Black Friday: What are your thoughts?

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    Nov 25, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    I have been watching the footage and the news reports on people getting pepper sprayed, trampled, fights...all for Black Friday. I have gotten the concept of getting up at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving to go shopping.

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    Did anybody participate? I also saw a funny thread on a different site talking about banning Black Friday.

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    Nov 25, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    I know so many people (like my mother) that rush out to buy something at a deep discount that they had no intention of buying at any price before seeing it advertised for such a low price.
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    Nov 25, 2011 8:58 PM GMT
    I can see that. But then I have buyer's remorse with most of my purchases. I just feel like in a month, I would look at my purchases and say, "what the hell was I thinking? Did I really need another television set?"
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    Nov 25, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    No way in Hell do we want to go to a mall and get mixed up in that traffic, the crowds, the push & shove, etc. They don't really have great sales anyway, and it isn't worth it. What if you did go get mixed up in a mess of people, and lo and behold, you saved a few bucks on something? What is that - the price of a hamburger and a coke? No way.

    I don't like malls and big box stores anyway. I much prefer the good, smaller stores, and sole proprietors, personalized service, peace and tranquility.
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    Nov 25, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    I hate shopping on a regular day. There's no way I'd tried a Black Friday crowd. People buy way too much crap. They're not saving any money if they just buy a bunch a junk they wouldn't otherwise purchase.
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    Nov 25, 2011 9:29 PM GMT
    Consumerism at its (dubious) best.
    At least people are still gullible. What would happen if people woke up and decided that this artificial festival of getting rid of old merchandise is a big scam at the expense of credit already stretched too thin?faint2.gif
    Just remember the next Xbox is coming soon.

    On the other hand, we do need a good boost for the economy.icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 25, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    I'm not tempted by "price leaders" I don't need, just to get me in the store. I have other ways of finding good deals, on the things I had already planned to buy. Black Friday is not part of that strategy.

    Instead of being in stores today, I went golfing this morning. Traffic was pleasantly light, and tonight my partner & I are having dinner out with another gay couple. Tomorrow they, and a few other gay couples we know, will be joining us for a private boat cruise down to Miami, where we'll go swimming off the fantail. I may finally think about Christmas shopping the end of next week, when it will at least be December. icon_wink.gif

    To coin a phrase: "Fuck Black Friday shopping," and all shopping until I'm damn well ready for it. icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 25, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    I buy what I want, when I want, and what I buy tends to not be the stuff that gets sold at steep discounts. E.g., the Tempur-Pedic mattress and Viking gas cooktop I just ordered.
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    Nov 25, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
    I wouldn't be caught dead in that mob of lunatics, even if the stores were giving away everything.

    When I used to buy Christmas presents, I bought all through the year, having it all done before Thanksgiving.
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    Nov 26, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    JakeGHK saidOh because its Black Friday its bad. icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif I bet on White Friday everything will be real cheap and everyone would be in order. Consumerist Racism. icon_idea.gif#Truth


    No, you go shopping on Black Friday where you can act all disorderly getting your gifts for your perfect, pure White Christmas.