2012 21 Nov

Buy nothing on "Black Friday"

Okay. "Black Friday".

Another creeping vine of America's deathgrip on Canadian society. Another corporate consumer culture poleaxe in our spiritual spines. Another debt-driven frenzy whipped up by multinational chain stores to separate us peasants from our money.

"Black Friday" is an American thing, created by giant retailers to build buzz and create the impression that deals aplenty are at hand. It is the Friday after American Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22, btw - and has been named to mark the arbitrary line where the Christmas sales season begins.

Look out! Here comes another swarm of beserkers maxing out credit cards to get into the Christmas spirit!

Duck, roll and cover!

And Buy Nothing this Friday.

Instead, join Octopus Books to mark One Day Out Of The Year where we can raise the debate over consumerism and living on a finite planet.

If you are planning on buying gifts, wait 'till after "Black Friday" and patronize your local shops of fine goods. Ah, like ours.

Right, you’re thinking. Isn’t it kinda crazy that a BOOK STORE is advocating Not Buying stuff? Clearly, if every day was Buy Nothing Day then Octopus would be out of business just as fast as Chapters, no?

For our rebuttal, we’ll defer to the good folks at Adbusters, the originators of Buy Nothing Day:

"Until we challenge the entrenched values of capitalism – that the economy must always keep growing, that consumer wants must always be satisfied, that immediate gratification is imperative – we’re not going able to fix the gigantic psycho-financial-eco crisis of our times." See http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd for more info on BND.

Kinda sums it up, right? Buy Nothing Day is really a fine way to raise awareness about the Clear and Present Danger of rampant consumerism and an economy that thinks it can grow forever on a finite planet.

We’ll say it again: it is clearly dangerous to prop up an economy that thinks it can grow forever on a finite planet.

In the future ecotopia, small shops that proffer local goods and services will be the norm. Your “best buy” will be local, and costs will be internalized. Innovation will incorporate the full lifecycle of any product. We will return to a social economy, and that will include books. With recycled paper, and fresh content.

Just sayin’.

We’ll be closed on Friday, Nov. 23. We encourage our customers to take the day to make something, repair relationships and just be.

And we’ll see ya on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Agree? Disagree? Give us an earful.

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