Another Black Friday

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    Nov 28, 2009 12:08 AM GMT

    It angers me when I see stores inciting crowds with deals they could give any day of the year. It pisses me off knowing that the money people think they’re saving really is just because those items have inevitably dropped in price to make room for newer models coming in. It really just drives me crazy that every year people fall for the same tricks over and over. When will people realize they don’t need to be told they need this stuff on this day? If people stopped shopping on Black Friday you know what would happen? you would still see those deals on ANY other given day.


    The media will have you believe that it's our spending that gives the economy the boost it needs. Did you know the CEO's reap incredible benefits for bringing stores into the black? Meanwhile employees don't even get paid vacations or medical benefits. We don’t need to feel like we are the ones responsible for the way this economy has tanked. We don't need to feel like we need to spend, spend , spend! to make America great.

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  • Crucializer

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    Nov 28, 2009 6:25 AM GMT
    I went shopping and got a couple of things - good deals I thought! It was busy but totally under control and pretty easy - shoppers were very nice.

    I dont care about CEOs or stockholders - I just care about seeing smiles on my loved ones faces during a happy time of year.

    Good or bad, there it is!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 28, 2009 6:25 AM GMT
    I'm holding off for Asian & Latino Friday icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 28, 2009 6:43 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'm holding off for Asian & Latino Friday icon_lol.gif

    Oh you so bad.

    Well... you can actually purchase these "sale" items on the internet for about the same price if you look around. Best Buy is over priced EVEN on black fridays. Take a look at new egg... I actually managed to buy some RAM at OfficeDepot today for $18, best buy sells them for $30. Great find!
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    Nov 28, 2009 7:39 AM GMT
    . . . oh honey . . . what else do these people have in their lives? . . . . they have Brad and Jen . . . and Oprah . . . and of course the indispensable Jesus . . .

    . . . you should should just come out of the closet . . . be a proud misanthrope! . . . have some nuts . . . what really bugs you is that you are in the same species as these fucking horrible losers . . .

    . . . you aren't really angry at the stores, but at the rubes they prey upon . . .
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    Nov 28, 2009 7:51 AM GMT
    Please. I got a DVD that normally retails for $17 for $4. I got a new thermal shirt, normal retail price of $25, for $10, and I got a new wool lined hoodie at $25 off.

    The DVD is a birthday present for my nephew, and the others are pretty much needed to get through the winter in Nebraska when you lack a car and walk everywhere.

    I get what you're saying: People put too much emphasis on this day for sales. This day works though, because generally people don't splurge on stuff throughout the year. If you tempt them with gigantic sales they'll come to your store.

    I ended up buying a few other cheap things at the $5 price range, and nearly picked up a set of pillows, just because they were cheap enough.

    And now I've lost my train of though. Excuse me while I go enjoy my new things :-p
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    Nov 28, 2009 12:34 PM GMT
    Black Friday should be renamed "Hommage to China" day.
  • jc_online

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    Nov 28, 2009 12:50 PM GMT
    I didn't buy anything on Black Friday. I have everything I really need. Join the revolution.
    from Wikipedia:
    Buy Nothing Day (BND) is an international day of protest against consumerism observed by social activists. Typically celebrated the Friday after American Thanksgiving in North America and the following day internationally, in 2009 the dates are November 27 and 28 respectively.[1] It was founded by Vancouver artist Ted Dave and subsequently promoted by Adbusters magazine, based in Canada.

    The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in Vancouver in September 1992 "as a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption."[2] In 1997, it was moved to the Friday after American Thanksgiving, also called "Black Friday", which is one of the 10 busiest shopping days in the United States. Outside North America and Israel, Buy Nothing Day is the following Saturday. Adbusters faced censorship from major television networks and CNN was the only one to air their ads.
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    Nov 28, 2009 1:05 PM GMT
    noren said . . . oh honey . . . what else do these people have in their lives? . . . . they have Brad and Jen . . . and Oprah . . . and of course the indispensable Jesus


    Put Jesus between a momma and a Zhu Zhu Pet on the store shelves and you'll find the Lord to be quite dispensable. icon_twisted.gif

  • michaeltex

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    Nov 28, 2009 2:07 PM GMT
    I would rather pay full price than deal with that weekend!
  • baldone

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    Nov 28, 2009 2:19 PM GMT
    i have always done the black friday thing being out of the house by 4am, this year decided, while i took the day of for work for the grand event, stayed in, did some online walmart shopping for nieces, and then left about 7, visited a friend at carabou coffee, bought couple sweaters at jcp for another friend, went to yankee candle, had a buy 2 get 2 free coupon and got 2 more medium size for 10 bucks, bought couple videos and came home watched movies all afternoon
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    Nov 28, 2009 4:12 PM GMT
    baldone saidi have always done the black friday thing being out of the house by 4am, this year decided, while i took the day of for work for the grand event, stayed in, did some online walmart shopping for nieces, and then left about 7, visited a friend at carabou coffee, bought couple sweaters at jcp for another friend, went to yankee candle, had a buy 2 get 2 free coupon and got 2 more medium size for 10 bucks, bought couple videos and came home watched movies all afternoon


    Wal-Mart is the devil, ya know (lol).
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    Nov 28, 2009 4:16 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'm holding off for Asian & Latino Friday icon_lol.gif


    LOL - are you a racisit? LOL HAHAHAHA
  • Sparkycat

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    Nov 28, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    I don't do much Xmas shopping, but I do it all online. Never set foot in a store during the Xmas season. They're too crowded, and that music they play makes me homicidal.
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    Nov 28, 2009 7:32 PM GMT
    Did anyone die this year? I seem to recall an incident where a Walmart greeter got trampled/stampeded to death last year.
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    Nov 28, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    Yaho0 saidDid anyone die this year? I seem to recall an incident where a Walmart greeter got trampled/stampeded to death last year.


    yeah people are crazy I did not go this year though. Did not feel like fighting over racks.
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    Nov 28, 2009 7:43 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'm holding off for Asian & Latino Friday icon_lol.gif


    LOL - hahahahahaha- you crack me upicon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    and you should -coz you know what thay say ... icon_biggrin.gificon_wink.gificon_lol.gif
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    Nov 29, 2009 4:30 PM GMT
    It always amazes me how the media does stories about this "phenonmenom" that has been happening since I was in high school back in the 70s! It's the same every year yet they have to have their remote reports and all that...I guess there is little other news to report..Maybe they can do a standup on the sun coming up..The surprise factor would be the same.
  • cbrock

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    Dec 10, 2009 7:40 PM GMT
    I've worked retail jobs on black friday for the past few years. This year, I was fortunate enough to have just moved and not actually have a job on black friday. As an employee of these companies that offer these "great deals" on black friday, it is very frustrating, stressful and just makes you hate life a little. I usually LOVE christmas, but the previous 4 years, I hated it. It was simply because I was working in a mall dealing with the insane crowds and the never ending christmas music. If companies would somehow compensate their employees a little better than they do, then maybe we wouldn't hate the holidays so much. One year, after spending Thanksgiving with my family, I had to basically leave my parents house and drive through the night so that I could be at a clothing store in the mall at 2:30am!! For some reason we were opening at 3am that day. So obnoxious!!

    I am so glad that I'm not working retail this year during the holiday season. I'm actually able to enjoy christmas again.
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    Dec 10, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    Most manufacturers and distributors use the high/low pricing method. The MSRP is jacked up a specific percentage based on the standard for the product sector and price point and it's expected that the 'markdown' will be used in most department store sales or even 'everyday low prices.'

    Example:
    product is valued at $25
    Distributor sells it to store at $40-50
    MSRP is assigned at $100
    Store sells Item on sale at $75 (25% off)
    End of Season Sale at $50-60 (40-50% off)
    Clearance will be at cost or below depending on the value of the sales/storage space the 'old/outdated' product is taking up.

    Based on this, I've bought for example $180-280 shoes for under $40.

    If you want a real deal, buy clearance when there's an 'everything in the store' mark down.