On Monday, bargain hunters across the internet rabidly devoured the leaked Wal-Mart “Black Friday” flyer. For non-U.S. readers, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, and a big shopping holiday as retailers offer deep discounts to kick off the holiday shopping season.
I have mixed feelings about Black Friday. On one hand, I do love good bargains, but on the other hand I am opposed to buying stuff needlessly. I’m also opposed to wasteful gift-giving. And I’m a bit leery of participating in a no-holds-barred pure celebration of consumerism. It’s one thing to buy, but it’s another thing to celebrate buying. Maybe it’s like the difference between reading comic books and dressing up to re-enact famous superhero battles.
This year for Black Friday, June and I are going to do something different. We’ll shop, but for charities. We have some money saved up in our CGF, and we’ve been meaning to invest in MicroPlace, so we’ll spend some time online and make donations and loans to nonprofits. As for celebrating by handing out turkeys while dressed as pilgrims, well… maybe next year.