Now with only a few clicks of a button, we can get everything we need or want. This has led to a serious discussion of what consumerism brings us and how we should change our shopping habits. And this is not the only reason why people sometimes need to think twice before confirming that purchase. Together with this goes untrustworthy brands, low-quality items, and influential hype of purchasing unnecessary things. 

Reddit user @u/Badass_Band1t asked people online “What should people seriously stop buying?” and received almost 40k upvotes together with 27.5 comments where other users shared their opinions about things that, for various reasons, should not be purchased in the future. 

Most of the answers showed that people are very much concerned about plastic use. A lot of comments suggested that we can all live without buying single-use plastic products when there are so many alternatives that are friendly to the environment. Plastic water bottles and cutlery were among the things that pollute surroundings the most and can be easily replaced with reusable items. 

I guess that spreading awareness about MLM (multi-level marketing) scams stuck in people’s minds as these companies and their products were also mentioned by users of Reddit. It was stressed in some of the comments that any kind of unnecessary things that provide you with temporary happiness are not worth buying as they only take up space but usually have no value. 

What do you think people should also stop buying? Leave your thoughts in the comments down below!

More Info: Reddit

#1

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Animals that are so inbred to meet a certain 'breed standard' that they are a walking vet bill from birth. Brachycephalic dog breeds such as French Bulldogs being an example.

Sarcastic-Me , stanze Report

Norma
Community Member
2 months ago

That and cutting off ears/tails. STOP already!!!

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#2

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Shark fin soup. The fishers only want the fin and throw the shark out to the sea after cutting it since the other body parts have no monetary value, letting the shark to die

marisquo , jay.tong Report

Paddling Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

The sharks die by DROWNING. It's barbaric.

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#3

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Puppy mill puppies!

bagelmama11 , gianni Report

Aisling Raye
Community Member
2 months ago

ADOPT DON'T SHOP. I feel like I have to say this so many times. Look for a pet at your local shelter. Give them a chance. I promise that an adopted pet knows that you saved them. In my experience they are always the sweetest.

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#4

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Anything an influencer gets paid to promote

nagygirl23 , HumongoNationphotogallery Report

Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

Why should we stop buying it because an influencer or whoever promoted it for money? If I need it or want it and I find it worth my money, I don't give a rat's 4ss who promoted it..

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#5

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group The sewage that comes out of TV Evangelists' mouths.

datazulu , Robert Couse-Baker Report

denzoren
Community Member
2 months ago

Not to mention the robbery with all these "seed faiths" and donations preying on vulnerable persons.

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#6

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group University books… boycott them, ridiculous price for individuals to pay for education, should all be online publicly for free.

AidanOP , Teresa Grau Ros Report

GFSTaylor
Community Member
2 months ago

Not for free. The people who spend months and years writing them need to earn money from their work.

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#7

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group So much. Stop buy so much. You don't need all that f*****g s**t.

SolarisIX , Blondinrikard Fröberg Report

Cafe con pan
Community Member
2 months ago

This should be the only thing on this post.

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#8

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Animals they can't take care of for the rest of their lives.

mcontant , Phil Fiddyment Report

Julia Larsson
Community Member
2 months ago

Like parrots who outlive their owners. If you want to buy one (please do your research ofc); find an adult parrot.

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#9

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group A new phone every year.

Gabochuky , Daniel Grothe Report

denzoren
Community Member
2 months ago

I've had my phone for the past 3 years and it's a gem. It's not even high end, it's a based model ASUS and it does everything I need it to. It fell numerous times and haven't broken!

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#10

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group GLITTER. Sparkles, glitter and sequins on everything, especially kids items.

You think it's hard to get that s**t out of your house after craft time?

It's MICROPLASTIC, and it's going into our waterways and oceans. Yet the toy stores and clothing stores are adding more sequins and glitter every day. Makes me furious. Just stop buying it!

candidlycait , m01229 Report

Misty Tree
Community Member
2 months ago

Luckily, there's eco glitter! You can still have your sparklies.

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#11

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Detox teas or anything that claims to help rid you of “toxins” in your body. If you can’t do that s**t on your own already then you need a kidney or liver transplant, not a tea that a fit mom is trying to sell you.

TheBereWolf , Judit Klein Report

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 months ago

In their defense, I don't think they have any medicinal properties at all, but the schisandra/kuchika/chicory/dandelion "detox" teas are quite delicious.

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#12

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Caskets.

Especially those sealed tight ones... Our dead need to decompose, and they will, but the casket can just explode.

When I'm dead I want to be buried in a blanket and tossed in a hole. Let nature worry about me.

BevLive , Rob Oo Report

bonnyatlast
Community Member
2 months ago

I want one of those egg things that turn into a tree.

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#13

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Products with palm oil in.

Yabanna_Koogarappa , Aul Rah Report

Tracy Wallick
Community Member
2 months ago

An explanation would help, why is palm oil so bad?

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#14

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Cigarettes. Quit while you can. If you need help doing so, we can be friends and I can help you all I can.

ParanoidOzzy666 , Fried Dough Report

Jenn Ryan
Community Member
2 months ago

I've tried to quit so many times throughout the years. I've tried every product and cold turkey. I can get over the physical addiction just fine. It's the mental addiction I can't get past.

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#15

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Pugs and French bulldogs

Mavywavy13 , Kristin "Shoe" Shoemaker Report

Julia Larsson
Community Member
2 months ago

poor babies can't breathe

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#16

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group any kind of shower gel or facewash that has those plastic microbeads in them.

The beads are small enough to get through most filtration systems and are ruinous to marine life

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/microbeads-international-ban-damage-marine-life-plastic

graeuk , J B Report

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 months ago

The 'Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015' phased-out and effectively banned the sale of these products in the US in 2019.

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#17

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Fast fashion.

icee5728 , Denkrahm Report

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
2 months ago

Absolutely! I have bought hardly any new items of clothing in a decade. I buy most of my clothes at thrift stores.

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#18

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Diamonds

OrangeyUnicorn , kyler kwock Report

AutisticPat
Community Member
2 months ago

Natural diamonds are sometimes collected by slaves, but I don’t see anything wrong with laboratory grown diamonds.

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#19

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Anything involved in an MLM scam. I’m looking at you Young Living Essential Oils

wafflelover17 , Channy Yun Report

Satirical Duchess
Community Member
2 months ago

dear lord, why did that take me a second to realise it didn't say "men loving men scam"

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#20

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Plastic bottles.

Just buy a water filter and fill up the same bottle

Edit: for people saying just drink tap water, I agree 100%. I’m just saying there are a lot of people who only buy bottled water, drink it, throw it and buy another one. Ridiculously unnecessary. Those plastics are so difficult to recycle, if at all. Most just ends up in landfill anyway.

Trying to convince them to buy a water filter is good middle ground!

My FIL boasts about how eco-conscious he is but still does what I said above. Drives me mental.

ItWazFuken1ofYas , zeevveez Report

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 months ago

refilling a single use bottle does actually cause germ growth though. You need a reusable bottle than can be cleaned.

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#21

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Tiny plastic garbage

I see tiktoks of people unboxing like these mini-plastic toys (?) of name brand items.

And they will have 100s of them all individually wrapped in multiple layers of packaging just to have tiny replicas of a bottle of windex or lay's potato chips.

WitherWithout , Ivan Radic Report

More Thinking Needed
Community Member
2 months ago

81% of plastic ocean polution comes from Asia. Africa 8%, South America 6%, North America 5%, Europe <1%

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#22

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Red Delicious apples. You deserve better than that mushy garbage. Get yourself a honeycrisp.

1080TJ , Sonita Lewis Report

Tracy Wallick
Community Member
2 months ago

Pink Lady apples are my fave

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#23

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group K-Cups

If you have a Keurig, use the reusable K-Cup.

gizmosbutu , m01229 Report

Helmut Kok
Community Member
2 months ago

or learn to make coffee

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#24

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Nestle Products

akidnamedsunny , aúl Hernández González Report

Mike Ieva
Community Member
2 months ago

They own like 1/6 of all the global food brands...

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#25

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Any home exercise machine or equipment that requires a subscription to use. You paid 2 grand for a treadmill and then a recurring monthly fee to use it. How is this business model working?

Hormel_Chavez , Make Lemons Report

John Baker
Community Member
2 months ago

I never heard of such a thing.

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#26

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Pangolins

thehonestyfish , Wildlife Alliance Report

miss miss
Community Member
2 months ago

Leave them alone to grow

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#27

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group S**t made of plastic they use once and throw away.

LPTKill , Carl Campbell Report

jpaul
Community Member
2 months ago

Europe has started a "0 plastic" campaign. progressively any avoidable plastic is prohibited

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#28

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Most saltwater fish if they aren't willing to put in the effort, and certain species that just can't be kept in captivity even with the effort.

90% of saltwater fish you see in the store except for most clowns, some tangs, some seahorses, and I think maybe cardinal fish are all wild caught.

More than any other pet, when you take home a saltwater fish you have purchased a piece of the environment and you should treat it with every bit of respect it deserves.

RhynoD , Aquatic Life Report

Raven DeathShade
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

This is why I stick with freshwater fish. My betta is perfectly happy in his ~30 gallon tank, and I'm getting him some more tankmates soon.

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#29

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group Online IQ test. If there was a way to fail an IQ test, paying for one online would be it.

theoceanisdeep , Alberto G. Report

Sam Yobado
Community Member
2 months ago

Just be sure to buy all the brain training apps first, to make certain you are the superest smart.

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#30

30 Items We All Should Quit Buying, As Pointed Out By People In This Online Group I can't understand the people that buy holiday decor every single year. Are people buying fake trees and tossing them every year and needing a new one? Same with ornaments and what not. Obviously people move out of their parents or they need to replace ornaments if they're broken or something but the amount in stores does not add up to me. Why so much new stuff every year?

PumpkinPieIsGreat , subherwal Report

Viva Patata
Community Member
2 months ago

I buy one fancy ornament each year, so at some point I will have a nice christmas tree with ornaments for life :-)

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