You might be wondering why on earth I’ve taken offence at the too-good-to-miss bargains on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We all know it’s a bit of a thrill to get a bargain on something you’ve wanted for a long time, but the problem becomes apparent when people buy for the sake of a bargain without considering the harmful effects.
What's the issue?
The problem is that the companies able to offer the famously steep discounts are largely unethical. They're able to offer such low prices since the products were originally bought for next-to-nothing in the first place, then massively inflated, before lowering prices drastically for sales. These businesses are certainly making profit on their 75% sales, which begs the questions - how? Who made these products? How much were they paid for their work? What are their working conditions like? We know the answers. The workers who made these products are in poor working conditions, and weren't paid a fair price by the retailers who sell their products.
Another issue is the amount of consumerism on these sale days. So much is bought for the bargain, yet not really wanted or needed at all. These cheaply-made products mostly end up in landfill.
Overall, traditional black Friday sales are unethical. The massive amounts of consumerism are crippling to the environment and support unethical business practises including unfair treatment of workers.
Why aren't you participating?
Stockholm Rose Designs jewellery is handmade by me, one piece at a time from ethical and sustainable high-quality materials. I don’t price my work with a crazy high mark up required to offer a 75% off sale. I price my work fairly all year round. It’s for this reason that I wont be participating in Black Friday!