Buy Nothing Day: 5 Thoughts by da-AL

1. For some, once Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season truly kicks off with Black Friday aka Shop till You Drop.

Parody cartoon of two people discussing their love of shopping

2. For others, the holiday season begins with Buy Nothing Day.

Buy Nothing day store receipt for $0 spent

3. What if we all decided to no longer be manipulated by ads?

Fake ad saying, "Don't Buy Anything You've Ever Seen Advertised"

4. What if everyone broke free of the emotional hold that big companies have on our lifestyles?

Cartoon of a barcode with stick figure people escaping from within it

5. Not Buying Day shows we really care…

'exhausted' written beneath a photo of earth from space,

These spoof ads are courtesy of Adbusters, an agency dedicated to showing how insidiously propaganda works and fighting advertising with advertising. Their manifesto:

We are a global network of artists, writers, musicians, designers, poets, philosophers and punks trying to pull off a radical transformation of the current world order.”

44 thoughts on “Buy Nothing Day: 5 Thoughts by da-AL

  1. My family know me now. They do not buy me gifts and do not expect any in return. My husband and I hug and kiss on Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc. It is stress free living and actually…. I think my family actually love the idea that they can stroke me off their list… Now if only they could shake off the guilt of not buying for the rest on that list!!

    It is doable folks… Just tell your friends and family that you are not doing the Christmas gift thing and ask them not to buy you anything either… The relief that brings is palpable!

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  2. Love it.. And that is exactly what I have been doing, creating… 🙂 When Christmas comes into shops at the end of August I want to run and Hibernate. as much as I enjoy Giving.. and Christmas, Its just gone Mad and the message of Christmas has totally got lost within the Tinsel .

    Wishing you a great week 🙂 Sue

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  3. da-AL, so brilliant and I used to shop with y daughters, sometimes with a husband but now, realize that many things are Even Lower in January! I had most of my Christmas presents bought by February, 2017. 😀 💕This is a wonderful, creative post.
    Happy Thanksgiving, da-AL! 🌻

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  4. Haha, thanks for sharing this! My favourite picture is the bar code one. 😆

    I’m one of those women who hate to shop and are immune to the word SALE (unless, of course, it’s 80% off a video game I’ve been wanting for ages 🎮). Luckily we don’t have Black Friday sales here!

    When it comes to gifts, my family has the perfect solution. Christmas? Let’s eat at that wonderful hotel buffet! Birthdays? Let’s eat at that fancy steak place! Graduation and promotion? Hey, let’s go eat at this famous dim sum place! No gifts required, just an empty stomach. 🥞🍔🍜🥘🍱🍰

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  5. Wonderful! This is exactly how I feel! Here in Germany they are starting this black Friday crap, too, only they call it Black Sale and I think it’s not necessarily on a Friday. We saw the signs at the store on Saturday. My husband remarked, “Why don’t they start celebrating Thanksgiving, too.” You know, because Germans so desperately want to be like Americans… but only at a very superficial level.

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  6. I like gift giving, and always have. Just not the pressure. In my studies, I learned that in the Norse tradition, it was customary to give gifts for Yule, and in the lore there is a lot of emphasis on gift giving as a means of strengthening bonds with friends and loved ones.
    The problem for me isn’t the gift exchange, but rather the commercialism that has completely taken over the whole tradition. Now what matters is the price tag. If you can’t afford to spend much, an your gift is considered inferior. Gone are the days of making something to give to someone.
    What I try to do is give a mix of things I’ve made or bought or something I can do for another. And not what the ads say to do. My brother likes German food, so I sent him and his wife a German cookbook, I crocheted fingerless gloves for my sister and sisters-in-law, a book by Bernard Cornwell for my dad since he loves anything about the civil war. (That was last year.) This year, I want to send an assortment of goodies to my family. Germans do get one thing right: they make amazing chocolate! So, chocolate, cookies, chocolate mint tea from my own garden, homemade chilli seasoning for my dad, and who knows what else I’ll think of. When you don’t let the pressure of consumerism get to you, the gift giving tradition can be fun.

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  7. What I really dislike is that the concept of Black Friday has crept into Canada and it makes me grind my teeth whenever I see an ad.
    I like the idea of Buy Nothing Day. Americans should be at home with their family or friends on Thanksgiving weekend – not in a packed shopping mall fighting crowds to buy things that they don’t really *need*.

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  8. Black Friday has spread over to Europe. I personally don’t shop much and am probably safer for doing so, seeing how violent people get during these events. Some of the sales are very generous though so I cannot blame people for taking advantage of them.

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  9. Yes, I have a closet full of gifts. I buy huge gift bags at our Dollar store, label each and then sort through putting the gifts in each bag. Thanks for saying this is love. I think it may seem rather unexciting to others. . . 😊 🎁 🎀

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  10. I don’t believe it is all that black and white…Yes, as a costumer we surely can influence big companies and stores…If we don’t buy it, they stop producing it and thus also create days like Black Friday. However, we also need these big companies. People tend to forget they also invest in a lot of good projects for our globe. Money, most people can’t afford to give.
    In the end is comes down to choices and balance, like with everything 😉

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