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AIBU?

The penny drops...

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astralweaks · 19/11/2019 10:51

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/19/marie-kondo-sparks-consternation-with-online-homeware-store

So ultimately for Kondo it’s all about making money. (Surprise.) uSome people have slavishly followed her mantra and may now be feeling a tiny bit stupid. AIBU to think she is a charlatan?

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astralweaks · 19/11/2019 10:53
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ActualHornist · 19/11/2019 10:57

So the Netflix show didn’t get you on to that?

Who cares. If you’re stupid enough to get rid of everything just to replace it (me Grin) then more fool you!

LeekMunchingSheepShagger · 19/11/2019 11:00

Of course it’s about making money. What else would it be about Confused

SquareAsABlock · 19/11/2019 11:01

AIBU to think she is a charlatan?

If people were dim enough to religiously follow her methods without accepting she's not a lifestyle guru but just another person with an idea and building a brand, that's their problem. Doesn't make her a 'charlatan', otherwise many people promoting a lifestyle could be seen as such. A tad hypocritical perhaps, but the masses do love jumping on a different cultural way of living, and if theres a buck to be made then I dont blame her for using her name to sell. It's the world we live in, people buy into these fads and they're willing to buy the shite that goes with it.

mrsbyers · 19/11/2019 11:02

Wow someone trying to make a living from something she is good at and enjoys - what an evil bitch eh ? It costs nothing to Kondo , no one is making you spend at her online shop but I’m certain there’s a huge demand from others. Good luck to her , a great example of female entrepreneurship

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER · 19/11/2019 11:05

Did anyone with half a brain ever imagine that she wasn't into it all for the money?
More fool anyone IMO who buys a famous--name anything that comes at a premium just because of that name. But she evidently knows that plenty of people are gullible enough.

ChardonnaysDistantCousin · 19/11/2019 11:10

No one makes people buy her merchandise.

Areyoufree · 19/11/2019 11:11

Her book was around a long time before the Netflix series. I really like her book, and found it really useful. Her enthusiam for what she does and why she does it really comes across in her writing, and I very much doubt that she had envisioned an online shop as the ultimate outcome! However, if it looks as if she can increase her business that way, then why not?

So, YABU.

Lockheart · 19/11/2019 11:19

What on earth are you on about? "Woman sets up business and tries to make money".

Exactly what is the issue here? She's not a charity and never has been to my knowledge.

astralweaks · 19/11/2019 11:22

The point is, surely, that she is making money now by suggesting people get rid of their own stuff and replace it with HER stuff! For a price. It’s laughable and discredits her “philosophy”.

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SquareAsABlock · 19/11/2019 11:27

Nobody is making anyone buy her stuff Hmm. Have you not heard of commercialism?

Slappadabass · 19/11/2019 11:31

It's her job, ofcorse she's in it for the money.


She's seen a opportunity and taken it, good for her!

CravingCheese · 19/11/2019 11:36

people were dim enough to religiously follow her methods without accepting she's not a lifestyle guru but just another person with an idea and building a brand, that's their problem

Sounds like 'a person with an idea and building a brand' is a description that one could use to describe a lifestyle guru, tbh...

Anyhow. I own her book, it was actually nothing particularly new or useful to me personally IIRC... But I'm a chaotic slob that has been keeping a system (not necessarily order) by merciless decluttering and a rather systematic approach.

DontCallMeShitley · 19/11/2019 11:45

I have been saying she is an obsessive, over hyped waste of space ever since I discovered her. I just assumed she was channelling her OCD into being a rich obsessive and had no time for her. I hate rip-offs.

People are so gullible and sheep like, it is sad. I have kept my belongings tidy since I was old enough to work out how I wanted them to be, I didn't need a book to show me.

astralweaks · 19/11/2019 11:59

It’s “her job” ? It’s ironic.

So many of her ardent followers will stock up - she hopes with her oh so useful and oh so beautiful “stuff” -.and will be back to zero in no time.

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astralweaks · 19/11/2019 12:00

People are so gullible and sheep like, it is sad. I have kept my belongings tidy since I was old enough to work out how I wanted them to be, I didn't need a book to show me.

Me too.

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astralweaks · 19/11/2019 12:07

she was channelling her OCD

This too. She’s made other people’s issues into a nice little earner. This online shop, though, is a step too far although previous posters don’t seem to get that. Confused

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PettyContractor · 19/11/2019 12:12

She's someone who wrote a self-help book, that was actually somewhat useful.

She's never said you shouldn't own stuff you find beautiful or useful. I haven't looked, but I assume she's expanding into selling into stuff that she thinks falls into that category.

She's not a religious leader exploiting her brainwashed flock. YABU.

PettyContractor · 19/11/2019 12:14

The criticism is silly and petty, the kind of things journalists make up when they've got an empty page to fill.

DontCallMeShitley · 19/11/2019 13:56

the kind of things journalists make up when they've got an empty page to fill.

Like all the rubbish articles promoting her self obsessed books in the first place. She has had her day and is afraid the gravy train will stop.

astralweaks · 19/11/2019 14:09

PettyContractor

The criticism is silly and petty,

Matching your comment to your username is awesome.

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MadameJosephine · 19/11/2019 16:59

Wtf are ‘room shoes’? Slippers ? Whatever they are they will set you back $206 Shock

CravingCheese · 19/11/2019 17:03

Room shoes are the shoes that shall not be mentioned on mumsnet, I believe. (Yes, slippers.)

redexpat · 19/11/2019 17:15

Well it might put the brakes on people buying blankets and candles to try and create hygge.

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