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Occupy Black Friday: An Antidote to the Guns, Pepper Spray, and Madness of This Shopping "Holiday"


Business  (tags: abuse, americans, Black Friday, business, consumers, corporate, corruption, dishonesty, economy, ethics, shopping society )

Kit
- 2731 days ago - alternet.org
Because of the mind set that 'lost leaders' are one day only bargains - Americans have forgotten common decency. Black Friday has deteriorated from a shopping day to mob rule, by force, for items no one needs.



   

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Yvonne White (229)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 1:49 pm
I refuse to do Christmas shopping on Black Friday. I buy what I can, when I can and that's it. Only once did we we drive more than 60 miles to get a specific game the kids Had to have (in the 80's), and I vowed Never Again!:)
 

Terry King (113)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 6:01 pm
I exercised my right to stay the Hell at home!
 

Marco C (31)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 6:10 pm
Clearly the spirit of the winter holiday is lost. The marketeers have converted the season into a mindless race for the meaningless while dangleing the sentimentality carrot.

The adults in my family have choosen to give one another relief from the obligation of gift giving, as a gift. And what a relief it is, the focus iinevitably is then on the less tangible and more meaningful familial gathering. The children enjoy the treats and we exchange knowing glances and the warmth of the holiday "spirits". Ho, ho ho.....hickup.....
 

Christia F (158)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 6:12 pm
Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Tia
 

Bette M (91)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 6:13 pm
The modern human would all be a tad smarter if
we all were just a dab dumber. And don't we all
realize animals are smarter than we are because
they are not bargain hunting humans.

Go by a tree and plant it and protect it for Danny.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.
 

Penelope P (222)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 10:09 pm
This is marx's fetishism of the object or commodity written large in Capitalism somewhat enlarged what
 

cynthia l (207)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 11:41 pm
A sad statement of humanity. we have lost sight of our purpose. I have never participated in black Friday
 

Bracha Katz (31)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 3:57 am
Please, let us just go straight from the spirit of Thanksgiving to the spirit of the holidays. Black Friday kind of messes that up. Thanks Kit
 

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 5:45 am
When else can you get a $2 waffle iron at Walmart?
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 7:30 am

Now that statement indicates the full ignorance of the business of retail. The same items offered for Friday after Thanksgiving have been offered through the year as lost leaders. Though I do not shop at Walmart, and will not - the products that are offered on the Black Friday can be found through out the year. A wise shopper, will look for actual bargains and begin their shopping very early, purchasing one item a month as their personal finance allows. I find it curious that you (Paul/Lilith) will support the gathering and in turn violence of large groups for the purpose of gimmicky retailing and yet condemn the gathering of people who are fighting for their rights as humans.
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 8:00 am
What a shameful way to behave!
 

Arielle S (313)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 8:26 am
We shop all year long for some things - but I much prefer to reuse, recycle, reappropriate. Sometimes the glut of products is nauseating....do we really need frozen oatmeal? or 58 varieties of potato chips? bleh
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 8:34 am

Do little children NEED cell phones and thousands of dollars in video games? Do any of us NEED this years newest giant TV, faster microwave, or any of the gadgets that we are programed to desire? Of course not. Repair, reuse, recycle. For goodness sake people stop being dupes to the world of advertising. Does this feed our economy, sure - but do we have to have a consumer fed economy? No!
 

Jennifer Newman (106)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 10:28 am
You couldn't pay me to go out on black Friday. Nothing i need that bad.
 

Rita White (55)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 10:46 am
Noted, thanks
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:42 am
Never have never will.
 

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:09 pm
Have not and will not ever participate in 'Black Friday', or 'Cyber Monday' either. I don't neeeeeeeeed the latest whatever and don't want it. If someone else does and just can't live without it, fine. Go get it. if they want to participate in mindless, souless shop-til-you-drop-or-get-punched-out-over-whatever, more power to ya. I just don't want to hear about your excursion into Consumerism that left you a casulty. :)

My family doesn't celebrate Christmas in the fashion most people do. We have a fairly nice meal and enjoy eachother's company and realize it won't be forever. Cherish the people/animals you love, they will not live forever. If we need or want anything material, we buy it through the year, usually on sale or at a resonable price. We don't need or desire much so it's pretty easy to satisfy our wants. :)
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:36 pm

Thanks Terrie, you and your family actually have a spirit of love in your holidays, rather then just consumerism.
 

elles vd lee (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:53 pm
never will
 

Dotti L (85)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 3:03 pm
My family is scattered. We gave up, many years ago, exchanging gifts. The shopping, not knowing what to buy and postage outrageous. This year we are going to be all together and celebrate all the Holdays at once. Draw names for gifts. Being together is the most important thing. Never have done Black Friday and never will. Giving thanks that we can be together is the most meaningful thing.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 3:08 pm
GREED!

Why try to satisfy it. Such is impossible.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 3:22 pm
Thanks Kit--interesting post.

I suspect that this is not the first time people have behaved irrationally, costing themselves money in order to get things they neither need nor can afford; it won't be the last.

What stuck me as invidious, for example, was the woman with the pepper spray; she apparently thought about using it before she went, otherwise she would not have had it with her to use; that smacks of malice of forethought.

These shoppers deny the virtues of "The Occupiers", and aquiesce with the vices of the "1%". Where did they get the money to do this shopping, and go to and from the shops?
 

Phil R (29)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 3:57 pm
Did my shopping online at "The Hunger Site" [https://www.thehungersite.com/store/site.do?siteId=220&site=The_Hunger_Site&context=gifts]
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 9:27 pm

Excellent way to shop Phil, I click daily and have used the shopping services.
 

Ruth C (87)
Monday November 28, 2011, 3:25 am
These people are insane!!
Don't they understand that something new today is old tomorrow, its not worth getting in trouble for something so stupid!!
 

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Monday November 28, 2011, 5:24 am
Got news for you Catty, you don't click!
 

patricia lasek (317)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:12 am
My family members are all getting presents of adoption from World Wildlife Federation and The Farm Sanctuary.
 

Kit B (276)
Monday November 28, 2011, 8:09 am

Great initiative, Patty - a true gift of love and compassion.
 

Morris G. (18)
Monday November 28, 2011, 2:03 pm
Personally I don't do Black Friday. Seems most of the Black Friday shoppers are women and frankly the vast majority of them seem to be enjoying themselves. Whenever you have big crowds of people you are going to have a few nuts, but overall it is a pretty safe time for most.
This season is extremely important to the overall economy. These retailers and their suppliers employ people. I have no problem with people who donate to charity as a gift or hand make their own. If everyone did this, however, the unemployment rate would skyrocket. The economy is driven by retail and one of the major factors in today's stock market gains was the good sales reports from the last few days. A good thing for us all.
 

Vallee R (280)
Monday November 28, 2011, 2:18 pm
Patti and Phil - great ideas - I must admit I bought subscriptions to Highlights for my grandchildren for Christmas - something they can use all year long and made a pair of ear-rings for my daughter - but won't go out on Black Friday - it's made - people don't think about buying things throughout the year - I have already bought some bamboo stakes at a store for next summer's garden since I got them real inexpensive and not at Walmart.
 

M B (62)
Monday November 28, 2011, 3:13 pm
This is capitalism at it's peak.
 

Patricia E G (52)
Monday November 28, 2011, 9:26 pm
It's ALL a SCAM !!!
To part you and your Big BUCKS !

Thank you for posting Kit



 

Nancy M (147)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 8:02 am
There was something I heard of called "Small Business Saturday". Go out and shop your local stores- avoid the mall.

Hunger shop sounds great too. I have also been buiying gifts from local artisans at our Art Fairs.
 

Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 8:19 am

Yes, Nancy. Small Business Saturday has been promoted and seems to be gaining some attention. Another point shoppers need to consider is the selling of extended warranties, they are expensive and filled with fine print details that will make the money spent nearly useless. Why should we expect to buy high ticket items and the manufacturer not stand behind the item for more then one year? The Big Box stores are notorious for this selling of extended warranties, please - remember:Caveat emptor - Buyer Beware!
 

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 7:40 pm
We live in a morally bankrupt society on many levels. While our Country is crumbling people rush to the stores. No wonder Bush said after 9-11...."go shopping." It certainly is a BLACK day.
MADNESS OF SOCIETY
 
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