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Sober thoughts on Black Friday

I will keep this post short and semi-sweet.  Here are 5 reasons to skip black friday and 5 things you can do instead:

5 good reasons to skip black Friday

1. Possibly extend your life
The allure of a deal has actually lead to a few deaths in recent years:

Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death

Two killed at toy store

2. A few crazies get the “deals”, and everyone else just buys a bunch of crap they don’t need -
You’ve seen the masses in action.  After the “door busters” are gone, everyone is running around looking for a deal.  They’ve all got this look of panic, it’s rather quite scary, their eyes are screaming: just let me buy something, anything!  It’s sad, just sad.

3. Opening ON Thanksgiving????
Here’s the full list of stores opening on Thanksgiving: Greedy, Holiday Wreckers.

Feel free to add them to your scrooge list.  It’s not the greed of these imbeciles that upsets me, it’s the working poor that have to deal with the crazed shoppers that upsets me.  Imagine having to work one of these nightmare shifts and deal with this frenzy.  This is not human!

4. Opening at what time???
Stores are opening at 4 and 5am.  Again, for the lunatics that want to wait in line to pay $25 dollars for slave-labor boots instead of $75, well it’s their existence, but for the workers that have to get up at 3am or stay up to run this circus – my heart goes out to them.

5. Do you have the money – cash money, that is?
Okay it’s cheap or really cheap, but do you actually have the cash, not credit, to afford the “cheap” items.  Let’s heed the words of Thomas Jefferson:  “Never Spend Your Money Before You Have It.”

For these reasons, I will Buy Nothing on Black Friday.  After waking up well rested Friday morning, I’ll partake in a few of the following activities while mourning the loss of humanity in this corporate-ruled culture:

5 ways I’ll spend the Friday after Thanksgiving instead of Shopping

1. Creating Something: I will either write an article or a poem.  While the doors are being burst open and the thirsty customers are waiting in line, I’ll reach for a second cup of coffee and pen a few lines about something that interests me.

2. Repairing something – There are a number of small projects that I need to work on – most of them clothing repairs.  I’ve been repairing all my clothes, since I’ve decided to buy no new clothes for as long as possible, but that’s a topic for a separate post.

3. Talking to someone (with my mouth) – I will have some meaningful conversations with my family and friends, none of which will include the words “sale,” “deal,” or “discount.”

4. Cooking Something – As is my wont everyday, I will cook something tasty and enjoy it with the people I love.

5. Reading something – I try to read at least 10 – 20 pages of a book per day.  I’ll use Black Friday to do this and more.  Since I won’t be waiting in line, I’ll have a lot of free time to read.

I ask you to join me in boycotting this absurd day and instead partake in a few of the activities noted above.  If you have some suggestions of things to do instead of shop, I’d love to hear them.

Also, on Friday or Saturday, I’d love to hear what you did instead of shopping.

 

 

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  1. So silly. I remember nearly 10 years ago, my sister bought a bunch of electronics on Black Friday. She only opened half of them in the first year and got really frustrated over all of the “rebate rules” — I don’t know if they still do it that way, but the deal only becomes the deal after you’ve sent in your rebate form and then waited 8 – 41 weeks for your rebate check … by which time you’d been added to every mailing list in North America. Ridiculousness.

    Great post, Ben. All SO true, and great alternative activities suggested.

    • Thanks for sharing your story Steve. Looking at a few of the Ads, I know that they’re still doing some of the rebate programs that way, and as we know, it’s easy to forget to send them in. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

  2. Sweet Corn Cuscus says:

    I got them blues…them black friday blues

    It was just b’fo turkey day, on wednesday mo-nin
    it flashed on TV without a warning
    Black Friday’s you day and lines are forming!

    Git you selve to the Best-est Buy
    you won’t regret it
    I was on the fly as fast as they said it

    but let me tell now, I got the blues, them black friday blues…

    traveled all the way from my ragged town
    to the Best-est Buy for the Black Friday mark down
    but the joke’s on me an’ now I got a big frown

    I got the blues, them black friday blues…

    help me! there was people tenting, standing and sleeping
    all up on the sidewalk
    man with bull horn he began to talk…

    You pay less than less, and more of more
    just stay here for night to get in the store
    As long as we score

    he said I got them blues…them black friday blues

    stood in line all night, for somethin disappointing
    all I wanted was a half price TV
    now I got a vacuumm, a popcorn maker ‘n a hair dryer staring at me

    I got the blues, them black friday blues…

    I got buyers remorse, I know I earned it
    in all the shuffle I dropped by receipt
    and now I can’t return it

    I got the blues, them black friday blues…

    can I get a witness? somebody goona have a happy kis-mas
    it ain’t me…cause I’m re-gifting all this crap I bought
    it’s going up under thier tree

    I got the blues, them black friday blues…

    I got them black friday blues…on saturday morning

  3. Sweet Corn Cuscus says:

    I got them blues…them black friday blues

    it was just b’fo turkey day, on wednesday mo-nin
    it flashed on TV without a warning
    Black Friday’s you day and lines are forming!

    git you selve to the Best-est Buy
    you won’t regret it
    I was on the fly as fast as they said it

    but let me tell now, I got the blues, them black friday blues…

    traveled all the way from my ragged town
    to the Best-est Buy for the Black Friday mark down
    but the joke’s on me an’ now I got a big frown

    I got the blues, them black friday blues…

    help me! there was people tenting, standing and sleeping
    all up on the sidewalk
    man with bull horn he began to talk…

    you pay less than less, and we got more of more
    just stay here for night to get in the store
    it’s all good as long as we score

    he said I got them blues…them black friday blues

    stood in line all night, for somethin disappointing
    all I wanted was a half price TV
    now I got a vacuumm, a popcorn maker ‘n a hair dryer staring at me

    I got the blues, them black friday blues…

    I got buyers remorse, I know I earned it
    in all the shuffle I dropped by receipt
    and now I can’t return it

    I got the blues, them black friday blues…

    can I get a witness? somebody goona have a happy kis-mas
    it ain’t me…I’m re-gifting all this crap I bought
    it’s going up under thier tree

    I got the blues, them black friday blues…

    I got them black friday blues…on saturday morning

    • Thanks for sharing your blues Sweet Corn. I have to say my favorite line is:

      “stood in line all night, for somethin disappointing
      all I wanted was a half price TV
      now I got a vacuumm, a popcorn maker ‘n a hair dryer staring at me”

      Cheers…

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