Are We Doing Black Friday? Really?

The day after Thanksgiving in the US is often called “Black Friday.” It use to be the day that merchants were “in the black” for the year and they saw the rest of the year up to Christmas as their time to make a profit for the year. But marketers learned many years ago that they can drive a lot of us to stores for the busy holiday season by putting on…

SHOP! It’s Black Friday

And they’re off! The sales, the markdowns, the deals, all conspiring to get us to spend, spend, spend. The competition is hot. The deals are unrepeatable. Knock that person ahead of you down. Reach across that lady’s grasp. Get here first! Fight, fight, fight! No thanks. Black Friday sales and the whole hoopla associated with it is the ugliest part of our consumer society. It reduces us to mere consumers and our…