“Black Friday sucks the life out of small businesses, who cannot compete against this ruthless price cutting. If you really need to shop on Buy Nothing Day, ignore the big retailers with their aisles of organised landfill and make commitment to support local independent shops and businesses.”
“By making the discount period small, consumers are encouraged to bypass the contemplation stage of a purchase and grab products mindlessly off the shelves. This plays perfectly into the retailers hands, as shortening the decision process will lead to less questioning over how good an offer you are really getting, whether you really need the particular product, and if that money could be better spent elsewhere. The period of consideration has evaporated completely, and it appears that people are willing to buy now, regret later.”
http://bit.ly/1MI1AOV (Sandmachin / WordPress)
“Can anyone reasonably argue that discounts of up to £50 on any of these items are not worth a teeny, tiny little soul that you don’t really need anyway?” http://bit.ly/1kWzI0E (The Daily Mash)
Tonight – before you go to bed, think back over your day and remember three good things that happened – things that went well, that you enjoyed or were grateful for. These can be small (e.g. a delicious sandwich or a child smiling on the bus) or of bigger importance for you. Then do it tomorrow. You’ll probably find it varies. Try doing this for a week to start with. The maybe another week. It helps if you note down the good things, then you can look back and think about what makes you feel good and why.
Play games for equality – Sheffield Equality Group
Wednesday 2nd December, 7.00pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW
What’s your favourite board game? Is there a parlour game you love? For our last meeting this year we’re having an evening of chat and game playing, thinking about how games can get across ideas of co-operation, equality, community… or we might just have a bit of a laugh with the usual chat. All welcome, donations for tea and biscuits.
Time for Climate
Saturday 28th November, from 12pm midday, Tudor Square
Buying less stuff isn’t just good for us, it’s good for the planet too! Come with your family and friends and be part of our growing climate movement – all welcome. Mass sing and silent vigil at 2pm, various events round the town centre, part of the Global People’s Climate March.
“Local Public Banking” – with Positive Money
Monday 30th November, 7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW
Public banking is 40% of banking in Germany and 25% of banking worldwide, but is rarely discussed in the UK. In Germany, this has resulted in a very vibrant small and medium business sector. With no speculation in the financial markets, local banks did not suffer from the crash of 2008 and helped keep businesses going.
Suggested donation of £3