Friday, November 25, 2005

6am...Charge!

It Was Thanksgiving. And now with bellies full, and family fights under the belt, its time to shop! Shops all across the US will wake up at 6am or earlier, ready with coffee and bagels, distributing lists of things that the crowds waiting outside MUST buy. A look into the crowd reveals normal faces, a couple or a family with mum and dad and 3 kids and also the grandmom or granddad (left the dog at home), or just the father and son combo and so on. Once the doors open, it will be a different story - the human faces disappear, and instead appear encounters of the worst capitalistic kind... a man with a glazed look in his eyes wheeling a huge shopping cart with 5 DVD players (but they were only $15!), 3 cameras, 4 mp3 players... the hunt is on!! Its like the ultimate horror show - this cascade of humans that attack shops at unearthly hours of the morning groping around for things they don't need, physically harming others of the same species should they (watch out!) ever get in the way! We know that there are many faces of America. And to me, this is the one of the frightening ones.... chockful of irony! Just the day after the country celebrates its biggest festival to honor family and traditions, the buying frenzy begins. Isn't it disturbing that instead of spending the next day lazing around with their family, they chose to waste it in frivolous capitalistic propaganda? Or is it that they are afraid that if they do spend the extra time, they might not be on talking terms with most of the clan for the next 2 years? Whatever it is, at the end of it all, its just sad... Sad that the newest X-Box is going to earn much higher brownie points with your kids than if you spent that long weekend just Beeeiing with them. And at this point, nothing brings on a smirk like that Citibank Ad (who else can inform us of what money cannot buy)... the irony and the aptness.

9 Comments:

At 5:13 PM, Blogger . : A : . said...

Sounds crazy for sure.

 
At 3:08 AM, Blogger Kaushik said...

My thoughts exactly :) I find it suprising what really drives people to shop beyond their means! A field day for credit card companies :)

 
At 3:08 AM, Blogger Kaushik said...

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At 4:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find this totally normal. I want to have tons of money and want to buy tons of stuff with that money. As history has shown capitalism works. Live Richly!

 
At 6:09 AM, Blogger Squared said...

I find people at their best on this day. Forgetting manners, piling on each other, running around like dogs for cheap bargain! Its a circus out there!

 
At 6:47 AM, Blogger Bidi-K said...

.:a:. - Yes, isn't it? I find it unfathomable actually! Had gone shopping yesterday night for some small thing, and found parts of the floor strewn with merchandise, could just imagine the early rush. And the sales people were so harried cleaning up things.

kaushik - read your post about this just now. I guess I fall in the 'happily asleep' category :)

anonymous - I think sales are fine, but why are there special ones from 6-9am, aren't people supposed to have time to digest all that food in peace or is it called stocking up for the charge? :)) Also wish that everybody really was that rich to afford all that shopping. If we all just spent exactly what we earned wouldn't the world be happy... but then how would capitalism and the credit card economy survive? :) And maybe money can buy everything?

squared - Actually I would not insult animals or the circus with human examples :) somehow I find it far worse, but yes can be quite entertaining if you are just an observer.

 
At 12:46 PM, Blogger The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

the madness begins this side of the pond on the 26th of december. I ventured out for the after christmas sales a week after they started, and it was still mayhem. it's scary and only the very brave should venture out

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The credit card economy does not force anybody to buy. Fiscal discipline has to come from within. Alcoholics can't blame purveyors of alcohol - they have to blame themselves.

There is very little that money can't buy. Of course it can buy material things but it can buy a lot of non-material (human emotions) too. It is the greatest enabler, as capitalism as shown quite adequately.

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger Bidi-K said...

shoefiend - Yes thats the usual sales period in most of Europe, I believe. I land up there around that time, have to remind myself not to venture out to the shops then... in US thats the time for after-christmas frenzy when stuff is really at its cheapest and people go to return all the stuff (gifts) they didn't like, and buy the stuff they do like!

anonymous - Who said anything about forcing? Just a gentle hint here and there always suffices :) and this post is not about the generality of capitalism being bad at all... agree with the fact that fiscal discipline as all discipline comes from within, but also the human weakness to be better than the neighbor also comes from within, I guess. Also I guess I have to rethink that old beatles song, hunh?

 

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