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(CNN)   ShopperTrak says the there were 307 million mall shoppers in the US on black Friday. Since the US has 311 million people that means 4 million of you were what, too fat to leave the house?   (money.cnn.com) divider line 97
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2012-11-25 10:28:18 AM
that or ShopperTrak is full of shiat
 
2012-11-25 10:32:36 AM
Or if you're masochistic enough to go shopping on Black Friday, you're also masochistic enough to go to more than one mall to do so.
 
2012-11-25 10:35:43 AM
*burp*
 
2012-11-25 10:38:23 AM
You're overlooking the fact that Canada has a socialist retail system and that a lot of us crossed the border to take advantage of the shorter mall lines.
 
2012-11-25 10:49:07 AM
This was my first Black Friday off in over a decade. Not only did I not leave my house, I stayed in my pjs all day. I just don't understand the appeal to it, AT ALL.



/Did I mention I hate shopping?
 
2012-11-25 10:55:21 AM
Why would I subject myself to that bullish*t?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-25 10:56:14 AM
The battery on my mobility scooter died.
 
2012-11-25 11:12:37 AM

raerae1980: This was my first Black Friday off in over a decade. Not only did I not leave my house, I stayed in my pjs all day. I just don't understand the appeal to it, AT ALL.

/Did I mention I hate shopping?


Me, too. I have ventured out on Black Friday exactly once. Never again. I can usually find prices as good or better online at any time of the year.
 
2012-11-25 11:19:45 AM
The bearers of my palanquin needed a day off.
 
2012-11-25 11:35:21 AM
I went at about 11am. Husband was in need of a new keyboard.
At Best Buy, I found the Turtle Beach headphones my son had asked for. They were $25 off. I also purchased Britney Spears' Greatest Hits for my 20 yr old daughter, who was a huge fan, back in the day. It was $1.99.
 
2012-11-25 12:17:20 PM
I'm one of those four million. I won't go anywhere near retail on Black Friday and usually stay home. Same with the day after Christmas/Boxing Day. Absolute hell.
 
2012-11-25 12:30:20 PM

aimtastic: Or if you're masochistic enough to go shopping on Black Friday, you're also masochistic enough to go to more than one mall to do so.


I have to go every year with my wife and mother-in-law. Why? Because tradition, that's why.

This year there were noticeably less people because most of the stores opened up the night before, so that was a plus.
 
2012-11-25 12:39:13 PM
How I got my new laptop for $100 off on Black Friday:

1. Browsed the ads a couple of days out to see who was having really big doorbuster sales
2. Ate a shiat ton of food on Thanksgiving, watched the hell out of some football
3. Slept in until 11 the next day, didn't leave the house all morning
4. Hit up Craigslist about 3pm, found a guy who had bought some doorbuster computers for $200 off and was looking to sell them
5. Met up with him, bought one for $100 off the normal price
6. I got a $400 computer for $300, he made $100, we're both happy

It's like paying someone to go shopping for you, but still getting a mad deal. Black Friday is for idiots and the savings definitely aren't worth the chaos, but I'll buy a computer off you in a hot minute if I need to.
 
2012-11-25 12:51:40 PM
...my point being, maybe they counted everyone who did some form of economic interaction on BF as being a shopper? Or maybe they counted multiple trips?

Because there's no way in hell that many people actually hit malls. Hell, there's more than 4 million elderly, babies, and hospital patients that are incapable of doing such. At best, it was 30 million. But maybe that was the typo? Seems likely.
 
2012-11-25 01:02:48 PM

whistleridge: Black Friday is for idiots and the savings definitely aren't worth the chaos,


Except you just admitted a guy made $100 on a single sale. Chances are he made a few sales, and paid his rent with one day of real work.
 
2012-11-25 01:55:12 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: raerae1980: This was my first Black Friday off in over a decade. Not only did I not leave my house, I stayed in my pjs all day. I just don't understand the appeal to it, AT ALL.

/Did I mention I hate shopping?

Me, too. I have ventured out on Black Friday exactly once. Never again. I can usually find prices as good or better online at any time of the year.


This.

I did send my husband to Sam's Club for milk and Parmesagne cheese, but he said it was mercifully very dead in there.

Family rule usually is to stay in Pjs and play games on Black Friday.
 
2012-11-25 02:22:14 PM
Newsflash: People can go to more than one mall to shop on any given day.
 
2012-11-25 02:22:44 PM
Were there any amusing injuries or deaths this year from the stampede?
That's the best part of Black Friday.

/lack of money meant I didn't even read about Black Friday deals
//Still damn happy and fortunate to be in a situation when that's a concern
 
2012-11-25 02:23:07 PM
*ShopperTrack data provided by Unskewed Polls
 
2012-11-25 02:23:23 PM
It's just that Americans are twice as large as the rest of the world, so halve that and you get ~155.
 
2012-11-25 02:24:00 PM
What a BS stat. This just means that 307M bodies went through some mall door somewhere. I've got 6 malls near me. I've seen some people make multiple trips back to the car. So make one trip back to a car at one mall, go to a second mall. Oh look, we're down to 100M people.

Stupid stat is stupid.
 
2012-11-25 02:24:10 PM
I got a board game on Thursday night at Kmart. Drove past lines at Walmart, Target, and Toys'r'us. Should not have been surprised to find that no one wants to go to Kmart.
 
2012-11-25 02:24:49 PM

raerae1980: This was my first Black Friday off in over a decade. Not only did I not leave my house, I stayed in my pjs all day. I just don't understand the appeal to it, AT ALL.



/Did I mention I hate shopping?


*Checks profile pictures*

I disagree. I find the thought of you in your PJs very appealing.
 
2012-11-25 02:24:52 PM
Got a haircut and had lunch at Smash Burger, then went back home and played Planetside 2.
 
2012-11-25 02:25:24 PM
Too drunk here. Still am, unfortunately vacation is almost over . . .
 
2012-11-25 02:25:39 PM
Working.
 
2012-11-25 02:25:45 PM
I do Christmas shopping all year. If I see something while I'm out that I know would make a nice gift or stocking stuffer, I go ahead and buy it. My boyfriend and I have a huge box in our basement that we keep all the accumulated gifts in, and then by the time Christmas rolls around, we have very little, if any, shopping left to do. The one thing I never buy in advance like this is clothes. Someone can gain/lose weight between the time I buy it and Christmas, and it's easier to just buy something like that closer to the date, when I can drop hints or go through their closet to see what they might like. So on Black Friday, we stay home.

The best part is, by buying things throughout the year, you can actually give more gifts because you're not spending assloads of money all at one time, especially at the end of the year when money is often the tightest.
 
2012-11-25 02:25:47 PM
I'm one of those 4 million people, though I'm skinny. I just refuse to put myself through hours of traffic, mobs of people and long lines to buy products made in China. Thanks but no thanks.
 
2012-11-25 02:27:24 PM
My pj's were far too sticky to leave the house.
 
2012-11-25 02:28:10 PM
all desire is suffering.
 
2012-11-25 02:28:15 PM

God-is-a-Taco: Were there any amusing injuries or deaths this year from the stampede?
That's the best part of Black Friday.


Same reason people watch Nascar!
 
2012-11-25 02:29:24 PM
Thanks to the magic of Wishlists, I did all my Xmas shopping (and 2 December birthdays) on Amazon.com.... in 7 minutes.

It was my greatest accomplishment.
 
2012-11-25 02:29:36 PM

raerae1980: This was my first Black Friday off in over a decade. Not only did I not leave my house, I stayed in my pjs all day. I just don't understand the appeal to it, AT ALL.



/Did I mention I hate shopping?


Marry me.
 
2012-11-25 02:29:38 PM
ShopperTrak says the there ???? Whaaaa.......?

Shoppergak + BF data makes subby's syntax turn to shiate. 

Just say no to bad writing, and Black Friday.
 
2012-11-25 02:30:02 PM
FTFA: "ShopperTrak, which measures and analyzes foot traffic at more than 50,000 retail locations nationwide, says Black Friday store visits climbed 3.5% from last year to more than 307.67 million."

Store visits != mall shoppers. Learn to read, subby.

/ actually left the house on Black Friday
// went on a nice, long bike ride to burn off some of the stupid amount of food I ate the night before
 
2012-11-25 02:30:10 PM
I had to work. And with an hour of mandatory overtime at that. Which was ridiculous, it was dead, no one is at home this weekend to call into a call center for tech support.
 
2012-11-25 02:31:15 PM
I would love to say I stayed home all day but sadly I needed to change the brake pads on the Old Ladys car, so I had to go into town and buy the shoes, rotors, brake fluid and a C clamp to compress the rotor.

/she told me the brakes had been squealing but that it was ok now because they had stopped making noise except for a grinding sound at the end.....
 
2012-11-25 02:31:36 PM

SweetSaws: God-is-a-Taco: Were there any amusing injuries or deaths this year from the stampede?
That's the best part of Black Friday.

Same reason people watch Nascar!


Outside of the guy at the Kmart in Sacramento threatening to stab everyone, and the guy at Walmart that got trampled but lived, it was relatively tame this year.

I'm not sure if it's because they're starting the sales earlier or there's more security. 

That said, all I did was sleep in until noon, watched football and went to a mexican restaurant for dinner. Nothing too fancy for me on my day off.
 
2012-11-25 02:33:18 PM

"... says Black Friday store visits climbed 3.5% from last year to more than 307.67 million."


So obviously there were Black Friday shoppers going to multiple stores, while many of us have planned to do the shopping online and avoid the stampedes.

 
2012-11-25 02:34:49 PM
i made a fortune selling hot counterfeit re-badged laptops to losers on Craigslist all day long for cash. holy crap did i clean up.
 
2012-11-25 02:35:11 PM
Have to confess to shopping on BF.

/Was out of gin.

/Didn't find any specials (state control).

//Bought anyway.
 
2012-11-25 02:36:12 PM
I just got back from Wal-Mart (shut up, I needed terlet paper) and I saw at least 3 things that were "Black Friday" sales items (including an HP Laptop, LG Blu-Ray player and stacks of XBox and Wii games).
 
2012-11-25 02:37:19 PM
Were they counting infants and children too?
 
2012-11-25 02:38:27 PM

aimtastic: Or if you're masochistic enough to go shopping on Black Friday, you're also masochistic enough to go to more than one mall to do so.


Yeah, but even if only half the population went out shopping, do you realize how many malls they would have to visit in order to make it seem like the full 311 million people? Probably definitely... more than one, at least. Or something.
 
2012-11-25 02:40:08 PM

Mrtraveler01: SweetSaws: God-is-a-Taco: Were there any amusing injuries or deaths this year from the stampede?
That's the best part of Black Friday.

Same reason people watch Nascar!

Outside of the guy at the Kmart in Sacramento threatening to stab everyone, and the guy at Walmart that got trampled but lived, it was relatively tame this year.

I'm not sure if it's because they're starting the sales earlier or there's more security. 

That said, all I did was sleep in until noon, watched football and went to a mexican restaurant for dinner. Nothing too fancy for me on my day off.


Probably a good mixture of both. I watched the Lions with the fam, where we were yelling "Good Ol Lions!" for 3 hours straight, then watched the rest of the games.
 
2012-11-25 02:47:16 PM

AeAe: Were they counting infants and children too?


There are estimated 76.1 million children aged 0-17 in the US

Link


I think what scares me the most is that there will be a 32% increase in the amount of children in 2050
 
2012-11-25 02:48:58 PM

buntz: I just got back from Wal-Mart (shut up, I needed terlet paper) and I saw at least 3 things that were "Black Friday" sales items (including an HP Laptop, LG Blu-Ray player and stacks of XBox and Wii games).


Is this a good thing?
 
2012-11-25 02:49:05 PM
FTFA ShopperTrak, which measures and analyzes foot traffic at more than 50,000 retail locations nationwide, says Black Friday store visits climbed 3.5% from last year to more than 307.67 million.

If everyone visited only two stores on average the number is cut in half. If everyone visited three stores on average it goes down to a third. And so on.

FTFA There were more shoppers in the nation's malls and big-box stores on Black Friday than there were last year...

Failmitter ShopperTrak says the there were 307 million mall shoppers 'foot traffic entries' in the US on black Friday. Since the US has 311 million people that means 4 million of you were what, too fat to leave the house? 'I can't be bothered to read more than a few words of one sentence in the entire article here's a mediocre joke for you'
 
2012-11-25 02:51:10 PM
Meh, I should have gone, I could use another rag on a stick.
 
2012-11-25 02:52:02 PM
Went to Best Buy to help my sister, who was buying a 60" TV for almost $800 less than the normal price. Showed up at 12:30 am and was in the store and in the TV line by 1:00 am. Wasn't out the door until 4:45 am, pretty much because most of the people in front of us were financing their TVs and filling out credit applications. In the time between, we found the TV she wanted on a riser as we were winding through the line, but there was only one left and there were tons of people in front of us that wanted it. Fortunately they were all too lazy to actually grab it and expected to have one of the employees get it for them when they got to the front. They all threw a fit (one lady even tried to claim it was "reserved" for her, another guy walked back and tried to grab it away from us now that we did the work and got it off the display setup), but the workers all confirmed that there were no reservations on stuff out on the sales floor and if they didn't have it physically in hand when they got to checkout, they'd have to hope there was one in the back or be prepared to order it. The manager eventually had to come over and announce that if they passed what they wanted and someone else got it, they lost their shot. Those jerkoffs throwing temper tantrums and stomping off instead of special ordering and financing their TVs was probably the only reason we weren't there until 5.
 
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