Turtle Floating By

November 24, 2010

Turtle Floating By

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Buy Nothing Day

November 24, 2010

This coming Saturday is the 2010 edition of Buy Nothing Day, an event that we have long supported. But it sure is an uphill battle.

I have noticed this year that many of the large retailers are starting their sales at 5:00am, 4:00am and even 3:00am on Friday morning!  At least one of those retailers is having a toy sale beginning at 12:01am and then starting their “real” sale at 5 in the morning.  How whacked is that, really, to stand outside a store in this freezing November weather in the middle of the night just to save a few bucks on a completely discretionary purchase?

The whole value system that people seem to operate under is simply backwards to me and difficult to comprehend. Of course, I am obliged to participate in the market system on a daily basis, so I understand it.  What I cannot understand is volunteering for extra duty.