Friday, November 13, 2009

Are you going to be part of the stampede, or part of the solution?

This year, big box retailers are redesigning their strategy for Black Friday after last year’s disaster when Jdimytai Damour, a temporary worker, at a Wal-Mart store in Valley Stream, New York, was trampled on Nov. 28, 2008. Wal-Mart will leave most of its 833 U.S. discount stores open overnight, while other big boxes are allowing in limited numbers at a time to shop for “lost leader” television sets and electronics to jump start holiday sales.

While I’m not advocating we all give up watching television, or suggesting we don’t take advantage of low-price sales when we can,(we’ve actually praised Wal-mart in this blog for their motions to become more eco-friendly). But there is a more sane way to approach holiday shopping, and that is of course through Creative Consumerism™. We suggest buying gifts that are handmade with the inspiration and soul of an artist.

So which is it? Will you be part of the problem, or will you be enjoying time with your family on Thanksgiving weekend, because you can shop anytime, anywhere?

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