MY VIEW: Comment by Mercury reader Fliss Goldsmith... “Who in their right mind would want to use a mobile phone to simulate a pretend lighter with which to light their imaginary cigarette!? Bonkers....! “

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In the midst of a recession that has taken more dips than a Hob Nob in a hot cuppa you’d think we’d be pulling at the purse strings.

What amazes me is the array of pointless products marketed at us in a time of austerity - and what is more that we KEEP buying them!

This week alone I’ve had a flyer for a knife that cuts my vegetables into pretty shapes, an email about a baby monitor with a TV screen to watch my baby on and the offer of a Zippo Lighter App - all at a cost I may add.

For starters I like my vegetables - well vegetable shaped, secondly if I’m going to watch my baby on a screen in another room, how about I sit in the same room as them and get the pleasure for free and thirdly who in their right mind would want to use a mobile phone to simulate a pretend lighter with which to light their imaginary cigarette! Bonkers!

I guess what I’m saying is that the best things in life are free. A joke from a friend, a compliment from a loved one, a smile from my little baby girl.

So let’s enjoy these things and stop buying into these short lived ridiculous products that only take from us and give nothing real back.

As ever this is only my opinion and you may take it or leave it, but smile in the knowledge that it comes to you - gratis, like all good things!

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