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Old 11-27-2008, 08:29 PM
 
Location: TwilightZone
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Following is an email I had forwarded to me:

ADMIN: Black Friday AKA Buy Nothing Day
Thursday, November 27, 2008 6:15 PM

Although many people know the Friday after turkey day as Black Friday —
the day, traditionally, that retailers supposedly become profitable for
the year — others have been celebrating the date as Buy Nothing Day
since the early 1990s.

Buy Nothing Day is an informal day of protest against consumerism.

The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in Vancouver in September of
1992 "as a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption."

Among those promoting Buy Nothing Day is Adbusters magazine and
performance artist Bill Talen, a.k.a. the Rev. Billy. Often accompanied
by a gospel choir, Talen uses the histrionics of a televangelist in an
effort to convert people to his anti-consumerist "Church of Stop
Shopping." This year, he is holding a "Dance Your Debt Away" party in
New York City on Friday for those who have resolved to keep the credit
cards in their wallets. He has other ideas for how to spend the day
besides heading to a big-box store.

While critics of the day charge that Buy Nothing Day simply causes
participants to buy the next day, Adbusters states that it "isn't just
about changing your habits for one day" but "about starting a lasting
lifestyle commitment to consuming less and producing less waste."


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And instead of shopping, let's learn to do what we all really want...
hang out with people we care about.

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Old 11-27-2008, 09:44 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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This post makes me want to go out and buy something !
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I am buying nothing. Not because of the activists, but because the crowds and parking will be so overwhelming.
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:25 AM
Status: "This is the dawning of the age of asparagus..." (set 10 days ago)
 
Location: Somewhere.
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I'm not buying anything because i will be on the road all day. 2 days without City-data may drive me nuts.
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:57 AM
 
Location: TwilightZone
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I'm not buying anything b/c I am flat broke(good timing),plus I never liked traffic & crowds anyway...so them actually marking a day telling us there's going to be traffic & crowds makes me want to stay inside all the more
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I've never done the "Black Friday" shopping madness! I just don't have the patience for all of that craziness!
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:45 PM
 
Location: TwilightZone
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I think it's a sport to people.
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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I wasn't going to do any shopping but on my way home the Home Depot lot was pretty empty so I went in - no crowds and bought a 10" mitre saw for 50% off ($59).

I saw the ad in yesterday's paper but didn't plan to buy it. I guess I lucked out in that everyone was probably at the Wallymart instead of Home Depot.
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:59 PM
 
Location: TwilightZone
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I don't picture Home Depot as a big black Friday place for some reason.
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I bought my mom a $360 leather Coach purse at a store. She was happy. I don't celebrate x-mas in the Traditional sense. If someone wants something, or needs something, I just buy it. I don't need an occasion.
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