Derek's Big Website
of Walmart Purcase Receipts
Read Exclusive iStuff.org Interview
many times have you been to Walmart this year? Can't remember? Well,
Derek remembers. In fact, he can even tell you every single item he's
purchased from Walmart since 1996! But why wait for Derek to run through
the list when you can see it for yourself!
who's been shopping at Walmart store #1627 in Dilworth, MN, created
his website out of a combination of sheer boredom and the desire to
he's kept every receipt he's ever had for the past three years! (That's
over 133 receipts!)
What is so exciting
about looking at someone's purchase receipts, you may ask? I'm not really
sure, but the thousands, yes, thousands of people who visit his site
may be able to provide some insight. With every receipt Derek displays,
visitors can respond to and comment on the items purchased--things ranging
from power tools to baby wipes to toothpaste and pet food.
Thus, Derek has
turned his somewhat useless collection of receipts into something purposeful,
something that can be taken out of the box and shared. Taking advantage
of what the Internet seems to do best these days--build communities--Derek
plays upon our "voyeuristic" tendencies to peer into the lives
of strangers and then, by building a message board, encourages us to
share our first impressions and engage in rather "enlightening"
commentary about Walmart culture.
is also utilizing the Internet for something even more notable--archiving.
By placing his receipts on the world wide web for all to see, he is
ultimately transforming his static collection into something greater,
something that can be shared, stored, recorded and built upon all at
the same time. It's no doubt that the Internet is transforming the way
we communicate, conduct business, and share information, but it should
also be noted that it is changing the nature of the archive! Derek's
site is an excellent example of this. Way to go Derek!
A DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS SITE!
links and such:
Receipt man Interview! by c00kie.net:
Article from Shift
Magazine, September 2000 issue, pg. 30
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