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Tomorrow is multinational corporations' designated largest shopping day of the year. REFUSE TO COOPERATE!

Join the international Buy Nothing Day protest.

Info here:
http://www.buynothingday.org/

Originally posted to EmilyD on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 12:36 PM PST.

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Will You Refuse to Buy Any Product or Service Tomorrow?

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  •  I'm in (none)
    I'm in only because I hate the traffic and the parking problems. I got a taste of it last weekend. It was ridiculous and frustrating. I've got everything I need, am having a friend over, and we'll just enjoy home tomorrow.

    Dang, I do need to shop eventually though. I have to start Christmas shopping Sat., Sunday, or Monday. I think ? Monday is best when others have to go to work. (I work M-F, but I have Monday off.)

    "Is the President concerned that there's a stench of corruption around the Republican establishment in Washington?" -- Terry Moran to Scotty, 9/28/05

    by OLinda on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 12:44:36 PM PST

  •  I'm in (none)
    I was (am) turned off by the early appearance of Christmas decorations in the stores.  I am incredibly sick of being told to buy things.

    I do reserve the right to take some 401(k) profits from the global portion of my retirement tomorrow though!  But that's selling, not buying, right?

    My Liberal Values: a clean earth, universal access to health care, human and civil rights, a broader distribution of wealth, and a global perspective

    by Pellice on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 12:52:48 PM PST

  •  Best Bay Area Buy Nothing Day celebration (none)
    The Really, Really Free Market

    http://www.reallyreallyfreemarket.org/

    Love their tag-line:
    Because there's enough for everyone.

    From their website:
    " A Really Really Free Market is like a potluck for whatever you want to give or take away. Have you ever brought one dish to a potluck and gone away with a full belly and a balanced meal? Everybody brings something            and goes away with more."

    "It's not selling out if you don't get paid, okay? We're not whores. When you do it for free, that's just slutty." -Wonkette -6.38/ -4.21

    by wonkydonkey on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 12:53:27 PM PST

  •  Adbusters out of Vancouver BC (none)
    Love those folks! I've spent the last 10 black friday's (as they call the friday after T-Day in retail hehehe) spending not a dime on anything unnecessary.

    Of course I'm in :)

    Eternal Independent Thinking for myself since 1972.

    by Erevann on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 01:04:12 PM PST

  •  Nope (none)
    Sorry, but I LOVE the crazy shopping enviorment and I just love to shop. :)
  •  heat (4.00)
    Well after a pay my$400 electric bill, $100 gas bill and $200 gas card I'm preety much broke!!!Besides who wants to stand in line with rude clueless people anyway?

    Bush=determined to vacation through the apocalypse

    by kerry on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 01:10:21 PM PST

  •  I started yesterday... (none)
    to beat the Holiday No-Shopping rush...

    Not. One. Damn. Thing...

  •  Im in (4.00)
    Course I never go out the day after Thanskgiving. Too mcuh rush, too much haedache, better jsut to stay inside and chill. ;).

    A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward- Franklin Roosevelt.

    by jj32 on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 01:19:15 PM PST

  •  We won't be buying anything tomorrow either (4.00)
    ...and may I suggest that as an alternative, you go take a look at what you have stored away in the storage shed, the U-Store It, the garage or the attic that someone could really use.

    Too much stuff...just too darn much stuff...it really feels good to pass it along and stop buying more.

  •  Hey, can I buy groceries? (4.00)
    Plus, I'm not in the US.

    We need cat food, too.  Can I buy that?


    I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been/ Each week we lose a hundred fine young men. -- Johnny Cash

    by Page van der Linden on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 02:37:21 PM PST

  •  This year Christmas is (4.00)
    especially troubling.

    Surely it's in part the state of the world, the financial and political climate. In part it's that I've been deep cleaning and it's amazing how much stuff I have.

    And in the end it is a problem of stuff. Now I am sure that my stuff breeds when put in the storage room. I donate or toss some and yet there keeps being more.

    What do I want for Christmas? Not stuff. And I don't want to get people stuff. There is so much stuff in stores and so we celebrate the birth of a man who had nothing and that we killed later with the symbol of a jolly fat man who brings lots of stuff to rich kids and not much stuff to poor kids.

    People rush and go into debt to get stuff for people who will also get them stuff and we will all have more stuff and more debt. I like stuff but I have stuff and I don't really need stuff and neither do those close to me.

    I like stuff, don't get me wrong. But why have a stuff holiday?

    Someday I might want more stuff but not now. Sometimes stuff really matters when you don't have stuff. We all need some stuff. People who need stuff are who I want to have stuff.

    There are many people who need stuff. Many earthquake or hurricane survivors, many homeless, many poor and alone.
    So except for my grown children (who will get a little stuff) (I have no grandkids yet) instead of giving unneeded stuff to friends and family I will send donations in their name for stuff for people who really need stuff. I ask for the same.

    My son insisted on my taking some stuff. I thought of a little box of good chocolate every month of winter. It will give me the energy to keep sorting, sharing and getting rid of stuff so in future years I might have more room for stuff.

    And my Christmas wish will be that everyone has enough stuff, that we aren't so driven by wanting more stuff and that we stop having wars about each other's stuff.

    So about shopping? Stuff it. They can keep their stuff

  •  I'm torn on this (none)
    I have never been much of a shopper anyway - I basically buy what I need, and have not been interested in material stuff since I was about 10 (before that I was into video games). However, as a department store employee (part-time associate: nothing glorious, so I'm glad to be young enough that my parents are still supporting me, and hope to get a higher paying job before their good will runs out), somehow I don't feel right to advocate this buy nothing idea. I am also well aware that our economy depends on trade, so if everyone suddenly decided to go frugal, the results would not be good.

    "The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion." Treaty of Tripoli, 1797.

    by liberal atheist on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 05:38:10 PM PST

  •  I just don't understand (none)
    Why do people do this?  Why does someone willingly get up at 4am to go... shopping?  Why do people spend money they don't have on stuff they don't need just because it's giving season?  What does that mean anyway?  

    I refuse.  I'll sit at home tomorrow and play on my xbox or read a book and snicker at the stories of parking problems and blown tempers.

    I'll pay 15% extra to avoid the hassle.  

    And, for the record, I won't shop, eat, or drink anywhere that displays Christmas materials or plays Christmas music before December.

    I guess I'm a grinch, but with so many people starving and suffering even in our own country, it seems a little ridiculous to buy another widget.

    You can never ask too many questions.

    by socratic on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 06:50:03 PM PST

    •  on the 15% extra comment. (none)
      I mean I'll pay the retail price.  The savings tomorrow are a little bit unreal, with the gas burned and the time spent and the stress endured.

      You can never ask too many questions.

      by socratic on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 06:52:47 PM PST

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  •  Excellent! (none)

    Thank GOD (uh oh, a lib using "God"? waits for the FBI to come pick me up) someone else gets it.

    Listen to "The Tzimisce Show" every Thursday night from 8-10 pm only on "The Growl" (http://thegrowl.missouristate.edu/) Radio with byte!

    by Koldun on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 07:18:05 PM PST

    •  What does it say (none)
      about the way we separate church and state, when we hang the balance of our secular economy on a cross between rampant consumerism and a religious holiday?

      ...learn something new every day...

      by nhwriter on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 08:35:05 PM PST

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  •  Ordinarily (none)
    Ordinarily, I avoid day after Tgiving shopping like the plague.

    Unfortunately, this afternoon, we came out from our wonderful Tgiving meal with my father-in-law and aunt-in-law (both lifelong Republicans who hate Bush maybe more than I do) to a flat tire. So I have to buy tires tomorrow.

  •  should be, buy nothing (none)
    from china day

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