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(Oregon Live)   Listen to these tragic stories of innocent civilians rounded up at gunpoint by sentient advertisements and forced to pummel each other for discounts on electronic devices lest their families be sent to the gulag   (oregonlive.com) divider line 55
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2013-11-29 07:29:39 PM
fark you, humanity.
 
2013-11-29 07:43:00 PM

I_Am_Weasel: fark you, humanity.


Seriously, I want to hear someone complain to an employee about having to shop on Thursday. I want to honestly know what goes through their head while they compalin as they sit outside of Macy's with a bloody cup of Starbucks and the stuff they purchased

/Opened last night
//Not bitter
 
2013-11-29 07:48:05 PM
Black Friday is the zombie apocalypse that Romero warned you about.
 
2013-11-29 07:48:32 PM
I feel anxiety at the thought of going anywhere near a retail establishment on Black Friday or the day before. Tomorrow, too.

I must be broken.
 
2013-11-29 07:49:49 PM
I do so love how these stories are getting more media coverage than the stories about Black Friday protesters and strikers being arrested. 'Cuz getting injured trying to grab an iPad is so much more newsworthy than being arrested fighting for better employee pay...
 
2013-11-29 07:52:34 PM
If you have to fight hoards of people, sleep outside for three days, and risk life and limb to save $100 on a Nintendo DS, you probably shouldn't be buying it in the first place.
 
2013-11-29 07:52:44 PM
What was that quote again?...

"Black friday:  Celebrate being thankful for what you have by throttling your neighbors for what you do no yet."
 
2013-11-29 08:10:51 PM
No no one forced you to go shopping.
 
2013-11-29 08:12:40 PM

Mister Peejay: Black Friday is the zombie apocalypse that Romero warned you about.


Which is odd, because he's usually the *last* one to catch on to a trend.
 
2013-11-29 08:21:23 PM
roarvis.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-11-29 08:31:38 PM
actually that scenario in the headline would make for a wicked cool movie.
 
2013-11-29 08:31:58 PM
Black Friday. Deebo coming!

hiphopabc.org
 
2013-11-29 08:38:01 PM
You know, I've never felt the need to go shopping on Black Friday. Maybe because I don't want an endless pile of useless, overpriced crap for slightly less.
 
2013-11-29 08:40:07 PM
I was thankful Walmart opened last night. I needed a bottle of Goo Gone and some Coca-Cola. I'm addicted to the stuff.
 
2013-11-29 08:42:58 PM

wildcardjack: I was thankful Walmart opened last night. I needed a bottle of Goo Gone and some Coca-Cola. I'm addicted to the stuff.


http://messageboard.inhalant.org/post/warning-goo-gone-3627061

Seek help.  That stuff is dangerous.
 
2013-11-29 08:56:04 PM
My wife used to do the Black Friday routine.  She would spend the night in a hotel next to the major shopping areas (50 miles away).  Get up, do her thing.  Last year she scaled it back a bit and this year she didn't go at all.

We only made two forays into the retail world this afternoon.  One was in Kitchen Collection because she needed something and the other was into Home Depot.  Both fast trips not in the least incentivized by the sales.

I would like to get out of the house tomorrow and do something but since most activities take me near shopping outlets I'm stuck home again.
 
2013-11-29 08:56:46 PM
Yeah,....typical Americans, passing the blame to somebody but themselves.  :/
 
2013-11-29 08:58:31 PM

namegoeshere: I feel anxiety at the thought of going anywhere near a retail establishment on Black Friday or the day before. Tomorrow, too.

I must be broken.


Then we shall be broken together, my friend. I've been tiptoeing through the house for two days now waiting for the sound of jingling car keys and the call of the Wild Shopbeast, "HONEY? You ready to go to the mall with me?"
 
2013-11-29 09:36:12 PM

Unknown_Poltroon: wildcardjack: I was thankful Walmart opened last night. I needed a bottle of Goo Gone and some Coca-Cola. I'm addicted to the stuff.

http://messageboard.inhalant.org/post/warning-goo-gone-3627061

Seek help.  That stuff is dangerous.


The Coca-Cola. The Goo Gone is just a work supply.
 
2013-11-29 09:51:30 PM
We went this morning at a fairly reasonable hour. Only one of the "doorbusters" we wanted was sold out so it cost an extra $10 for a better version of that item. Well worth that price to not have to shop on Thanksgiving. The deals weren't that great anyway this year and the stores didn't seem that crowded. I think retailers are doing themselves a disservice in the long run by diluting black friday, since I used to do a lot more shopping on black friday than I did today. But what do I know?
 
2013-11-29 10:10:38 PM
I traversed into the Abyss known as Wal-Mart last night just after 10pm. The store was crowded but otherwise like a normal day. I walked in and did not get the game I wanted, but the PS3 deal item was plentiful in stock, so I picked one up and was out in 10 minutes. They still had the big doorbusters in stock too. Last year it was like 300 meets Clash of the Titans, so this particular Wal-Mart was on point this time around.
 
2013-11-29 10:15:12 PM

BizarreMan: My wife used to do the Black Friday routine. She would spend the night in a hotel next to the major shopping areas (50 miles away).


I don't think she was shopping.
 
2013-11-29 10:41:21 PM

wildcardjack: Unknown_Poltroon: wildcardjack: I was thankful Walmart opened last night. I needed a bottle of Goo Gone and some Coca-Cola. I'm addicted to the stuff.

http://messageboard.inhalant.org/post/warning-goo-gone-3627061

Seek help.  That stuff is dangerous.

The Coca-Cola. The Goo Gone is just a work supply.


Suuuuuure it is.
 
2013-11-29 10:46:23 PM
mesmer242:  I think retailers are doing themselves a disservice in the long run by diluting black friday, since I used to do a lot more shopping on black friday than I did today. But what do I know?

The downfall of any thief, even a capitalist, is greed. Sales work because they're sales, and they had a public trained on a date. Now they're smothering the goose with a pillow in the vain attempt to be "first", losing the parameters of the sale itself while simultaneiously offering lesser and diminishing "deals" throughout the promotion.

Between the weekend creep, "Cyber Monday", and now "Screw Family Values Thursday", they're turning the event in to just any other shopping week. In the race for every dollar, they'll squander their last penny.
 
2013-11-29 10:49:08 PM

mrlewish: BizarreMan: My wife used to do the Black Friday routine. She would spend the night in a hotel next to the major shopping areas (50 miles away).

I don't think she was shopping.


grainedit.com
 
2013-11-29 10:57:09 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-29 10:59:33 PM

I_Am_Weasel: fark you, humanity.


a.abcnews.com

Well, the Universe DID try to fix this problem by sending a comet our way this week, but that damn Sun's gravitational pull was just too strong.

Thankfully, there are uncountable more space rocks out there. Keep trying, Cosmos.
 
2013-11-29 11:37:19 PM
What the world needs is more self-righteous douchebags commenting on what our fellow humans choose to do with their money and their time. Like what I'm doing right here. You're welcome, world.
 
2013-11-29 11:41:15 PM
If we can just perfect the recipe for Soylent Green, getting people to feed the machinery will be easy
 
2013-11-30 12:17:47 AM

namegoeshere: I feel anxiety at the thought of going anywhere near a retail establishment on Black Friday or the day before. Tomorrow, too.

I must be broken.


I was pretty worried about having to go to Costco today to get food for my puppy, but it was pretty much like every other time I was there. I think I bumped carts with a person or two, but maybe Costco's lack of a Black Friday thing helped keep it normal.
 
2013-11-30 12:36:17 AM
Last year, sales on Thanksgiving were $810 million last year

Does anyone know how much last year's sales were last year?

/12 months ago?
 
2013-11-30 12:56:29 AM

shizbgby_v2: I traversed into the Abyss known as Wal-Mart last night just after 10pm. The store was crowded but otherwise like a normal day. I walked in and did not get the game I wanted, but the PS3 deal item was plentiful in stock, so I picked one up and was out in 10 minutes. They still had the big doorbusters in stock too. Last year it was like 300 meets Clash of the Titans, so this particular Wal-Mart was on point this time around.


Don't you have alternatives to Wally World in your area?
 
2013-11-30 01:39:34 AM
This year was my first foray into the black Friday abyss, and I came away a bit disappointed.

My brother wanted an iPad mini for his wife. Target had good deal on gift card with purchase, so we went around noon thinking if it's a mad house we'll just turn around and come home.

No trouble getting a parking spot, no mob scene in the store, only issue was they were out of white iPads. (Not really an issue ; black was the preference anyway)

While we were there, I decided to get one for my wife. We browsed the blu ray section for a bit. Didn't see Planes, Trains, & Automobiles.

All told, in and out in 20 minutes. No horror stories, no war wounds.

On the way back we passed a major area mall, and traffic was backed up along the access road. Knowing the traffic light cycles in the area, I guess it would have been at least 45 to get to the parking lot of the mall from the highway.

guess there's a lot to be said for picking your targets wisely. (no pun intended)
 
2013-11-30 02:13:50 AM

skinink: Black Friday. Deebo coming!

[hiphopabc.org image 563x374]


No problem.

kestas.kuliukas.com
 
2013-11-30 02:48:49 AM
I was a bit disappointed with the way BF was done this year. I refused to shop on thanksgiving and for that reason missed out on pretty much the only thing i was hoping to get (thought the $80 Kindle Fire for my nephew would be nice with amazon freetime). But all in all its no skin off my nose. Either ill find something else for him for christmas or see about getting a kindle used or refurb since the new HDX is out i am sure i could find one if i wanted.

/I will not spend more than $90 for a tablet for a 9 year old
//would not get a tablet at all but the amazon free time actually seems like it would be fun and reasonable for a kid
 
2013-11-30 06:37:52 AM

mrlewish: BizarreMan: My wife used to do the Black Friday routine. She would spend the night in a hotel next to the major shopping areas (50 miles away).

I don't think she was shopping.


But I bet she always came home with something she picked up
 
2013-11-30 06:52:27 AM

mesmer242: We went this morning at a fairly reasonable hour. Only one of the "doorbusters" we wanted was sold out so it cost an extra $10 for a better version of that item. Well worth that price to not have to shop on Thanksgiving. The deals weren't that great anyway this year and the stores didn't seem that crowded. I think retailers are doing themselves a disservice in the long run by diluting black friday, since I used to do a lot more shopping on black friday than I did today. But what do I know?


The fact is that very little stuff is really "sales".

Sales used to be about clothing. Shops selling off the winter range at whatever they could get in order to get summer sales in. When someone has a "black friday" sale on electronics, it's really just the price reduction due to the advancement of technology that they time with the event. Even if they drop the price to draw you in, chances are you'll get the same thing for around the same price soon afterwards.

If something isn't seasonal or perishable, it ain't a sale.
 
2013-11-30 07:45:36 AM
I don't understand why anyone would get up at o'dark thirty and stand in line in the cold for cheap Chinese crap that they can get on ebay for the same price?
 
2013-11-30 08:34:44 AM
I went shopping yesterday and stopped at Best Buy.  I checked the price of 8 different things from blu ray players to tv's and amazon had the same items for the same price or cheaper.

I went to the Williams Sonoma Outlet and ended up picking up this bad boy for $299 PLUS 20% off!
 
2013-11-30 08:54:19 AM
images.bwbx.io

if you want a good deal during the holidays, go to Home Depot or Lowes.
 
2013-11-30 09:23:59 AM
Went to Walmart last night to get meds for the kiddo, there was a line at customer service 25 ppl long returning all the stuff they just bought.  I counted 3 60" TVs, 2 52" TVs, 5 42" TVs, and about 30 baskets full of other crap.  Why would someone stand in line and fight with other only to return it the same day?
 
2013-11-30 09:51:30 AM

dumbobruni: [images.bwbx.io image 630x400]

if you want a good deal during the holidays, go to Home Depot or Lowes.


Sweet idea.  My grandmother would love a new circular saw.

/how the hell do you gift-wrap fiberglass insulation?
 
2013-11-30 09:54:32 AM

Mister Peejay: dumbobruni: [images.bwbx.io image 630x400]

if you want a good deal during the holidays, go to Home Depot or Lowes.

Sweet idea.  My grandmother would love a new circular saw.

/how the hell do you gift-wrap fiberglass insulation?


Carefully and wearing gloves, only the best for my kids.
 
2013-11-30 10:35:10 AM
timbrr_wolf:  Why would someone stand in line and fight with other only to return it the same day?

Because you're a broke mouthbreathing idiot who goes to Walmart because the TV told you about spectacular "deals" that you can't actually afford? And when the harsh light of the next morning came beaming down you realized it was either pay rent or return the discounted TV?
 
2013-11-30 11:08:21 AM

farkeruk: mesmer242: We went this morning at a fairly reasonable hour. Only one of the "doorbusters" we wanted was sold out so it cost an extra $10 for a better version of that item. Well worth that price to not have to shop on Thanksgiving. The deals weren't that great anyway this year and the stores didn't seem that crowded. I think retailers are doing themselves a disservice in the long run by diluting black friday, since I used to do a lot more shopping on black friday than I did today. But what do I know?

The fact is that very little stuff is really "sales".

Sales used to be about clothing. Shops selling off the winter range at whatever they could get in order to get summer sales in. When someone has a "black friday" sale on electronics, it's really just the price reduction due to the advancement of technology that they time with the event. Even if they drop the price to draw you in, chances are you'll get the same thing for around the same price soon afterwards.

If something isn't seasonal or perishable, it ain't a sale.


There were, once upon a time, loss leaders thrown into the mix. Not anymore. The doorbusters were either overpriced or obviously lower quality than what's typically out there. Even the clothing sales were meh, except for JCPenney, who was probably extra motivated this year. The toy sales were pretty awful. I needed to do at least some shopping while I had extra people around to watch the kids, so I did what I had to, but as previously stated I did less shopping this year. I also pooled purchases with another family member to reach the minimums at various stores to get the freebies so neither of us was spending more than we wanted to. If they want my money, they're going to have to try a little harder. I can always shop local, online, or *gasp* used. One of my nieces is going to get a secondhand item (already ok'd by the parents) because the official brand of what she wants is overpriced, and the chinese knockoffs are about as crappy as you'd expect (Not an electronics item, btw).
 
2013-11-30 11:16:18 AM
Brooklynn? Brandy? What kind of a mother names her daughter after liquor.
 
2013-11-30 12:09:29 PM

Mister Peejay: Black Friday is the zombie apocalypse that Romero warned you about.


Can't be.  Casualty rate isn't nearly high enough.  We can only dream.
 
2013-11-30 01:12:50 PM
You mean successful and attractive Friday, right?

/what do you mean, YOU Fridays?
 
2013-11-30 02:49:43 PM

grimlock1972: No no one forced you to go shopping.


No, but they would if they could, Mr. Walmart manager.
 
2013-11-30 02:52:23 PM

jjorsett: What the world needs is more self-righteous douchebags commenting on what our fellow humans choose to do with their money and their time. Like what I'm doing right here. You're welcome, world.


*pulls string* "The whackadoodle goes, "herpa derp."
 
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