A Black Friday Shopping Spree — in Prison!

11/29/2019 by Richard Bronson

What to buy when you’re inside.

The day after Thanksgiving has been tagged Black Friday — a day when companies like Amazon and Walmart slash prices on a wide range of merchandise. The public eagerly awaits this day to stock up on every-day goods as well as Christmas presents.

For those in prison, there are few retail outlets available. Inmates are generally prohibited from buying on-line merchandise, with the exception of books and magazines.

Instead, they get their retail fix by purchasing items from the prison’s commissary. The commissary carries a wide range of merchandise, from toothpaste and sneakers to bags of tuna fish and black beans.

Most of the merchandise is off-brand and of dubious quality. It is all vastly over-priced. Prison systems maintain close relationships with companies that provide this merchandise.

The good news for inmate shoppers is that the merchandise is immediately available: after submitting an order form, the merchandise is passed through a caged window. The ultimate Prime membership! Inmates typically then pack their goods into their mesh laundry satchel, and return to their cells to stow their goods. Very festive.

Richard Bronson, Founder/CEO of 70 Million Jobs

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