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(Yahoo)   Just in time for Thanksgiving, the media is rolling out that "Cyber Monday" myth again   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 78
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2006-11-20 11:36:14 AM
I'm in the toy business, the reports I get from Target and Wal-Mart confirm the story's facts. It ain't even close.
 
2006-11-20 01:01:55 PM
Instead, the report predicts that most people will likely put off their holiday shopping until right before Christmas.

? Thanks to the internet, I'm done shopping.
 
2006-11-20 01:14:52 PM
ArcadianRefugee: Thanks to the internet, I'm done shopping.

Same here. Traffic jams, cramped parking lots, long lines, stupid salesmen, mega sales on products that ended at 5:08AM all so that you can walk back to your car empty-handed to find a new ding in your car's door? Hrmph. I think not.

Only once did Internet based shopping fail me, and it was largely my own fault. I ordered a product too late and it didn't arrive before Christmas, even though I paid dearly for shipping (turns out it arrived at the FedEx station a day in advance, but they just didn't put it on the truck).

Thank you Internet! You allow me to be a hermit, which is great, because most people out there suck.
 
2006-11-20 01:45:37 PM
Yeah, I've been doing my xmas shopping online, but it's been spread out over the course of several weeks.
 
2006-11-20 02:56:48 PM
I can't wait for the videos of people stampeding the local Wal-Mart on black Friday. It truly is a magical time of year.
 
2006-11-20 02:57:35 PM
Holy crap....I could've sworn I just read that about that Black Monday garbage very recently. How quickly a year goes by...
 
2006-11-20 02:58:48 PM
I am one of the few that still "loves the smell of commerce in the morning." Give me a crowded mall over shipping delays any day. How nuts am I? I went to Best Buy on the 12-23 last year for some giftcards and DVDs. Rest of the year, my amazon.com list is booming, but I'm a brick-and-mortar mall guy when it comes to Christmas shopping.

/off to see the sailboat
//maybe a bit obscure?
 
2006-11-20 02:59:02 PM
FTA:

"Thirty-five percent of those surveyed said they will use debit cards most often for holiday shopping, while 33 percent favor credit cards. Only 12 percent said they will use cash the most often to pay for holiday purchases, while 6 percent plan to use personal checks."

And I guess they'll be in line in front of me.

/sigh
 
2006-11-20 02:59:07 PM
I put on my robe and wizard hat to do some shopping?
 
2006-11-20 03:00:03 PM
Screw it. I'm just sending money to everyone. Who needs to go through all that shopping crap and they don't like what you got them anyways.
 
2006-11-20 03:00:08 PM
All of my Christmas shopping was done two weeks ago.

Now I just have to go down to the post office and mail the packages. I'm going mid afternoon on a Tuesday, while everyone is at work.

I love technology. I'm sure even Sarah Connor would appreciate this.
 
2006-11-20 03:01:48 PM
I am one of the few that still "loves the smell of commerce in the morning." Give me a crowded mall over shipping delays any day. How nuts am I? I went to Best Buy on the 12-23 last year for some giftcards and DVDs. Rest of the year, my amazon.com list is booming, but I'm a brick-and-mortar mall guy when it comes to Christmas shopping.

It's what Jesus would have wanted.
 
2006-11-20 03:02:43 PM
If you tell a lie enough people will start to beleive it.
 
2006-11-20 03:03:29 PM
I'm one of those lunatics who goes Black Friday shopping. Of course, 80% of the stuff I buy is for myself; most of the great deals are tech related. This year it's on my birthday though, so I won't feel too guilty.

To anyone shopping this Friday, please: Pay cash. It's SO much faster and less of a hassle. If you're going for an early bird special and know how much you'll need, you can be in and out in record time.
 
2006-11-20 03:05:01 PM
My only problem with Internet shopping is WHERE to shop on the internet. There isnt just one place where you can go, like Amazon or something.

And theres so many scams and frauds and ripoffs out there, it's not worth ordering something from a company you think is relevant, and not getting the product, or your money back.
 
2006-11-20 03:06:26 PM
Can we officially retire the prefix "cyber?" That, along with the adjective "extreme" (or x-treme!) needs to die a quick and painful death.
 
2006-11-20 03:06:54 PM
I design and develop web sites for a living, including e-commerce sites...and I still do about 95% of my shopping through brick and mortar stores.

I'm not sure what I'm getting at...
 
Ant
2006-11-20 03:08:03 PM
The day after Thanksgiving was dubbed Black Friday because it traditionally marked the day that retailers were said to finally start making a profit -- or go into the black -- for the year.

I thought the employees of the various retailers called it Black Friday because of how much it sucks to work retail on that day.
 
2006-11-20 03:10:02 PM
Make that Attractive and Successful African-American Monday.

/Let's not offend anyone here.
 
Ant
2006-11-20 03:11:11 PM
CheezeAnvil: /off to see the sailboat
//maybe a bit obscure?


Nothing is obscure on Fark.


//oooh, a schooner...
 
2006-11-20 03:12:11 PM
One of the stories around "Black Monday" was that employees would return to work on Monday after the Black Friday spending orgy and use their employer's high-speed internet access to do their holiday shopping, rather that use their slower dial-up connections.

It is worth noting that the story stated that a bigger online shopping day was Monday, December 5th, a day most Americans are at work.

Much of the spin behind the story is the idea that America has a relative low rate of broadband penetration and this Black Monday shopping was a sypmtom of that. The story did not really address the question of whether more Americans shop online when they are at work, or shop on-line using their home connections.
 
2006-11-20 03:13:42 PM
it should be called "eMonday"... just a suggestion.
 
2006-11-20 03:13:59 PM
Black Friday is referred to as Buy Nothing Day in my house.
 
2006-11-20 03:14:51 PM
CheezeAnvil- That sailboat is the first thing I thought of, too.
 
2006-11-20 03:16:11 PM
that reminds me ... I've got to go to New Egg to get a new DVD burner.
 
2006-11-20 03:16:16 PM
fish500


I can't wait for the videos of people stampeding the local Wal-Mart on black Friday. It truly is a magical time of year.

the best was the footage of that lady biting the dust and her wig popped right off!
 
2006-11-20 03:17:16 PM
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2006-11-20 03:17:17 PM
"IIIIIII Love technologyyyyyyy....

But not as much as you, you seeeeee..."
 
2006-11-20 03:17:21 PM
I've heard it was perhaps the "busiest" shopping day; ie. lots and lots of people but that more sales & dollars were made closer to christmas. I'll be one of the people lining up at 4am to get some good deals - all personal household related, not any christmas gifts. Like lots of people here; most of those are done already.

/I've heard of some insane deals that are coming up for Friday.
 
2006-11-20 03:19:33 PM
Funny, I've never heard of "Cyber Monday." Maybe that's because I never buy stuff online. Don't buy much offline either. And I do all Christmas shopping the week of Christmas. Some of you may like the madness of Black Friday, I prefer shopping 20 minutes before the mall closes on the 23rd.
 
2006-11-20 03:23:32 PM
I swear upon first glance that said "Cyber Monkey"..


/ actual headline made considerably more sense

//quite disappointed
 
2006-11-20 03:23:48 PM
Black Friday? A myth?

Article writer and subby have never had to work in retail.

My most interesting Black Friday story was when I worked at Blockbuster and a man threw a videocasette--complete with thick plastic case--at my head because he'd been "shopping all day" and didn't feel he was being served fast enough.

/Bonus: I'm a girl
//Good Kind of Bonus: He left his cash on the counter after storming out
///I called it "Hazard Pay"
 
2006-11-20 03:25:22 PM
I'm about 50/50 online vs. brick and mortar when it comes to Christmas. There are some things I simply won't buy unless I can inspect it myself, and there are some local mom & pop operations that I try to support as much as possible.
 
2006-11-20 03:25:34 PM
Shopping concluded...

In my electronic world there is no pushing, there are no lines and the beer is always good.
 
2006-11-20 03:28:29 PM
rocket333d

Of course you're a girl. If you were a guy you'd be in jail for kicking that guys ass to within an inch of his life!

/or is that just me?
 
2006-11-20 03:31:01 PM
rocket333d
My most interesting Black Friday story was when I worked at Blockbuster and a man threw a videocasette--complete with thick plastic case--at my head because he'd been "shopping all day" and didn't feel he was being served fast enough.

Do you have the one with that guy who was in that movie that came out last year?
 
2006-11-20 03:31:11 PM
DRTFA... but, shocked that you are only supposed to cyber on Monday. Who knew?
 
2006-11-20 03:31:37 PM
I've never heard of Cyber Monday, and heck didn't really know much about Black Friday till recently. When I first read that headline, I was thinking "Does the media think people are having more Cyber sex on Mondays?". I mean honestly, the only context I see Cyber used in in recent years tends to be cyber sex.
 
2006-11-20 03:32:54 PM
ikanreed: If you tell a lie enough people will start to beleive it.

What lie are you referring to?

I think the article debunked the Black Friday / Cyber Monday myth pretty well.

As anyone who has worked retail on Black Friday morning though...it's hard to believe that it's not the busiest shopping day of the year. People walk in the door and get in line to check out, and the check-out line goes through the entire store. No other day of the year is like that. But that's just in the morning. By 10:30 or so, the mad rush is over.

Perhaps MasterCard was giving figures for total price, not total sales. So perhaps bigger-ticket items are bought on December 23 but more people shop on Black Friday. Just theorizing.
 
2006-11-20 03:33:29 PM
My most interesting Black Friday story was when I worked at Blockbuster and a man threw a videocasette--complete with thick plastic case--at my head because he'd been "shopping all day" and didn't feel he was being served fast enough.

/Bonus: I'm a girl
//Good Kind of Bonus: He left his cash on the counter after storming out
///I called it "Hazard Pay"


I call it "assault" and that asshat should have been beaten in the parkinglot
 
2006-11-20 03:34:43 PM
Opening at midnight? What? Get a life, people.
 
2006-11-20 03:34:51 PM
Telos: Of course you're a girl. If you were a guy you'd be in jail for kicking that guys ass to within an inch of his life!

I would have either laughed at him or kicked his ass. Considering that I had to work on Black Friday, I probably would have been in as bad or worse a mood as him, so he would have gone down.
 
2006-11-20 03:36:15 PM
pfft, I cyb0r every day. Twice if I can get a way with it.

/kidding
//or am I?
 
2006-11-20 03:36:19 PM
MikeXpop: To anyone shopping this Friday, please: Pay cash use a credit card. It's SO much faster and less of a hassle.

Swipe. Scribble. Gone.
 
2006-11-20 03:36:27 PM
CrackBack: Well apparently the myth holds partially true, otherwise Monday the 5th wouldn't be the biggest online shopping day. Of course broadband penetration into homes has increased a lot this year. So it will be interesting to see if the pattern holds.

And no you're not going to convince me that people are online shopping on Mondays from home... Unless it has to do something with Football widows and Monday night football? Which is Sunday this year isn't it???
 
2006-11-20 03:37:10 PM
I started in October this year. I'll never wait till after Thanksgiving again.
 
2006-11-20 03:38:04 PM
grinningdeamon

Better. Long story short, he had stormed out quickly before, but we got him arrested when he came back to "apologize."
 
2006-11-20 03:39:22 PM
That's why I like Canada. Thanksgiving is in October and we don't have Mondays due to our metric calender.
 
2006-11-20 03:43:09 PM
Fakk

Also, he was pretty big and probably drunk. I was, at the time, very short and 150 lbs, barely an ounce of it muscle.

I just realized I've prematurely told my "best Black Friday story" this year. Just couldn't hold it in....
 
2006-11-20 03:46:26 PM
TFA Thirty-five percent of those surveyed said they will use debit cards most often for holiday shopping, while 33 percent favor credit cards. Only 12 percent said they will use cash the most often to pay for holiday purchases, while 6 percent plan to use personal checks.

Nine percent of those surveyed will be trying to pay in goats and chickens, while the remaining five percent said that they would be shoplifting their items.

/We like the figures to add up to 100%, newsfolk
 
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