How to Be an Anonymous Consumer

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Every now and then, we might need to buy stuff, although, I encourage you to refuse1 buying new ones. This piece lists how to buy stuff anonymously, for legal projects, of course.

  1. Avoid buying things together. This is especially true if you’re obtaining materials for a thematic project.
  2. Related to the item above, avoid buying things in the same location. It’s best to do your research first. Scout different stores in different locations, not only in search for the best deal, but in so doing also reduces the likelihood of each purchase tracing back to you.
  3. Consider stereotyping yourself before each purchase. Check out popular options and see if they fit to your liking.
  4. It should be obvious by now, but don’t participate in voluntary surveillance. This could mean opting out of credit and/or debit cards and all of their marketing hooks2 to make you spend more. This could mean avoiding any kind of membership cards that require you to provide personal details. This could mean avoiding cashless payments, especially those that require you to provide personal details.
  5. Avoid buying from big-named malls.
  6. Use cash, now up until capitalism is dismantled. It makes both you (buyer) and the seller safe, becuase neither of you can be linked together, and neither of you can be linked back to the transaction. Just remember to sanitize your hands after each transaction, as cash is not known for its cleanliness.
  7. If you know how, and if the establishment you’re buying from accepts it, pay using anonymous cryptocurrency, like Monero3 and Zcash4. (Sidenote: Use cryptocurrency only if you know what you’re doing. At this point, many people still consider crypto coins as unstable currency.)

Following these steps do not make you invisible. Instead, it aims to make you blend with the crowd. Now, go do that project you’ve been wanting to do. TNU

  1. Read our article on this here: ↩︎

  2. Read our thoughts on why we hate marketing hooks and advertisements here: ↩︎

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