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my black friday bubble

All weekend I got the feeling that black friday shopping was a thing of the past, my facebook friends mainly put up protest photos, rallied against it, REALLY complained about big stores like Target opening on Thanksgiving so their employees get no time with their families. Yay verily, it is crap, we all agreed. Then I get to my office and apparently I live in a bubble because that’s all anyone talked about... SHOPPING. Buying STUFF. Getting awesome DEALS.

For nothing they needed! I heard all kinds of stories along the lines of "Well I got this gaming thing for the kids but then realized the games were ones we already had on our other console and we don't have another input on our TV so I’ll just find someone to give it to..." those sorts of things. Everyone just buys, no research, no consideration of what we need. Just consumption and blindly fueling the import trade.

I don’t spend much on Christmas. My family has carefully defined and fairly low spending limits on gifts. I already bought Josie toys off ebay. For stuff like white elephant gift exchanges, I make it a point to wrap up something from around my house I don't need anymore.

But all day I today I felt like the only one who tries to hold back, everyone else is just grabbing at whatever they can find... didn't they all see WALL-E? Aren't we all fighting too much stuff in our lives? Am I in some kind of twilight zone of denial where nobody understands why it's bad for your wallet, your mind, your environment, to buy stuff you don’t really need? It makes Christmas so much worse.


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Nov. 27th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
Lately we're getting to the point where no one in my family really has room for more stuff (even the baby nephew has more people giving him things than he has time to wear or play with). So I've mostly been focusing on giving consumables (like Harry & David or Omaha Steaks), experiences (zoo / museum memberships, restaurant gift certs), or charitable donations.
Nov. 27th, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
sure makes shopping easier.

last baby shower I went to, it was a second time mom who I decided just had too much stuff, and too many friends. and it was timed well, right around a church alternative gifts market. so in honor of her pregnancy there was a safe birth kit purchased for a midwife in burma. I'm thinking of making a habit out of this, I go to way too many baby showers these days for way too many overloaded first world parents.
Nov. 27th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
That's a neat idea.

I'm very proud of what I thought of for my parents, brother, SIL and nephew this year, but since the holiday hasn't happened yet I don't want to mention it anywhere in public! (My brother used to have an LJ, though he hasn't updated in years.) But basically, it's a membership that allows guests for one set of them, and enough fancy food to eat all together for the other set, so they can have a couple of day outings followed by tasty meals.
Nov. 27th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
Honestly I didn't even see any great deals worth fighting crowds, sleep, and cold for. But then again I've never been particularly excited about Black Friday. I didn't even see that many deals on stuff I wanted for Cyber Monday so I didn't do any online shopping either. Meh.
Nov. 27th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
I don't understand it. I took advantage of a cyber Monday deal to get another work dress that I'd been eyeing for some time, waiting for a sale. But I usually hit up a clearance rack or goodwill for clothes, buy refurbished electronics and tools for people, etc. I don't understand the buy new, buy now thing...it's so much cheaper to get used items, and if you buy useful gifts, the person will actually enjoy what you get them as opposed to shoving it in a box somewhere.
Nov. 27th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
I got some stuff on etsy for Cyber Monday, but it's stuff I was looking at (my kid apparently wants MOST for Christmas a "rainbow star". Yes. Santa was having trouble until she remembered etsy...) and made by real people. And I got my mom a knitting bowl too. That's pretty much it. Today I was at the pet store and was like Hey! My dad has been talking all about how he likes the car harness I have for our dog! I can get him that for Christmas! So I'm pretty much done with my shopping. The few toys have been bought a long time ago when I found them on sale.

Black Friday. Bleh. We have too much stuff already. I wish more people would go for the gift cards / charities on my wish list. My favorite gift in the last few years was a water buffalo through Heifer.
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