The Carnivalesque Rebellion Issue

BND Actions

A reader suggests what you can do this Buy Nothing Day.
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People in a mall are a mob of narcotized shopping zombies. It’s your duty to liberate as many of these poor souls as you can from their perpetual role in this horror flick, Night of the Shopping Dead.

If you see someone sitting on a bench, accost them: “Get off that bench! Resume shopping! We’ve got a planet to consume!”

Always subvert the stupidity of the marketing campaigns. Go into the Gap and ask if the “1969” jeans have been on the shelf for 40 years.

Go into Victoria’s Secret where the pics of the barely postadolescent models wearing almost nothing are plastered everywhere on the walls and ask if this is the adult bookstore and can you have $5 in quarters.

When in a high-end store like Lord & Taylor stop right in the middle of that obnoxious gang of perfume-spritzing ladies in black, remove a booger from your nose and look at it with same pride that the woman in front of you has for that bottle of Channel No. 5 she just paid $50 for.

Another favorite tactic: As you pass this haute couture stink zone, wave your hand back and forth, pretend you’re passing out and shout, “Oxygen! Oxygen!”

Bring a pillow from home and stuff it in your shirt or under your coat. Smile at the security guards as you exit the mall.

—Steven Martin


Find this and more reader's letters giving suggestions for action this Buy Nothing Day on our BND campaign page and find fellow activists near you at Meetup.com/Buy-Nothing-Day.


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K-H:

or just plain crazy(in the view of those bourgeois perfumed women)..
action needs to be more obvious... more direct
we are smart. but consumers are not

K-H:

or just plain crazy(in the view of those bourgeois perfumed women)..
action needs to be more obvious... more direct
we are smart. but consumers are not

Mav

Daring painters could tag and paint megastores prior to BND, let's say... tonight?

Get whistles and parade through the mall and stores whistling until your hearts content.

While walking through clothing stores, knock over racks of clothing and goods?

Stop and casually talk with someone about consumption and the harm it's doing to the earth and our society as a whole? Not as fun, but probably one of the more productive ideas.

Stink bombs, flea bombs, any non-harmful bombs? The biggest issue of all is that we actually get out there and make these ideas reality. Forget all of your preexisting fears and just get out, do this one for Adbusters. Do this one for yourself.

Mav

Daring painters could tag and paint megastores prior to BND, let's say... tonight?

Get whistles and parade through the mall and stores whistling until your hearts content.

While walking through clothing stores, knock over racks of clothing and goods?

Stop and casually talk with someone about consumption and the harm it's doing to the earth and our society as a whole? Not as fun, but probably one of the more productive ideas.

Stink bombs, flea bombs, any non-harmful bombs? The biggest issue of all is that we actually get out there and make these ideas reality. Forget all of your preexisting fears and just get out, do this one for Adbusters. Do this one for yourself.

Mav

Another fairly tame idea is plastering signs in restrooms and other areas actually in the store. Plastering the BND sign on the mirror or climb on the sink and put it above the mirror. Use wheat paste if you're familiar with it, or just grab a can of spray adhesive and liberally spray the surface.

Mav

Another fairly tame idea is plastering signs in restrooms and other areas actually in the store. Plastering the BND sign on the mirror or climb on the sink and put it above the mirror. Use wheat paste if you're familiar with it, or just grab a can of spray adhesive and liberally spray the surface.

Mirza

Are you people NUTS! Would you like your property to be defaced and your act and you and your family to be bullied and criticized when all you are doing is minding your business?

Mirza

Are you people NUTS! Would you like your property to be defaced and your act and you and your family to be bullied and criticized when all you are doing is minding your business?

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