The following article appeared online on The Conversation on Jan. 14, 2019 from Gregory C. Mason, associate professor of economics at the University of Manitoba:
My smartphone is finally cooling off. It all started three weeks before Black Friday, in late November. Because I make most of my charitable contributions through a website, I need to offer my email address to receive a tax receipt. This has led to a proliferation of retailers and charitable organizations alike seeing me as fair game.
Weeks before Black Friday, I started to receive notices about “Black Friday in October.” Then when December arrived, I experienced increasingly persistent messages that I had only so many days “to make a donation to receive a tax receipt.”