Thursday, November 26, 2015

Black Friday

Ah, the inevitable barrage of posts on blogs and social media about not shopping on Black Friday. I appreciate the sentiment as far as not feeding into the aspect of society where people get into brawls over televisions. And I definitely feel for the people who are working at the kinds of places where this happens. But really? I'm also seeing a lot of posts from some really privileged people, talking about how they aren't going to buy anything this weekend, thinking they're combating capitalism or some ish. How exactly does that work? Whether you're someone who's conscious about really only buying what you need or someone who purchases freely, aren't you just going to buy the stuff on a different day? How does this actually affect capitalism at all?

And another thing: all this rhetoric about not buying things this weekend to make a point, do people really think it's hurting giant corporations? Of course it isn't. Maybe it would if they had planned to have extra staffing for the weekend and literally no one came to buy anything, but I just don't see that happening. What it really does is annoy struggling people, like me. Of course I'm going to take advantage of Black Friday deals. I'm online right now to do just that. No I'm not buying video game systems and designer sneakers. I'm buying winter coats and socks and underwear, because that stuff is way cheap this weekend and most places have free shipping. But these privileged people who don't have to worry about how they're going to afford coats for everyone want me to wait until Monday or Tuesday or whenever it becomes socially acceptable to shop so I can pay $80 I don't have for a coat instead of $24.99 today. Right. I'll get right on that. See, most of us taking advantage of these deals are people who spend every day really only buying what we need, checking thrift stores first, swapping things with our friends and neighbors, buying and selling on eBay. But go ahead, y'all who think about capitalism and consumption one time per year, and put up your posts about how we should or shouldn't spend this weekend.

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