Can you stop buying for just one day?

“Dreading the holiday season? The frantic rush and stress? The to-do lists and sales hype? The spiritless hours trapped in malls? This year, why not gather together your loved ones and decide to do things differently?”

Thus begins the invitation from supporters of the 20th annual BUY NOTHING DAY campaign. This year the global event is being celebrated in North America on Friday, November 23rd (always the day after American Thanksgiving – also known as Black Friday, the busiest retail shopping day for Americans and an obscene extravaganza of over-consumption).  Continue reading

A buyers’ guide to retail shopping tricks

Megan Erickson’s recent Big Think piece called “How to Resist the Irresistible: A Buyers’ Guide to Shopping Tricks” includes a fascinating short (6:15) video interview with Lee Eisenberg, former editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine and author of the 2009 book, Shoptimism: Why the American Consumer Will Keep on Buying No Matter What.

Eisenberg observes that we consumers can resist the urge to buy something we don’t need by recognizing these four industry tricks to convince us to buy:    Continue reading