Does Buy Nothing Day Stand a Chance in Marin?

As an event that protests consumerism celebrates its 20th anniversary, does anyone abide by it in Marin?

As thousands of shoppers hit Marin's malls and downtowns today for the Black Friday kickoff to holiday shopping, people worldwide are celebrating the 20th anniversary of doing exactly the opposite.

International Buy Nothing Day was organized by Canadian anti-consumerist organization Adbusters in 1992. The campaign morphed in recent years and became attached to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Its creators sought to address criticism that Buy Nothing Day simply shifted consumer spending to the next day by launching a post-Black Friday Occupy Xmas campaign focusing on all holiday shopping.

We want to know: In wealthy Marin that is home to a slew of shopping malls and downtowns hoping to cater to the holiday shopping crowd on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and the holiday month ahead, does Buy Nothing Day and Occupy Xmas stand a chance here?

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Michael November 23, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I find it easy to observe. Many people go absolutely brain dead when hit with commercial advertising. Guess it works! I find few people who are obsessed with buying 'stuff' that are even aware of how bizarre their actions are. It's 'follow the crowd' for them with little to zero thinking on their own. And in wealthy Marin... well the lemmings are out in force today
Mike Van Horn November 24, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I never heard of it before . We did no shopping yesterday except for dinner, but I don't need some big organization to celebrate this with.
Anna Haight November 24, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I supported this. Only grocery shopping for dinner and a normal lunch out.


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