Have you ever started a conversation with friends bragging about how little you spent on your new bike, or how good was that Chocomel discount at Aldi, or how cheap was Prague when you were there to visit your friend? Maybe not, but probably yes. University students simply love advertising a cheap lifestyle, it is inherent to their behaviour, and to their social skills.
It is also true that so much of the world strikes us with the possibility of spending less, enticing people with their low-cost strategy, sales and super crazy deals. Fast-fashion, German supermarket chains, Ryanair, shiny gyms with annual discount plans, and Bouwpub beer; our life is a hunt for the most affordable things. Some cheap buildings, as well, have their own fashion. Who doesn’t like a facade of corrugated steel, or a fully-plywood interior. Very trendy indeed.
However, cheapness doesn’t just relate to money or finance. Whether a cheap shot, a cheap person or a cheap thrill, it is a term that connects to wider images, of things of lower nature, of everything-tacky or, sometimes, of coolness and nonchalance. In truth, we are attracted by cheapness in all its forms and weirdness, and we sometimes fancy escaping its negative connotations. In this edition, we attempt to draw these connections by bringing you stories from the realm of the very cheap (and the very expensive). We offer you anecdotes about Delhi markets and bootlegged items, stories of high and low fashion and low-budget films, reportage on barely-paid internships, the world of drag queens and much more!
So, while you deal with your Christmas presents’ headache, we encourage you to lose yourself in this cheaply printed edition. Forget about money or style, sit back and enjoy!