Only nine days to my favorite holiday of the year... BLACK FRIDAY!
It's my tradition on the day after Thanksgiving to make a nice big pot of coffee and snuggle in at the computer watching cellphone videos of people trying to kill each other over $9 plastic crap.
The stampedes... the fistfights... the screaming... the "doorbusters"... I love it ALL.
And this year Walmart, Target and many other major retailers are forcing their employees to come in on Thanksgiving night to get an early start to all the madness.
What will this year's "must have" deal be? Will any doors get busted during doorbusters? Will people be trampled? Will there be anything funnier than that woman sprawled in the entrance of Target repositioning her wig while frenzied mobs run around her body?
Does anyone else LOVE Black Friday?
This year, yes, since we'll be on a flight to the tropics.
I really dont think there is any toy or gadget or whatever that would make me wanna take part in that bullshit on a holiday weekend. And i dont care how much the reduced price. Every year it gets worse.
In this new America, everyday going forward is Black Friday, full of gifts and giveaways. We're hoping to at least keep the White Christmas.
I live two blocks from a Walmart. I might drive buy just to spectate. I do shop on Black Friday, but at hardware or art supply stores.
Don't most of us have enough stuff already?
I live in Atlanta. Every Friday is Black Friday.
I'm guessing Tickle-Me Elmo will not be a popular item this year.
High holiday for White Trash. Have fun hauling that crap back to your trailer OP.
"I'm guessing Tickle-Me Elmo will not be a popular item this year."
Yeah, they might as well just change his name to El 'Mo.
I have no intention of setting foot in a store between Chnow and Christmas.
I will take my partner to his job at Saks 5th Avenue. He will go to work as usual. They don't really participate in this Black Friday stuff. They are above the fray. Or so my partner says.
Otherwise, I would rather eat dirt in a pit of pig shit than get anywhere near a shopping area, but I love my man.
R12 We know you only stay with him for his employee discount.
They're already in line -- a week early:
[quote]The shoppers lined up at an El Cajon Best Buy more than a week early in anticipation for the stores' Black Friday sale have been asked to leave the property. On Wednesday, Rhiannon Buckingham told 10News she lined up because she wanted to make sure she got the best deal. "Last year, I came on Tuesday and I was 17th in line," she said. "They only had 15 TVs."
[quote]Buckingham was one of the early birds waiting in line as early as Wednesday for a flat screen television. This year, she said she planned to sleep in her chair outside of the Best Buy and switch out with friends until the store's Black Friday sale on the morning of Nov. 23. However, on Thursday, management at the El Cajon Best Buy store told 10News mall security demanded the women leave the property and come back on Thanksgiving.
I find Black Friday weird, revolting, and everything that is wrong with America.
I sometimes try not to spend any $$ AT ALL, but of course I'll probably grab food or have a drink somewhere which I justify as supporting small businesses.
But BF is consumerist crap for the sheep of the USA that truly believe they're worthless without more "stuff."
I'm with ya, OP.
BF reminds me of the Roller Derby matches I enjoyed watching in my youth.
It'll be even more fun to watch this year, as WalMart workers are striking...no blockers in play.
I've been getting emails all week from retailers with 40 - 50% off and free shipping. Why would anyone want to subject themselves to the mob scene in the stores and sick traffic on the streets? No thanks.
The deals aren't that great anymore.
Retailers have learned that they can just scream SALE SALE SALE and people will go nuts. When Circuit City closed their stores, they called in liquidators who put out these breathless flyers and Internet emails screaming about how everything must go -- huge sale! The lowest prices were only 10% off the stores regular prices, yet assholes were lined up outside and all excited. And 95% of them were male, so this "sale mania" is not an exclusively female phenom.
I got an email from Pottery Barn offering 20% off the regular price of furniture if I could prove with official documentation that my furniture was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Bitches, I don't want your Pottery Barn crap for 20% off, which makes it 30% overpriced instead of 50% overpriced. And Pottery Barn has the highest shipping rates outside of eBay.
[quote] I've been getting emails all week from retailers with 40 - 50% off and free shipping
Nobody really gives 40-50% off anymore.
I was at a Walmart yesterday that had a box of leftover Halloween candy with a sign saying "All Halloween candy $1 per bag." They only had bags of candy corn. The previous week candy corn was 44 cents at the supermarket and it was 21 cents at the same supermarket last night.
Walmart is so full of shit. Candy fucking corn for a dollar in mid November?
[quote]I live in Atlanta. Every Friday is Black Friday.
"Rhiannon Buckingham." There is a reason this is called Black Friday.
[quote]"Rhiannon Buckingham." There is a reason this is called Black Friday.
Every year I think of that poor young man on Long Island was trampled to death by the soulless, marauding hoards, I get sick. These brainless hausfrauen and thick-skulled idiots make me sick.
I prefer the term, "Friday of Color".
Agree with R20.
When I went in the 90's, before it became some incredbily insane ordeal, the stores would do some really great deals for that day only. The malls would be crowded, but I think the earliest the stores opened up that Friday was seven in the morning. There wasn't the insanity that there is now.
I refuse to take part in it anymore. And I really feel for the retail workers who have to have their holidays cut short so they can deal with a bunch of obnoxious animals.
I've got to brave the crowd this year. I need a new external hard drive. I've been needing it for awhile now.
I lived in NYC in the 80s and 90s and would go into shops the day after Christmas to get Christmas stuff at 50% off. I'd buy next year's cards, wrapping paper, bows, lights. If I'd seen an ornament I liked that was too pricey, I'd pick it up at half price. The stores were not insanely packed.
It doesn't seem like they do that anymore. I walked into one shop to pick up some Christmas-related gifts and they were busily packing up their Xmas stuff in boxes. The next year, they put the same gifts on the shelf for an even higher price.
Since the Internet, retailers have warehouses now. They keep their Christmas stuff in the warehouse all year long. They don't need to get rid of stock to make way for their Valentine's Day crap. I have seen Christmas candy in Christmas wrappers sitting on supermarket store shelves for wholesale prices in May.
Overstock.com has sent me an email declaring Black Friday is already here, and to prove it, here's a 10% off coupon!
I swear -- honestly!
Can you believe how lucky I am?
A whole 10% off the stock that is usually priced 20% to 30% higher than the price I can find elsewhere!
Im so excited I can hardly breath! (sic)
Some stores go all out. I read Hollister is 50% off the entire store early-bird, then 40% the rest of the day. American Eagle & Eddie Bauer are both 40% the entire store all day. That's pretty good knowing anything in the store is going to be a relatively large percentage off. The big boxes are a total scam. Low inventories of a few eye-popping doorbusters to drive the hype. Good deals to be had at the mall, but stay away from the Targets & Best Buys.
I was going to get my new computer on Black Friday, but they all have Windows 8 pre-installed and I ended up finding a Win7 computer deal (open-box, minimal use) with better specs for the same $400 target price. It would've been here today if it wasn't Thanksgiving. It'll be the fastest computer I've had, by far, and a jump from a 150gb hard-drive to 1tb, which will hold all my mp3s and then some. Can't wait!
That Walmart video may be the one to beat this year!
Can't embed it, but Huffington Post has footage of a huge crowd near panic outside a Victoria's Secret in Kansas. Oh, for a starter's pistol to get those heffas stampeding.
Why am I not surprised to see a couple of gay guys mixed in with the stampede waiting to go into Victoria's Secret?
Why wasn't that guy arrested for disturbing the pease? The cops just stood there. That heckler was enticing a riot.
If you're going to heckle, at least have some good material.
A great meme going around Facebook:
Only in America do people stampede each other for inferior Made in China products just 12 hours after they've given thanks for what they already have.
Only pos ghetto cunts shop black Friday.
[quote]I live two blocks from a Walmart. I might drive buy just to spectate.
You're going to drive two blocks?
MY FAV VIDEO!!!!!
WATCH THE TWINK @ :14 ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE VIDEO. HE'S WEARING A CAMEL COLORED SHIRT WITH A BLACK TEE UNDER IT.
HE GETS SWALLOWED UP BY THE CROWD AND AS HE STARTS DRIFTING AWAY HE GRABS ON TO THE NECK OF THE BLACK CHICK WITH THE BUN ON HER HEAD. HE HOLDS AS IF HE WAS ON THE EDGE OF THE TITANIC AS IT'S ABOUT TO GO DOWN. SHE WAS NO HAVING IT!
FUCKING HILARIOUS SHIT!
The first 45 seconds is just heffalumps lumbering into Target as fast as their legs can take them (which ain't very fast).
And then, at 0:45, it happens.
At 1:30, screaming humans fight each other and destroy a display all to get to ... bath towels.
Is this how... certain types get their looting fix once a year?
No, sweetness, it's how "certain types" get ff'd.
R52 Once you get to 0:50, it's Wal-Mart, not Target.
Fucking animals! And, all for a bunch of grap.
I refuse to engage in this insanity. I did all my gift shopping weeks ago, and I'm not planning to leave the house until Monday.
Leftover turkey, Netflix and weed
R50, your capslock recap made me laughharder than the footage. I can't believe how crazy people are.
It's pretty disturbing. If the US ever had a nationwide crisis everyone would be fucked with this kind of stampeding.
How do they see the price of everything? So many clips just show some frau taking charge and throwing things around or passing stuff to people. Are they just buying things that everyone seems to be lifting?
You would think it was free the way they're behaving.
My god, people are beasts. I can't imagine any of these deals are so good that I would be willing to show up, let alone trample someone for it.
Why were these people going nuts over Walmart bath towels? Seems a little gay for the Black Friday crowd.