Anyone Do "Black Friday" Today in the US?

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    Nov 28, 2015 12:03 AM GMT
    That's the big sales day following US Thanksgiving, a holiday always on a Thursday, the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

    We usually avoid it, stores are a madhouse. But he insisted on buying me a new office chair to use at this computer, my old one was worn out. An early Christmas gift.

    Well, there wasn't any store crowd at all this morning. And we got the chair for $130 off. So that was good. We took it unassembled, those things are easy to do. It sat in the car all day while we did other stuff, but I just now completed the assembly, using it here right now.

    So who else braved Black Friday? How was it? I did most of my Christmas shopping online already. I'll buy him some shirts and little stuff later, when the store crowds are mostly gone, I can't buy his clothes online.
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    Nov 28, 2015 12:33 AM GMT
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    Nov 28, 2015 12:53 AM GMT
    David666K saidyoull_never_see_more_zombies_in_real_lif

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    Fortunately we didn't encounter any shoppers today with blood all over them. That must be some of the People of Walmart.

    http://www.peopleofwalmart.com
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    Nov 28, 2015 1:09 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    David666K saidyoull_never_see_more_zombies_in_real_lif

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    Fortunately we didn't encounter any shoppers today with blood all over them. That must be some of the People of Walmart.

    http://www.peopleofwalmart.com


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    Nov 28, 2015 1:16 AM GMT
    David666K said
    Well I knew you of all wouldn't shop at Walmart icon_lol.gif

    Not on a bet. icon_razz.gif

    But if these are the people with whom you identify, then Walmart is indeed your place.

    http://www.peopleofwalmart.com
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    Nov 28, 2015 2:25 AM GMT
    Only poor people wait in line for hours which includes missing your thanksgiving evening you would usually spend with family to save $300. Honestly deals online are usually pretty decent and you don't even need to leave your house.
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    Nov 28, 2015 5:42 AM GMT
    No.

    Black friday shopping is for poor people, usually ppl of an immigrant background, clamoring for goods they cannot typically get back home... it helps them feel "middle class"... like they've "made it"...

    pathetic really.
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    Nov 28, 2015 5:57 AM GMT
    I've worked on Black Friday and it's actually quite fun to work with the customers on the floor. And to be honest, I don't think poor people can afford to go out shopping on Black Friday. There are deals, but for the most part you still see mostly people with disposable income lining up to shop.
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    Nov 28, 2015 6:08 AM GMT
    Ya know, there just seems to be a reason why Walmart stores are in certain neighborhoods, locations.

    Again, the year after year towel fight among the poor, Wakmart is a holiday F troll icon_rolleyes.gificon_confused.gificon_evil.gif













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    Nov 28, 2015 6:34 AM GMT

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    L.I. Wal-Mart Employee Killed in Black Friday Stampede Nov 28, 2008
    http://gothamist.com/2008/11/28/li_walmart_employee_killed_in_black.php

    This morning, shoppers apparently broke down the doors of a Valley Stream Wal-Mart, and, in the process, trampled a Wal-Mart greeter to death around 5 a.m. The Nassau County police tell Newsday the store was a "mob scene" and that the worker was a temporary, part-time employee. One witness, Kimberly Cribbs of Far Rockaway, said that other Wal-Mart employees (some of whom were crying) asked shoppers to leave:

    Though rumors circulated among the shoppers that someone had been badly injured, people ignored the Wal-Mart workers' requests that they stop shopping, move to the front of the store and exit, Cribbs said.

    "They kept shopping. It's not right. They're savages," Cribbs said.

    She said she entered the store after the worker was already being attended to by emergency personnel. As people waited, then pushed into the store, she said, "It was chaos."
    A Wal-Mart employee, Jimmy Overby, told the Daily News, "He was bum-rushed by 200 people. They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too...I literally had to fight people off my back."

    The Post reports that four other people--including a pregnant woman who was knocked to the floor--were taken to the hospital.


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    Nov 28, 2015 7:03 AM GMT
    I watched on the news all the mayhem. Punching, fighting…. how disgusting. And over Walmart shit… Humanity at its finest…. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Webster666

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    Nov 28, 2015 7:53 AM GMT
    Back when I had lots of people to buy for, I bought presents throughout the year, always finishing before Thanksgiving. There's no way I'd want to be in that nasty crowd. They're like a cross between roller derby and championship wrestling.
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    Nov 28, 2015 8:27 AM GMT
    Most of these incidents happened years ago, and Walmart and others took measures to better plan and control their Black Friday openings. I haven't heard of similar stories this year, but I'm sure there were some isolated problems. And some of the pics posted here are of things unrelated to shopping mayhem.

    I remember old 1940s Hollywood movies that would show a scene of women fighting over the "bargain counter". They would rip things like dresses and coats out of each other's hands, sometimes tearing the material in the process, and falling to the ground in "hand to hand combat". So it's not entirely a recent development, albeit totally unacceptable behavior, perhaps a holdover from the desperation of the Great Depression 10 years earlier.
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    Nov 28, 2015 8:43 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidBack when I had lots of people to buy for, I bought presents throughout the year, always finishing before Thanksgiving. There's no way I'd want to be in that nasty crowd. They're like a cross between roller derby and championship wrestling.

    I do Christmas shopping in 2 ways: some of it far in advance like you, and some on Christmas Eve. My advance shopping is increasingly being done on the Internet, since I hate crowded stores. But I also like the thrill & challenge of last minute shopping, right to the closing bell, when it usually isn't too crowded.

    And although I have a general plan of what I want at that point, I also often take advantage of unexpected offers. I can be as surprised at what I've found as he is when he unwraps the gift on Christmas morning. Not really impulse buying, I'm pretty resistant to that. But I like to think I have a "shopping angel" on my shoulder who watches over me, and always takes care of me despite my shopping brinksmanship. Hasn't let me down yet. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 28, 2015 10:59 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidYears ago while still living at home, I influenced my family to stop buying each other gifts for Christmas. We treat Christmas like another Thanksgiving and a reason to be together and be thankful. And I tell any new friends or anyone I'm dating to not buy me anything and hope they don't mind that I don't get them anything.

    So, no I haven't dealt with this in over two decades.

    Well, I can see several negatives to gift giving. The competition, the disappointment if you don't get as much as others, or receive things you don't want, the sense of failure if your gift isn't well-received, and so forth.

    Still, I just love the holiday opportunity to give gifts to others. And I usually get it "right" with something tailored just to them, because I do my homework. And they know they don't have to get anything for me, because I actually dislike receiving gifts, they make me feel awkward & embarrassed. I'm happiest when I give and don't receive.

    But in the case of this one Black Friday item we got, the office chair I needed, I selected it myself. It was a gift in the sense that he opted to pay for it, but I was planning to buy it myself. So fine, we declared it one of his Christmas gifts to me. I'm already sitting on it.

    Makes things simple, since I'm difficult to buy for, Black Friday or not, I want and really need very little. Just something so mundane as a replacement chair satisfies me.

    Whereas he's easy to buy for. Anything for the kitchen. And some shirts & socks, plus a Williams-Sonoma gift card, his annual stocking stuffer. The boxes are already piled up in secret (I hope), with a couple more arriving next week.

    No, gift giving makes ME happy. But everyone is different, and if you're content with your gift-less Christmas approach that's fine.
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    Nov 28, 2015 1:40 PM GMT
    The news never covers the people who simply go shopping don't have fights and are generally polite to others. I mean really who wants read about the vast majority of bargain hunting regular folks, saying "please" and "thank you" and "no you go first"?
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    Nov 28, 2015 2:53 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidYears ago while still living at home, I influenced my family to stop buying each other gifts for Christmas. We treat Christmas like another Thanksgiving and a reason to be together and be thankful. And I tell any new friends or anyone I'm dating to not buy me anything and hope they don't mind that I don't get them anything.

    So, no I haven't dealt with this in over two decades.


    My family went this route years ago as well.

    We started off picking names from a hat, then it got to the point that we were just rigging the system (two relatives were brutally cheap), and telling each other what we wanted. So rather than go through all the trouble we decided that rather than buy things for each other we will just buy ourselves something if we want it.

    Free of stressful shopping and financial pressure we were able to really enjoy each others company. Christmas was never more enjoyable.
  • JackNNJ

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    Nov 28, 2015 5:23 PM GMT
    I enjoy the white Liberal harangues, lectures, sermons, and general moralizing self-righteousness this time of year.
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    Nov 28, 2015 5:41 PM GMT
    ELNathB saidYa know, there just seems to be a reason why Walmart stores are in certain neighborhoods, locations.

    Again, the year after year towel fight among the poor, Wakmart is a holiday F troll icon_rolleyes.gificon_confused.gificon_evil.gif















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    Nov 28, 2015 7:11 PM GMT
    I went shopping on that day once, maybe 25 years ago. I think, to a JC Penney, because I needed some shirts. Some cow actually grabbed them out of my hands while I was standing in line. icon_eek.gif Unbelievable.

    A friend of mine did get some very nice leather furniture on a Black Friday, maybe ten years ago. He was waiting when the store opened, and had pre-printed "Sold" signs with his name and address on them. Went straight to the pieces he wanted and slapped the signs on them. Then went to find a salesperson.

    I generally avoid stores of any kind until January.
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    Nov 28, 2015 7:23 PM GMT
    jimib saidThe news never covers the people who simply go shopping don't have fights and are generally polite to others. I mean really who wants read about the vast majority of bargain hunting regular folks, saying "please" and "thank you" and "no you go first"?

    That really is the vast majority. If the business doesn't pull shady stuff like having an amazing price on a tv and then only having two in the store customers are quite pleasant. It's the day after Christmas no receipt returns when people become difficult.
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    Nov 28, 2015 7:59 PM GMT
    MrAesthetic saidOnly poor people wait in line for hours which includes missing your thanksgiving evening you would usually spend with family to save $300. Honestly deals online are usually pretty decent and you don't even need to leave your house.



    Some people want to get the fuck away from their families on Thanksgiving. If people want to work or shop on the holiday, they can do so.

    And when you say "poor people," come on, be honest - you mean "black people."
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    Nov 28, 2015 8:45 PM GMT
    Well, a number of guys have given their OPINIONS of Black Friday, and provided some (mostly older) anecdotes. But aside from a couple-three guys, who actually DID Black Friday in the US this year? That was my original question.
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    Nov 28, 2015 11:18 PM GMT
    NO! Can't even remember the last time I was inside a mall. Ewww...
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    Nov 29, 2015 12:25 AM GMT
    No, I stay out of the stores and malls these days. If I need something I can order it online at a better discount or same.

    On the holiday season I tried to completely not go to the mall or stores, only the essential things to the grocery store. It is tragic of the Walmart Employee... what a senseless death and for what "things" consumerism at its worst.

    Last time I experienced something similar was in Sydney in December the day after Xmas Dec 26th -Boxing Day which I compared it to our Black Friday. I had broken my Sunglasses during my flight to Sydney and needed a new pair. I was staying at the Sheraton by the Park right around the corner lots of stores. Anyway, I asked the Concierge Desk of any close by shopping, well he said just make a left when you leave the hotel and you will see the shopping district lots of stores. I said okay, next thing I see was the below - and hordes of people. I was shocked, later to find out their Boxing Day - I did get my sunglasses, but it was crazy. My friend who was with me said "Man this is just like Black Friday in the States...I said YUP".

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