Consumerism, and all that goes with it such as; buying brand names purely for the label, marketing worthless products and changing products' functionality and appearance purely to stimulate more sales, is a con trick of staggering proportions.
The West's addiction to, and reliance on, consumption as the panacea for all ills is self destructive:
1 It absorbs scarce resources.
2 It pollutes the environment.
3 It is unsustainable.
4 It diverts peoples' money and attention away from necessities such as; health care and education.
5 It creates an addictive dysfunctional society, constantly looking for new thrills and experiences; never satisfied, or happy with their lives.