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Who Has the Most Influence on Back-to-School Purchases?

GMR 2012/06/15 22:34:40
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Summer is here, but soon enough students will be heading back to school. Of course, it's always a good idea to get as much of that back-to-school shopping done as you can ahead of time, but that's not always how it pans out. There's so much ground to cover, and classes have a tendency to creep up on you. Before you know it, you're sitting in math class without a calculator. Not an ideal situation, but hey. Sometimes that's just how it goes.

Whether you're a current student or the parent of a student, we want to know about your back-to-school shopping habits. Do you always manage to get it out of the way before school starts? Do you have your kids buy their own supplies? Who influences the purchase decisions? Take our 10 question Quick Poll and let us know. We'd love to hear from you!
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  • P. Sturm 2012/06/25 23:25:35
    Teachers
    P. Sturm
    And cash on hand.
  • David 2012/06/25 17:15:05
    Teachers
    David
    Why post this now. Didn't the kids just get out of school for the summer. Next we'll start hearing about winter coats and Christmas gifts.
  • Naked 2012/06/24 22:26:19
    Students
    Naked
    but really, the advertising/ marketing people who made your kid (or their friends) believe that they NEED those things.
  • Cleaver62 2012/06/24 19:50:26
    Students
    Cleaver62
    As a parent of a 15 year old girl there is nothing my wife or I can tell her that will change her mind. She knows what she wants and it is what "all the kids" have. It almost killed me to pay almost 200 bucks for a pair of sneakers.
  • Ticker 2012/06/24 13:33:37
    Teachers
    Ticker
    closest I could get to "school board" since they feel it's necessary to put out a list of things kids need.
    on the first day of school I took 1 pen, and 1 notebook so I could write down anything special I needed.
  • Love_is_Supernatural 2012/06/24 08:25:19
    Teachers
    Love_is_Supernatural
    Well..they are the ones that tell you what to get...
  • Josh Robinson 2012/06/24 02:45:55
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/06/23 22:55:01
    Parents
    Christopher Kirchen
    AND Teachers.
  • Redneck 2012/06/23 20:58:31
    Parents
    Redneck
    If I say "no, that makes you look like a ho, stop advertising, cause you're not selling" That's it, end of discussion and their momma will back me up.
  • Vennie 2012/06/23 18:23:20
    Parents
    Vennie
    Yeepers, people, it's still June! For myself and my kid we shopped for back to school supplies in August. What's the hurry?
  • Harley Squiggles the God \(... 2012/06/23 17:26:35
  • Amy.[: 2012/06/23 17:13:13
    Students
    Amy.[:
    i don't wanna hear about school, summer just started.. plus i have to start high school >.<
  • sglmom 2012/06/23 17:07:54
    Parents
    sglmom
    The person who works HARD each and every day ..
    sees what little is left after TAXES, Insurance .. basic bills are paid ..
    THAT is the person with the MOST influence on what is purchased ..
    for we have LIMITED Resources ..
    and want the most for our HARD-Earned Dollars ..

    (BASICs are definitely covered .. Luxuries are ignored .. )

    and yes, I ALWAYS made sure to finish the shopping BEFORE MY children went back to school.
  • Ozymandias 2012/06/23 15:48:00
  • Dave 007 2012/06/23 15:39:16
    Parents
    Dave 007
    +2
    The price of the item.
  • geek 2012/06/23 13:11:24
    Students
    geek
    +1
    where the ones who NEED THE SUPPLIES
  • george 2012/06/23 09:22:39
    Parents
    george
    +3
    The ones with the cash! cash
  • Loser lollipop 2012/06/23 03:54:52
    Students
    Loser lollipop
    +1
    Um they're the ones using the stuff?
  • findthelight2000 2012/06/23 02:54:27 (edited)
    Students
    findthelight2000
    +1
    Actually, it is more important to satisfy the child and the supply needs for their school and grade level. However, your child's wants should only be accepted within your budget, and it is our responsibility that they be well aware of the importance of that.
  • Morgan 2012/06/22 23:22:52
    Teachers
    Morgan
    +2
    I am a student and we have little choice about our supplies, except for color and sometimes the brand. Most of my teachers tell me to buy something, like a two inch three ring binder. So I go out and buy a two inch three ring binder. Not very difficult.
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2012/06/22 20:55:46
    Students
    flyingseaturtle BN
    A combination of the three ;-)
  • lil crazy 2012/06/20 17:46:23
    Teachers
    lil crazy
    I think it depends more on which grade the student is in. I know in grade school the teacher gave a list of supplies and that was that, but as you get older the students and parents have more say but basically it is still the same type of supplies.
  • Jay Victoria 2012/06/20 11:01:51 (edited)
    Students
    Jay Victoria
    +1
    When I was a "kid" (now I'm just an older kid) I LOVED back to school shopping. That was the most enjoyable part. The smell of new erasers, markers, and the fresh look of untouched crayola crayons. And you know you hit the jack pot if your mother bought you the 64 pack of crayola crayons with the crayon sharpener. The Lisa Frank folders, and note books. The new lunch box, the new back pack, and your new Skechers. I LOVED THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, I always anticipated on it.
  • ElementalQuest 2012/06/20 05:41:04
    Teachers
    ElementalQuest
    Teach rules all, in this case. That list is law. I've had my ass handed to me enough times to know that. What's this? You got one 3 inch binder instead of three 1 inch ones? Shunned by the teacher for the rest of the course, and constantly poked fun at by the teach whenever he or she remembers I'm the one who "Decided to be different".
  • taylordoesntdeserve 2012/06/20 02:36:14
    Students
    taylordoesntdeserve
    It's my stuff. I make the list of what to buy.
  • Anna 2012/06/20 01:37:32
    Students
    Anna
    My teachers don't always tell us what we need, so I need to work it out myself, and now that I'm 16 mommy trusts me to pick out my own pencils and notebooks.
  • ZB 2012/06/20 00:18:14
    Parents
    ZB
    +1
    After all, I'm the one that has to pay for it.
  • ellomotto 2012/06/20 00:04:43
    Teachers
    ellomotto
    They give us specific lists of things we need. Granted my parents get to choose what brand of binders and notebooks we buy
  • Flyingbug 2012/06/19 22:49:38
    Teachers
    Flyingbug
    Actually, it's all three PLUS advertising (but I don't have an 'other' option).
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/06/19 20:26:20
    Students
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    Crap I meant to click Teachers. We gotta shop to a T by their list.
  • Muver 2012/06/19 20:12:59
    Parents
    Muver
    +1
    Parents have to be, they are the ones paying for it....
  • El Prez 2012/06/19 19:58:47
    Parents
    El Prez
    +1
    The payer is the olayer. Ofcourse the students do have a say too.
  • Silent Bob 2012/06/19 19:28:19
    Students
    Silent Bob
    +1
    My mom usually just says go get whatever you need but get the cheap stuff. LOL
  • Miss Sissa 2012/06/19 18:30:45 (edited)
    Teachers
    Miss Sissa
    My parents don't know what half the things are that I have to buy. And I just buy what's on the list
  • Kingarthurup 2012/06/19 16:40:03
    Parents
    Kingarthurup
    +1
    Prices.
  • dobby123 2012/06/19 15:03:11
    Parents
    dobby123
    +1
    Parents... I am excited to get back to schol though.
  • Nameless 2012/06/19 14:47:10
    Students
    Nameless
    Actually, none of the above. Advertising has the most influence on both parents and students.
  • fooley177 2012/06/19 14:43:45
    Students
    fooley177
    You buy whatever Denehy tells you to buy.
  • Aksana 2012/06/19 14:30:50
    Parents
    Aksana
    +1
    Parents
  • BurrisTravis 2012/06/19 13:22:48

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