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What's up with Buy Nothing Day?

Other than Fur Free Friday, are there any other events planned for Buy Nothing Day?
Other than Fur Free Friday, are there any other events planned for Buy Nothing Day?
potluck, bartering and solidarity 22.Nov.2006 12:16

red and black cafe

friday the 24th at the red and black cafe there's a vegetarian leftovers potluck starting at half past noon and ending when the food's gone. we're hoping some folks will be bartering for a bit and then around six there will be some music and solidarity fundraising for the struggle in Oaxaca. we're not selling anything all day, but we'll be bartering too. please come have fun.

Bartering on buy nothing day? 22.Nov.2006 12:42

Klintron klintfinley@yahoo.com

The Red and Black barter fair got me thinking. Barter fairs seem like good fun, and there are a number of clear advantages to bartering over fiat exchange. As Fenris 23 put it "It is usevalue usevalue exchange rather than exchangevalue usevalue." Barter fairs may be the only true free markets (see: Manuel DeLanda). Also, bartering by-passes financial institutions (though when it comes to larger scale economic hacking, alternative currencies and credit unions may be more successful). Also, I have nothing but love for the Red and Black and I applaud them for not selling anything on Friday.

So why am I against bartering as part of "buy nothing day"? It depends on the reason for "buy nothing day." If the intention to create a large-scale alternative economic system free of the exploitation of capitalism (the ultimate goal of The Church of Stop Shopping, as I understand it), then bartering (coupled with other, more scalable alternatives), makes total sense. But if the aim is to liberate a day of the year to be free of consumerism, then barter should be abstained from.

Exchanging something of value for something else of value is still commerce, and participants in the market are still propelled by the grand goal of shopping: getting a good deal, or at least not getting ripped off. The entire process can still be boiled down to the exchange of something surplus for something equally, if not more, desirable. Again, there's nothing wrong with this. That's life. But to me, the idea of liberating a day from buying would be about rejecting, if only temporarily, the self-interest of trade and getting back to the spirit of thankfulness. It would be about spending the day not trying acquire more, but to appreciating what I have. Spending time with family and friends, or getting some valuable alone-time, or giving with no expectation of exchange. I harbor no illusions of a large scale gift-economy working any time soon, and no illwill to those seeking to improve their lives through trade. But doesn't a day dedicated solely to living and not thinking about gaining or losing property sound nice?

Also: Check out Bolo'Bolo author PM's Liberating Wednesday (courtesy of Trevor Blake). (He does advocate barter, as the agenda here is the creation of alternative economies).

(Full hypocrisy disclosure: as I will be traveling on Buy Nothing Day, I will likely end up at least buying coffee, if not a meal somewhere).

Good Idea If I Had Any Money 22.Nov.2006 15:05


Have none - Spend None

try steal something day 22.Nov.2006 16:37


it's more fun, you get free stuff and you can really participate.

bndsoccer 22.Nov.2006 18:46


bnd soccer at alberta park (18th & killingsworth NE)

2pm laid back game, minimal rules, lots of mud

I'm going to try to bring some dumpstered food.

Bring back No-Shop 22.Nov.2006 23:49

Lucy Parsons

I prefered ye olden days, when a substantial number of people called it No-Shop Day. I agree with Klintron -- I may buy a coffee, and I'll definitely utilize the heat, electricity, groceries, etc. that I paid for on another day of the month. But I'm down with a protest against massive consumerism, and I'm down with challenging folks to not shop for their holiday gifts, but rather create them.

save more! 25.Nov.2006 00:34


Shoot, I was so tired from thanksgiving that I didn't even leave the house! Just sat around, surfed the net, read books, and watched the rain come down.

After all, even with those dumb sales, you have to spend money to save money. Well, I saved more than anyone!