- By supporting local shops, businesses and co-ops that have a tangible investment in the local community -- far more so than the powerbrokers running national retail giants -- and by encouraging new ideas and programs that focus on sustainability, you'll do far more good for your community. What's a better gift than that?
- Capitalism’s grossest win: The final triumph of Black Friday
Ralph Nader, Huffington Post
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November 30, 2012 | As the end of the year approaches, so does the biggest consumer rush of the year, as millions flock to the stores and online vendors for the latest TVs, gadgets, trendy toys, clothes and more. The Friday after Thanksgiving, now popularly known as "Black Friday" has, in recent years, been hyped beyond the bounds of decency by marketers hoping to motivate thousands of people across the country to line up outside of stores in the wee hours of the morning in hope of securing discounts on big ticket items. One could even make the case that Thanksgiving is now overshadowed by the next-day shopping extravaganza -- in some communities, stores even opened on Thursday night, so intrepid shoppers could leave their holiday festivities and get right to it. And don't forget about "Cyber Monday" just days later, for those inclined to get their deals online.
The holidays, once considered a sacred time for family and celebration, have been hijacked by big companies sending out a message to the American people, playing on an endless loop from as early as November 1st all the way to the New Year: "Buy, buy, buy!" Think of all of those products that millions of Americans are purchasing as gifts for their friends and family. Where were they manufactured? Who profits from their sale? What happens to them when they break or become obsolete?
Capitalism’s grossest win: The final triumph of Black Friday, Andrew Leonard, Salon
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