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November 22nd, 2012:

“Buy local” Friday!

I am really tiring of the growing trend of Canucks close to the border to travel to the US for the so-called Black Friday sales at the various retail Meccas (i.e., outlet malls).

Seriously, not only are they forcing retailers just north of the 49th to drop their prices ahead of when they normally would in order to compete, but I really cannot see how the savings could offset the costs of getting there, eating there, etc.

And don’t even get me started on the crass hyper-consumerism of this whole thing.

Do your local merchants a favour and if you must shop, buck the trend and shop at home tomorrow!

Oh, and a very Happy American Thanksgiving to my friends and family in the States!