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(The Wire)   The annual bloodsport of Black Friday produces "gloomy" financial numbers compared to last Black Friday. Only bonus it seems is that no one got trampled to death   (thewire.com) divider line 61
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2013-12-02 10:04:59 AM  
You call that a bonus? I call it anti-climatic. I think they should tally up the Cyber Monday numbers before they declare the economy going back in the shiatter.
 
2013-12-02 10:30:46 AM  
Winter of Recovery?
 
2013-12-02 10:40:04 AM  

www.whatevo.com

 
2013-12-02 10:51:47 AM  
No, but someone did get sleep deprived and fell asleep at the wheel, killing them.
 
2013-12-02 10:57:30 AM  

Mrbogey: Winter of Recovery?


More like Christmas "sales" started back in September.
 
2013-12-02 11:00:27 AM  
pretty sure some twat stabbed and killed 2 people just to get a XBone.
 
2013-12-02 11:01:41 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Mrbogey: Winter of Recovery?

More like Christmas "sales" started back in September.


Yeah and no real deals combined with all the 'CyberMonday' hype didn't help at all.
I've gone out with my wife the last couple years, but this year, neither of us was interested.

Yes, you all heard me - a WOMAN WASN'T INTERESTED IN SHOPPING.  ;)
 
2013-12-02 11:07:21 AM  
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I'm sure this has nothing to do with a dwindling middle class or an underpaid lower class.
 
2013-12-02 11:08:06 AM  
It's one day out of the year that isn't even the biggest shopping day, despite what the media makes it out to be.  Don't get your panties in a wad.
 
2013-12-02 11:08:47 AM  

Havokmon: Marcus Aurelius: Mrbogey: Winter of Recovery?

More like Christmas "sales" started back in September.

Yeah and no real deals combined with all the 'CyberMonday' hype didn't help at all.
I've gone out with my wife the last couple years, but this year, neither of us was interested.

Yes, you all heard me - a WOMAN WASN'T INTERESTED IN SHOPPING.  ;)


I didn't go shopping all weekend. The thought of braving the mobs and navigating a crowded parking lot gave me pause.

We did go to Home Depot on Friday but it was only because we needed to buy some ant traps. (That doesn't count, right?)
 
2013-12-02 11:08:57 AM  

usttsdw: pretty sure some twat stabbed and killed 2 people just to get a XBone.


"XBox, record this!"

/apparently you can record game play
 
2013-12-02 11:09:48 AM  

Havokmon: Yeah and no real deals combined with all the 'CyberMonday' hype didn't help at all.
I've gone out with my wife the last couple years, but this year, neither of us was interested.


I think this was the problem. Due to sales lasting for days instead of hours, companies couldn't offer offer their usual stunners, so there were no great reasons to get out. My wife and I also enjoy the deal/people watching of Black Friday, but this year was a bust. And I think it will only get worse as retailers realize that even though numbers were down. profits were up since they didn't give X-Boxes away just to get people in the store.

/Not an economist, just my thoughts.
 
2013-12-02 11:13:52 AM  
Maybe Black Friday got too big for its own good.  Seems like every year, more and more people are saying "Going shopping on Black Friday? No f'n way!"
 
2013-12-02 11:17:04 AM  

Needlessly Complicated: Havokmon: Marcus Aurelius: Mrbogey: Winter of Recovery?

More like Christmas "sales" started back in September.

Yeah and no real deals combined with all the 'CyberMonday' hype didn't help at all.
I've gone out with my wife the last couple years, but this year, neither of us was interested.

Yes, you all heard me - a WOMAN WASN'T INTERESTED IN SHOPPING.  ;)

I didn't go shopping all weekend. The thought of braving the mobs and navigating a crowded parking lot gave me pause.

We did go to Home Depot on Friday but it was only because we needed to buy some ant traps. (That doesn't count, right?)


Correct.  I had to buy some water softener salt and dog food - but not at 2am  :)
 
2013-12-02 11:19:51 AM  

Arkanaut: It's one day out of the year that isn't even the biggest shopping day, despite what the media makes it out to be.  Don't get your panties in a wad.


No, but it's always in the top 10, and there is definitely a huge spike that day. I think the significance is that it's the start of the holiday shopping season.
 
2013-12-02 11:25:38 AM  

Havokmon: Needlessly Complicated: Havokmon: Marcus Aurelius: Mrbogey: Winter of Recovery?

More like Christmas "sales" started back in September.

Yeah and no real deals combined with all the 'CyberMonday' hype didn't help at all.
I've gone out with my wife the last couple years, but this year, neither of us was interested.

Yes, you all heard me - a WOMAN WASN'T INTERESTED IN SHOPPING.  ;)

I didn't go shopping all weekend. The thought of braving the mobs and navigating a crowded parking lot gave me pause.

We did go to Home Depot on Friday but it was only because we needed to buy some ant traps. (That doesn't count, right?)

Correct.  I had to buy some water softener salt and dog food - but not at 2am  :)


Running out to buy something you normally would have bought anyway doesn't count.  I went Barnes & Noble for tea on Black Friday because I like the Harney & Sons Holiday blend.  They only have it for a limited time, so I pick it up when I remember to.
 
2013-12-02 11:32:06 AM  
Maybe people have realized that black friday deals are nothing more than a scam. Once you're in the door you find out they only had 2 of those 55" TVs they had advertised for $250 in stock because they know you will end up settling for the more expensive one they have 5 pallets full of.
 
2013-12-02 11:36:16 AM  
Black Friday sales have at best a negative correlation with total holiday sales.  Most likely they have no correlation.

You need to ignore this "story"  this year just like you should have the previous years.   The media is bored.

static3.businessinsider.com
http://www.businessinsider.com/nrf-black-friday-spending-fell-2013-1 2
 
2013-12-02 11:38:59 AM  
That's because retailers ruined a good thing. For years they had Friday specials without blaring, OH F*CK IT'S BLACK FRIDAY! BLACK FRIDAY, EVERYBODY! F*CK IT, WE'LL OPEN THURSDAY! COME IN AND SHOP YOU FAT F*CKS! BLACK FRIDAY HERE! SHOP AND BUY OUR SH*T, YOU GOOEY PUS-OOZING LOSERS!

Then they tried to stretch Black Friday out from Thursday night and all the way through the first weekend after Thanksgiving. It wasn't enough just to have one, hectic shopping day.

So now people have wizened up. They go out to people-watch instead of buying anything, and then they go home and buy all their gifts off Amazon in one afternoon.

That's why every year we get OH F*CK BLACK FRIDAY NUMBERS ARE DOWN, WE'RE SAD, WHY AREN'T YOU BUYING OUR MARKED-UP SH*T, YOU UNAMERICAN FAT GUSHERS?!
 
2013-12-02 11:49:32 AM  
My .02 cents on the matter is they goofed up by opening on Thursday night. Everyone fills up on turkey and food that day, goes and hits one store/sale to get a big item, and then is so tired they go home and sleep where in the past people would get up early and go around for a good chunk of the day to different stores. People were just too tired to shop very much this year.
 
2013-12-02 11:50:27 AM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Maybe Black Friday got too big for its own good.  Seems like every year, more and more people are saying "Going shopping on Black Friday? No f'n way!"


Nobody goes shopping on Black Friday anymore; the stores are too crowded!
 
2013-12-02 11:56:02 AM  
I don't know why anyone would put up with Black Friday.  I'd rather pay more or buy less to avoid getting trampled or stabbed over a Blu Ray player.
 
2013-12-02 11:57:06 AM  
Well, let's see:

-No real deals
-Extended sales for the whole weekend
-Internet sales are catching on with the plebes
-Christmas marketing started on Halloween.  It's like Thanksgiving wasn't even a holiday
-There is a groundswell of anger against stores opening on Thanksgiving and taking people away from families
 
2013-12-02 11:57:30 AM  

This Looks Fun: Arkanaut: It's one day out of the year that isn't even the biggest shopping day, despite what the media makes it out to be.  Don't get your panties in a wad.

No, but it's always in the top 10, and there is definitely a huge spike that day. I think the significance is that it's the start of the holiday shopping season.


Yeah but you gotta aggregate that data.  Also since it falls on a different day year to year you can't just compare it to one other year.
 
2013-12-02 11:57:56 AM  
Only place I went on Friday was Petsmart. They had cans of Friskies cheaper than I've seen it in a few years. Stocked up.
 
2013-12-02 12:04:30 PM  

Arkanaut: This Looks Fun: Arkanaut: It's one day out of the year that isn't even the biggest shopping day, despite what the media makes it out to be.  Don't get your panties in a wad.

No, but it's always in the top 10, and there is definitely a huge spike that day. I think the significance is that it's the start of the holiday shopping season.

Yeah but you gotta aggregate that data.  Also since it falls on a different day year to year you can't just compare it to one other year.


Black Friday is on a different day every year? Uh. What?
 
2013-12-02 12:10:06 PM  
I was actually wondering if I'd see a story like this. In past years the major shopping centers have been absolutely crazy where I live. This year it was pretty quiet. I was out and about because I had to buy a new washing machine anyway ($200 off!!!), and I had no problem getting around.
 
2013-12-02 12:10:23 PM  

meteorite: My .02 cents on the matter is they goofed up by opening on Thursday night. Everyone fills up on turkey and food that day, goes and hits one store/sale to get a big item, and then is so tired they go home and sleep where in the past people would get up early and go around for a good chunk of the day to different stores. People were just too tired to shop very much this year.


You know the economy had gone to shiat when people can only give .02 cents with free internet money and not a full 2 cents
 
2013-12-02 12:13:39 PM  
 
2013-12-02 12:14:11 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: Arkanaut: This Looks Fun: Arkanaut: It's one day out of the year that isn't even the biggest shopping day, despite what the media makes it out to be.  Don't get your panties in a wad.

No, but it's always in the top 10, and there is definitely a huge spike that day. I think the significance is that it's the start of the holiday shopping season.

Yeah but you gotta aggregate that data.  Also since it falls on a different day year to year you can't just compare it to one other year.

Black Friday is on a different day every year? Uh. What?


Calendar date.
 
2013-12-02 12:14:39 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Three Crooked Squirrels: Maybe Black Friday got too big for its own good.  Seems like every year, more and more people are saying "Going shopping on Black Friday? No f'n way!"

Nobody goes shopping on Black Friday anymore; the stores are too crowded!


Beautiful.
 
2013-12-02 12:16:22 PM  

Mugato: You call that a bonus? I call it anti-climatic. I think they should tally up the Cyber Monday numbers before they declare the economy going back in the shiatter.


They should also wait for Cyber Monday before they declare that nobody was trampled to death.

/Always start my week off with a trampling.
 
2013-12-02 12:17:20 PM  
Ack, that death count is a running total and the article I referenced is five years old. Whoops.
 
2013-12-02 12:30:10 PM  
CSB: Went to Whole Foods to see if they got in a shipment of preservative fee cider. They did. Bought 5 gallons.

Went to homebrew supply store to pick up some cider yeast. They had a 20% sale going on. The line was at least a half-hour long. Left and went back on Saturday.

Basically, a 20% sale caused me NOT to buy something.
 
2013-12-02 12:39:58 PM  

basemetal: [www.whatevo.com image 500x333]


This is going on my facebook page. Thank you.

went to some small business' on Saturday after local Xmas parade and bought xmas presents and stuff we actually needed around the house
 
2013-12-02 12:52:48 PM  

dennerman: Actually, according to  http://blackfridaydeathcount.com/  someone did get trampled to death.  http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/worker-dies-long-island-wal-mart- t rampled-black-friday-stampede-article-1.334059


They sure did!

Five years ago. Bunch of asshats on my Facebook feed posted this as gospel. I have had great fun trolling them.
 
2013-12-02 12:54:35 PM  

Havokmon: Marcus Aurelius: Mrbogey: Winter of Recovery?

More like Christmas "sales" started back in September.

Yeah and no real deals combined with all the 'CyberMonday' hype didn't help at all.
I've gone out with my wife the last couple years, but this year, neither of us was interested.

Yes, you all heard me - a WOMAN WASN'T INTERESTED IN SHOPPING.  ;)


D1vwife hunkered down in her crafts room with a bottle of wine and Hallmark Christmas movies on the cable box.  It would have taken a stronger man than me to drag her anywhere, let alone go shopping.

/Did 95% of the shopping online last night anyway.  Now just waiting on SantyFedExClause to do the delivery.
 
2013-12-02 01:05:28 PM  

verbaltoxin: That's because retailers ruined a good thing. For years they had Friday specials without blaring, OH F*CK IT'S BLACK FRIDAY! BLACK FRIDAY, EVERYBODY! F*CK IT, WE'LL OPEN THURSDAY! COME IN AND SHOP YOU FAT F*CKS! BLACK FRIDAY HERE! SHOP AND BUY OUR SH*T, YOU GOOEY PUS-OOZING LOSERS!

Then they tried to stretch Black Friday out from Thursday night and all the way through the first weekend after Thanksgiving. It wasn't enough just to have one, hectic shopping day.

So now people have wizened up. They go out to people-watch instead of buying anything, and then they go home and buy all their gifts off Amazon in one afternoon.

That's why every year we get OH F*CK BLACK FRIDAY NUMBERS ARE DOWN, WE'RE SAD, WHY AREN'T YOU BUYING OUR MARKED-UP SH*T, YOU UNAMERICAN FAT GUSHERS?!


u mad bro?
 
2013-12-02 01:11:44 PM  
If the GOP hadn't been so anti-business, anti-Free Market, and anti-money by shutting down the government when they did .. maybe the sales would have been better.
 
2013-12-02 01:11:57 PM  

tyndiesrntr: meteorite: My .02 cents on the matter is they goofed up by opening on Thursday night. Everyone fills up on turkey and food that day, goes and hits one store/sale to get a big item, and then is so tired they go home and sleep where in the past people would get up early and go around for a good chunk of the day to different stores. People were just too tired to shop very much this year.

You know the economy had gone to shiat when people can only give .02 cents with free internet money and not a full 2 cents


Maybe he works for Verizon

/Obviously it's a difference of opinion.
 
2013-12-02 01:23:21 PM  
deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-12-02 01:27:05 PM  

Towermonkey: dennerman: Actually, according to  http://blackfridaydeathcount.com/  someone did get trampled to death.  http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/worker-dies-long-island-wal-mart- t rampled-black-friday-stampede-article-1.334059

They sure did!

Five years ago. Bunch of asshats on my Facebook feed posted this as gospel. I have had great fun trolling them.


I just ignored people who posted that. It helped thin the herd.

Seriously, friends. How do you post something from 2008 without realizing it?
 
2013-12-02 01:39:21 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Maybe Black Friday got too big for its own good.  Seems like every year, more and more people are saying "Going shopping on Black Friday? No f'n way!"


I think that's part of it. I also think that stores opening on Thanksgiving was part of the problem, and not just because of the backlash from people saying "wait, you're making people come in AND WORK FOR this?"

The longer a physical store is open, the more expensive it is. Utilities, wages, things like that. Most consumers have a fairly fixed budget for holiday shopping. You can only offer so good a deal until the business is losing money just selling it.
 
2013-12-02 01:48:47 PM  
There might also be an increasing number of people who are just burnt out on hollow consumerism, instead focusing on saving and investing so they can cut back on how hard they have to work and find true quality of life.
 
2013-12-02 01:58:12 PM  

bdub77: [images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 480x400]

I'm sure this has nothing to do with a dwindling middle class or an underpaid lower class.


Or people realizing that black friday is stupid and spending their money at other times.  Not that you're wrong about the class structure, mind you.  But I'm guessing this black friday "fad" is running its course and won't be such a big deal as people shop online more and more.
 
2013-12-02 01:59:39 PM  
People are kind of over it. In a few days we'll all read the article about how all of these "deals" were an illusion and you could find similar sales throughout the year.
 
kab
2013-12-02 02:20:02 PM  

basemetal: [www.whatevo.com image 500x333]


Exactly.
 
2013-12-02 02:20:35 PM  

wildcardjack: There might also be an increasing number of people who are just burnt out on hollow consumerism, instead focusing on saving and investing so they can cut back on how hard they have to work and find true quality of life.


THIS.

My boyfriend and I were talking about what to get each other for Christmas this year.  In the end we just decided to go out to a REALLY nice restaurant and to treat each other.  We already have too much crap, why bother collecting more?
 
2013-12-02 02:26:40 PM  

bdub77: [images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 480x400]

I'm sure this has nothing to do with a dwindling middle class or an underpaid lower class.


chifferobeevents.files.wordpress.com
 Hot, like 1929!  Get yer glad rags on!

/Shhhhh!  the stock market is 16K+, and everything's jake!
//The Roaring whatever this decade is so far.
 
2013-12-02 02:34:29 PM  

aedude01: wildcardjack: There might also be an increasing number of people who are just burnt out on hollow consumerism, instead focusing on saving and investing so they can cut back on how hard they have to work and find true quality of life.

THIS.

My boyfriend and I were talking about what to get each other for Christmas this year.  In the end we just decided to go out to a REALLY nice restaurant and to treat each other.  We already have too much crap, why bother collecting more?


BZZZT.  Still spending money, you evil consumerist.
 
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