Those whacky OWS protestors. They decided to stage protests to occupy Black Friday across the country. Some don’t want people to shop at all. Others just want to divert shoppers from big chains and giant shopping malls to local mom-and-pops. And while the planned protests don’t appear coordinated, they have similar themes: supporting small businesses while criticizing the day’s dedication to conspicuous consumption and the shopping frenzy that fuels big corporations.
They occupied Black Friday in New York, Oklahoma City, Seattle, Oakland, and plenty other cities across the country.
But alas, their movement didn’t stop consumers from spending their hard-earned money how they see fit. The AP reports that Black Friday sales were up 7 percent over last year. Buyers spent $11.4 billion at retail stores and malls, up nearly $1 billion from last year. Online shopping was strong as well, with a 24.3 percent increase in online spending on Black Friday.
Good to know consumers kept their annual traditions and were able to participate in the capitalist system. Take that OWS!
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