The makers of the twisted party game Cards Against Humanity have their own unique Black Friday promotion going: Customers can pay $5, and in return, they get absolutely nothing. All you have to do is enter in your credit card information, check a box that says “I understand I am paying Cards Against Humanity $5 and receiving nothing in return” and click a button. Sure, it’s weird, subversive commentary on the ridiculousness of Black Friday consumerism, but the most ridiculous part is that a lot of people are taking them up on their "deal": As of Friday afternoon, they’ve brought in more than $3,500. Discuss
Right now in Florida, there is a man camping outside of Best Buy—where he will spend a total of 33 days—in order to get a good deal on a flat screen TV during a Black Friday sale. Orlando radio DJ Kevin Sutton wants to set a new record for camping in a parking lot for Black Friday, while also trying to raise awareness and support for local homeless children. Sutton told his local news station that he will be accepting donations of food, money and toys that will then be given to a charity that helps the homeless community called Love Pantry. He’s also extremely dedicated to breaking this record: In addition to only using the store’s bathroom, the only thing he will have to eat or drink are items that people give to him. Godspeed Mr. Sutton. Discuss
The outdoor gear chain REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) thinks people should spend more time actually enjoying the outdoors, even if that means spending less time shopping. The chain has announced a somewhat unprecedented move: It’s closing all of its 140+ stores on Black Friday—traditionally one of the biggest retail shopping days of the year—asking customers and employees to do something outside instead. The idea is part of a campaign REI has launched to get people to use #OptOutside on social media the day after Thanksgiving, to show them doing actual outdoor activities on their day off, instead of just walking around through stores. They’ve even launched a website showcasing local hiking trails to check out on Black Friday.
The company’s CEO explained to USA Today, "The thing that is powerful to me is this clearly is not a financially self-serving act. It’s an act where we're really making a very clear statement about a set of values." Discuss
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