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.