Black Friday and Buy Nothing Day

Every year in November, people look for bargains on Black Friday. But did you know that the same day is also Buy Nothing Day?

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What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is the day after the American holiday of Thanksgiving, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Because it is a holiday in the United States, it has long been a popular day for consumers to start shopping for Christmas. Over the last 20 years big retailers have started to offer discounts and bargains on this day, and it has become more and more popular. Last year, people in the USA spent an estimated $54.7 billion between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving, when people often buy more online). The idea of Black Friday has also spread around the world. For example, in 2017, people in the UK spent the equivalent of $10.3 billion, in Germany $7.6 billion and in France $6.2 billion.

Is Black Friday out of control?

Many of us love to get a bargain, but some feel that events like Black Friday encourage people to buy things that they don’t really need and can’t afford. Many people seem to completely lose control of both their spending and their tempers. It is easy to find video online of customers physically fighting each other over bargains. It is also argued that Black Friday is bad for small shopkeepers, who cannot afford to offer the kinds of price cuts that the big companies can. 

What’s the alternative to Black Friday? 

Instead of taking the opportunity to buy as much as possible on Black Friday, you could do the opposite and buy absolutely nothing. Since 1997, Buy Nothing Day has been held on the same day as Black Friday. The rules are simple. Just don’t buy anything at all for 24 hours. Many people are surprised how difficult this actually is. The aim is to make people think more about their spending and to make better decisions about what they buy and where they buy it from.

Ethical spending

As well as spending less and not buying unnecessary items, Buy Nothing Day aims to raise awareness of how to be a more ethical consumer. For example, you can avoid buying ‘fast fashion’, that is, very cheap clothes that are worn a few times before being thrown away. Or you could decide not to automatically upgrade your mobile at the end of a contract. These kinds of decisions can help to protect the environment as well as saving you money. 

What else can you do on Buy Nothing Day? 

Some people carry out protests at shopping centres. Others avoid the shops completely and go for a walk in nature instead. Another alternative, the Buy Nothing Coat Exchange, is an idea which is spreading. People donate winter coats throughout November and anyone who needs one can come and take one on Buy Nothing Day. 

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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Mon, 30/11/2020 - 13:15

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Does anyone know about White Friday Day?? ;)

Submitted by Dmytro on Sun, 29/11/2020 - 20:50

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This question is not simple just to whether agree or not on it. It depends on the particular country, on the financial situation of its residents, on local markets. There are a lot of talks about big bargains when it comes to Black Friday. In fact, all that hype often is overrated. Discounts are not significant to attract crowds to buy tons of unnecessary stuff. Very often purchases were planned out for Black Friday in order to get the best price.

Submitted by Thomas Alva on Sat, 28/11/2020 - 08:01

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Actually buy nothing day is a good day for u , if u dont have enugh money to buy something.Thats me for sure :)

Submitted by SORAIDA on Fri, 27/11/2020 - 15:43

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In my opinion, some people buy a lot of things they do not need because of the sales. I never buy thing on black days, because I do not like shopping when the stores are crowded. I prefer to buy items when the shopping centers are with few shoppers.

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Tue, 24/11/2020 - 16:55

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Ooo, that year in UK is easier for me, because I love to spend money about nothing... Really, I know that`s wrong... I awarness... but I can`t stop... I need new shoes, new dress.... bag, face cream, new furniture.. That is wrong passion... But that year I still didn`t buy something... I hope I will celebrate Buy Nothing Day and I will save money :) O, yes! I`m agree with that we buy stupid things when we see bargain,discount... Things which we will use 1 or 2 times... We don`t need to waste our money, that year I will try :)

Submitted by TR7GAMING on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 15:24

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Hello everyone I’m TR7GAMING and I agree BlackFriday because it allows me to buy fortnite skins.

Submitted by GI on Sun, 22/11/2020 - 08:33

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Black Friday is cool, I enjoy to buy what I like at special discounts, but is true that We can go, quite easily, out of control. What I do is to define a list of desired objects and then I stay on that list, it’s a good way to have a responsible behavior and a great fun at the same time.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Fri, 20/11/2020 - 18:03

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Usually I take advantage of the Black Friday for buying a few items really essential for me, but I avoid the shops and I buy on line. However, I think society's rapidly spreading consumerism is about to run out, especially in this period right now, because the Covid 19 is pushing everyone to change our minds and our habits.

Submitted by Omarkingofnubia on Sun, 09/08/2020 - 14:22

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I personally don't like black Friday although I have never tired to buy items on black friday But I think it's quite problematic especially for the environment because people are already consuming tonnes of clothes on regular basis which is already harming the environment and if people go and buy tonnes of items that's they don't really need they will wind up throwing it away which is would cause problem for the environment