IELTS Task 2 October 2017: Things We Don’t Need.

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Nowadays people buy a lot of things even though they don’t really need them. Why is it happening, in your opinion? Is it a positive or negative trend for the individual and the society?

40 minutes, 250 words.

Let me admit: I love engaging in material possessions. Love my Macbook and iPad. The picture above is not a true representation of my ideas. However, in absence of anything better, I had to resort to its use. On we march!

Introduction: (Introduce the topic with a general statement and MENTION the reasons supporting your opinion. EXPLAIN these reasons in the body and RESERVE positive and negative trends for penultimate or ultimate paragraph.)

In an era of materialism and consumerism, people are bombarded with new and exciting products. People engage in these goods not only because they appeal to human senses but also because they are advertised as necessary and indispensable. (The uderlined words are connecting devices, referencing words or collocations)

Body Paragraph 1: (Explain reasons supporting your opinion)

Consumers purchase the products they do not need due to intensive advertising by large companies with deep marketing budgets. Regular advertisements displayed on various media often influence people unconsciously into believing that the products being advertised are necessary. For instance, corporates like Hewlett Packard spend billions of dollars on advertisements every year to sell laptops and computers. Moreover, people tend to purchase products that appeal to their senses and desires. Companies create items which have superior finish and appearance to attract customers. For example, a recent research revealed that more than 50 percent mobile phone buyers preferred Apple’s iPhone not because of its functions but because of its appealing touch and shape. (112 words.) (The uderlined words are connecting devices, referencing words or collocations)

Body Paragraph 2: (Positive or Negative for society)

Engaging in extreme consumerism has several negative impacts ranging from an increase in individual debt to lack of focus on more important things. A 2014 study (an example without writing ‘for example’) in the United Kingdom revealed that many Britishers spend more on television and mobile phone services than on food and education. This has increased household debt and compromised nutrition and intellectual development of the citizens. However, such spending is the primary reason behind decades of healthy growth rates in various countries. As people purchase more goods and services, a country’s gross domestic product increases and so does the job rate. (96 words.) (The uderlined words are connecting devices, referencing words or collocations)


In conclusion, increasing consumption of items that people do not need is due to strong marketing by various companies. This has resulted in lower savings and lesser expenditure on necessary things. Governments should not only make people aware of the adverse effects of such behaviour but also regulate the advertisement of products. (52 words.)

Total Words = 298.

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