The Starbucks x Stanley Stampedes Have been Inevitable


After I noticed the headlines this week that individuals have been being “trampled” as they lined up outdoors of Goal shops throughout the nation to attain restricted version Stanley x Starbucks tumblers, I used to be not shocked. The cup has been trending on social media, particularly TikTok, since 2022, when it grew to become the popular water vessel for “aesthetic” girlies who cherished its hulking dimension and array of eye-pleasing colours. It was at the highest of many Christmas lists this yr, proof that Stanley fervor — and our collective obsession with cups — reveals no indicators of dying down.

Stanley is, in fact, not the primary standing image cup, as absurd as that will appear. Earlier than it got here Yeti mania, and the Hydroflask period. However Stanley has been capable of encourage a novel sort of devotion, particularly amongst younger individuals who view it as each a standing image and a mandatory method to spherical out the “clear lady” aesthetic, by which an individual’s Lululemon leggings — and Airpod Maxes and Jordans — should match the colourful cup that they carry round in an effort to remain correctly hydrated.

As Eater reported again in 2022, Stanley’s ascent was explosive. The TikTok algorithm was an enormous a part of its success, shoving the pastel-colored cups within the faces of thousands and thousands of viewers who’d by no means heard of Stanley or solely related the model with its rugged, old-school thermoses. Within the early phases of the pattern in 2022, you may solely order the cups on-line, which added a sense of exclusivity to purchasing a Stanley. Then, the model launched in Goal and different retailers, formally going mainstream.

By then, simply any previous Stanley cup wasn’t sufficient. You needed to rating a coveted coloration, just like the Winter Pink cup of us are at present ready in line at Goal to purchase. Individuals began filling their cupboards with a blinding array of various colours, usually neatly organized on cabinets simply ready to go viral on TikTok. When December 2023 rolled round, issues had reached a full-on fervor, with individuals paying exorbitant costs — typically greater than 200 % of the cup’s retail value — to sellers on eBay and Fb Market to get that wildly well-liked Watermelon Moonshine cup, made in collaboration with nation singer Lainey Wilson. I even noticed Stanley dupes, full with branding, on the positioning DHGate, recognized for promoting “duplicate” (aka knock-off) luxurious items.

For anybody who’s paid any consideration to Stanley mania, the mayhem at Goal shops this week shouldn’t be shocking. It doesn’t even begin with Stanley. In 2021, I interviewed a number of individuals concerned in the world of high-stakes Starbucks cup gathering, by which lovers get up as early as 5 a.m. to drive to the espresso chain’s places to attain limited-edition cups, additionally accessible in a big selection of colours and designs. On the time, essentially the most coveted cups have been promoting for practically $2,000 every on eBay.

Why do we lose our goddamn minds over cups? It appears absurd, and but I’m, regrettably, a cup girlie myself. My cupboard is stuffed with HydroFlasks and Yeti cups and, sure, a Stanley tumbler or two. As I sort these phrases, I’m sipping filtered water from a pastel purple Stanley emblazoned with a shiny sticker by which cartoon icon Bobby Hill kicks Texas Gov. Greg Abbott within the junk. I deeply perceive the obsession with discovering the right cup, one that appears good in your desk, feels good within the hand, and retains your beverage chilly for hours. It sounds foolish, however our consuming selections have at all times been a web site of self expression — perhaps you’re a wine man, or a self-described espresso nerd, for instance — and that enthusiasm extends to the vessels by which we place the drinks we love.

What I battle to wrap my head round, although, is the concept that anybody individual wants two dozen Stanley cups. Or perhaps even a dozen cups in any respect. The present pattern has me reevaluating my very own consumption, and feeling responsible concerning the spurned assortment of bottles and cups that linger, unused, in my cupboard as a result of I didn’t like a selected straw mechanism or thought a sure cup is just too exhausting to scrub for on a regular basis use. I’m not intentionally going out and shopping for a ton of Stanleys, however it’s clear that my curiosity in cups — similar to the swarming hordes of Goal consumers — has resulted in some apparent overconsumption. Possibly that is the yr I lastly clear out these cupboards and make my thousands and thousands promoting “classic” (learn: launched two years in the past) Stanley tumblers.


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