I think one of the meanest/best tricks I've ever fallen victim to is Anthropologie's stupid latte bowls. They so conveniently release new colors periodically and they know exactly what they're doing because it's always JUST the color to revamp my stack. And I buy one. I'm weak, okay. But it makes doing the dishes a lot more fun (I think I learned everything I know about color from doing the dishes) so maybe it's not a total loss?
Speaking of being a trend pimp-you guys should probably watch Josie and the Pussycats again.