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Greed Friday — A Take

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Here we go again for the 3rd year in the UK, Black Friday has arrived and consumerism and greed take over in abundance.

Do not get me wrong, I love a bargain, I enjoy shopping and buying lovely things, but I will not be taken in by a superfluous event that is driven to make you purchase things you do not need.

Some of the shops have decided, most wisely that they are not joining in with the madness due to last year’s debacle which proved that people are vicious animals driven by greed, nothing more, nothing less. We were shown on mass media what people were doing to other human beings, hitting children, stampeding over people, fighting, and most appalling was a person tipping a person out of a wheelchair to get to something to sate their greed. Shop doors were destroyed and people injured. Is this really how a so called civilised being should act? No, in fact, I would say that we should never act like this. Injuring people and destroying property is abhorrent, and also illegal.

Web sites are more civilised places to shop, but I find the a lot of the “deals” are nothing to get excited over. Argos has been having amazing sales for the last six or so months and is making money head over heals, which goes to show selective sales throughout the year is more profitable than a one day sale that may destroy the shop. Amazon has some odd sales items which I know people will buy just for the sake of a “bargain”. Their Kindle book deals for Black Friday seem no different to any other day, 99p books are there all the time, and the selection they have, again is nothing to get your knickers wagging.

I did, however, make one purchase which was marked on my receipt as “Black Friday Deal” in M&S. I wanted Christmas Crackers and saw a pack for £10 and thought ‘that will do’. At the till they came up as £6.66, which I did not notice until I saw on the receipt. Unwittingly joining with the madness in rather an empty shop.

When opening Amazon this morning they had a £3.99 digital album sale. The picture of an ELO album as the tempter, however, this album was not in the sale, which strikes me as a rather odd “invitation to treat”.

Year three, and Greed Friday has not managed to pull me in, tempt me in the slightest, or indeed made me part with money in the name of this rather offputting day.


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