I hate Black Friday for a lot of reasons: Because it so neatly encapsulates the total delusion of consumer culture; because most of the things you can get deals on are completely unnecessary; because I’m not a huge proponent of any sort of fanaticism but especially fanaticism over spending money; because it forces retail employees to work hours they should be spending with their families at the risk of being fired; because it provides such a stark contrast between mobs our culture accepts (mobs spending money) and mobs it doesn’t (protesters fighting injustice). I also hate it because the people who claim there’s a “war on Christmas” as a Christian holiday are often the same people who are proponents of Black Friday, a day that reduces Christmas to a secularized consumer holiday, because it’s good for the economy or something. I hate it because it entrenches consumer goods as status symbols. I hate it because it points out how many of us Americans are living in poverty, how desperate we are to provide our children with a normal, capitalist American lifestyle, and how easy it is for giant corporations to pull our strings. Keep reading »
Black Friday is fast approaching and bringing with it untold physical and emotional suffering in the name of discounted juicers and Xboxes. Fist fights will break out at Walmart, people will camp outside their local Best Buy days in advance, and, well, the whole fiasco will look something like a horror movie. The folks at Nacho Punch felt the same way, and imagined the scariest shopping day of the year as a terrifying box office thriller. Consumerism: scarier than any ghost! [Neatorama]
Not all is lost to the Grinch this holiday season: Black Friday deal-hunters seem to be camping out earlier every year, and most major stores are starting the shopping frenzy early in the morning on Thanksgiving Day. Well, finally there’s some sanity this year: Costco, Nordstrom and BJ’s Wholesale Club refuse to take part in that fun-sucking disaster. This makes me pretty happy for their thousands of employees who were no doubt dreading having to work on a holiday that’s all about family time.
“Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season, and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families,” Paul Latham, the company’s Costco’s VP for membership and marketing, told The Huffington Post. “Nothing more complicated than that.” Keep reading »
Happy Black Friday everyone! Hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous and fattening and as devoid of family drama as possible. It is a straight up miracle that I was not up and out of bed this morning at 4 a.m., ready to raid the stores like the shopaholic that I am. But you know? I had an epiphany in the middle of the night. There are so many BETTER things to do on this lovely Black Friday than battling long lines and psychotic deal lovers — after the jump, seven things you could do instead today that will be relatively bruise free. (Seriously, people have been trampled to death over electronics. Ridiculous.) Keep reading »
Thanksgiving may be the day we stuff ourselves with more food than the typical American can handle — which is a crapload of grub by the way — but the real gluttony begins on Black Friday. If you’re one of those brave souls who plans on risking their lives in order to save a couple of bucks then you’re in luck! We’ve put together this handy little list of the six types of Black Friday shoppers you should do everything you can to avoid. Good luck and Thor speed!
1. The Soccer Mom. Like a plague of locusts devouring everything in their path, the soccer mom brings the whole family in hopes of devouring all the best stuff. Best to avoid this shopper like, well, a plague of locusts. Read more…
Black cats have it pretty rough. Not only do they have the stigma of a negative superstition around them, but tons of people adopt or buy the cats for Halloween, only to discard them days after. And shelters report that it’s often difficult to get good photos of animals with black fur. But a cheeky new Black Friday promotion is hoping to give black cats — and other animals with black fur — a second chance. The Oregon Humane Society — and other shelters around the country — is offering to cut adoption fees in half for those who adopt black cats and other black animals. And the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia is running a similar promotion, allowing pet lovers to adopt black cats and dogs for free. They’re also running a separate promotion, called “Feast With A Fat Feline,” offering free adoptoins on cats weighing 13 pounds or more. I want one!
Similar adoption events and discounts are being offered in Riverside, California, San Antonio, Texas, and Witchita, Kansas, and several other cities and towns around the country. Check with your local shelter to see if they’re offering similar adoption deals!