Why I Don’t Like Black Friday

Why Black Friday Sucks

Black Friday Sucks
Yes it certainly does.

There are few things which clearly demonstrate the failure of our modern society more than Black Friday.  Traditionally this day after Thanksgiving has become the largest shopping day of the year.  I have nothing against shopping or the ability to businesses to make money, in fact I am all for capitalism and the right of individuals to run their businesses.  I believe that the problem is the ever increasing commercialization of Christmas and the inability of some people to put their family above saving a few dollars.

The Greed Factor

greed over family
This about says it all. Enjoy your crumbs.

To see this greed factor in action, you don’t have to look any further than the fact that all of the big businesses have extended their Black Friday sales into Thanksgiving day.  If you show up at Walmart at 8 PM on Thanksgiving night, you will get a great deal on a great flat screen.  This is the price of integrity and family time, an inexpensive television.  Sad that there isn’t just one day that you can ignore all of the corporate chatter and pursue some sort of family time and interpersonal connections that don’t cost a thing.

Shoppers or Sheep?

It seems that all people today are just like sheep, being herded to the stores by the herders that run the big stores.  Once one store does it, all of them feel

shoppers are sheep
What Black Friday crowds look like to Chain Stores.

the need to open up, because they might miss out on some sales.  Forget the fact that the people who are working for you have to be there regardless of whether or not anyone shows up.  I can’t imagine the money that is going to be made in those short hours of Thanksgiving night are going to make or break Walmart’s bottom line, and you and I both know they won’t.  The additional sales, might help increase their take for the season, but that will be a surplus on top of what they would have made anyway.  In fact, I would wager this is a very small percentage of their holiday marketing deluge.  It is not Walmart’s, or Kmarts, or Sears’ fault for this, it is the consumer who is willing to show up to spend money.

Please Leave Christmas Alone

leave christmas alone black friday
How much commercialization is too much? Enjoy your sales.

This extension of the marketing of Christmas and the attack on the little family time we have left can be stopped really easily by simply not showing up.  If there is nobody there, then the corporations that run Christmas will not pursue it, their advertising schemes will find a more natural outlet.  Maybe they will see that there is money to be made in common sense, but that will never happen as long as the sheep, that is the American consumer continues to participate in this foolishness.  Everyone seems to forget that this should be a season about love and not about buying more crap that nobody really needs. What is the point? What do you need?

A Dark Forecast for Christmas

Scrooge isn’t the only one in trouble

The future looks dark for those who participate in this type of marketing, because before long the sales will creep up through the week, Black Friday will begin on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  There will be promotions that give you savings for visiting their stores on consecutive days during the week.  Or the inevitable heavy barrage of the commercialism of Christmas will move into October, because some marketer realizes that all consumers do exactly what the advertisers tell them to. Sad. But what can we expect when the message people get every day is that more is better and even more stuff is better than that.

Boycott Black Friday

Boycott Black Friday
I would add, all corporate retail outlets to this boycott, stay home spend time with your family, or read a book.

The only way to end this foolishness is to stop participation and boycott the whole mess. Stay away from the stores and ignore the marketing.  The argument that you will never get that kind of deal again is foolishness, they will still give you the deals later in the season. I am not sure you know, but stores are still competing for your money right up until Christmas, there will be other sales.  This will not hurt the bottom line of any business, because you will still shop and buy whatever you were going to buy anyway.  The corporate world would have you believe that the entire economy is coming unpinned if the sales on Black Friday aren’t up to expectation.  Don’t believe it, that is all media driven foolishness, designed to get you to buy, buy, and buy some more.

Use Your Brain and Think, Make your own Decision 

If you have a brain in your head, and you can make your own decisions, then don’t participate in Black Friday in any form or fashion.  For the many who will sell their integrity and in effect their soul for a cheap television at Walmart, there is really no hope for you at this time.  Stuff doesn’t make you happy, it only gives you more stuff.  No matter how much stuff you accumulate, it will not fill the void and emptiness you have inside.

I hope you all experience safe travel and have a happy day eating turkey, watching football and spending time with your family, I think that is what this time of year should be all about.

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9 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Like Black Friday”

  1. We don’t have black Friday in Ireland but I’ve watched some of the youtube footage. It’s pretty horrifying lol. It’s looks like a food riot except these people are actually choosing to participate in this shameless materialism.

    Now I don’t mind “things”, you know, nice clothing or belongings but come on!

    It’s like some dystopian vision of the future where people fight over the latest throwaway products, except it’s the present, and it’s our planet lol.

    I guess it just speaks of the pressure on people to have “the latest thing” that they will participate in this kind of activity. The deep “need” for “stuff” that is fostered in people from a young age.

    Freaky alright! Great post, thanks for sharing :)

    Rohan.

    1. Thanks Rohan for reading this post, which I did on black Friday and at that point nobody read my blog. Now some people do, it is kind of awesome. Living on the Emerald Isle, must be quite a time. Now I know they do appreciate a good nap there. That is good to know. :-) I do really appreciate your comments, feel free to comment on anything, even if you don’t agree its ok with me. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I hate any day that companies use to make money and that includes Valentine’s day and Mother’s day as well. I don’t do well in shopping malls either, so they are losing out on me. :P

    1. PS: Great post! I am absolutely enjoying your blog and is like a kid with ADHD now. Dunno where to start and where to stop. LOL! All your fault. :P

    2. A-men! Corporations run the world. I refuse to participate in Valentine’s day. but I can’t forget my mom on Mother’s day, because she is very nice. :-)

      1. No one should ever forget their nice moms and even the not-so-nice ones…we are all human after all, but I still believe a mum should be treated like one every day..not just once a year…and that’s how my hubby and kids treat me. I am truly blessed but I do respect other people’s beliefs and what they do. Each to our own I always say. :)

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