Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Buy Nothing Day is Coming – No Purchase Necessary

I'll be visiting with family over the Thanksgiving holiday, as I'm sure most of you will be doing with your family and friends. One tradition I am proud to say that my family has never participated in is the Friday after Thanksgiving shopping orgy known as "Black Friday." Still, I invite you to join me in observing the International Buy Nothing Day.

That's right. Simply take a deep breath and refuse to be a part of this overindulgence. There are a lot of other activities you can do instead of shop (besides the obvious: why aren't you spending time with your loved ones on this rare day off?):

Some suggestions from the International Buy Nothing Day website:
Credit card cut up
Volunteers 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. Be careful though: in some first-world countries, carrying scissors in public can get you arrested as a "terrorist".

This activity has the advantage of being most likely to piss off security personnel. You and nine of your closest friends silently drive your shopping carts around in a long, inexplicable conga line without ever actually buying anything.


Anonymous said...

I love the whirl-mart suggestion! What fun!!!
Have a great holiday.

Mauigirl said...

I'm with you - I never shop on "Black Friday." But I may have ordered something on line in the past on that day. I will refrain from that too!

Anonymous said...

people need to step back and say , do I need it, or do I want it...mostly its a want and not a need, hence more junk in the whole , piling up

Sue J said...

I think there's even a show on oneof the cbale channels called "I Want That" that encourages that buying frenzy.