Our home on the Native's land.
True consumer love is our dictator's command.
With glowing wallets we compete for thy consumer goods.
The true North, strong and free... to shop for bargains all week and beyond.
Oh, Canada. We stand on guard for thy economy to the detriment of everything else.
- Canada's new national anthem
Did you know that Canada never traditionally had anything called Black Friday until fairly recently? In the past while our American cousins across the border hit the shopping malls this time of year, we tended to look on with a mixture of confusion and curiosity.
Now this celebration of unfettered consumer lust is not only creeping into our country, but it is starting to bloat like an out of control diner at an all you can eat buffet. For the first time I am now seeing "Black Friday Week" advertisements.
Apparently I should be looking forward to a whole week of frenzied, chaotic and competitive debt-fueled shopping. I note that grocery stores don't get into this action, probably because business people don't usually mark down stuff you actually need to survive.
It isn't actually Black Friday Creep, it is that Black Friday Is Creepy. They think we are gullible, out of control consumers and nothing more, wiling to sacrifice everything at the alter of greed and consumer dreams. Why not prove them wrong?
Alternatives To Black Friday Day... Week... Month
- Only buy things that don't harm people or the environment. That should reduce your shopping list considerably.
- Realize that you don't need anything They have to offer.
- Spend the day (or week) repairing clothes and things that you have that can be made useful once again.
- Go for a Buy Nothing Day hike and enjoy all the free nature out there.
- If you must shop, shop Main Street rather than Wall Street. Buy from small businesses and local artisans, and get unique goods not available from the mass producers of crap.
- Give the gift of kindness - that stuff is free and should be shared widely and frequently.
- Be empowered by not shopping. If you don't like being told what to do by fascist governments and the corporations they support, exercise one of the last freedoms you have left - the freedom NOT TO SHOP. It is empowering to not blindly follow orders from above.
- Celebrate Buy Nothing Day on November 28 (North America) and November 29 (International).
- Or co-opt the creep thing and celebrate Buy Nothing Week, or Month, or Year!