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Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

SkyMall, We Hardly Knew Ye

I try very hard to remove judgment from this blog. I run across many homes, buildings, projects, products, apps and other stuff that strike me as crappy, unnecessary or flat out harmful to the maintenance of human life on this planet (and likely other planets). But for the most part, I keep my opinions to myself. I act under the belief that when we focus on increasing the positive, the negative simply runs out of room to exist. That said, my heart has a special place of judgment for a certain retailer who can be seen by 88% of all domestic air passengers in the United States. For 25 years, SkyMall has been the most complete retail outlet of the unnecessary. If you don’t need it, they probably got it.

Apparently I am not alone in my distaste for the catalog. In what might represent a sign of the times–where people no longer feel compelled to impulse-buy 20″ high Bordeaux Wine Glasses or Bigfoot Tree Yeti Sculptures–SkyMall is going out of business.

In (ahem) mourning of SkyMall’s impending passage, we thought we’d put together a few of their (ahem) essentials–stuff you can still get as they liquidate their stock. Act now (or don’t) as you will have to hunt these precious products down at tchotchke shops and late night infomercials in the (hopefully not-so-distant) future.

  • Chris

    I have to say, I kind of like the Cat Pod. It’s the sort of thing that I imagine Blofeld’s cat would have.

    • David Friedlander

      i should have said that when you have thousands of products, there are bound to be some useful ones. as a lifelong cat person, i’ll say that cats rarely sleep where they’re supposed to. betting that your cat will sleep in this extremely expensive pod seems like a bad idea.

      • Maggie

        However, it will sleep in the box the pod came in.

      • Chris

        I agree completely, I’d never buy one. But it does look very 1960’s James Bondish.

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  • WithheldName

    Good riddance to it. I always hated that damned catalog. Did anyone ever actually buy anything from it? I used it mostly as a place to stuff used cocktail napkins and peanuts that had fallen on the floor.

  • David Bush

    The Cat Pod would make a great planter.

    • David Friedlander

      for $1000? you could get a greenhouse.

      • David Bush

        Is $1000 a lot for a planter? I don’t know… I by all my stuff through SkyMall 😉

  • Colleen

    It’s well-known to those of us who are afraid to fly and who may or may not be a little superstitious that if you read SkyMall on takeoff, the plane won’t crash. What will we do now to keep ourselves safe?

  • Evans

    I will miss Skymall. I used it to amuse myself on long flights. My seat mates and I would choose the most ridiculous thing in the catalogue. We would have so much fun choosing from so much useless, overpriced trash. At least I can still can play “most hideous Christmas ornament” at Hobby Lobby. I photograph my choices and send them to my friends to vote on. One of our favorite holiday traditions.

  • Keith.Vanderkley

    Have to admit, it did give me a couple of chuckles…Always thought it was the airlines equivalent to MAD magazine….