Capitalosers

Story by: Maggie Brown, News/Copy Editor
Photos by: Zoe Jenkins, Staff Photographer

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As the holidays arrive, people become more and more infatuated with the idea of “help thy neighbor.” These ideals, while still present, are fading fast under the large looming presence of capitalist greed. The holiday season is crawling with people who care for nothing more than themselves and what they can get out of it. If something does not cater exactly to them and what they want out of a shopping experience, the whole world has to be put on hold.

The system that claims the customer is always right is the same system that is creating a societal monster which insists that they are not only right, but entitled to pitch a fit at anyone who suggests otherwise.

To most consumers, the holidays are a pain. All they can think of are situations to complain about. Everything is expensive, parking lots are crowded, Starbucks will not say “Merry Christmas” and all of the people working are being so rude!

capitalism 2But what they do not realize is that expensive items are not what the holidays are supposed to be about, and they could have been shopping online and nowhere near parking lots at all. Starbucks is taking a step in the right direction since Christmas is not the only holiday the world celebrates in December, and the people who they perceive as rude have been on their feet for five hours and have been dealing with people angry at them for things they can not control.

The way we run our economic system is destroying us, as is evident by the homeless that fill the city streets, the attitudes we have towards money and items, and the way we treat those providing services as though they owe us something. Capitalism brought this country to life, but it will, in the end, be the death of us.

Prices raising for the holidays

Story by: Ashley Offenbach, staff writer
Photos by: Ashley Offenbach, staff writer

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Starting on Black Friday, a day where people crowd the street for deals, prices for products change dramatically. The day after Thanksgiving, for one day, prices are at the lowest, then they skyrocket.

December is when most people get their holiday shopping done. There is most likely not many people in October or even most of November shopping for holiday gifts. It all starts after Black Friday. Stores are crowded, lines stretch to the back of the store to get family and friends the best gift cards or the newest device that just came out.

Stores see this as a time to get customers to spend a lot of money on products. Stores raise prices as it gets closer to Christmas because people buying gifts very close to the holidays will sometimes be willing to pay more just to get what they want.

Why are the prices during eleven out of the twelve months lower, while the last month of the year has insane prices? Because the company knows the customer will buy them for gifts, if they are last-minute shopping close to the holidays.

Stores put their Christmas trees out as soon as Halloween ends with what they claim are amazing deals. Some people think this is too early, but are willing to the price. Others want the deal, and they want it quick.

Taylor Bragdon, 12, said, “They make special deals so that you buy more so you spend as much, if not more, than you normally would. I personally feel like it is better to start Christmas shopping earlier like during all the semiannual sales in July so you aren’t tempted to buy as much but still get a good deal.¨

The prices for anything, especially if it is holiday related, such as trees, ornaments, or lights, are going to be significantly cheaper in November than in December.

So it is time to think about when buying holiday gifts are more convenient, November or December, so customers are saving money, or the stores should just keep their prices at a reasonable price through the holidays.