Black Friday

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Veronica - posted on 11/29/2010

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Yes, i participated - but it was online, didnt have to fight, punch, or kick anyone - didnt get crippled, stole from, or waited in line for hours. Online shopping is easier, im at home, and if the item is 'sold out' online at one store - there are tons of other stores to go to, with a simple click of the button :)

Amie - posted on 11/27/2010

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They've brought it up here to Canada, where I am. I did not participate. They also carried it over to today too, still didn't participate.



In all honesty, I don't see the point. The stores all rotate their sales here anyway, I swear they do it on purpose. The Black Friday sales are better, more like we're going out of business sales but still not worth it for us to go. People are INSANE.



Boxing day sales, people are messed up about those too. Every year there is always someone they interview for the newspaper who goes and parks their ass in front of a store at 5 or 6 p.m. Christmas Day just so they get in the door first. Their families usually show up at some point to feed them Christmas dinner, bring hot chocolate, extra blankets, etc. Really? If one of my family members did that they could sit and freeze. THINGS are not that important, I don't care how good the deal.

Sharon - posted on 11/27/2010

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I have participated.

I did not participate this year.

I must be awfully fucking spoilt because there isn't much that tempts me to suffer that kind of hell to save money.

I remember being really bad off a couple of years and I really put myself out there to get a couple of good deals on toys the kids really wanted. But that was it.

I've always looked at some of the deals and said "oh hell no, I'll just get some extra hours, not buy starbucks this month, pack my lunch..." shit like that instead of killing myself to get the good deal.

Some of those people out there are fucking insane. I know of a woman in our town who is permanently crippled from a black friday sale.

She was on her way to camp out at 2AM when another car tried to cut her off to get to the same sale, clipped her bumper, pushing her into the median (raised divider down the middle of the road) causing the car to flip. Now she's permanently crippled? WTF people? Ok thats extreme.

But years ago I was there.. I saw people get into fist fights. I saw clerks take insane amounts of abuse. I saw people stealing items out of other peoples' carts! My own feet and ankles were hit so many times by other peoples carts that 1 hour into it I had blood soaking my plush athletic shoe. My temper was SERIOUSLY frayed and I started shoving back. One more woman rammed her cart into my ankle and I whirled around shoved her cart aggressively back at her hitting her in the gut, not once, not twice but at least three times before she managed to wrench her cart away from me. I never said a word but I was ready to crawl over her cart and beat the fuck out of her.

THEN!!!! After all that fucking hell, IF you get ONE damned thing you wanted you have to stand in line for AGES on those bruised aching feet to pay.

I can see some of the allure. The hunt, the capture, the big score. Especially if you get everything on your target list. WOW! Right?

If people that kind of time and energy into raising their kids we'd see more honor roll kids.

Tah - posted on 11/27/2010

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@Amanda...you could have bought a treadmill from me, My husband made one of our balconies into a pseudo gym..i have 2 and his punching bag(he boxes..lol) and some weights...etc..i want one of them off so i can get an elliptical..then i would never have to go the 30 seconds down the road to the gym...lol

Chrystal - posted on 11/27/2010

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No I did not participate. I used to work retail so I now not to go out in those crazy crowds LOL. Not sure if it exists in other countries or not.

Sara - posted on 11/27/2010

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I did and I got a brand new laptop for $200, it normally would have been twice that much. And, I got nearly all of christmas shopping done for about half the price. It's worth the crazy ass crowds for the sales!

Dana - posted on 11/27/2010

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Cathy, it is the same except since it's the day after Thanksgiving you can get tons of Christmas presents cheap. I've never the whole wake up, stand in line at 3 am to get into the store first by 5 am thing BUT, this year I went out at 10 am and got some stuff. I spent $100.00 which normally would have cost me $175.00 Pretty damn helpful if you ask me.

Kate CP - posted on 11/27/2010

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I went out at around 10am on Friday because a few stores were having great deals on chotchkies that I use for stocking stuffers. It really wasn't so bad at that point. I don't get the whole staying up for 24 hours just to buy a damn TV, though. My husband has done Black Friday deals before for electronics and I still think he's nuts for it. :P

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I stay far away! Hubby used to work retail, a toy store chain at that! Black Friday was pure madness, and it has gotten more and more violent over the years. I'll do some shopping mid-week when it might be less crowded. Cyber Monday is appealing too!

Rosie - posted on 11/27/2010

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i loathe it. i work retail and it never ceases to amaze me how absolutely apelike people become. i hate it with a passion. won't shop, don't want to get killed over a pair of socks. last year at our store a woman broke her arm. it is fucking crazy and i refuse to enjoy any part of it.

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Lacye....that's exactly why I don't mess with it. A woman in the town I used to live was trampled at a Wal Mart a few years ago. It's pathetic the way people behave for a good deal sometimes. I'll keep my life and limbs here in my house and either Christmas shop in July or buy online thank you very much lol

Lacye - posted on 11/27/2010

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Yes I did! I got my nephew to watch my daughter, went up to walmart at 10 pm, had to be there anyways because my bf works there, and I was there until 1 in the morning. It was pretty bad here. a few min before time for the employees gave the go ahead for the customers to get the stuff, a bunch of the customers decided they didn't want to wait anymore and they went after a whole bunch of tricycles that were piled high. they were shoving each other and pushing. Then a couple of guys got jumped in the line waiting for the TVs and the cops were called, some of the customers were fixing to go after the store manager so he high tailed it back to his office and didn't come back out for the rest of the night, my bf said that he had to climb on top of some of the merchandise because the customers were fixing to crush him to death trying to get the stuff. Several of the employees were told to get away from their area because the customers were going nuts and their lives were more important than the merchandise. It was insane. It makes you wonder if things are more important than a person's life.

Bonnie - posted on 11/27/2010

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I enjoy a sale from time to time, but I don't see a point in having to go shop at 3 or 4am in order to get the good deals..not for me. I would much rather be sleeping at that hour. Plus I don't care for big crowds.

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Yeah, Cyber Monday is much easier, less stressful and no waiting in lines :) AND you can get some of the same (and some better) deals that way. It's worth paying the shipping to avoid the hassle of the lines. Plus, a lot of places give you free shipping for orders over a certain amount. So....get up and to the store much earlier than a person should have to, go stand in endless lines for hours....OR sit comfortably in my computer chair with my coffee and my credit card and let them bring it to my house? Hmmmmm........

Amanda - posted on 11/27/2010

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i had planned to go to Dicks Sporting Goods bright and early to get a killer deal on a treadmill (normally i wouldn't even consider heading out, but come on, $600 off of a treadmill?!?!?!) but..... we had to make a trip to walmaart at around 7 pm thursday to get some medicine and i saw the lanes they had up outside the store for people to line up and so we headed home and bought a treadmill online :) so i say HECK no!

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I avoid it at all costs. Normally, on Black Friday, we don't go anywhere near any place that has a cash register. I hate shopping anyhow so you couldn't pay me to go shopping on that most unholy day lol

ME - posted on 11/27/2010

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No....I've called it "buy nothing day" for over ten years...I would NEVER participate in it!

Tah - posted on 11/27/2010

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i had not been in years, until yesterday. I was supposed to do a home health case this weekend from 8am-8pm fri and sat, i get there noone answers, i call my agency and they say..o Tah, i'm sorry sweetie the patient is in the hospital, we should have updated you..yes you sure should have..i was more upset about having to wake up early then the 600 dollars i missed, i was gonna use that to fix my husband's honda and give it to my parents in one fell swoop...o well..so when i got home i decided it was safe to go out since it about 9am. i went to old navy..grabbed some jeans, looked at the line wrapped around the store like an anaconda..put them back and went to jc penny's.found some good deals there shirts and jeans for sydney and rylan for 10 bucks a pop, some less than that. we then went to walmart goodness help us and it wasn't that bad, by then it wasn't overcrowed. Found a 30 dollar mp3 for my oldest that can go with his stereo we got him for xmas. All in all it went better than i thought, i didn't have to kick, bite or elbow anyone and we were pretty much in and out. I refused to go into toys r us yesterday, it would have to be a pretty outrageous deal for me to be there at 12am. I did that one year and went to the outlets because they open at 12am, and it was worth it...

Krista - posted on 11/27/2010

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No way. Any money I would save on sales would be negated by the bail money my husband would have to put up for me after I go postal and start randomly beating on people.

Becky - posted on 11/26/2010

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I love a good sale, but I'm not one to camp out in front of a store just to be first in line - especially in the winter - or risk being crushed in a rush into the store, or stand in line for an hour and a half to get a TV, or whatever. After I had to work Boxing Day at the Bay, which totally sucked, I avoid shopping on Boxing Day.
I guess some retailers in Canada are starting to offer Black Friday deals, but I was out shopping today and I didn't see anything exceptional, other than Please Mum, which has their entire store 50% off. (that wasn't for BF though)

Johnny - posted on 11/26/2010

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Not my bag. I never go to Boxing Day sales. One year I went down to Bellingham, WA with a girlfriend for Black Friday because she wanted a camcorder that they had on sale for $45. It was retailing for $265 in Canada. It wasn't actually too crazy (we were in Target) and she got a huge deal. She could have never afforded it otherwise and now she's got great video of her kids. Mostly, I don't really see the point, I don't buy that much stuff and certainly not the type of stuff that goes on sale.

Iris - posted on 11/26/2010

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Nope! Not me, I'm not used to people going crazy in stores, and after we came to the US I haven't and not going to participate in the madness.

Isobel - posted on 11/26/2010

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absolutely...I used to work in a mall and boxing day shoppers are chumps!

Jenny - posted on 11/26/2010

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Boxing Day is my daughter's birthday, we usually go sledding. I find the best deals are really found in January after the Christmas crunch is over.

Joanna - posted on 11/26/2010

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I hate it! I shop black Friday sales online, but I tend to stay home all day... I can't stand crowds!

Isobel - posted on 11/26/2010

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Although, when I used to go with my mom, we made a sport of it. We used to seek out people who were being rude to the sales people and put them in their place...that was fun *sigh*

Jodi - posted on 11/26/2010

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Australia usually does Boxing Day too, but I've never been. I HATE shopping in crowds. That's why I usually try to do my shopping first thing on a Monday morning, it's a lovely peaceful time!!

In Australia, Black Friday refers to commemoration of the 1939 bushfires.

Isobel - posted on 11/26/2010

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Canada's shopping orgy generally takes place on boxing day (Dec 26)...I avoid it at all cost

Amanda - posted on 11/26/2010

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I HATE HATE HATE and absolutley DESPISE black friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would rather shop at my own pace rather than deal with huge crowds of tired and half drunk idiots all morning!!!! I'll stay home and in bed! :)

Jenny - posted on 11/26/2010

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I don't support shopping orgies. I hate the whole idea of people freaking out to buy "stuff". It's totally foreign to me.

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