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How the Resale Subculture drives Black Friday, why Cyber Monday is a hoax, and some of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 11/15 to 11/21 
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Back when I was in college, my parents held a garage sale to get rid of a bunch of extra heavy stuff before a big move. One of the things they were selling was an antique roll-top desk. My parents realized it was probably worth more than the $100 they were asking for it, but as they saw it, they just wanted the thing hauled away. They didn't know what its actual value was and didn't care (and by the way, this isn't one of those "and later they discovered it was worth a million dollars" stories). They placed an advertisement in the local newspaper saying the garage sale would start 8pm sharp on Friday morning. They also mentioned in the ad that there was an antique roll top desk available. Hey, remember classified ads in papers?

The first potential buyer for the roll-top desk stopped by during dinner Thursday evening. My dad told him to go away that he was too early. He tried to bid up the price to get us to sell it to him early, but my dad wasn't having any of it. He told the man to come back the following morning at 8am. 15 minutes later someone else showed up, my dad sent him away too. 15 minutes later someone else showed up. Finally around 8pm my dad caved and sold it to the next guy who showed up just to get rid of the thing and be done with it. Friday morning, people started arriving at 6am for the 8am opening of the garage sale hoping to get an advance pick-through.

This was my first contact with the Resale Subculture. Whether the motivations are hobby or business, there is a subset of consumers that buy items to resell them elsewhere. With the advent of eBay and an online buying culture, things have gotten much worse. A friend of mine told me that when she worked at the local Staples, there was a family that would show up anytime anything was on sale, buy whatever the item maximum limit was, take them home, attempt to sell the items on eBay for a profit, and then later return anything they couldn't sell.

Or take the Wii for example. This may be the first year it's actually possible to get a Wii in stores. Wiis have been sold out every Christmas since their launch a few years ago. Sold out in stores that is, if you were willing to pay $500-$800 for a $300 console on eBay, there were thousands of them.

I don't know how many people exist in the Resale Subculture, but I do know this: every last one of them will be in line for Black Friday specials in the early morning hours the day after Thanksgiving. Personally I suspect that they outnumber actual regular customers at this point. While I might be willing to wake up at 4am to get to a 5am sale at Wal-Mart to buy a $5 flatscreen TV, Resale Subculture folks are lining up the night before or hiring homeless people to stand in line for them. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if nearly all of the people in line for Black Friday specials are planning to resell their items on eBay. It's easy to do and there's no real risk involved; if the item doesn't sell, just take it back for a full refund. I wish I'd thought of doing this in college.

One store manager told me that the store workers themselves are aware of the Resale Subculture's domination of Black Friday sales. Which likely means that the corporate suits also know and intentionally gear Black Friday toward eBay resellers in return for free advertising (media coverage). Is this a bad thing? No, not really. Although it does put the point of this whole Black Friday thing in a different light. I just find it odd that no one's looked into this yet. I'd be interested to read an MSM article checking into exactly who these people are that are lining up outside of stores the night before Black Friday. If anyone submits one, we'll pop it on the main page of Fark, especially if there are interviews with drunk homeless guy line-placeholders. Those guys are soundbite machines. Don't let us down, Florida.

By the way be ready for BS stories later this week about Cyber Monday, the supposed online equivalent of brick-and-mortar retail's Black Friday. Cyber Monday was a hoax first perpetrated a few years back by some individuals looking for free publicity. It's not real and there's no data that backs up any kind of online sales surge the Monday after Thanksgiving. But it sounds plausible, doesn't it? MSM finds it compelling enough to run a story on it every year. Skip it.

If anyone's passing through Lexington, KY on their way to or from somewhere, by all means drop me a line and let me know. Especially if you do it around 11:45pm Tuesday, I have a soccer game that gets done around then and I'll be awake til closing time easily. I grabbed a beer yesterday with a farkette heading to Birmingham, we had a great time hanging out watching football. So let me know. In the meantime, I hope all of you have a great Thanksgiving, eat way too much, and pass out fat and happy because that's my plan.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2009-11-15 to Sat 2009-11-21:

img1.fark.net  New report from the Iowa department of public health shows that 7% of 6 year olds suffer from lead poisoning, possibly because their parents are feeding them too many Pb & J sandwiches    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Danish political party admits to covering posters for opposing parties' candidates with yellow stickers shaped like penises. Nice try, but in America, we go all out and put the dicks on the actual BALLOTS    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Man has remote-controlled bowels implanted after motorcycle accident, really loses his shiat when wife changes the channel    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Australian teenager dies in workplace electrocution. See, this is why you should always ground your teenagers    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Raw milk producer waits for ruling. Hopes for bovine intervention    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Group finds high levels of lead in Disney, Barbie toys, which can cause irreversible brain damage. The lead can be harmful too    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Toddler falls into baptismal font. To answer the obvious question: Yes, he was saved    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Music teacher jailed for playing skin flute. You submitted this with A minor joke    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  ♫ I took a little souvenir-o of a man / Stole a tooth, stole a tooth, fingers and a ver-te-bra / Hidden out of sight, but now they'll see the light again / GALILEO galileo GALILEO galileo Galileo Figaro / Magnificoooooo ♫  

img1.fark.net  100-foot Christmas Tree crashes into bridge, makes its presents felt    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Semi-nude Victoria's Secret fashion models reveal untold talents and you've already clicked the link, haven't you? Have I told you about my mother lately? No, she's doing fine, just making cheesecake and some muffins this morning    img.fark.net


Sports:

img1.fark.net  Michelle Wie finally putts out    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  "The Cornhuskers are similar to the Wildcats in that they do not pass often." But enough about their grades, how's their throwing game?    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Sacramento outraged after learning ex-King Chris Webber called it "a cowtown" in ESPN interview. Wait, time-out, Chris can explain everythi-- uh oh    img.fark.net


Geek:

img1.fark.net  Toshiba sends chair into space for new advertisement. Still not as impressive as the Chesterfield Sofa which showed up in the middle of a cricket match    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Scientists come up with four ways to feed the ever increasing world population. Most of them are quite large schemes, we probably need to start with a more modest proposal    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Bangkok introduces disposable penis measuring device (measures non disposable penises as well)    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

img1.fark.net  Actual headline: "O'DONNELL HID SPLIT FOR TWO YEARS." With what? A circus tent?    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  James Van Der Beek files for divorce because apparently he doesn't want to wait, for his life to be over    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Vatican condemns Twilight as "morally deviant". Because only sickos would even think about drinking human blood    img.fark.net


Politics:

img1.fark.net  Liberal college students arrested for protesting against liberal colleges for raising tuition due to liberal policies. Oh the humanities    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Palin quits signing books halfway through event. Methinks we see a pattern here    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Fili-busted    img.fark.net


Music:

img1.fark.net  Drummer for the Kings of Leon gets married. His wife can look forward to two good years, but then it will go downhill from there    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Moby suffers from insomnia. I'm sure if he listened to any of his albums the problem would fix itself    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Man who "attacked" Oasis lead "guitarist" Noel Gallagher pleads guilty to assault. Judge will probably let him off, though, as really, it's hard to punish someone for living the dream    img.fark.net


Business:

img1.fark.net  The Postal Service reports $3.8 billion loss, as their revenue has fallen from such great heights    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  AOL to cut a third of its staff. You've got fail    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Obama's stimulus package was small, soft and came too soon. Nation craves a bigger, longer, thicker, uncut package    img.fark.net
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2009-11-23 03:30:16 PM
Donnchadha: wotthefark: Donnchadha: cybrwzrd: Bill Shakespeare: "Cyber Monday" is really 12:00 AM Friday morning. (shop on line. It's warmer and the only turkey f***s are your own.

Turkey Farks? Fears? Faces? Fleas? Folds? Flips? Fiats?

Feces.

I'm going with Farts.... he did say it was warmer.

*sigh*

cybrwzrd's joke was struck down in the prime of his life -- too early, by an overzealous commenter who probably didn't even see he was there...


Poor little joke, we'll miss ye. But you have gone to a better place.

Donnchadha was right, it's farts. have you ever been trapped in the middle of a mob of 500 p*ssed-off shoppers vying for one of the five McGuffins they are giving away as a "door-buster?" Who have also gorged themselves on turkey and pie the previous day and gotten up far too early to be able to take their "morning constitutional?"

Truely foul.
 
2009-11-23 03:31:33 PM
vegasj: germ78: and a line 1000 people long at 5:45


you could have hopped in line as the 1001th.... but they probably were only selling 999 HDTVs


That actually happened to me a few years ago with the Wii. Except instead of 999, it was 6 Wiis and I was person #7 in line.

/now the Wii collects dust because of my PS3
//jk- its gotten more use now because of NSMBW
 
2009-11-23 03:32:57 PM
I don't know how many people exist in the Resale Subculture, . . .

One store manager told me . . .

I just find it odd that no one's looked into this yet. . . .

By the way be ready for BS stories later this week about Cyber Monday,



It kind of seems like there is just as much evidence for the resale phenomenon as there is for Cyber Monday.
 
2009-11-23 03:36:12 PM
Shrimp
 
2009-11-23 03:36:49 PM
Bill Shakespeare: DDonnchadha was right, it's farts. have you ever been trapped in the middle of a mob of 500 p*ssed-off shoppers vying for one of the five McGuffins they are giving away as a "door-buster?" Who have also gorged themselves on turkey and pie the previous day and gotten up far too early to be able to take their "morning constitutional?"

Truely foul fowl.


Fix'd.
 
2009-11-23 03:37:02 PM
The English Major: DammitIForgotMyLogin: Oh sweet, 4 this week :)

Kudos!

I had three, all of them in the music tab.


Nice :)

I'd ask which ones were yours, but that's a bit academic ...
 
2009-11-23 03:40:17 PM
I caught some great deals last year during "Oh shait December" when the retailers were panicking over lousy Christmas sales.

This year, I will be sending Black Friday secluded away from relatives while working on grad school homework. It still beats going anywhere near a mall that day.
 
2009-11-23 03:43:37 PM
brigid_fitch: And this is how I actually do spend my Black Fridays. I go to the mall, grab some tea at Starbucks, and watch the crazed masses who STILL haven't figured out online retailing yet.

A brave one you are... going near the mall let alone TO it.

I'm pop'n popcorn, grab'n a beer.... and turning on the local news.

:)

 
2009-11-23 03:48:52 PM
resellers = gypsies.
 
2009-11-23 03:50:17 PM
Black Friday?

www.collectiondx.com
 
2009-11-23 03:55:28 PM
Pocket Ninja: I grabbed a beer yesterday with a farkette heading to Birmingham, we had a great time hanging out watching football.

This is some kind of euphemism, isn't it?


No, I literally did stop and have a beer with him (and one of his sons, though the kid didn't drink any beer). Good times.
 
2009-11-23 03:56:24 PM
Lots of nutbars waiting in those lines on black-friday.
 
2009-11-23 03:56:50 PM
Claude Ballse: Here is one of the best examples of failed Resale Subculture:



Some of these things have hit stores early. And for the desperate few who pillage Wal Mart in the wee hours of the morning, effectively depriving children of cool cars, and that have found them, they plastered them on eBay, selling them at almost $20 in some cases.

What's funny about this is as people have become aware, the value of this one particular car has plummeted over the past 2 weeks to people now selling them for less than a dollar on eBay. Why? Well as hungry collectors as most DeLorean people are, DeLorean Motor Company is now selling entire cases of these cars. for those of us that want to build little dioramas, and who generally hoard certain coveted items.

As collectors started researching the car, they seem to have come across the threads on the DeLorean boards and have discovered for themselves just how prolific these little cars are. Plus, why bother fighting and digging around for the same thing I can order online where I'm guaranteed to find it? So the joke has ended up being on them.


That's a great deal on DeLoreans. I think that will be my stocking stuffer this year for the whole family.
 
2009-11-23 04:01:46 PM
EdNortonsTwin: Lots of nutbars waiting in those lines on black-friday.

But, there is some reassurance in that they are semi-pro nutbars
 
2009-11-23 04:02:20 PM
Claude Ballse: Here is one of the best examples of failed Resale Subculture:



Some of these things have hit stores early. And for the desperate few who pillage Wal Mart in the wee hours of the morning, effectively depriving children of cool cars, and that have found them, they plastered them on eBay, selling them at almost $20 in some cases.

What's funny about this is as people have become aware, the value of this one particular car has plummeted over the past 2 weeks to people now selling them for less than a dollar on eBay. Why? Well as hungry collectors as most DeLorean people are, DeLorean Motor Company is now selling entire cases of these cars. for those of us that want to build little dioramas, and who generally hoard certain coveted items.

As collectors started researching the car, they seem to have come across the threads on the DeLorean boards and have discovered for themselves just how prolific these little cars are. Plus, why bother fighting and digging around for the same thing I can order online where I'm guaranteed to find it? So the joke has ended up being on them.


Back years ago when my brother was into collecting Hot Wheels, he used to get frustrated because his main competition for the cars wasn't other kids, it was adult resellers.
 
2009-11-23 04:04:02 PM
When the PS2 came out I had my friends, family stand in line with me. I ended up with 9 systems in total. After selling on eBay, I made about $3,000 net profit.

I've tried to repeat the process with xBox 360, but because of increased crowds, and family being out of town, I was only able to get 5 of them.

The former Governor of Missouri (Bob Holden) was in line behind me at Target...but because he got there around 5am, he was too late. He had already got one system at Walmart at the midnight sale, but wanted another from Target so both his kids could have their own system.
 
2009-11-23 04:07:24 PM
DaShredda: Black Friday?

I was thinking more along the lines of that one Megadeth song.
 
2009-11-23 04:10:01 PM
Why do they wait until Monday? Cyber Saturday even sounds better. Or did they not want to compete with Caturday?
 
2009-11-23 04:13:14 PM
2 years ago i was able to get into the mall here in North Atlanta right as it opened 5 am i rthink right place right time i guess as soon as u walked in there was a kiosk all covered up while i was waiting on the wife for whatever reason the tarp came off and it was a gamestop kiosk had the wii our kids wanted and was back in the truck by 5:10 so i guess it can be wirth it but this year i'll stay home with the kids and nurse my supreme hangover.

/crowds suck
//4:20 helps at 5 am
 
2009-11-23 04:14:24 PM
worth**
 
2009-11-23 04:21:47 PM
I hope no one gets trampled again.

Poor guy got a temp job at Wal Mart and now he's dead.
 
2009-11-23 04:27:55 PM
BalugaJoe: I hope no one gets trampled again.

Poor guy got a temp job at Wal Mart and now he's dead.


I saw those pictures. The problem there wasn't crazy black Friday shoppers, just black people.
 
2009-11-23 04:30:00 PM
DiabloCanyonOne: Why do they wait until Monday? Cyber Saturday even sounds better.

The theory is that the upsurge in online sales on Monday is due to people who do not own their own computers spending the first few hours at work doing their holiday shopping on the Big Boss Man's dime. These days, I'd be surprised if there was much of an upswing on Monday; more people have a PC at home, and those who don't have figured out that their local public libraries have a few they can use.

A library employee friend told me that it's not unusual for "parents" to drop off their 3- and 4- year-olds at the library and go off Christmas shopping. One snot-nosed kid approached the ref desk at noon to announce that he was hungry. "Well, where's your mom?" Shopping. Librarian wound up sharing her lunch with the kid. You'd think they could have the parents sent up for neglect, but apparently, you cannot call the police unless the child is in imminent peril, and sitting around in a warm library doesn't count.

\Geez, I hope I didn't just give some perv a new idea for how to spend Black Friday!
 
2009-11-23 04:31:43 PM
Gonna strike all the big red words From my little black book..
 
2009-11-23 04:41:48 PM
EdNortonsTwin: Lots of nutbars waiting in those lines on black-friday.

snickers
 
2009-11-23 04:48:02 PM
Late again, was a Steely Dan reference covered?. I know I'm not the only old enough for that.
 
2009-11-23 04:56:57 PM
WindBreaker: DiabloCanyonOne: Why do they wait until Monday? Cyber Saturday even sounds better.

The theory is that the upsurge in online sales on Monday is due to people who do not own their own computers spending the first few hours at work doing their holiday shopping on the Big Boss Man's dime. These days, I'd be surprised if there was much of an upswing on Monday; more people have a PC at home, and those who don't have figured out that their local public libraries have a few they can use.

A library employee friend told me that it's not unusual for "parents" to drop off their 3- and 4- year-olds at the library and go off Christmas shopping. One snot-nosed kid approached the ref desk at noon to announce that he was hungry. "Well, where's your mom?" Shopping. Librarian wound up sharing her lunch with the kid. You'd think they could have the parents sent up for neglect, but apparently, you cannot call the police unless the child is in imminent peril, and sitting around in a warm library doesn't count.

\Geez, I hope I didn't just give some perv a new idea for how to spend Black Friday!


The kid being left unsupervised at a library does sound like imminent peril to me. This smells of shenanigans, at least with the legal advice your friend got (I don't think either of you is lying).
 
2009-11-23 05:01:52 PM
What would happen if, on "black Friday", everyone just stayed home? The retailers would shiat all over themselves and drop their prices for real (not the fake sales they advertise) is what they'd do. What real savings on your Christmas shopping? Have it completed by the end of September.
 
2009-11-23 05:05:36 PM
Donnchadha:
*sigh*

cybrwzrd's joke was struck down in the prime of his life -- too early, by an overzealous commenter who probably didn't even see he was there...


That made me snort laughter and blow a booger on my monitor. Which was gross. So thanks.
 
2009-11-23 05:06:05 PM
lame
 
2009-11-23 05:07:16 PM
DammitIForgotMyLogin: The English Major: DammitIForgotMyLogin: Oh sweet, 4 this week :)

Kudos!

I had three, all of them in the music tab.

Nice :)

I'd ask which ones were yours, but that's a bit academic ...


Heh heh.

"Scientists come up with four ways to feed the ever increasing world population. Most of them are quite large schemes, we probably need to start with a more modest proposal" was genius, by the way.
 
2009-11-23 05:08:26 PM
Drew plays soccer.

i263.photobucket.com
 
2009-11-23 05:12:17 PM
Is there any place I can wager on how many people get trampled? I'm in for a buck.


/Mortimer smiles.
 
2009-11-23 05:25:54 PM
sherbert362: I loved Drew's story about their garage sale! My family has had several garage sales over the years, with my mom in charge-she's the type that will sell to get rid of things. The last one we had was before I moved for grad school and it netted me almost $250! She made sure everyone walked away with something, even stopping to demand from a guy what he needed. He was just with his wife and not really shopping. He said, "I guess I could use a basketball..." My mom demanded I go into the house and grab my basketball, which I hadn't planned on selling and had him buy it. I think she scared people...

The problem with garage sales in our area now is cheap ass people switching stickers and stealing stuff instead of buying it. These people are broke and can't afford $1 for a set of dishes so they steal the shiat knowing that there isn't anyone that can really stop them (some lady selling the items usually). It's sad.
 
2009-11-23 05:30:48 PM
germ78: A couple years ago, I went out to get an HDTV on Black Friday. I figured I could just jet in 15 minutes before open and get one. Imagine my surprise when I found all the parking lots completly full and a line 1000 people long at 5:45 AM. When I got inside, the line for the registers wrapped completely around the store. I looked around and thought "fark this shiat". Left without getting anything. Consumerism can DIAF for all I care.

That LC46D64U was a helluva deal. The deal that killed Circuit City.
 
2009-11-23 05:48:31 PM
cretinbob: Buy Buy Buy!!!!
Buy cheap worthless crap!!!
Jesus demands a sacrifice
That's the real reason for the season...


No. It is tradition to give gifts during the holiday season. Therefore, people buy more during the season. Retailers know this and advertise for it. You see, many times in business, you see an opportunity and then capitalize on it. The part I really hate is where the retailers hold guns to the consumers' heads and MAKE them buy things! It's reprehensible is what it is...
 
2009-11-23 06:10:26 PM
When Black Friday comes...I'll stand down by the door...
 
2009-11-23 06:11:41 PM
Crotchrocket Slim: WindBreaker: DiabloCanyonOne: Why do they wait until Monday? Cyber Saturday even sounds better.

The theory is that the upsurge in online sales on Monday is due to people who do not own their own computers spending the first few hours at work doing their holiday shopping on the Big Boss Man's dime. These days, I'd be surprised if there was much of an upswing on Monday; more people have a PC at home, and those who don't have figured out that their local public libraries have a few they can use.

A library employee friend told me that it's not unusual for "parents" to drop off their 3- and 4- year-olds at the library and go off Christmas shopping. One snot-nosed kid approached the ref desk at noon to announce that he was hungry. "Well, where's your mom?" Shopping. Librarian wound up sharing her lunch with the kid. You'd think they could have the parents sent up for neglect, but apparently, you cannot call the police unless the child is in imminent peril, and sitting around in a warm library doesn't count.

\Geez, I hope I didn't just give some perv a new idea for how to spend Black Friday!

The kid being left unsupervised at a library does sound like imminent peril to me. This smells of shenanigans, at least with the legal advice your friend got (I don't think either of you is lying).


Call police. Report abandoned child. Also, give child box of permanent sharpie markers to play with in a controlled area. Suggest he draw on his face and clothes.
 
2009-11-23 06:56:39 PM
Unknown_Poltroon: Crotchrocket Slim: WindBreaker: DiabloCanyonOne: Why do they wait until Monday? Cyber Saturday even sounds better.

The theory is that the upsurge in online sales on Monday is due to people who do not own their own computers spending the first few hours at work doing their holiday shopping on the Big Boss Man's dime. These days, I'd be surprised if there was much of an upswing on Monday; more people have a PC at home, and those who don't have figured out that their local public libraries have a few they can use.

A library employee friend told me that it's not unusual for "parents" to drop off their 3- and 4- year-olds at the library and go off Christmas shopping. One snot-nosed kid approached the ref desk at noon to announce that he was hungry. "Well, where's your mom?" Shopping. Librarian wound up sharing her lunch with the kid. You'd think they could have the parents sent up for neglect, but apparently, you cannot call the police unless the child is in imminent peril, and sitting around in a warm library doesn't count.

\Geez, I hope I didn't just give some perv a new idea for how to spend Black Friday!

The kid being left unsupervised at a library does sound like imminent peril to me. This smells of shenanigans, at least with the legal advice your friend got (I don't think either of you is lying).

Call police. Report abandoned child. Also, give child box of permanent sharpie markers to play with in a controlled area. Suggest he draw on his face and clothes.


www.guy-sports.com
 
2009-11-23 07:18:51 PM
Well I use Mac/Linux...: Sort of like collecting news stories from other sites and reselling them for $5 a month?

We have a winner!
 
2009-11-23 07:35:54 PM
And then there is the other end of the line.

I used to represent psychiatric patients in commitment proceedings. We had one lady who told me about how she and her friends went to the day-after-Thanksgiving sales to buy the best deals. This particular year the best deal for her was a store selling VCRs for $50.00. She bought ten of them. She really had no use for ten and no real plan about what to do with them all. She just thought it was too good of a deal. She blew her entire monthly check. Things got kind of dicey after that for her, but she defended that purchase.
 
2009-11-23 08:30:47 PM
habitualbastard: worth**

This may be the single most useless attempt at correcting a post I've ever seen.
 
2009-11-23 08:46:37 PM
T-Boy: We had one lady who told me about how she and her friends went to the day-after-Thanksgiving sales to buy the best deals. This particular year the best deal for her was a store selling VCRs for $50.00. She bought ten of them. She really had no use for ten and no real plan about what to do with them all. She just thought it was too good of a deal.

That reminds me of the release night for Windows 95. There were huge lines outside of computer stores in Seattle filled with people waiting to buy a copy. The local TV news reporters were interviewing a bunch of people waiting in line, and several people admitted that they had no idea what Windows 95 was, nor did they even own a computer. They simply wanted to buy it because the hype made it sound as if it was too important to miss.
 
2009-11-23 09:18:28 PM
I'm surprised this one got left out:

http://www.fark.com/cgi/comments.pl?IDLink=4786239 ^
 
2009-11-23 10:05:57 PM
Cyber Monday is not the biggest online shopping day, but there is a "surge" in sales every Monday from around Thanksgiving until a peak in mid-December (the data does exist!). With the self fulfilling prophecy aspect, it is probably less of a hoax than Black Friday.
 
2009-11-23 10:19:14 PM
The thing I don't get about black Friday is that everything on sale is shiat I don't want.

Sure, there is going to be a lcd tv on sale, but it will be 720p. Then you've got the computer sales and they are shiat like Celeron processors?! I can't believe people are out there stupid enough to buy this shiat, let alone line up and fight over it.

I've never attended a black friday event, let alone even shopped that weekend. I just sit around, eat, and get drunk...but I'm not going to go on a anti-consumerist rant.

habitualbastard: 2 years ago i was able to get into the mall here in North Atlanta right as it opened 5 am i rthink right place right time i guess as soon as u walked in there was a kiosk all covered up while i was waiting on the wife for whatever reason the tarp came off and it was a gamestop kiosk had the wii our kids wanted and was back in the truck by 5:10 so i guess it can be wirth it but this year i'll stay home with the kids and nurse my supreme hangover.

I hope you don't read to your kids. Moby Dick would be a run-on sentence. It is probably better that you have them playing video games. They'll get more of an education that waY.
 
2009-11-23 10:39:35 PM
GoSurfing: hen you've got the computer sales and they are shiat like Celeron processors?!

Yes, because everybody using a computer needs a quad-core Intel.

...to surf Ebay and midget porn sites.
 
2009-11-23 11:30:09 PM
Another problem is the people who buy resold stuff at auctions, usually broken, outdated, or unpopular and then head to stores to buy the equivalent new item so they can return the crap in the new item's box -thereby netting themselves an almost-free new item.

I have a part-time retail job for spare money (grad student, it's a thing,) and our security guy can identify most of the people who like to pull this sort of stunt by sight and apprise the sales folk with a code over the PA. (If they announce a special on an item that, on second thought, can't exist, in an all-too-fast voice so as to be misheard, head to the item's department for a free show. Seriously.)

My favorites are the couple who buy any random electronic and then expect me to help them find the proper equivalent. They give some line about seeing (their item,) in a Wal-Mart ad and wanting a price-match, but since I know them to be scammers, I typically feign confusion before revealing that such an item hasn't existed or been used for some time, that they were all recalled last year after some horrible thing happened, or some other amusing tale.

Because I am a grad student, I have a tendency to peruse Craigslist. Oddly enough, within hours of my telling these people that their item has ceased to be made or whatever, a resale ad goes up on the local site for the item in question. A few spambox emails mocking the price they want for it later, and I can usually send my husband over to get the thing for less than whatever pitiful real value the thing has.

Our security guy has also been apprised, by me, of their Craigslisting habits, and a goodly number of the employees have been gaily conning the couple out of every decent item they come across, never for more than a quarter what the item is worth. Considering we have access to actual pricing, a repair center and, you know, brains, we tend to make fairly nice killings.

They were recently informed, by me, that the 32-inch LCD TV they had bought at auction was a recalled model that started fires. A coworker from shoes got it for $40 and had our repair guys fix the one problem for $25. And yes, the TV in question was a just-past-brand-new Panasonic.

So yeah, scammers and retail employees. The predator tends to become the prey. Amusing, yes?
 
2009-11-24 01:00:36 AM
Since I operate about 4 years behind the times when it comes to purchasing non-perishable consumer goods, I'll be buying whatever is on sale Friday... four years from now. I heart my used 1 gb mp3 player with tape on it to keep the battery in, and the broken volume knob.
 
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