About NeedvWant

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Have you ever thought who in their right mind thought of that? Or maybe you’re the person who says “Why didn’t I think of that?” There’s a market for everything, and we are always blown away by what’s out there and available.

That’s why we created NeedvWant. A showcase for all the products out there, everything on the spectrum of “have to have it” to “there’s just no need for that”. The items that walk that line between your wanting them and just having no need for them. This is need v want.

FAQ

What is NeedvWant?

Window shopping? Gift hunting? Bored? We got you, fam. Browse a wide variety of our best finds from around the web. Select the filters above to sort by category and the item’s hot (“Most Wanted”) or not (“Least Needed”) status. Sign up to submit items or caption finds on the site.

Why sign up?

Your account only requires an email to create, then set a username and password and you’re good to go.

How do I submit an item?

If you found something on Youtube or somewhere else on the web you can submit a link to either the video or the item itself. When you submit an product, choose whether you want it or don’t need it. Every time someone agrees with your vote, you’ll earn a point. Share with your friends. – Found something awesome or ridiculous on our site? Share it with your friends to let them know you found it first.

So… affiliate links?

NeedvWant may earn a small commission if you purchase something by clicking links on this site. This doesn’t cost you anything and allows us to keep operating and finding amazing products, and for that, we thank you.

What happened to voting?

NeedvWant is going through a number of changes, and we’re still navigating what we really are. We plan on offering voting in the near future, allowing you the opportunity to say “I want this!” or “I just don’t need it.” All of the products on site walk the line between need & want and we need your help.

Your Privacy

We only collect your email in order to share great finds and other interesting news with you. We use Google Analytics for tracking actions on site. We use this data to figure out what products are trending and to improve the site. We also receive blind information from affiliated sites to earn a commission. All tracking data we see is standard across the industry and meets GDPR guidelines. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Read more in our Privacy Policy.

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Distinguishing Needs and Wants

What’s the difference between a need and a want, And does it matter? I want this, I need this. I have to have this. If I don’t get this, I’ll die. #needthis has 300k plus posts on Instagram. It’s a bit fuzzy, you get the picture.

I’ve been there. Perhaps we all have in some form! For me, it was when the Pixel came out this past fall. I want it. No, I need it. Having just upgraded to a Pixel a year prior, it seemed a bit much to upgrade again. I asked myself, do I really need the next new phone? Do I really need a phone, really?

In my everyday speaking I’ve completely collapsed these two words “need” and “want” into the same meaning, and I’m afraid this has disempowered real needs.

On a spectrum or completely separate?

Years ago I product managed a college application program for Chinese students. We brought 40 Chinese students aged 13-17 to the US to look at colleges and learn about the US college admissions process and requirements – far different from those in China.

One of the goals a teacher had suggested was making a list of needs and a list of wants, where needs were absolute must haves and wants were those “I can live without”. This is pretty common when making a college list, and a great way to put things in perspective.

As I thought about it, I’d say I need to have a school with a robust study abroad program, that requires students to study a foreign language, and good food in the dining hall. I want newer dorms and free parking on campus. You get the idea.

This makes some progress in ranking a need to a want, yet by keeping a need and a want on the same spectrum it seems to robs the word “need” of its real power.

Does this matter anyway?

Language has real power. Consider Helen Keller. In her autobiography she writes that she didn’t become fully conscious until she understood and got language. “Until that day my mind had been like a darkened chamber, waiting for words to enter and light the lamp, which is thought.” It’s in language that we make all our decisions and have our own internal thoughts about what’s important day to day. It’s in this frame that I argue considering the meaning behind the word is essential.

Don’t worry. I am not challenging you to eliminate the word “need” and use it only if it’s a real need. That’s pretty extreme. I only ask that we recognize it when we say it — is this really something we need?

What’s Next

It’s with this in mind that I started NeedvWant.com. Vote on products that walk that fine line between Need and Want. Yes, it is true: you probably most definitely don’t *need* anything on this site. But that doesn’t mean you can’t want them…

I’m pledging 10% of gross profits from NeedvWant to one of the three following areas. We’d love to hear from you on where you think the greatest need is.

Shelter

A protected and enclosed place to call one’s own. A home. Providing a roof and address for homeless in the greater Los Angeles area. It’s with an address that people can feel safe to pursue living a life rather than just surviving.

Food

A warm meal that will make sure those that are hungry are fed. A full belly to focus on other things in life rather than just surviving.

Water

Access to clean and sanitary drinking water that is not polluted. Many Americans take for granted that the water coming from their tap is clean and potable, how would your life be different if you could get sick from it?

Follow us as we dig into the organizations that are working on fulfilling these needs, how everyone can help out, and how we’re making an impact.
 

Our Impact

Stay tuned to read more about our impact as we give back a percentage of earnings from revenue on this affiliate marketing site.

Get involved. Shoot us a note to let us know how we’re doing, share products you’ve found, or share ideas. This is a work in progress and just something fun to help you pass the time when things look grim or boring.