Boycotting Black Friday

Black Friday is the funnest day of the shopping year. It is a day of unadulterated, political-correctness-be-damned shopping for the most morally decadent products in the world: ridiculously low-priced toys, clothes, and electronics manufactured overseas by who knows who. You will not ask how such a high value product could be so cheap. You will just save, save, save!! You will go park at the least scrupulous big box store in your city and make a run for an item while screaming “holly jolly Christmas” and “get out of my fu$%#ng way, you Fu%@&*g piece of $%@#.”

Then, with big bags full of sweatshop goodies in tow and under the warm immersion of piped in Christmas Muzak, you will take decadent breaks at the Starbucks, the Cinnabon, or the Dunkin to catch a blissful buzzy blast of bliss.

Or… son-of-a-gun you could really boycott the whole mess for something that admittedly will leave a lot less Christmas Day trash in your garbage can. You could spend time looking for locally owned shops in your area that sell locally made items. Upon hunting high and low in these places, many located very inconveniently far away from the shopping districts, you will in time has amassed a few items that would work out as nice gifts.

Think art lofts, small craft stores. Think “downtown artist district”, “old town,” “farmer’s market”, “microbrew”, “antiques”, “second-hand”, “thrift store” and even “charity events.” You’re not only boycotting the typical Black Friday. You’re completely rediscovering Black Friday!

You see, the whole reason for doing this is to stop putting your money in places where most of it leaves the local area immediately (unless there is a robbery). You want to part with your money in the most local way possible – into the hands of the kind of shops that live in a localized economic ecosystem. Their materials, their interactions, even their banking is local. This is what you want to support, while at the same time depriving the worst business citizens of their income, which they use to post the highest profits possible to result in rewards for their shareholders on Wall Street. Even if you own stock yourself, you want to do this.

But can you resist the temptations they offer and stay true the local?

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