What's Wrong With Too Much Shopping?

10/16/2006 at 03:00 PM ET

A recent Stanford University study caught my eye — according to it, about 1 in 20 Americans suffers from a shopping addiction. The researchers even gave it a scary, clinical name: Compulsive Buying Disorder. (Uh, in my mind, “disorder” just applies to the state of my closet after a shopping spree.) But perhaps I’m not the most objective person on this matter. I first realized I had a real problem when I was moving from London back to New York, and for insurance purposes I had to itemize and appraise all the items in my closet (full disclosure: it wasn’t even a closet, it was a second bedroom in the flat). I almost passed out when I saw the total… But I do feel better knowing that I am not the only one who shops to excess — or even just loves to shop, like Jessica Alba (left) and Kelly Osbourne (right). Tell us: Do you consider yourself to be a shopping addict? – Julie Dam

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Wendy on

I am definitely addicted to shopping and have been in denial about it. I do only spend my hard earned money though,I no longer use credit cards. I am a wardrobe stylist and fashion consultant so its apart of my job to stay up on fashion trends.

Becca on

What did Kelly do? Buy out the whole store? My only beef with this situation is her lack of variety.

j on

yes, i’m an addict. no denial here!!! but no credit card debt, either. i do go for more quality pieces, though i just decided yesterday to simplify my life when it comes to everything. which includes shopping!! b/c no matter how good it feels buying that gucci or lv, in the grand scheme of things…

Adrenalina on

What I want to know is what Jessica bought at the Gap.. lol.
She is one of my favourite Hollywood people and I totally dig her style sense.

cidalia on

THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH TOO MUCH SHOPPING IF I HAD HER MONEY I WOULD HIRE SOMEONE TO CARRY THEM FOR ME.
BUT LIKE MOST WE PEOPLE WE CAN ONLY WISH .

amee on

yeah, i kind of consider myself an addict. there was a time when i’d buy things that i didn’t even need even when i didn’t have enough money. trying to make rent didn’t seem to faze me. i think people are downplaying the concept of a “disorder.” when it interferes with everyday living, then it’s a problem. but people who can afford to shop and can manage their spending don’t have an addiction. anyway, it’s more complicated than how people are making it out to be. it caused me hella stress and i’m really really trying to be better about money that i spend.

VANESSA on

EW ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO BUYS SILLY THINGS SHOULD DO THIS:

SPEND THE TIME YOU WASTE SHOPPING WITH YOUR FAMILY. THERE WOULD BE LESS DRUG PROBLEMS, TEENAGE PREGNANT GIRLS, LESS ASSASSINATIONS IN SCHOOL, ETC.

FILL YOUR FREE TIME WITH VALUABLE TIME, NOT WITH THINGS THAT WITH TIME WILL ONLY MAKE YOU FEEL MORE EMPTY.

Jennifer on

I LOVE shopping! I just only wish I could afford half of the things I want! I love to buy my kid’s clothes, I’m very addicted to shopping for clothes for my kid’s!

Alma Kesling on

Exactly how much crap can this planet hold when most of the crap isn’t biodegradable? Forget the reason why these guys shop so much, and pass laws to make them stop ruining it for our future generations!

~Andrea~ on

Well I would not call it a shopping “problem” for me it’s just that I LOVE fashion! I really hate to wear the same things over and over. I do merchandising and visuals for Banana Republic so I see the new clothes first and most of the time….I GOTTA have it!!! I work around it all day
six days a week. And what’s crazy is that on my day off I go shopping. There is just So much fashion out there
I Love it!!!

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