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Five alternatives to the Black Friday madness

Is there anyone left who actually likes Black Friday?
I freely admit that my Twitter timeline is skewed hopelessly in favour of people who prefer to Make Do and Mend, and who take a much more thoughtful approach to consumerism, but it does seem to full of people fed up of Black Friday and all it stands for.
You may have guessed that I’m not a fan. For me, this one day epitomises all that is wrong with consumerism. It is the exact opposite of conscious consumption, and calls for mindless, thoughtless buying, tempting you to buy stuff you don’t need, just because it’s cheap.
It’s like the Donald Trump of consumption: bold, brash, promising things it can’t deliver, and screwing the planet all at the same time.

I wrote last year about Five Reasons to Screw Black Friday, just in case you are left in any doubt as to why it is a Bad Thing.
But this year, I wanted to showcase some Black Friday alternatives:
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