Does Buy Nothing Day Stand a Chance in Marin?

As an event that protests consumerism celebrates its 20th anniversary, does anyone abide by it in Marin?

As thousands of shoppers hit Marin's malls and downtowns today for the Black Friday kickoff to holiday shopping, people worldwide are celebrating the 20th anniversary of doing exactly the opposite.

International Buy Nothing Day was organized by Canadian anti-consumerist organization Adbusters in 1992. The campaign morphed in recent years and became attached to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Its creators sought to address criticism that Buy Nothing Day simply shifted consumer spending to the next day by launching a post-Black Friday Occupy Xmas campaign focusing on all holiday shopping.

We want to know: In wealthy Marin that is home to a slew of shopping malls and downtowns hoping to cater to the holiday shopping crowd on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and the holiday month ahead, does Buy Nothing Day and Occupy Xmas stand a chance here?

R. T. November 23, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Temptations and malls exist everywhere, so Marin has as good a shot at Buy Nothing Day as anywhere. Even in the poorest counties people stand in line waiting to snap up bargains. Has nothing to do with being rich or poor, and has everything to do with being lured into consumerism as a way of life. One would think that a better educated populace might be able to resist the pressure, since what is needed is an ideological effort to participate in a Buy Nothing Day. I don't give it much of a chance in most counties, really.
Haggis November 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I find buying nothing the day after Thanksgiving to be rather satisfying and will probably extend that satisfaction for the rest of the season. Love for family and friends does not have to be demonstrated by buying stuff.
Trish Boorstein November 23, 2012 at 06:13 PM
After watching the following link a few years ago by Ann Leonard, http://www.storyofstuff.com/, it radically confirmed for me a goal to consume less as a way of life. Our family is hiking and watching a movie today, happy holidays!
sheri November 23, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I've only attempted Black Friday shopping once and never again! Besides the crazy crowds that I definitely don't want to be a part of, they're mostly scams anyway. Stores put a few things in limited numbers on sale, then everything else is the same sale as always. The biggest idiots in my opinion are the ones that camp out in front of stores. Nothing is worth that. So stay home and relax on black Friday, and don't buy into the hype.
Susannah Nation November 23, 2012 at 09:05 PM
On a lark, my husband, toddler and I just enjoyed an easy stroll up and down Grant Avenue in Novato, where we happened into a few stores and made some purchases. We went for a walk just to enjoy the day, and ended up supporting some local businesses. While the idea of "Black Friday shopping" makes my skin crawl, I have no problem at all throwing some business to locally owned places. (Side note: There was easy of parking on Grant, and the stores weren't crowded. This was at lunch time on Black Friday.)


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