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National Buy Nothing Day is Today, Nov. 23

Could you go cold turkey on consumerism for 24 hours?

 

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Holiday Weekend Sales, Pre-Christmas Sales, Post-Hanukah Clearance Sales, and Kwanzaa Clearance Events—it’s enough to make you go crazy as a consumer.

One organization, AdBusters, has a solution to help you retain your sanity—“Buy Nothing Day.”

The group’s website touts that “the journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step” and sees capping your consumption for an entire day as that step.

AdBusters, which also publishes a monthly anti-consumerist magazine, is also a proponent of the Occupy movement, and offers online and printable ads to help spread the word. The website also features guides to organized protests like a Credit Card Cut Up, Zombie Walk and Whirl-Mart.

AdBusters claims that participating will find you joining “millions of us in over 60 countries on November 23/24.”

So, what will you do in the next few days—brave the lines at the stores on Black Friday, virtually shop on Cyber Monday or participate in Buy Nothing Day?

Gwen Vaccaro November 24, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Buying nothing is not the answer. Begining to really think about what you buy, where it is made, who is making it and under what conditions those people live is just a step in the right direction. I have been concerned for a long time that we Americans want things both cheap and good. The cheaper we have gotten, the more jobs have been lost and in general the poorer the quality. Each individual votes with his/her dollars on what lies ahead for our economy. At least buy local as much as you can...that keeps someone working here in your neighborhood, sending taxes to your city, county, state taxes.
Derek Hale November 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM
OK I only bought 20 Powerball tickets, as the jackpot is up to $325 million. When I win, I'll let you all know. Other than that, did not need anything. Got an ink cartridge at Staples today (Sat). That was kind of a "needed" thing. I stayed away from the stores on Friday, just the craziness of it all, it astounds me. I totally agree with Gwen, we need to examine our buying habits here in the U.S. Thank you Gwen for saying so eloquently what I couldn't say but wanted to.
Derek Hale November 24, 2012 at 10:24 PM
John, A plumbing repair for $600 for me was the Black Friday event. John, I totally understand. Do I want a new laptop or new TV or be able to use the two toilets in my house that have decided they are not working right?
Katie Griffith November 26, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I, too, am happy to say I didn't participate in the Black Friday extravaganza. Spent the day drinking coffee with my sisters, visiting my grandparents and eating leftovers :)
Peggy Anne November 27, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Buy Nothing week would be better. Buy nothing day could go hand in hand with "Donate unwanted goods to charity" day, too. Just be sure to wear blinkers, so you don't feel tempted to BUY something on the way out on "buy nothing" day.

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