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Are You Shopping on Black Friday?

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Are You Shopping on Black Friday?

This week is Thanksgiving, and that means that Black Friday is coming up at the end of the week. Are you planning to shop?

Americans spent $11.4 billion at the mall last year on Black Friday – chasing deals and stocking up on stocking stuffers. Black Friday shopping is typically a mob scene. It’s stressful, all of that consumption is bad for the planet, and those flash sales tend to bring out the worst in us. People push and shove, and shoppers have even been seriously injured.

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This year, some stores are even planning to be open on Thanksgiving day, which means workers have to be away from their families so that they can sell cheap flat screens and discounted sweaters to go under the Christmas tree. Walmart workers are even planning a strike for Black Friday this year to protest their treatment around the holidays (and all year long).

So, what’s an ethical shopper to do? Luckily, there are a few ways that you can opt out of the Black Friday madness, and two of them even let you get your shop on! Check out some ideas on the next page.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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12:56AM PDT on May 20, 2014

great

12:34AM PDT on May 20, 2014

damn amazing

2:48AM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

stay it future

12:51AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

I absolutely love your work

12:27AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

great

4:43AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

thank for spreading this piece

1:40PM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Noted.

3:01AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks for posting.

11:14AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

no. after working retail on Black Friday? No thanks. That was enough madness for this gal

5:21AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

We don't have Black Friday in Belgium

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