Black Friday is Also Buy Nothing Day


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • retailer: a person or businesses that sell things
  • consumer: a person who buys things
  • take a toll: to slowly harm or damage
  • boycott: to protest or show disapproval by not participating or not consuming
  • gain momentum: to become stronger or more popular
  • activist: a person who actively promotes or supports an issue or cause

Black Friday is Also Buy Nothing Day

Black Friday the day after American Thanksgiving at the end of November. It is one of the busiest shopping of the year, and many retailers offer special deals for consumers who are starting their holiday shopping. In recent years, many people have noticed that has taken over the holidays and taken a toll on our earth. Some have decided to boycott Black Friday by calling it Buy Nothing Day. This international day of protest against consumerism gains a little momentum each year. Some activists stand in shopping line-ups and offer to cut up for those who are about to on things they don’t need. Others stay out of the malls and try to convince friends and family members to do the same.

Comprehension Questions

  1. When does Black Friday take place?
  2. What is Buy Nothing Day?
  3. What does the report say about credit cards?

Discussion Questions: Which are you most likely to participate in, Black Friday shopping or Buy Nothing Day?

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