It’s November which means a huge event is coming, and I don’t mean Thanksgiving.
What is Buy Nothing Day?
Buy Nothing Day is an alternative event you can celebrate in place of Black Friday. Buy Nothing Day was originally launched by the clever folks at Adbusters, and it’s a fairly simple event. Buy Nothing Day encourages people to not participate the madness that is Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. Instead of shopping until you drop, you can choose to NOT shop.
How could you possibly be on board with this event when you’re not even on board with Earth Day?
While I’m not 100% against Earth Day, I’m also not totally on board because of the mass consumer issues associated with it. Earth Day is quickly becoming as consumer driven as Christmas and other major holidays. Also, I prefer to practice Earth Day ethics year-round.
I appreciate that Buy Nothing Day focuses on educating people about buying less, not only on Black Friday, but all year round.
Reasons why participating in Buy Nothing Day is a good idea:
I’m not a huge shopper anyway. I don’t enjoy shopping unless it’s absolutely necessary. I hate excess stuff. Crowded stores frustrate me and seeing all that junk (a lot of it toxic) that you don’t need on the shelves makes me upset. However, even if you like shopping, there are still reasons not to participate…
- Black Friday is a huge time waster. Why not use your time better? You could spend the day with your family instead of spending it in a stressful, crowded store check-out line.
- The USA has a big “Buy more, buy bigger” mindset. Buy Nothing Day attempts to counteract this issue.
- Black Friday is not eco-friendly. I don’t see how any day focused on buying as much stuff as possible could be considered healthy for people or the planet.
- Black Friday sets a terrible example for your kids. Kids are bombarded with consumer issues daily. They don’t need yet another holiday that tells them how awesome it is to buy, buy, buy.
- Black Friday doesn’t, in anyway allow for smart consumer choices because it all happens so fast. There’s no time to think. You have to buy or you lose.
- Black Friday make people do incredibly greedy and lame things. Seriously – read this.
Worst of all Black Friday costs a lot:
Black Friday encourages needless purchases. Needless purchases are not green. If you only buy what you need on Black Friday then you’re extremely rare. Most people I know come home with some serious excess junk on Black Friday. Sometimes this is because stores don’t stock enough of sale items so people get other stuff instead. Or it’s because people can’t stop themselves from buying something, simply because it’s on sale, not because they actually need it.
Most people who say they buy only what they need on Black Friday are lying to themselves….
- Web marketing analyst Coremetrics noted that the average online shoppers spent 35% more on Black Friday than on other days.
- According to The Street, as of right now, (2010) 5% of U.S. consumers are still paying for 2009’s seasonal spending, yet the National Retail Federation expects holiday spending to rise 2.3% this year to $447 billion.
- According to Consumer Reports, 13.6 million Americans are still juggling debt from last season, 39% of people reported that they exceeded their holiday budget last year and 5% said they went way over budget.
- It’s not just stats that prove people overspend either. Look around at your friends and family (and yourself). How much junk do most people own? A lot.
Instead of shopping, use Black Friday as a day to go on a hike, play board games, hold a gathering for friends you missed over Thanksgiving, or whatever you like. Are you participating in Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day this year? Why?
- Although I’ll still celebrate BND, I like this take too – buy responsible day.
- Are Black Friday deals really worth it?
- Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day, which side are you on?