The great socks swap
After reading this, most of my friends probably rolled their eyes and thought, “this is so Sushi.”
I believe that pairing matching socks after a load of laundry is a waste of time. This is why I try to only have one type of socks for all occasions, simple long black socks. The drawback to this lifestyle choice is that when some of the socks start to fade and/or develop holes, you need to change the entire batch. I held off doing this for a while, putting up with holes or sending some to the grave, but few months ago I decided to execute the great socks swap.
The interesting result of this activity was that I got to calculate exactly how much my socks expenditure is. I bought 35 pairs of new socks (7×5 packs), which is more than enough but I took into account losses and early failures, for a total of about 24 euros (I lost the receipt). Yes, you can find socks for really cheap in Germany. My last batch of socks, purchased in California, lasted me about 4 years (2008-2012) which (assuming they are equally priced, which sounds about right) calculates to 6 euros per year, 50 cents per month, or a little over 1.5 pennies per day. A lot of people talk about moving things to a subscription model, but if you want to make my socks consumption into a subscription model, it has to cost no more than a can of coke per month or few toothpicks a day. Maybe I would pay 3 cents for a delivery of fresh socks every so often, but I doubt anyone can make that business model work. Somethings are still best purchased outright.