This holiday season, let's ask ourselves how we show up in the world: are we consumers, or are we citizens?

Karen Madej

In 2019, China shipped $451.7 billion worth of goods to the United States. Since the U.S. exports to China were only $106.5 billion, there's a $345 billion U.S. trade deficit with China. Census.gov

2020 stats

According to Finances Online, Black Friday Statistics, in 2020, Amazon took the largest share of online sales, 24.2%. Its closest competitor Best Buy took 7%. Last year 60.8% of shoppers planned against going to bricks and mortar shops because of overcrowding.

Only 9% look for items that are made in their country. Only 7% are looking for something sustainable. (IMI International, 2020)

According to Practical ECommerce in 2020, Salesforce reported: Total digital sales for Cyber Week reached $270 billion globally and $60 billion in the U.S.

2021 predictions

Digital Commerce 360 predicts Cyber Monday 2021 will do better than Black Friday in terms of sales. Especially in physical shops because folks are looking forward to a day out.

According to Mastercard SpendingPulse forecasts, retail sales will grow by over 20% on Black Friday thanks to door crasher deals where eager shoppers will queue for hours, even overnight, to grab the biggest discounts items. Seasonal window displays will help draw in buyers too.

Before you rush to buy anything online or at a shopping mall, will you consider do I need it and will it make me happy long term?

Could I buy secondhand and save a lot of money?

Backmarket states: "It's that Black Friday time of year, and frankly... we don't give a damn."

You can buy phones at up to 70% off "Any Old Friday!" And their mission is to restore trust and desire for refurbished devices.

We don’t see a reason to play into retailer games like Black Friday or Cyber Monday. We have fair prices on premium electronics all year round because buying smart on your own terms should be the norm, not the exception. Backmarket

Try the Buy Nothing Project app. They say: Buy less and share more. It makes us all richer and the planet cleaner.

Check out local services and experiences like restaurants, electronic repairs, go to the movies or the theatre.

If you live in Charlotte, NC, you might enjoy this doorbuster!

"This holiday season, let's ask ourselves how we show up in the world: are we consumers, or are we citizens?" The Story of Stuff

The title of this article and the quote above are from an email received by the author from The Story of Stuff. The non-profit organization invites you to join them in their annual Buy Nothing Day campaign, expanded to Buy Nothing November.

You can check out their campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and join them as The Story of Stuff opt-out of shopping and opt-in to family, community, friends and neighbors.

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Passionate about climate change and living a debt-free, sustainable life. Determined to learn how to and build an adobe house or Earthship. The goal is to live off-grid and off the land. Energy for heat and to power electrical devices and appliances will use solar, wind, and hydro-powered electricity. No trees will die to make my home.

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