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Are You a Supporter of Black Friday or of Buy Nothing Day?

Some will head to the stores for the frenzied shopping spree known as Black Friday on Nov. 23, and others will stay home in support of Buy Nothing Day? What do you plan to do?

Supporters of Buy Nothing Day are urging you to go “cold turkey” when it comes to shopping this Black Friday.

According to a story in Adbusters.org, abstaining on Buy Nothing Day can give participants a great sense of emancipation and empowerment. Supporters urge that this is the best way to take on the forces of capitalism. A reported 60 counties have signed on to participate this year in Buy Nothing Day. They even have the following suggestions on how to celebrate it:

  • Credit Card Cut Up: Stand in a shopping mall with a pair of scissors and a sign offering a simple service: to put an end to extortionate interest rates and mounting debt with one considerate cut.
  • Zombie Walk: The cheerful dead wander around malls, marveling at the blank, comatose expressions on the faces of shoppers. The zombies are happy to be among their own kind, but slightly contemptuous of those who have not yet begun to rot.
  • Whirl-Mart: You and nine of your closest friends silently drive your shopping carts around in a long, inexplicable conga line without ever actually buying anything.

So how will you be celebrating tomorrow? Will you be in long lines taking in the bargains offered by Black Friday doorbusters? Or will you be doing the Zombie Walk or the Whirl-Mart conga line in protest?

Carolyn November 23, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Today I celebrated Buy Nothing Day at the fitness center with my husband working off our Thanksgiving dinner. Now I am planning Christmas holiday activities that do not include shopping but rather Christmas plays, movies, and concerts to attend. I will do some shopping for Christmas next month at the local book stores.
Gary Fox November 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM
it really is that simple, just buy nothing - I worked in the yard & loved it. STOP THE MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!
michael mirra January 14, 2013 at 02:30 AM
I work for an Amex credit card company. Our interest rate is 24.5%. no one makes people charge stuff. If people use credit cards wisely they don't need to pay interest. If you don't run up a debt & pay in full when you first get the bill, you'll never get interst charges. You still can taks stuff home & have the use of it for about a month before you need to pay & not pay interest. If you choose to have the credit card company keep fronting you $ to buy your stuff & you want to pay a little at a time, that service costs $. People bring problems upon themslves by paying late & missing paymnents altogether. Then they blame the credit card company for the problems that they bring upon themselves because they mis-manage their acct. Your dealing with a corporate business. Business practices apply. Ignorence of business practices is not a ligitimate excuse for blaming the corporation for your none understanding of what is happening. If people stop buying over their heads, they could pay their bills with less issues.

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