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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Photo: MWD/X17; Castro/X17

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asdf on

I agree elian. If you have the money and have a budgent for it, why not shop ’til you drop! I know I would!! With the little money I have now- NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ashley on

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH SHOPPING ALOT!!!if i had the money i would shop all day and all night!!!

hart braka on

hey peeps let em shop they have that kind of money!

Ellie on

i just love jessica alba! all that money and she still shops at the gap. it makes her seem more human than when some celebs spend $15,000 on a single shopping spree

inevitable on

why not? because it’s not fulfilling. It gives you a temporary high. It wastes your time and you pay exorbant prices for things. …ridiculous. If you’ve got some money, send it to Africa. I’m sure that they would benefit from a $400 pair of designer shoes.

micheleeee. on

Oh Sally.

I think that the only way you can justify your comment is if you have NEVER bought any material possesion in your LIFE


You like to spend money on good things.

We all do.

arielle on

i love shopping, and tend to buy whenever i shop. however, i shop at like h and m and forever 21, where you can find designer-looking items for way cheaper, so i dont think it’s so bad.

Amber on

Nah I know the limit to shopping, Don’t get me wrong I love shopping as the next girl; but I am more of the bargain shopper then I am a Compulsive shopper.

I can spend 5-7 hours in a mall everyday if I could, and just shop for bargains in most of the outlets there; I am a shop-a-holic but in a really good way(or atleast I think anyways).

Jen Stone on

Nothing. It’s their money and they can do what they want with it.

J. on

I WISH I had a shopping disorder, I’d probably be happier with my closet, but as a mom, I often find I put my own clothing needs aside for the cute little dude clothes for my 3 year-old son. I buy on sale, and neutral enough to go with anything so I can get a lot of use out of one article. But my son is looking good!!

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