November 23, 2005

Mid-Week Shotgun

Yer gettin’ your Shotgun Post early this week, because of the holiday. Wheeeee!

Posted by James at November 23, 2005 8:16 AM
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As a protest, "Buy Nothing Day" seems pretty pointless to me. It's like a one-day boycott of gasoline. It doesn't mean anything if you're going to end up buying the same stuff on a different day anyway.

I will probably have to buy something. My father is coming over that day to fix my gate. He thinks he has everything he needs, but he never does. So he will send me to Home Depot or Lowe's for the rest (it's never the type of stuff you can get at Benny's or True Value).

Route 6 or Faunce Corner Road on Black Friday. That's gonna be a riot.

Posted by: Julie at November 23, 2005 8:43 AM

Great point, Julie. Avoiding shopping on Black Friday has always been more of a way for me to preserve my sanity than to protest consumption. I've been unsuccessfully trying to get my family to buy me less stuff for years.

Posted by: Mike L. at November 23, 2005 9:31 AM

I asked my parents for cash, and only cash, because I need new tires. I don't think it will happen, but I keep trying. :)

Posted by: Julie at November 23, 2005 9:43 AM

Yeah, BND scheduled on the busiest shopping day of the year? I can't see it having a huge impact. There are people who shop then for the sales, because of 'tradition', and just out of panic over getting their holiday shoppping done on time. There are also people who stay away due to the insanity. I think that as a protest, it is likely to get lost in the shuffle.

Posted by: briwei at November 23, 2005 11:07 AM

I don't think we've ever wittingly participated in Buy Nothing Day, although there may have been a year there when we did jsut because we didn't leave the house.

If you were really into it, I don't think it would be pointless, because it is partly symbolic, and also partly personal. Unlike the "gas boycott" it's not really a boycott.

Think of the "Great American Smokeout;" you could argue that this event is pointless because people could just start smoking again the next day. (I'm not arguing that BND is the same thing, only that the argument applies similarly, and is similarly flawed)

With BND you would, presumably, feel the urge to buy and have to deal with that. And, if it means something to you personally, it means something.

But, truthfully, I don't feel the need to participate in BND. I think that it's "protest" value is just in raising awareness. The idea of a day to buy nothing is an attention-getter.

If they wanted to have an actual economic impact, they might try to embrace the idea of reducing the consumerism surrounding the holiday season by promoting alternative activities that would really appeal to people. That would have a much greater economic impact if it caught on.

A recession would also help.

Posted by: James at November 23, 2005 1:00 PM

I do like the idea of slipping BND flyers into the ends of Wal-Mart shopping carts...

Posted by: briwei at November 23, 2005 2:02 PM

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