Iran’s booming consumer culture by Thomas Cristofoletti

“Despite slow mobile internet connections, high prices for imported – most of the time smuggled – technological products and the constant governmental censorship of the media, Iranians are frantically buying smartphones, tablets and flat screen TVs. Shopping has became a near obsessive ritual for young people, and especially women, who have now turned to buying beauty products and high-end western brands to fill in the void of entertainment options and to ‘rebel’ against the array of restrictions they are subjected to.”