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(UPI)   In a shocking expose, it turns out that many of those Black Friday "deals" aren't really deals at all   (upi.com) divider line 70
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2012-11-22 12:44:56 PM
So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.
 
2012-11-22 01:29:27 PM
Black Friday, Cyber Monday... I'm waiting for Attractive and Successful African-American Tuesday!
 
2012-11-22 01:30:10 PM
In other news, water is wet.
 
2012-11-22 02:06:46 PM

Pocket Ninja: So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.


And if you take the last $30 Blu-ray player I WILL FARKING CUT YOU!
 
2012-11-22 02:23:18 PM
You don't say!?
 
2012-11-22 02:24:44 PM
www.sanfranciscosentinel.com

O RLY?
 
2012-11-22 02:26:49 PM
i.ytimg.com

So paint the devil on the wall!
 
2012-11-22 02:28:09 PM

Pocket Ninja: So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.


Or a lawsuit where they all trampled that minimum wage employee to death and caused the store to have to close for 10 minutes to clean up the blood, costing lots of money.
 
2012-11-22 02:31:33 PM

limeyfellow: Pocket Ninja: So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.

Or a lawsuit where they all trampled that minimum wage employee to death and caused the store to have to close for 10 minutes to clean up the blood, costing lots of money.


Did he drop any loot?
 
2012-11-22 02:32:15 PM
So two examples one from Sears and one from Home depot sold thing cheaper some time earlier in the year . That some hard hitting reporting there LOU !
 
2012-11-22 02:34:44 PM

Pocket Ninja: So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.


i.imgur.com
I came
/that's why you're in green
 
2012-11-22 02:35:54 PM
Well, yeah. Consumers have now been properly conditioned to associate the Black Friday stampede with big sales. You don't actually have to provide the sales anymore. You can lop a penny off the price, call it a 'doorbuster sale' and it'll be gone before you know it.
 
2012-11-22 02:36:16 PM
I'm fairly sure that if I ran a store, I could put out a full color flyer with 'Doorbuster' Black Friday deals that were higher on everything I sold and as long as the ad got enough penetration, I'd have enough morons lined up overnight to make it worth my while. Seriously, people are nuts.
 
2012-11-22 02:38:59 PM
Earlier this year your dollar was worth more than it is today. So things cost more now. Get used to it, since welfare benefitters can now vote themselves benefits its only going to get worse.

Thanks Obama.
 
2012-11-22 02:39:13 PM

limeyfellow: Or a lawsuit where they all trampled that minimum wage employee to death and caused the store to have to close for 10 minutes to clean up the blood, costing lots of money.


I recall it was the police that shut the doors (to the protests of the shoppers) and they don't give a fark how much money it costs the store. I think they wound up closing it for the entire day.
 
2012-11-22 02:40:17 PM

Pocket Ninja: So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.



It's quite possibly the most important inter-personal experience a person can have. Zen-like.
 
2012-11-22 02:43:24 PM
I always thought that the week after Christmas was a better deal. All the outlets are trying to dump their inventory and really slash prices.
But we would miss the holiday crush wouldn't we?
 
2012-11-22 02:45:46 PM

buzzcut73: I'm fairly sure that if I ran a store, I could put out a full color flyer with 'Doorbuster' Black Friday deals that were higher on everything I sold and as long as the ad got enough penetration, I'd have enough morons lined up overnight to make it worth my while. Seriously, people are nuts.


THIS
 
2012-11-22 02:46:01 PM
For instance, a KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is to be sold at Sears Friday for $319.99. But the retailer offered the same mixer for $296 in March, Decide told the Journal.

And I paid $260 for a 6-quart KitchenAid Professional 600 earlier in the year, which I'll be gifting. Waiting until this time of year to start buying means passing up some genuine bargains.
 
2012-11-22 02:49:27 PM

Pocket Ninja: So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.


i47.tinypic.com
 
2012-11-22 02:50:56 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-22 02:52:37 PM
We need a Well, Duh! tag. The stores are not guaranteeing these are the Lowest. Prices. Evar!
 
2012-11-22 02:58:56 PM
...but the price is in 50 point font and there's a limited supply of 100 per store!
 
2012-11-22 03:00:05 PM

archichris: Earlier this year your dollar was worth more than it is today. So things cost more now. Get used to it, since welfare benefitters can now vote themselves benefits its only going to get worse.

Thanks Obama.


You're a retard. No, that's an insult to retards. You're ignorant.
 
2012-11-22 03:07:53 PM

Pocket Ninja: I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.


As soon as they read this thread Apple will probably introduce a new "just be glad we let you in to our store" charge
 
2012-11-22 03:09:14 PM
I found that the Black Friday type deals really started at the beginning of November.

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 3D and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price, and I didn't have to battle the crowds of morans tomorrow!
 
2012-11-22 03:15:46 PM
as for me, I'm gonna strike all the big red words from my little black book.
 
2012-11-22 03:18:20 PM

animal900: I found that the Black Friday type deals really started at the beginning of November.

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 3D and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price, and I didn't have to battle the crowds of morans tomorrow!


Well done!
 
2012-11-22 03:25:24 PM
It should be illegal to sell anything for less than its Black Friday price.
 
2012-11-22 03:25:34 PM

animal900: I found that the Black Friday type deals really started at the beginning of November.

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 3D and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price, and I didn't have to battle the crowds of morans tomorrow!


You still got ripped off.
 
2012-11-22 03:28:01 PM

archichris: Earlier this year your dollar was worth more than it is today. So things cost more now. Get used to it, since welfare benefitters can now vote themselves benefits its only going to get worse.

Thanks Obama.


t0.gstatic.com
 
2012-11-22 03:32:38 PM

animal900: I found that the Black Friday type deals really started at the beginning of November.

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 3D and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price, and I didn't have to battle the crowds of morans tomorrow!


Bargain my ass! You just short-changed yourself: Pear Anjou Cables. Now how are you going to get smell-o-vision and feel-o-rama?
 
2012-11-22 03:33:43 PM
i still like my 50% off socks and towels. i know a good deal when i see it and newegg has some nice ones.
 
2012-11-22 03:37:41 PM

natewill: animal900: I found that the Black Friday type deals really started at the beginning of November.

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 3D and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price, and I didn't have to battle the crowds of morans tomorrow!

Bargain my ass! You just short-changed yourself: Pear Anjou Cables. Now how are you going to get smell-o-vision and feel-o-rama?


Well, there is at least some logic in paying more for shielding, better transmission, etc. for analog cables. For digital, you can't even make an argument that it matters. You're kind of comparing apples to pears.
 
2012-11-22 03:42:21 PM

animal900: I found that the Black Friday type deals really started at the beginning of November.

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 3D and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price, and I didn't have to battle the crowds of morans tomorrow!


I'm not sure if you're being serious or not, but if you're being sincere, you were just sold snake oil.
 
2012-11-22 03:43:02 PM

Bisu: You're kind of comparing apples to pears.


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2012-11-22 03:44:20 PM
Before anyone else makes themselves look silly, animal900 was trolling.
 
2012-11-22 03:51:41 PM
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2012-11-22 03:54:41 PM
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2012-11-22 04:02:50 PM
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2012-11-22 04:03:55 PM
Frys is doing it right. Order online, and pickup tomorrow anytime. $30 blue ray player and $13 32gb sdhc without the crowds.
 
2012-11-22 04:05:10 PM
www.staresattheworld.com
 
2012-11-22 04:16:06 PM
Monster cables own lit can only show a little difference in it 50ft cables less than that all of them have the bandwidth to cover current tvs. ^5 dollars for a 3 dollar cable that's a deal !
 
2012-11-22 04:17:21 PM
Sorry $65 dollars fora a 3 dollar cable
 
2012-11-22 04:33:39 PM

m3000: Frys is doing it right. Order online, and pickup tomorrow anytime. $30 blue ray player and $13 32gb sdhc without the crowds.


Without getting surprise magazine subscriptions (as automatic renewals of supposedly free trial subscriptions) on your credit card months later?

/they test the card you bought with months later, to see if the card is still active wih a tiny charge first, and if it goes through, wham a renewal is done. Then you have to fight through their phone robot to cancel it.
//pay only cash at Fry's Decline all "Free" offers
 
2012-11-22 04:35:18 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Black Friday, Cyber Monday... I'm waiting for Attractive and Successful African-American Tuesday!


Not gonna happen. Everybody knows Tuesday is Red's Tamale Day.

/ Yes, I'm old.
 
2012-11-22 04:38:06 PM

Bronzemom: Monster cables own lit can only show a little difference in it 50ft cables less than that all of them have the bandwidth to cover current tvs. ^5 dollars for a 3 dollar cable that's a deal !


Your Satireometer may need calibration.
 
2012-11-22 05:16:57 PM

Bisu: Before anyone else makes themselves look silly, animal900 was trolling.


You really never know.

I know people that have spent hundreds of dollars on power cords because somehow they "clean" the power which results in improved sound and picture quality.
 
2012-11-22 05:24:47 PM

thornhill: Bisu: Before anyone else makes themselves look silly, animal900 was trolling.

You really never know.

I know people that have spent hundreds of dollars on power cords because somehow they "clean" the power which results in improved sound and picture quality.


Farkin' capacitors, how do they work?
 
2012-11-22 05:37:34 PM
It's also the time when they roll out their cheapest made stuff. The stuff you normally see on the shelves are often the mid-quality lines.

Nobody's losing money even when you pick up a 60" TV for $500
 
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