Friday, 8 July 2016

LET'S TALK: The Youtube Haul Culture.



I am not sure if this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but its something that has been grinding on me for a while now. Youtube Hauls. Actually more specifically the number of budget hauls, affordable hauls, 30 under £30 hauls etc that have popped up recently. I sit and watch hauls, but as you know I go out charity shopping. I see someone show all the things that they have bought recently and think I bet I could get a dres like that for £1 and thats how it goes.

The thing that worries me is that younger girls are being sucked into this culture of thinking this is normal. I know when I was having a bad time a few years ago I racked up a small but still being paid off, credit card debt. Its not that I think people will just blindly go out and buy everything because a youtuber says so, but sometimes you know you get sucked in. If enough people are looking good in something it can be pretty persuasive.

It just goes back to my niggle recently that a lot of youtubers are becoming unrelatable. A very well known youtuber (with a mostly teenage following) recently uploaded a haul and when the pieves were added up it came to over £800. Now thats as expensive as my holiday last year.

Go to primark, its fun, maybe have a nandos or wagamamas to go with it. Those words are from a blogger I REALLY like, my problem is though just this encouraging of spending all the time. I want to see more of "this coat I have had for three years and it is still doing me strong" rather than I buy six new coats every year ...

From a sustainability point of view to, I very rarely see these outfits again, and I worry about the impact of this.

Do you agree? I mean feel free to just tell me I am totally missing the point and to shut up. I wont be offended ...I love shopping as much as the next person but I feel the youtube culture of hauls is just encouraging this culture of buying for the sake of buying.  


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8 comments:

  1. I haven't really considered this before but I'm definitely inclined to agree with you on this - it's not the best example to set viewers!

    Paula http://insertmyblognamehere.blogspot.com

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    1. I always just think if someone says Outfit for under £30 I want the whole outfit to be under £30 not each part of it!

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  2. I completely agree! I watched one of Zoella's hauls a few months ago and she included a t-shirt that was nearly £100. That's nowhere near affordable for her audience. Sometimes I think bloggers need to take a step back and think about what they're sharing and the effect that it could have on their audience. Fair enough, it's only a t-shirt but I'm sure her viewers would much prefer to see her sharing a t-shirt they could afford from maybe Primark or New Look.

    Well done for speaking up and making me consider something I never have before.

    Sophie
    http://www.sophiesnotebook.com

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  3. Im glad you agree :) I have no problem with these things if you can afford it, I think its just the fact that most are trying to make out to young impressionable viewers that this is something everyone shoud be able to afford!

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  4. I'm torn on this one. I do agree with you - I've thought for a while how silly it is to go out and buy 20 things every week. But equally I do enjoy watching them, and as long as they're getting views I guess they will continue. I would love to see more sustainable shopping and more creative videos around style, though. I love the capsule wardrobe approach!

    Nina | www.wordsbynina.com

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    1. Don't get me wrong I watch them too but I feel I know that I don't have to run up a bill trying to afford the exact things Zoella has!

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  5. This is such a good point!! At this point, none of those big YT accounts reflect reality. I really do feel quite bad for young girls. They grow up thinking Zoella, Tanya etc are just regular girls and that its normal to go out and spend hundreds on new clothes and makeup every couple of weeks. The line between reality and construct is so very blurred these days because they think they are seeing these people's 'real lives' and I doubt they realise the amount of freebies, paid product placement and the massive advertising profit the top YT-ers make. It's warping reality! X

    Sarah | http://www.sarahdeluxe.com

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    1. I think thats my biggest issue is that people believe their lives are reality. I think Im sensible enough to know that they live in a kind of bubble, and actually if I was getting sent so many free products id probably be able to splurge £100 on a tshirt but when I have to actually buy all my toiletries its a different story ...

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