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Presents for others
Presents for myself
Just to be involved in the hoopla
I am staying home
I am working
I am snowboarding and drinking
I'll be drinking
not just no, but HE11 NO
Only if my wife forces me on threat of death or dismemberment.
Yes...for a bit, but not gonna try for doorbusters or anything!
B33TZ!
Winterizing my sailboat, no common madness for me.
Boycotting. Starting way to early now.
Both myself and others - if not a hassle

2012-11-21 8:42 AM

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Subject: Black Friday Shoppers???
Since I work in retail, I know that there is no way I would ever get out on Black Friday if I did not have too. I know many people are there for the "deals", but the majority of people I see are fighting for things for themselves, so i want to know, if you are getting involved in the Black Friday crowds, what is your main reason?


2012-11-21 8:45 AM
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A majority of why we go out is to be involved in the hoopla (saw a fight over sheets last year. It was grand)

We have a few things on our list that will be presesnts but a lot of it is "impusle" or "that's a good price" buy. Last year I got a Blu-Ray player for $39. This year, I'm looking at the Roku box at best buy for $39. If it's there, I'll get it, if not....meh....didn't need it that bad.

Good luck tomorrow.....

2012-11-21 9:20 AM
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We went out on Black Friday about 5 years ago.  When we got home I accidently stuck a pencil in my eye.  Interestingly enough, the pencil incident was the most fun we had all day.  Now, every Black Friday, we gather the family together and all stick pencils in our eyes.....we never feel like we're missing anything.
2012-11-21 10:09 AM
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The day the rich reap and the poor weep.
2012-11-21 10:30 AM
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peby - 2012-11-21 10:09 AM The day the rich reap and the poor weep.

 

not sure how you are telling them apart, everyone is spending money, from cash in envelopes to credit cards. there is no way to tell who would be considered "rich" or "poor" on BF that I have seen.

2012-11-21 10:49 AM
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jford2309 - 2012-11-21 8:30 AM

peby - 2012-11-21 10:09 AM The day the rich reap and the poor weep.

 

not sure how you are telling them apart, everyone is spending money, from cash in envelopes to credit cards. there is no way to tell who would be considered "rich" or "poor" on BF that I have seen.

Was referring to the retailer vs the consumer. Hard to gain wealth when spending mindlessly. 



2012-11-21 11:30 AM
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I can't even begin to think how rushing out after Thanksgiving dinner, or 3 hours before daylight the morning after, would benefit me. Life is too short. No one I know needs a "big ticket" item so badly that I have to stretch my budget to the hilt just to afford to buy the item on BF sales price. The games the retailers play to get you in and then take advantage of your "zeal to win" with purchasing just after a day of giving Thanks makes me sick. The holiday is meant to be a time of reflection and gratitude.

I'd rather be at home watching movies with my family/friends, or eating homemade waffles with them the following morning than be rushing around trying to buy electronics, or other stuff.

My .02. To each his/her own. If that's your family tradition, then I wish you well and I will give extra thanks that I won't be joining you
2012-11-21 11:37 AM
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sulross - 2012-11-21 12:30 PM I can't even begin to think how rushing out after Thanksgiving dinner, or 3 hours before daylight the morning after, would benefit me. Life is too short. No one I know needs a "big ticket" item so badly that I have to stretch my budget to the hilt just to afford to buy the item on BF sales price. The games the retailers play to get you in and then take advantage of your "zeal to win" with purchasing just after a day of giving Thanks makes me sick. The holiday is meant to be a time of reflection and gratitude. I'd rather be at home watching movies with my family/friends, or eating homemade waffles with them the following morning than be rushing around trying to buy electronics, or other stuff. My .02. To each his/her own. If that's your family tradition, then I wish you well and I will give extra thanks that I won't be joining you

This X200.  Big box store with deals on products made overseas.  IF I do any shopping it will be on Saturday.

2012-11-21 11:48 AM
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I did it a few years ago just to see what the hoopla was about. And to people watch (amazing!). I was sleeping on a lumpy couch at my grandparents so I was awake at 4 a.m. anyway... lol. I bought 3 items for other people, nothing for myself that day.

Don't think I'll ever do it again, but also won't look down on those who do. For some it's a hobby, and/or a big financial savings for items they'd purchase anyway. I don't feel right about faulting people for either.

2012-11-21 12:21 PM
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Interesting that after almost 30 votes, not one was "buying presents for others."

It appears to be a personal purchase activity. I truly thought it would be used more for buying presents for others vs. just a shopping day for personal stuff. Perhaps the stores could do this at another time of the year and still see the huge turnout without affecting Thanksgiving.
2012-11-21 12:25 PM
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My wife does the majority of Christmas shopping for both families on Black Friday. Last year we pre-picked everything in the ads in the paper then went and got them. Went to Target t 12:30am and got most of it, then she went out again at 5:00am and got the rest.

Didn't get anything for us, but saved us a lot of money on buying presents for our families. 



2012-11-21 2:28 PM
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Did it once.  It was stupid.
2012-11-21 2:40 PM
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I am working, but even if I wasn't my answer would be NO WAY!!!!  Too many stupid people fighting over nothing and stealing things out of other peoples carts.
2012-11-21 2:54 PM
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I went to Old Navy one time fairly early (7ish) because they had a good deal that I wanted, and I think I was going somewhere else later so it was convenient.    It was really anticlimactic.    I suppose there might have been shoppers earlier, but by the time I arrived the deals were still available and no waiting.
2012-11-21 4:19 PM
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I have the day off, so, unfortunately, probably. It won't be much better on any other weekend day between now and Hanukah, so might as
well go now. At least I don't have to go to any malls or superstores.

ETA: I'm not going to any doorbusters or anything. Regular business hours for me.

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2012-11-21 8:46 PM
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I'll take my chances in the triathlon swim rather than brave a hoard of discount-obsessed zombies.


2012-11-21 9:41 PM
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McFuzz and I peruse the ads and see if there is anything we absolutely "HAVE" to get on Black Friday.  Usually, we stay home for breakfast then go to the Santa Parade.  This year the grandson is 2 and will love the parade and we are planning on getting a Christmas tree on Saturday while I have most every one home.

Spent many,many years out shopping on BF with my mom and just don't enjoy it anymore.

2012-11-22 12:41 PM
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You couldn't pay me enough to go shopping on Black Friday. After two-plus decades in the restaurant biz, I stay away from those hoards on crazy holidays. 
2012-11-22 1:21 PM
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I will be holed up in one of the bars in Vegas getting drunk while watching football. 

I think it's a good plan. 

2012-11-22 11:54 PM
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went with my GF to the local target since it' opened @9pm.   She thought it was well organized and nothing like the mess it usually is.   while I was cooking she was going through all the ad's to see if there was anything that she needed, that was a good deal.  She goes for the hoopla.   I went just to see.  I was bored out of my mind. And we just got towels and new bed sheets that were a great deal.   then left.  She's out now following her plan. 

However she's from a large family of eight so she has more to buy for than me, so it is gifts for her family, & I give her credit, she comes up with a plan and sticks to it.

2012-11-23 7:20 AM
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blueyedbikergirl - 2012-11-22 2:21 PM

I will be holed up in one of the bars in Vegas getting drunk while watching football. 

I think it's a good plan. 

FTW!!!



2012-11-23 7:21 AM
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I'm going to see Skyfall with my son. Only shopping I will do is for popcorn, no butter. Maybe dinner and a beer later.
2012-11-23 8:51 AM
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I, nor anyone I know needs anything that bad to put myself through that..and Im working anyway so its a moot point even if I had the desire..
2012-11-23 9:17 AM
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Driving home last night from dinner, we passed the retail corridor right by our house around 8:30.  Walmart was packed beyond their parking lot.  Target had such a huge crowd we just had to drive into the frontage road to see how bad it really was.  HUGE line waiting to get in at 9:00. 

I actually will be shopping today.  Binny's, the local liquor store sent me a today-only 10% off coupon and I am fresh out of Basil Hayden.  I'll swing by after my swim so I won't feel so guiltyEmbarassed.

2012-11-23 9:56 AM
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peby - 2012-11-21 11:49 AM
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peby - 2012-11-21 10:09 AM The day the rich reap and the poor weep.

 

not sure how you are telling them apart, everyone is spending money, from cash in envelopes to credit cards. there is no way to tell who would be considered "rich" or "poor" on BF that I have seen.

Was referring to the retailer vs the consumer. Hard to gain wealth when spending mindlessly. 

So Paul, you're kind of wrong here.  It's more like, "the day the rich sweat and the poor gorge."

When I was younger, I took on some retail sales jobs.  They pay was most often base + commission off of quota.  The quota was so high, that you never got any commission, the negative just accumulated UNTIL the Thanksgiving-Christmas time.  With that, you broke even and then hopefully made up the difference and went into the commission black.

Now that I'm older and don't do that anymore, I still have friends who are in retail management.  The model still stands.  The reason it's called "Black Friday" is that many stores and chains run in the red year-long, operating under a deficit, and they hope and pray that starting Black Friday, they can recover and turn a profit on the year.  So in most cases, the rich (retailer) isn't "reaping", but rather "sweating in hopes of reaping".

The poor?  Well in "consumption-based, who gives a damn about debt" America.  So many people with little to no disposable income still go nuts on Black Friday.  They get their thrill, they get their toys, they get their big ticket Christmas...  And then in January they get the credit card statement and choke.

 

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