By Andrew Lisa, Contributor Black Friday is the one-day shopping ...
While REI's effort is bold, it is not the first time that a retailer has taken an anti-consumerist stance on Black Friday. In 2011, Patagonia famously published a full-page press advertisement with the provocative headline: "Don't Buy This Jacket."
How do you know whether Black Friday prices will be better than any reference prices or deals earlier in the year? You can make your best guess based on your own shopping experience, or you can consult websites like BestBlackFriday.com.
It may be annoying to see Christmas displays in stores before Halloween, but that does not mean that early shopping for Christmas presents is a bad idea.
The thing that makes Jet special is that unlike Amazon, or most retailers really, Jet doesn't make money by selling products. Operating as a marketplace for third party sellers, it makes money by charging customers a $50/year membership fee. Then, it takes the money it would make if it kept commissions on sales and passes it on to the consumer as savings.
We all know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Chances are you also know about Giving Tuesday.
On Efate, many of the market structures themselves have been badly damaged or destroyed, and the villages have lost almost all of their crops.
For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?
Three makes a pattern so, with inequality at the top of the news - be it about champagne wars at the House of Lords or the inherent privilege of white males on the streets of America - it is time to have a conversation about the difference between privilege and patronage.
The damage done by overbuying is usually what lingers and chokes out the joy we may have gotten from buying the items in the first place. Can we be saved from our impulse buying insanity?
The U.S. will never prohibit stores from opening on Sunday. But after this past Thanksgiving, it does feel that the scales have tipped away from holding anything sacred --- or even special.
On Cyber Monday I sat in front of my computer in yoga pants and a 10-year-old Ani DiFranco t-shirt, steaming hot coffee in hand, clicking all over the interweb getting deals for the multitudes of children I have in my life.
When retail workers want something, they ask their employers, get denied, get bullied and sometimes fired. Sometimes, they take to the streets, as they have for the last three years on Black Friday. By contrast, when retailers want something, they scurry to the halls of Congress, where they purchase influence with their exorbitant profits.
The holiday season is finally here and businesses are hustling to take advantage of this lucrative time of the year. The number of eCommerce sales worldwide has continued to grow to a whopping 1.4 billion dollars. Take a look at these five pointers to help you achieve a stellar eCommerce season:
In response to this time of heavy consumerism, nonprofits proposed Giving Tuesday, which asks people to consider giving to organizations that are addressing critical social issues.
It makes sense to take the corporations up on their pretend public space. Force them to take the public role they are incapable of. Then re-open again our own commons, which waits with its 1st Amendment protections. Public space must be public again. The police who walk that beat must work for all the people.