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This, of all days, is a bastardization of the very notion of a holiday. Consumerism and Commercialism should not be celebrated; they are societal ills. Capitalism gone mad: trampling, assaults, pepper spray, arrests, extreme debt, zombie shopping.

If it's a day you must or decide to shop. Try a local, independent store. Avoid national chains and companies that engage in political activities that you disagree with.

We choose what businesses thrive with our every dollar, vote your conscience.

Independent We Stand is a movement of locally-owned businesses and people across the country dedicated to educating their communities about the importance - and strong economic benefits - of 'buying local.'

http://www.independentwestand.org/

When you shop with local merchants, more of your money stays close to home; supporting the parks, recreation centers, libraries and other things that make this community a great place to live.

http://www.shoplocally.com/...

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First celebrated on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

http://en.wikipedia.org/...

#SmallBusinessSaturday

Buy Nothing Day is your special day to unshop, unspend and unwind. Relax and do nothing for the economy and for yourself - at least for a single day. It's a reminder to stop and think about why you're spending. It seems like a simple enough challenge to try to go one day without spending, but in many parts of the world it would be virtually impossible if you consider your monthly bills that accrue on a daily basis as part of "buying".

http://www.buynothingday.org/

Buy Nothing Day (BND) is an international day of protest against consumerism observed by social activists and many concerned citizens. Buy Nothing Day is held the Friday after American Thanksgiving in North America and the last Saturday in November internationally,[1] which in 2012 correspond to November 23 in North America and November 24 internationally.[2] Buy Nothing Day was founded in Vancouver by artist Ted Dave[3] and subsequently promoted by Adbusters magazine, [4] based in Canada.
http://www.ask.com/...

Until we challenge the entrenched values of capitalism – that the economy must always keep growing, that consumer wants must always be satisfied, that immediate gratification is imperative – we’re not going able to fix the gigantic psycho-financial-eco crisis of our times.

The journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step. It could all start with a personal challenge, such as this: make a vow to yourself to participate in Buy Nothing Day this year. This November 23rd, go cold turkey on consumption for 24 hours … see what happens … you just might have an unexpected, emancipatory epiphany!

http://www.adbusters.org/...

How to celebrate buy nothing day?

Cut up a credit card. Cutting up one credit card is a great way to celebrate Buy Nothing Day. It will dramatically decrease your spending and help protect valuable resources
http://www.planforholidays.com/...

       We are the human animal. We are a social animal.
                                                                     But, we can choose not to be a herd animal.

Cowen Thorne

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  •  and speaking of animals, hubby & I just now got (8+ / 0-)

    into a "disagreement" because the news was showing pet stores giving Black Friday bargains and I went off on him about how that is the worst day to get a pet, is that supposed to be a dollars off bargain too? (If you can't afford the price of a pedigree, don't buy one any time, imho, and if you want a pet but can't afford the initial vet stuff, there are many many shelters that will help you as you help them by taking one of theirs instead of buying.)
        Do pet stores even check on you or care if you show up that day? Do you really want to take your new puppy home in the commotion of that day? I suppose if you planned ahead to get a certain pup on bargain day it makes sense although here we run into my 'don't buy pet store puppies anyway' routine.
         It's a bad idea to buy bunnies and chicks for Easter pets unless you have longer range plans for them, and it's a bad idea to buy pets on Black Friday. says me. pfft.

  •  Not even hard for me. I have refused to shop (5+ / 0-)

    on Black Friday ever since it became a "thing".  Can't handle the crowds, and it just feels so wrong out there in Consumerville.  I don't begrudge anyone else their shopping fun on any given day, but Black Friday is a day of rest for me.

  •  Watching people fight over stuff, saddens my soul (7+ / 0-)

    deeply.

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 03:08:27 AM PST

  •  Do something else (2+ / 0-)
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    Otteray Scribe, SteelerGrrl

    We're headed to a football game.  No time to gorge on that animalistic rite of black friday.  

    You can also do a very radical thing - family time.  Rarely happens any more...  try it.

  •  I like to make things as gifts. (3+ / 0-)
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    Otteray Scribe, DRo, SteelerGrrl

    Why make someone feel guilty for not liking your crappy gift if you didn't even make it. Instead of scraps from Chinese child slaves make them something that really tests them.

    I suggest something for the dining room that clashes with the existing decor.  

    Sincerely,

     Satan Claws

    006

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 03:35:15 AM PST

  •  I refuse to shop Black Friday (1+ / 0-)
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    SteelerGrrl

    The whole concept is annoys me no end. We have a couple of really cool toy stores here, one that specializes in science-y toys and the other in retro toys. I also refuse to rush the holiday season.

  •  I'm spending the day culling out unnecessary (0+ / 0-)

    things, boxing or bagging them and will have The Guy take them to the Salvation Army or St. Vincent's, whichever he's near on his way to the morning codger gabfest tomorrow.  This might be the better way to go on Black Friday because I've already found stuff I bought for people last year that didn't get sent or given, for whatever reasons, and will see they get  to their intendeds this season.  Anyway, it already feels like multi-level progress.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 05:47:33 AM PST

  •  I'm not shopping at all . . .. (0+ / 0-)

    . . . .heck, that's why all of you here at DailyKos are blessed with my presence right now.

    But about shopping locally, no thanks - all the local business owners I know are the biggest wingnut ever.

    I'd MUCH rather funnel my $$s to those evil big corporations, at least the ones that a public companies and have to at least pay lip service towards not being total assholes.

  •  And do it in gangs. Wearing Obama shirts. (0+ / 0-)

    Going into these local businesses, even the anti-Obama ones as a large group and buying stuff and telling the owner why you are buying stuff may not change his views completely, but maybe it would make him more open to new ideas.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 06:13:39 AM PST

  •  So I go to the grocery store... (1+ / 0-)
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    SteelerGrrl

    It's an emergency kitty-food run.

    It's 7:30 am.

    The store is a couple of miles away. I chose the route that bypasses the town center. This is a lightly traveled 4 lane state highway. On a normal workday, one might see maybe 20-30 other vehicles traveling in both directions. This morning, I saw six.

    The grocery store is the anchor in a small strip mall. Opposite is a collection of small shops anchored by an old, medium sized retail facility that has been occupied by a series of retail chains that only last a few years at best. It's a lousy location. The current occupant is an unimpressive JC Penney retailer.

    To my surprise, there were maybe 300 cars parked in the JC Penney half of the strip. There were about a dozen cars parked near the grocery store. The normal pattern is the opposite. In the afternoon, the grocery store parking lot is often filled to overflowing. I have NEVER seen more than a couple dozen cars parked on the opposite side. This is why the retailers don't survive in that location.

    I did notice an unusual pattern, though. There were mostly old, junky-looking, dirty, cheap cars in the lot. I didn't see a single SUV. There might have been a few cars less than 5 years old, but I didn't notice anything with a shine. Really. Every car was dull and oxidized. And there were only a couple of pickup trucks.

    There a mirror of this strip mall across the street anchored by a Walgreens with another adjacent lousy retail location. It's been a K Mart, a WalMart, and a Sears Outlet in less than ten years. I think that Sears bailed out and I'm not sure what's there this year. I didn't bother to look.

    I counted only 8 people in the large grocery store.

    Who ARE these strange people? Odds are pretty good that the prices at this store are higher than their perpetual deep discount prices during the rest of the year.

    Weird. Just plain weird.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 06:58:47 AM PST

  •  For the last 4 years (1+ / 0-)
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    SteelerGrrl

    I've been buying people gift certificates or gift cards from local businesses. It helps support local business, and takes a lot of the angst out of gift buying.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 07:21:54 AM PST

  •  Today is a day I never go near a store. (1+ / 0-)
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    SteelerGrrl

    Tomorrow - because it is Small Business Saturday - I will go into my small town and get a few things I need - like dog food - then stop at the bakery and the local hardware store (not an Ace but locally owned).  I need to get some insulation and maybe I will buy a few candles.  

    But none of this will be holiday shopping.  I became totally disgusted with American consumerism many years ago and I opted out.   I no longer buy stuff.  I donate to charity in the adults' names and put money in the kids' college funds.  They don't need anymore junk and I don't feel I am contributing to the death of civilization.

    The rest of the year I am not a big shopper, not even for food, but at this time of the year I become extremely resistant.  And right now I am going to take the dog for a walk.  Our walk this morning was cut short when the wild turkeys chased us (Yeah!  I ran away!  Those birdies are HUGE!)

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 10:15:43 AM PST

  •  No Black Friday shopping here! Baking day for us. (0+ / 0-)

    Then to a concert with the kids tonight.  As a family we decided to really limit store bought items and total #s of gifts too.  The kids will make pinecone ornaments, felt sunglass cases, and baked goods for gifts.

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