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Podcast 2: Black Friday, gift wrapping, and traditions


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Today, Maggie and I talk about Black Friday, green options for gift wrapping, and creating new traditions.

Buy Nothing Day, which we mention in the podcast, is run by Adbusters, a magazine focused on reducing consumerism.

This podcast is about 12 minutes long, which is twice as long as last week’s. Maggie and I aren’t sure what the best length is, so we’re hoping you’ll listen in and let us know what you like best. We look forward to your comments!

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    Linnea said,

    November 29, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

    I’ve almost always wrapped gifts in old magazines. I get all sorts of design magazines, and while I like to keep them around for inspiration and reference, there are hundreds of individual pages that I am happy to discard.

    I think the element of surprise can be achieved without wrapping, tho. Some of the best gifts I’ve gotten have simply been well placed and well timed (or secretly planned experiential gifts, like a dinner out or something).

    Those are my two cents.

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    Andy said,

    December 1, 2008 @ 12:28 am

    I’ve been using the comics for a few years now, mostly because I didn’t want to buy wrapping paper. Why spend money on paper when there’s free paper already in the house? Seemed like a good idea then and still now. It’s also been pretty easy since I don’t normally have a ton of gifts to wrap either.

    My Black Friday was spent with the gf’s family instead of shopping. I think I’m like Will – when there’s something I want to buy I research it first. A few years ago I decided that I would not buy anything without waiting at least a day and usually a week. That killed the impulse buys, which never happen anymore except with good food. For example, I know I need some cycling gear, so I’ve been looking through a few websites, comparing prices, finding what is necessary and what is just convenience, and it’s now been 5 days since I first decided I was going to buy more gear. When I make the order tomorrow, I can be confident that I am buying what I want at the best price. If I had just bought stuff the first day, I would have bought more than needed and probably at a higher price too. It’s all part of my intentionally slower lifestyle.

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    Student Doctor Green said,

    December 2, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

    Great podcast guys! It made me want to try it out on my own blog. I am a big black friday shopper but I usually only get things I need like clothes because they are so much cheaper. I went into one electronics store with my grandmother at 5 am and it was totally insane. We ended up leaving without buying anything because it was too crowded.

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    Will said,

    December 3, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

    Thanks for your comments, everyone!

    Linnea – using magazines is a good idea, but we don’t get any. I could probably buy some cheaply at the library book sale, though. And I am thinking about a photography magazine, which would make great wrapping. When you’re there in-person, I agree that wrapping isn’t necessary. For a gift exchange or sending a present, I think it’s much nicer if it’s wrapped.

    Andy – comics are a great idea if you get the paper! I used to get one, but I ended up with so much newspaper that I just couldn’t justify it, even though I could recycle it. I wish you could order just specific sections of the paper. A waiting period before buying something is also a great idea, even if you don’t do any research in the meantime. The fancy gadget that you NEED today is often something you don’t much care about tomorrow.

    SDG – Glad to hear from you again, SDG! Maggie and I have been trying to Goodwill most of our clothes, but there are some things that are just hard to find around here. All of those rows and rows of random clothes also overwhelm me pretty quickly. For whatever reason, I think electronics (and toys) are the craziest categories on Black Friday. Maybe it’s because they work better as loss leaders?

    So far, we like podcasting. I need to work some on cleaning up the audio, but it’s nice to get together to create it rather than working on our own. I don’t think we’ll ever go totally podcast, though. There’s too much stuff that needs pictures or that should be searchable.

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