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Your deep dive into Southeast Asian tech
Without further ado, let’s dive in.
Jan here. Welcome to another visual edition of Deeper!
Did you buy something this 11.11? Let me correct that—how many items did you buy this 11.11? How about the recent Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales?
Over the past couple of months, many of my friends have been bemoaning the need to control themselves during the sales season. Myself included—as I was doing research for this Deeper edition, I stumbled upon the Black Friday promotion by gaming chair manufacturer SecretLab (which undoubtedly derailed my work for that few minutes), and I started coming up with reasons why I need a chair now.
Then I paused, and realized that my reasons to purchase only emerged after being enticed by the sale—it was, really, more justification rather than reasoning.
That led me to wonder if we are actually benefiting from the eCommerce festive sales that take place year after year in Southeast Asia. On a superficial level, it seems to be a win-win situation, where consumers get to save money and businesses get to earn from selling more.
However, looking beneath the surface, there are questionable implications of these sales for not only consumers and businesses, but society and the environment on the whole as well.
In this visual edition, we ask how we can do better as a people amid this festive season.
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