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CONSUMERISM: Buy Nothing This Christmas


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Following on from the now international event Buy Nothing Day, activists have launched a new campaign : Buy Nothing Christmas. "The advertising and marketing world has forgotten what Christmas is really about. They expect you to spend hundreds of dollars on presents that are supposed to show your 'caring sharing' side. Gifts that are usually overpriced, that people don't need or want, and especially in the case of kids stuff, that invariably break before you've finished Christmas dinner."

As an alternative, the Buy Nothing team in Auckland are offering free Christmas Gift Exemption Certificates from their website, encouraging people to "...enjoy all the good things about Christmas while making a statement against the relentless demands of our consumer culture."

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