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Put down that credit card, group urges consumers

While droves of consumers head for the malls today, others may be sitting tight in order to make a political statement.

It’s called the Buy Nothing Day – a “worldwide anti-consumerism campaign, started in 1992 in Canada, as a more or less personal statement on consumerism, by Ted Dave,” claimed a tabloid that appeared all over the University of Nevada, Reno campus this week.

The tabloid, a spoof of a WalMart coupon clipper, tied brands of household consumer products with political incorrectness such as nuclear weapons manufacturing, the killing of animals for the use of their fur and the manufacturing of clothes items in sweat shops. To help thwart profits of the corporations that the Buy Nothing campaign believes are harming the environment, the publication urges the environmentally conscious to – do nothing.

“Participate by not participating,” is the Buy Nothing logo.

Visitors to the Buy Nothing Web site, at http://www.buynothing.com, are also encouraged to buy the “ultimate product” – nothing. They can also join the club, by filling out a registration form with nothing. The Web site also recommends telling all your friends about nothing, of course.

“Millions of people have been spending billions of dollars on nothing with increasing fervor,” the Web site posted. “Even “nothingness” is something.”

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