Saturday, September 30, 2017
To preface this post, I have a jaundiced eye toward some of the prepper stores that one finds all over Twitter and in other places in social media.
Some of them are cringeworthy.
I am not against all online prepper stores, but I hate the opportunism of some.
I prefer to use a store like SOS Survival Products in Van Nuys, California (@sosproducts)—with which I am in no way affiliated—that never tries to sell through bombastic means.
They are reputable, helpful, sane, and secure in the knowledge that they don’t have to fling bullshit to sell their products.
Finding a store that is based on values and patronizing them is my goal.
1. Are you just a “John” with money in hand?
The whole notion of a prostitute is to sell the promise of great sex, but provide—I’m assuming—as little of it as possible to eager and desperate Johns.
The same is true of so many prepper Johns who buy the expedient-whore product on Amazon.com.
“30-Day Food Bucket” $49.99.
I’ve never been with a prostitute nor is that on my bucket list, but I have to imagine that after the fact the act is not all it was purported to be and probably comes with an unwanted parting gift.
The same is true of the hucksters preying on opportunistic preppers.
You get less than what you paid for and you're left wanting.
They bombard you with emails with some sounds-good-right-now gadget that you gotta have.
There is no shortcut to prepping.
2. Stop looking over your shoulder.
The prey-on-preppers industry is rather savvy when it comes to selling products.
They blog very well creating a near-apocalyptic sense of urgency under the guise of being "just a guy writing a blog" followed with a “by the way, look what I discovered on Amazon.com” solution.
Many blogs are just shills for drumming up business for a prepper store run by the blog owner.
I’d say pay attention to the link between blogs and stores and evaluate that connection with open eyes.
There are unscrupulous people out there.
They want you to prep out of fear because filling the gap quickly by swiping a credit card is how they make money.
Just remember that the sky probably isn’t falling any time soon and stop feeling fear.
Prepare to be ready rather than preparing because you’re scared to death.
3. Stop falling for yesterdisasters.
Another tactic of the unscrupulous the store-owners-masquerading-as-bloggers is to constantly chum the waters of disasters past us as a means for suggesting that history will repeat itself.
Let’s not even get into the fallacy of “history will repeat itself”—which is patently false—because it’s not history that is doing the acting but people themselves.
They want you to buy into some played-out way of thinking so that you’ll buy into what they are selling.
I saw one individual selling bomb-shelter plans—among other prepper must-have trinkets—but the problem is that all of the plans were easily located on Google for free.
4. Guard against future bling.
The future never comes. What comes is always here now.
This is a mantra I live by because to live for—or in fear of—the future is yet another way a person can place a provocative-hooker product before me.
Yes, I know, prepping is supposedly and inherently about preparing for the future, but it really is about preparing for the “now” that each new day presents us.
So, you’re hell bent on having a supply of Iostat that you can use as a barter item when the nuclear apocalypse happens, but your car is nearly out of gas which will prevent you from escaping when you’re told to evacuate this afternoon.
Or, you have a gun for every occasion when the zombie apocalypse happens, but you have an inadequate supply of water for when the earthquake that happens in 10 minutes renders your tap water suspect.
5. Can’t buy me love.
I adore the song “Money” for the following lyric: “Money can’t buy everything, it’s true, but what it can’t buy I can’t use.”
Too many people believe that because they have money they can buy a stairway to heaven.
Others decry that they cannot afford to prep.
The former buy everything in sight, but gain no knowledge that readies and sustains them.
The latter are met with morons who say “How can you afford NOT to prep?" As if a person can just sacrifice and make magic nirvana happen.
Money is an issue.
If you have lots of it, why spend it?
If you have little, allocate it wisely.
But never equate money and prepping because money does not make prepping happen automatically.
Prepare well, my friends.