- Posted November 20, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Are you supporting Capitalism on Black Friday?
With the Hostess bankruptcy in mediation, Hurricane Sandy clean up, and Walmart employees strike on Black Friday, I was wondering how many of you support Black Friday?
All the major retailers convince us that the best bargains for holiday shopping is this coming Friday. Many Americans get up before dawn to get their hands on that huge television or $3 toaster. These items are usually called loss leaders, which means they don't make money on these items but use them as a ploy to get you in the stores to buy other products with huge profit margins.
With this economy, wars, and people starving around the world do we have a moral not to support capitalism? On the Thursday before we celebrate Thanksgiving. A time to rejoice and give thanks for our family and friends, but the next day trample people for the $2 waffle maker. What does that say about us as a country? In my humble opinion it makes us into capitalistic drones set forth by companies to spend money that we can't afford.
Instead of buying more made in China cheap crap, think about how you can really make a difference in someone's life beside buying them off. Here's a few ideas:
1-Ask a love one can you help with a bill that is stressing them out.
2-Buy groceries for someone who can benefit from a stocked fridge.
3-Buy a gas card for someone that struggles to make it back and forth to work each week.
4-Donate to Toys for Tots or a homeless shelter.
5-Spend time with your family and friends by having them over for holiday dinner.
These ideas are just a short list I quickly came up with. Please add your ideas below.
Please remember to be thankful for the people in your life and not to be so materialistic. Remember those cheap items offered on Friday are very limited, but people are not.
Much love and gratitude.