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(CNBC)   The true winners of Black Friday? Restaurants   (cnbc.com) divider line 36
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2013-11-23 09:54:59 PM  
And whoever gets an Xbox one
 
2013-11-23 10:55:51 PM  
Makes sense. You can't go to a restaurant on Amazon.

Why is Black Friday still a thing?

Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

For the excellent, personal service you get at Walmart, Best Buy, et al?
 
2013-11-23 11:05:15 PM  

sendtodave: Makes sense. You can't go to a restaurant on Amazon.

Why is Black Friday still a thing?

Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

For the excellent, personal service you get at Walmart, Best Buy, et al?


Because people and businesses need shiat right now, not next week. It's a work thing, not many on Fark would understand that.
 
2013-11-23 11:13:24 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: sendtodave: Makes sense. You can't go to a restaurant on Amazon.

Why is Black Friday still a thing?

Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

For the excellent, personal service you get at Walmart, Best Buy, et al?

Because people and businesses need shiat right now, not next week. It's a work thing, not many on Fark would understand that.


Well, maybe you need to restock the toilet paper in a hurry, or your mop broke or something, I dunno.

But where I'm from, you don't just run out and party with the company card. You go through approvals, showing what you are going to buy, and what it costs.

Which makes online ordering even better.
 
2013-11-23 11:22:21 PM  

sendtodave: Smeggy Smurf: sendtodave: Makes sense. You can't go to a restaurant on Amazon.

Why is Black Friday still a thing?

Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

For the excellent, personal service you get at Walmart, Best Buy, et al?

Because people and businesses need shiat right now, not next week. It's a work thing, not many on Fark would understand that.

Well, maybe you need to restock the toilet paper in a hurry, or your mop broke or something, I dunno.

But where I'm from, you don't just run out and party with the company card. You go through approvals, showing what you are going to buy, and what it costs.

Which makes online ordering even better.


I've had computers crap out in the middle of a project.  The deadlines didn't allow for waiting even 8 hours for a new computer.  It happens.  That's why brick and mortar stores will never go away.  They're going to evolve into what will amount to showrooms for online purchases but there will always be a need to service the Right Now customer.
 
2013-11-23 11:25:17 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: sendtodave: Makes sense. You can't go to a restaurant on Amazon.

Why is Black Friday still a thing?

Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

For the excellent, personal service you get at Walmart, Best Buy, et al?

Because people and businesses need shiat right now, not next week. It's a work thing, not many on Fark would understand that. stupid people can't plan ahead

 
2013-11-23 11:29:26 PM  
Hubie is pretty much planning for Black Friday to be slammed, thanks to Yankee Candle being just down the road. Their in store restaurant is far too expensive for a fair chunk of the folks shopping there, and we will be filled with bargain hunters, licking their wounds and counting their spoils. And the weeks following are going to be crazed almost as badly. It goin' be a bumpy ride...
 
2013-11-23 11:33:55 PM  

ghare: Smeggy Smurf: sendtodave: Makes sense. You can't go to a restaurant on Amazon.

Why is Black Friday still a thing?

Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

For the excellent, personal service you get at Walmart, Best Buy, et al?

Because people and businesses need shiat right now, not next week. It's a work thing, not many on Fark would understand that. stupid people can't plan ahead


Not all small businesses can have backup computers.  I do a little work on the side.  Since I'm the only one doing the work I cannot justify having a second computer in case this one fails.  So I lost half a day's worth of work.  Big deal.  A quick trip to get a new computer, a few hours installing all the software and I was back working.  It happens.  Don't denigrate small businesses unless you're one of those commie assholes.
 
2013-11-24 12:26:06 AM  
I think the only thing more pathetic than skipping out on a family Thanksgiving dinner to go shopping is realizing that you're hungry while shopping and eating at a mall food store.  Enjoy your $9.99 crockpot, loser.
 
2013-11-24 12:44:32 AM  

sendtodave: Makes sense. You can't go to a restaurant on Amazon.

Why is Black Friday still a thing?

Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

For the excellent, personal service you get at Walmart, Best Buy, et al?


Because for many...dare I say most, people, consumption is a favorite hobby.   Consumption feels better when it's instant.
 
2013-11-24 12:56:32 AM  
Having had to work during black friday several times at a retail store, black friday is one of the most STUPIDIST things ever.

All the work and prep, and panicking by managers, getting to work at OH MY GOD in the morning, then a mere 4 hours later the store is DEAD and wiped out of all the "Deals"
for what?
most of the time the stores are happy to break even during the time.
 
2013-11-24 01:06:51 AM  

ghare: Smeggy Smurf: sendtodave: Makes sense. You can't go to a restaurant on Amazon.

Why is Black Friday still a thing?

Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

For the excellent, personal service you get at Walmart, Best Buy, et al?

Because people and businesses need shiat right now, not next week. It's a work thing, not many on Fark would understand that. stupid people can't plan ahead


I was shopping in a brick and mortar store today. I guess it was stupid of me to have dimension. If I had planned ahead, I'd be an organism of pure energy, without physical form. Then the size of the coat I was buying wouldn't matter, and I could order one online without trying it on.

Although without a physical body, would I feel cold? I probably wouldn't even need a coat.

Anyway, yeah, stupid me being a meat bag. Obviously I should have planned ahead.

/oh wait, none of that stuff.
 
2013-11-24 01:41:19 AM  
For the past several years, I have gone to my local mall, ordered a chai at Starbucks, and sat in the concourse to watch the insanity.  So, yeah--I can totally agree.  On Black Friday, only Starbucks & restaurants get my money because I've already ordered everything I want/need online.
 
2013-11-24 01:45:32 AM  

brigid_fitch: For the past several years, I have gone to my local mall, ordered a chai at Starbucks, and sat in the concourse to watch the insanity.  So, yeah--I can totally agree.  On Black Friday, only Starbucks & restaurants get my money because I've already ordered everything I want/need online.


Get there super early and get a really good parking spot next to an intersection and occasionally walk out to the car, open the door get in, and then act like you just forgot something and head back into the mall. Remember to smile and wave with an "I'm sorry" look the the people caught in the traffic jam you just created.
 
2013-11-24 01:48:18 AM  

brigid_fitch: For the past several years, I have gone to my local mall, ordered a chai at Starbucks, and sat in the concourse to watch the insanity.  So, yeah--I can totally agree.  On Black Friday, only Starbucks & restaurants get my money because I've already ordered everything I want/need online.


... also: try so milk in the chai. I tasted a friend's once and got hooked: it's better than with regular milk (soymilk doesn't work with anything else, but for some reason, it works in Starbuck's chai).
 
2013-11-24 03:18:23 AM  

brigid_fitch: For the past several years, I have gone to my local mall, ordered a chai at Starbucks, and sat in the concourse to watch the insanity.  So, yeah--I can totally agree.  On Black Friday, only Starbucks & restaurants get my money because I've already ordered everything I want/need online.


LOL, my mom, sister and niece all have late-November birthdays, so I usually end up doing all my Christmas shopping well before Thanksgiving since I'm already at the mall, (although I'm more of an Amazon-prime person myself now).  People grossly mis-value their own time and convenience when they consider the value of the 'deals' they are getting.
 
2013-11-24 05:48:28 AM  
I try to avoid being in the same county as a retail store on black friday. Ill be out hunting bambi.
 
2013-11-24 07:47:53 AM  
F**k, I never thought about that. They must totally clean up.
Well, there's another industry with a vested interest in keeping it going.
Dang.
 
2013-11-24 07:50:13 AM  

ghare: Smeggy Smurf: sendtodave: Makes sense. You can't go to a restaurant on Amazon.

Why is Black Friday still a thing?

Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

For the excellent, personal service you get at Walmart, Best Buy, et al?

Because people and businesses need shiat right now, not next week. It's a work thing, not many on Fark would understand that. stupid people can't plan ahead


Hey, it's the one day of the year I can get a sweet deal on a Magnetbox or Sorny flat screen!
 
2013-11-24 08:23:25 AM  

sendtodave: Makes sense. You can't go to a restaurant on Amazon.

Why is Black Friday still a thing?

Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

For the excellent, personal service you get at Walmart, Best Buy, et al?


Because some people like this thing called "social interaction".  I know this is a tough thing for many Farkers to understand, but my wife likes meeting her friends or family and walking the mall, trying on things rather than hoping that the dress she saw on line is really a size 6, rather than a vanity 6 that will be too big for her.  Black Friday is stupid, and I don't waste my time, but brick and mortar stores do have their place.
 
2013-11-24 08:31:00 AM  

devildog123: Because some people like this thing called "social interaction". I know this is a tough thing for many Farkers to understand, but my wife likes meeting her friends or family and walking the mall, trying on things rather than hoping that the dress she saw on line is really a size 6, rather than a vanity 6 that will be too big for her. Black Friday is stupid, and I don't waste my time, but brick and mortar stores do have their place.


Shoes.  While there are certain brands that are more likely to fit than others, I can't see a time when trying shoes on for fit will ever effectively be replaced.
 
2013-11-24 08:43:17 AM  
With some proper scouting/planning on deal at non-BB/WM  stores, you can typically save $500-$5000 on typical yearly or decadal(word?) type purchases,,, for the price of a few hours of your time.  Unless you make >100/hour, it's usually smart business to partake in.
 
2013-11-24 08:48:21 AM  

sendtodave: Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?


Because people like you are not fortunately-- yes, for now--- the dominant enough factor to exterminate them.  When I'm buying a $2500 projector, a $2000 pair of speakers, a $1000 subwoofer, a $1500 DLSR, a $2000 fridge, a $1500 range, hardwood flooring , paint, linens, hell... for that matter... A GODDAMN CAR/TRUCK ....whatever it is on that scale, I want to see/hear/touch/test drive it in store.   YOU* can trust all the online reviews and their shill-paid contributors all you want. ME?  No thanks.  Life is more than flash drives , DIMMs, and cpu heatsink paste.
 
2013-11-24 08:50:02 AM  

sendtodave: Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?


Forgot this part.

Surely given the topic of the thread, you only order food online, never visit grocery stores LET ALONE restaurants, amirite?
 
2013-11-24 08:50:43 AM  

born_yesterday: devildog123: Because some people like this thing called "social interaction". I know this is a tough thing for many Farkers to understand, but my wife likes meeting her friends or family and walking the mall, trying on things rather than hoping that the dress she saw on line is really a size 6, rather than a vanity 6 that will be too big for her. Black Friday is stupid, and I don't waste my time, but brick and mortar stores do have their place.

Shoes.  While there are certain brands that are more likely to fit than others, I can't see a time when trying shoes on for fit will ever effectively be replaced.


Same with condoms.

/My sister was actually once asked "Where is your fitting room?" by an old guy holding a pack, notsureifserious but hilarious.
 
2013-11-24 09:31:14 AM  

born_yesterday: ghare: Smeggy Smurf: sendtodave: Makes sense. You can't go to a restaurant on Amazon.

Why is Black Friday still a thing?

Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

For the excellent, personal service you get at Walmart, Best Buy, et al?

Because people and businesses need shiat right now, not next week. It's a work thing, not many on Fark would understand that. stupid people can't plan ahead

Hey, it's the one day of the year I can get a sweet deal on a Magnetbox or Sorny flat screen!


I'm getting a Rolox watch for the wife
 
2013-11-24 12:51:00 PM  

devildog123: Because some people like this thing called "social interaction".


Your wife is an idiot for trying to have a relaxing social trip with her friends on Black Friday.
 
kab
2013-11-24 01:55:25 PM  
The true winners of Black Friday? Restaurants Folks who stay home and ignore it completely.

There, that's better.
 
2013-11-24 02:12:53 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: devildog123: Because some people like this thing called "social interaction".

Your wife is an idiot for trying to have a relaxing social trip with her friends on Black Friday.


That wasn't about Black Friday. That was in response to the "why do brick and mortar stores exist?".
 
2013-11-24 03:03:35 PM  
Eating at a fancy local restaurant Black Friday after spending all day NOT shopping.  I guess all the dumbass fat lards will enjoy their 1AM Auntie Anns.
 
2013-11-24 03:23:01 PM  

12349876: Eating at a fancy local restaurant Black Friday after spending all day NOT shopping.  I guess all the dumbass fat lards will enjoy their 1AM Auntie Anns.


lol, me too. Having the day off means I can get some much needed house cleaning done. Then dinner with friends.

Black Friday is the only day I refuse to go into a store.
 
2013-11-24 03:28:02 PM  

Leader O'Cola: sendtodave: Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

Because people like you are not fortunately-- yes, for now--- the dominant enough factor to exterminate them.  When I'm buying a $2500 projector, a $2000 pair of speakers, a $1000 subwoofer, a $1500 DLSR, a $2000 fridge, a $1500 range, hardwood flooring , paint, linens, hell... for that matter... A GODDAMN CAR/TRUCK ....whatever it is on that scale, I want to see/hear/touch/test drive it in store.   YOU* can trust all the online reviews and their shill-paid contributors all you want. ME?  No thanks.  Life is more than flash drives , DIMMs, and cpu heatsink paste.


A brick and mortar store does indeed offer all of these advantages to see/hear/touch/test, and the beautiful thing is, you can then go home and buy it online for less. Best of both worlds.
 
2013-11-24 10:06:45 PM  
I don't go to shop, I go to just be in the way.
 
2013-11-24 10:59:06 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: Leader O'Cola: sendtodave: Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

Because people like you are not fortunately-- yes, for now--- the dominant enough factor to exterminate them.  When I'm buying a $2500 projector, a $2000 pair of speakers, a $1000 subwoofer, a $1500 DLSR, a $2000 fridge, a $1500 range, hardwood flooring , paint, linens, hell... for that matter... A GODDAMN CAR/TRUCK ....whatever it is on that scale, I want to see/hear/touch/test drive it in store.   YOU* can trust all the online reviews and their shill-paid contributors all you want. ME?  No thanks.  Life is more than flash drives , DIMMs, and cpu heatsink paste.

A brick and mortar store does indeed offer all of these advantages to see/hear/touch/test, and the beautiful thing is, you can then go home and buy it online for less. Best of both worlds.


and if everyone follows your lead, those internet showcase B/M will go out of business.

how will your model work then ?
 
2013-11-25 12:05:14 AM  

Leader O'Cola: thismomentinblackhistory: Leader O'Cola: sendtodave: Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

Because people like you are not fortunately-- yes, for now--- the dominant enough factor to exterminate them.  When I'm buying a $2500 projector, a $2000 pair of speakers, a $1000 subwoofer, a $1500 DLSR, a $2000 fridge, a $1500 range, hardwood flooring , paint, linens, hell... for that matter... A GODDAMN CAR/TRUCK ....whatever it is on that scale, I want to see/hear/touch/test drive it in store.   YOU* can trust all the online reviews and their shill-paid contributors all you want. ME?  No thanks.  Life is more than flash drives , DIMMs, and cpu heatsink paste.

A brick and mortar store does indeed offer all of these advantages to see/hear/touch/test, and the beautiful thing is, you can then go home and buy it online for less. Best of both worlds.

and if everyone follows your lead, those internet showcase B/M will go out of business.

how will your model work then ?


Something else will replace it.
 
2013-11-25 10:25:34 AM  

devildog123: sendtodave: Makes sense. You can't go to a restaurant on Amazon.

Why is Black Friday still a thing?

Heck, why are brick and mortar stores still a thing?

For the excellent, personal service you get at Walmart, Best Buy, et al?

Because some people like this thing called "social interaction".  I know this is a tough thing for many Farkers to understand, but my wife likes meeting her friends or family and walking the mall, trying on things rather than hoping that the dress she saw on line is really a size 6, rather than a vanity 6 that will be too big for her.  Black Friday is stupid, and I don't waste my time, but brick and mortar stores do have their place.


Off to GIS "Vanity 6."
 
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