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Shopping by Robin Bell

The world had been purchased twice over. Every item had been bought, there was nothing new. Ideas were obsolete. There was nothing else to be purchased. Food budget came straight out of wages, as did rent, taxes, bills so you only ended up with piddly shit amount of money anyway.

But that money did add up, and there was nothing to purchase. There were no shops anymore. No need. Everything had been packaged into monthly payments that came straight of your wages.

What could you do with your excess income? It was a real problem for the rich. What to do now shopping didn't exist.

Then, from out of nowhere, an entrepeneur thought of something that would actually sell. Something that people would be willing to buy back themselves.

Advertising started to appear 'Buy back the things you've lost. Particles of your life that drift away from you, the things you regret, that have been left behind can be bought back.'

People loved it, they spent every penny, whatever they had on purchasing their past, which in the end was just mounds of dust. Particles of human existence which had been left behind.

We'd do anything to consume, because we have nothing else. Even if it meant buying dust, we'd be there forming a queue, lapping it up.

Happy that the future is sold and the past can now be bought.

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