Econ 101 for the Pickup Scene

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Economies of Scale is a “theory of seduction” positing that the more you put yourself out there, the better you’ll do. Duh, you say. But, like the greatest economic theories, it gets better as you unpack it.

Say you spy the woman/man of your dreams sipping a green-tea latte at the Soy Luck Club café: You’re almost guaranteed to spaz out when you approach them, unless you’re naturally blessed with balls/labes of steel. What hope do you have of maintaining your cool as you try to give your future spouse your phone number, scrawled on an unbleached, recycled napkin?

What if, instead, you approached every cutie who caught your eye, on a daily basis? The stakes would be much lower, because you couldn’t possibly go out with every one of them—so what would you care about a rejection or fifteen? This laissez-faire approach lowers your desperation level, which inversely affects your sex appeal. Now, that’s what we call a return on investment.

Once you’ve mastered your master-of-seduction role, resist spreading the love too thinly, lest you leave a trail of broken vegan hearts in your wake.

From our weekly Metro column — see it in print here.

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johnny is spot on here. Two years ago I was the standard “good” guy – tall, professional, fit, and could handle conversation with most women if there was some common topic. But I didn’t have the confidence to approach women. And I so slept…alone. But then I started approaching women casually….waiting for a bus, in line for coffee, etc, just making chit chat. I only asked out maybe 1 in 10, but I looked at the situation as “Which of these women will say/do something that impressed ME?” I didn’t do any of the BS that the “approach” guys teach… Read more »

So, it seems that the key to success is volume, volume, VOLUME!

Evan, You’re spot on if you’re trying to pick up someplace like college, or within a social circle, or workplace, or whatever. But if you find yourself high and dry and want to start all over with total strangers, Em&Lo are spot on with this. The only way to get good at making passes is through practice. Speaking as a seduction community guy, I had to make at least a hundred approaches before I started getting smooth. And now… damn, I am smooth. I can easily strike up conversations with women, start flirting, escalate sexually, and get them home in… Read more »

Gotta disagree – brand reputation is everything, and giving it away erodes your public image. Make yourself desirable, and then create an artificial economy of scarcity. Boom, you’re a luxury good that many want, but only a select few can afford.