit be Considered Unethical? Plus How "Experts" on Online Advertisements are a Hoax, How the Term "Guitar Pedals" Came About, and The 5000IQ Way to Beat Queues
A 16-year old boy in Singapore made the headlines when it was reported that he makes up to S$30,000 in a month buying and reselling branded sneakers. While many applauded his sense of entrepreneurship, others called foul on his behaviour for artificially raising prices. In response, Jon and I discuss how ethics plays into the entire situation. We also give our take on online "experts" (10:33), where guitar pedals got their name (40:25) and the best way to beat the queue for anything, anytime (57:08).
Original Article: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/cnainsider/teen-sneaker-resale-hypemaster-remus-singapore-13190860?cid=telegram_cna_social_28112017_cna
Response Commentary: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/sneakers-air-jordan-yeezy-nike-limited-edition-resell-sale-trade-13290794?cid=FBcna
When Free Stuff Isn't Really Free... Plus How "Lockdown" is a Dirty Word in Singapore, How We Love Prism-Shaped Chicken Cushions, and Why We Trust Strangers But Not Family and Friends
While free stuff is generally a welcome sight, not all free stuff is always good. In this episode, Jon shares his love for all stuff free while I take on a different approach. We also talk about the "Circuit Breaker" in Singapore (15:10), chicken cushions in the shape of a prism and cuboid (21:00) (60:02) and why we trust strangers but not family and friends (37:20).