Saturday, November 26, 2011

"Black Friday"

The Friday after Thanksgiving has come to be known as "Black Friday". On this day, most major retailers open extremely early, some as early as Midnight on Thursday or as early as 4 a.m. Friday morning. These same stores supposedly offer "great" deals on Black Friday.

Personally, the concept of Black Friday is both telling and distressing. The United States economy is based on consumption...probably more accurately- over consumption. We don't produce a whole lot any more, we just consume the world's products, in massive quantities. It's what keeps money changing hands. Black Friday shows how much we need to have our stuff, and right now.

Do we really need a special dispensation of time to buy more stuff a few hours earlier than usual? Give me a break.

Yesterday's "Black Friday" was highlighted by some crazy dude who pepper sprayed people waiting in line with him to buy stuff. Stories like this emerge every year. The video clips of hundreds of people packing the entrance of Target, or some other store, to buy more junk is pathetic.

Bluntly, I am embarrassed for my country, which is hopelessly in debt and generally given over to materialism and over consumption, when the "Black Friday" images parallel third world country villagers lining up at a humanitarian aid truck...only they are at Best Buy and Walmart.


Rick Calohan said...

I spent "Black Friday" looking for my doctor and my dentist I guess they were all out consuming. That's why I am happy my wife works at Nordstrom where at least they were off for Thanksgiving, and do not decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving and do not open in the wee small hours of the morning to offer huge discounts on overpriced retail merchandise.

christianlady said...

My feeling right now in all this is that we have some needs as a family with many children...and we'd only like to see specials on the basics like food, electricity, and gas. Meeting our basic needs is important in our household, not that big screen for $200 off.

Woody Woodward said...

It gets crazier every year. When my bride retired from Penny’s, on this day, they had to be there at 7:00a.m. Now I think the Penny’s folks have to be there at 5:30 a.m. Ridiculous greed and a blight on our nations values! Whatever values we have left? Black Friday to me is a day to stay inside and watch some great Hallmark Christmas movies.