US Black Friday

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  1. Hugh macrumors 6502a

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    I have been reading a lot of news briefs, but some of the comments and it makes me wonder. Some of the comments are like 'Black Friday is what is wrong with U.S.', 'Black Friday should be banned', 'What is wrong with these people, is the discounts worth that much?'

    Now my question is, where the hell have these people been? Black Friday has been going on 30 years now (maybe longer). People are acting like this year is the first year. :/

    What are your thoughts about Black Friday?

    Hugh
     
  2. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    how can you ban black Friday?

    As a general rule on black Friday I tend to stay home. Hell from now threw early January I tend to try to avoid those big shopping places. If I need to go I go on an off day in the middle of the week and if I can in the middle of the day.
     
  3. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    I've never gotten up early in my life for a "Black Friday" and probably never will. To me, it attracts unsavory types.

    Take these morons for example.
     
  4. bruinsrme macrumors 601

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    This is a passion of many people in this country. I know a lot of people that wait hours in the cold, rain, snow just to get the awesome deal on an item or two.
    The stories we get to hear about are the sensationalized stories.

    Personally, I do ALL my shopping on the web.
     
  5. bruinsrme macrumors 601

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    that is beautiful.

    I look forward to after Presidents Day when I can return to the stores, :eek:
     
  6. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    yep. Very true.

    Now I see nothing wrong with people going out on black friday but when they line up at 4AM and run into the store that just crosses the line of madness.
     
  7. Desertrat macrumors newbie

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    Seems to me that the majority of Black Friday shoppers are those with smaller billfolds, less disposable income. Sales with super discounts are thus naturally attractive. Same thing, probably, for the after-Christmas sales.

    But if you're watchful, you can find many other discount opportunities without having to fight crowds. :) My wife is superb at that--after she checks out the GoodWill store. :D
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Already done half of my shopping without setting foot inside a retail store, and will do the other half without setting foot inside a retail store either.

    And I'll pay less than if I had been one of those dumb schmucks lining up outside a Best Buy or Target at 2 in the morning. I love the internet.
     
  9. Hugh thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sad part I've worked in real for 7 years, and Black Friday never stops amazing me on how people act towards other people to just get the TV for $100

    Although I did work retail, I never got to the point to where I hated it around Christmas time. Not until my seventh year where I was a head store manager, where I was working 60-80 hours a week. I was like they aren't paying me enough to do this every year, so that was the last one.

    Now as for me shopping, I shop online and/or on during the week off hours of shopping. When there is hardly any body there.





    Hugh
     
  10. bruinsrme macrumors 601

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    Desert did you ever hang out at hometheaterspot?

    I agree about the billfold size. Fortunately, and beleive me I am grateful, I can work a few hours OT to make the ipad or digital camera purchase.
    But I tell you, I work with a lot of people making $15 that don't have the opportunity like I do and do partake in the festivites of Black Friday in hopes to get that TV, laptop and or item.
     
  11. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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    There is a bizarre culture around getting the "best deal" and people will go to extremes that have no grounding in rational behavior.

    They should have just stayed home and used the Staples 40085 code. Then they could be pissed at Staples, not their fellow customers. Not that I would have any experience with this...
     
  12. bruinsrme macrumors 601

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    There are some complications with this.
    I am using what my friends at work are telling me.
    Most of them do not have a credit card and are paying cash or no computer and/or internet access hence the rush to get the deal on a laptop.
     
  13. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    I would expect that if you can get a TV for $100 on Black Friday you should be able to get a TV on any other day by negotiation.
     
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    I'm trying to understand this critique from those making the comments.
     
  16. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    From the article...

    I think I read somewhere that internet sales on Black Friday jumped about 17%. If that is the case, then Black Friday only appeals to those who get their thrills from the physical hunt. In other words, it's a cultural shift and has nothing to do with economics. Of course we won't know until early January just how successful this Xmas shopping season will be but it's definitely not going to be a bust.
     
  17. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    The next big day is tomorrow known as click Monday.

    It takes a special kind of person to want to do the mob rush at 4AM. Now I know people who go out at 5-6am on black Friday for yes they get good deals but they enjoy the shopping part of it. They just refuse to to the line up and running mob thing. They walk and do not fight with people.
     
  18. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    Oops, online merchants only had a 16% increase in sales...

    16% increase of ~9% is a lot more than .03%.
     
  19. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    There is also the fact that only seriously dedicated bargain hunters are going to get up at 4am to get something cheap.

    Whereas going on a website is far far less effort.
     
  20. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    Never heard it called that. Cyber Monday is the common term.

    As for BF, I dont see any problem with it unless people are spending beyond their means in the process.
     
  21. Hugh, Nov 28, 2010
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    You and me both trying to figure out why the comments. :/

    Hugh
     
  22. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    It's shopping porn.

    Not that there's anything wrong with getting all greased-up with consenting adults.

    It's just not how I get off.
     
  23. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    My only issue with Black Friday is that people will literally trample each other to death, or get into fistfights, solely in order to save a few bucks. It's happened more than once. It's not like they are getting a Porsche for free...they will do this over a TV or a doll. THAT'S where I see the problem...people go into mob riot mentality for some of these sales.

    And then you have THESE PEOPLE. In line 10 days ahead of time. :rolleyes: Mark my words...next year people will try to beat that record. And the next year, beat THAT record. Within five years, I am willing to bet that there will be whole campsites in front of many major stores two weeks ahead of time with people trying to become the newest first in line.

    This actually reminds me of a funny OT story. I was working in London a few years ago at the O2 dome, and walked by the ticket window every morning. This pair of teen girls arrived about five days ahead of time to beat the supposed mob of people who would be buying tickets for some unheard-of boy band. And it was cold and rainy out all five days. These two girls spent the entire five days sitting there, looking absolutely MISERABLE. When the day came for tickets to go on sale...not a single person had joined them in line...they were still the only ones there. I had to laugh.
     
  24. itcheroni macrumors 6502a

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    It's still only a 1.4% overall increase caused by online sales if these early figures are even accurate. 1.4% + .03% = 1.43% increase, not even keeping up with real inflation. I would rather see people saving their money. Consumerism isn't going to improve our economy, only meaningless statistics politicians use to make it seem like it's improving our economy.
     

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