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.