Black Friday?

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    Nov 21, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    Do you do Black Friday shopping? So many stores will be having special sales for those earlybird shoppers that it’s hard find the best store to go to first.

    I couldn't be bothered... I don’t want to deal with the crazy shoppers and the stores that promote the craziness. Bargains are great, but I feel like the "bargains" are somehow a facade....or fake or something, like why is a business looking to slash prices of all their products so much? The whole point of operating a business is to make money, not give stuff away. . .

    On the news there's already people setting up tents at Best Buy to be the first to get the deals. It's Tuesday icon_confused.gif you're gonna camp out for 3 days in a parking lot to save a couple bucks?
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    Nov 21, 2012 3:19 AM GMT
    They truly are fake deals. There used to be a time when Black Friday yielded some great deals. But it's been popularized and turned into another marketing gimmick with mediocre deals. And to top it off, the stores intentionally have low stock. So unless you're first in line, you're probably not going to get that toaster for $5 (regular price $7). Or that 42" flat screen for $1000 (regular price $1100).

    You're better off staying at home, and buying it online when Amazon starts clearing out old inventory around mid-December.
  • Kriss

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    Nov 21, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    Never went had no desir too, I prefer to save my money for after christmas (what little cash I can save up) and I like the fact that around then everything sees so much cheaper....

    Then again I rarely buy much of anything.....so maybe its just seems cheaper to e and I have fallen for the facade that after christmas stores lower their prices! icon_question.gif?
  • AMoonHawk

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    Nov 21, 2012 5:49 AM GMT
    Never have ... They never have what I want on sale.
  • kevmoran

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    Nov 21, 2012 5:50 AM GMT
    As a retail worker I can tell you not to participate. Companies don't have to rely on good deals anymore because people will come regardless. And at the two stores I've worked at, they would mark up the prices 20-30% earlier in the week so when we did the 50% off sale, we weren't losing that much money.
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    Nov 21, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    I've done Black Friday madness twice in my life and both times were shit.

    My ass plans to sleep through Friday morning. Not like I really need anything anyway.
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    Nov 21, 2012 9:21 AM GMT
    I'm going Black Friday shopping this year. Nothing hardcore; my brother and I are going to go around noon to hang out at the local strip mall. I want to get some new clothes and electronics stuff.
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    Nov 21, 2012 1:35 PM GMT
    kevmoran saidAs a retail worker I can tell you not to participate. Companies don't have to rely on good deals anymore because people will come regardless. And at the two stores I've worked at, they would mark up the prices 20-30% earlier in the week so when we did the 50% off sale, we weren't losing that much money.


    Agree completely. We get low inventory on hot product and the product that is on sale is TYPICALLY but not always marked up 25 - 30% more before holiday.
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    Nov 21, 2012 1:56 PM GMT
    It's a sham.
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    Nov 21, 2012 3:02 PM GMT
    I did last year. I'd rather not do it again.
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    Nov 21, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    I'm working that Thursday night to early Black Friday morning... which reminds me; I've got to go over some things with management today before it gets too late! Talk to you all laters! icon_wink.gificon_wink.gificon_wink.gif
  • Medjai

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    Nov 21, 2012 5:27 PM GMT
    You can get the same shitty deals online as in store. Why would you want to get trampled by fat soccer moms trying to save a buck when you can get the same stuff from your couch?
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    Nov 21, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    I agree with everybody here. No way do I want to get mixed up with crowds of bargain hunters on this day. No way. Crowds, parking hassles, push & shove situations in stores, no good service, and for what? To save a dollar on some stuff I don't need or want? No thanks.
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    Nov 21, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
    I went to the mall on that day once. Didn't even realize what I was doing - just needed a new shirt for a business trip. Crazy bitches were ripping stuff out of my hands! Not to mention an hour to get out of the parking lot. Never, never again.

    I do have a friend who has scored some amazing furniture and appliance deals. He once described his technique. IIRC, it involved scouting the store ahead of time, getting in line way early, and printing up some adhesive "sold" stickers with his name and address on them. When the doors open, he rushed in, slapped his stickers on the stuff he wanted and buttonholed the nearest salesperson, cash in hand.

    er... I can't imagine wanting a chair that much.