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(Slate)   WalMart's biggest seller on Black Friday? Towels   (slate.com) divider line 27
    More: Interesting, Walmart, towels, big-box retailers, JoshVoorhees  
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2013-12-03 12:36:36 PM  
"Don't forget to bring a towel"
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2013-12-03 12:40:34 PM  
Weird. When I think of Wal-Mart shoppers, "hoopy frood" is not the term that comes to mind.
 
2013-12-03 01:06:27 PM  
Don't Panic!
 
2013-12-03 01:35:47 PM  
The towels are needed to fill empty PS4 boxes so they can be sold on Craigslist.
 
2013-12-03 01:59:09 PM  
Well duh.  Did you think it would be TVs?  They limit the deals on the good stuff.  That's the point of that stupid day.
 
2013-12-03 01:59:32 PM  
To soak up all the blood from the idiots stomping each other for discounted junk?
 
2013-12-03 02:00:46 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Don't Panic!


You would think in this day and age any Slate article on towels would require at least one Arthur Dentian quip.
 
2013-12-03 02:07:06 PM  
I don't get it. Seriously who the fark cares?
 
2013-12-03 02:12:36 PM  
Guinness bar towels?
 
2013-12-03 02:14:19 PM  
As someone who bought towels on Black Friday, I'm getting a kick.
 
2013-12-03 02:21:12 PM  

mactobain: Eddie Adams from Torrance: Don't Panic!

You would think in this day and age any Slate article on towels would require at least one Arthur Dentian quip.


I always knew there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe.
 
2013-12-03 02:21:27 PM  
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2013-12-03 02:27:34 PM  

Nefarious: The towels are needed to fill empty PS4 boxes so they can be sold on Craigslist.


I don't understand this.  You're shipping it, why put anything in the box?  It's not like the difference between picking it up off the doorstep and realizing it's an empty box and opening it to find it stuffed with towels is a different kind of disappointment.

Save the towels and the extra shipping charge.
 
2013-12-03 02:35:16 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: Nefarious: The towels are needed to fill empty PS4 boxes so they can be sold on Craigslist.

I don't understand this.  You're shipping it, why put anything in the box?  It's not like the difference between picking it up off the doorstep and realizing it's an empty box and opening it to find it stuffed with towels is a different kind of disappointment.

Save the towels and the extra shipping charge.


You're thinking of eBay. Most Craigslist deals are done locally, in person, with cash in hand.

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2013-12-03 03:06:14 PM  

Diogenes: Well duh.  Did you think it would be TVs?  They limit the deals on the good stuff.  That's the point of that stupid day.


FTFA - The retailer announced it had sold 2.8 million towels during the shopping event, ... 2 million televisions sold during the period.

So they sold $5.6 million in towels and at least something like $200-400 million in TVs.  But the article is on how towels are the most popular.
 
2013-12-03 03:08:10 PM  
I bought my towels from JCPennies for Black Friday.
 
2013-12-03 03:16:45 PM  
Also getting a kick out of this, because wife and I bought a set of towels from walmart.com on Black Friday. http://www.walmart.com/ip/10-Piece-Deluxe-Towel-Set/12335036">http:// www.walmart.com/ip/10-Piece-Deluxe-Towel-Set/12335036

/ they were $26 on Friday. Seemed like a good deal, because most of our towels are worn out.
// always knows where my towel is
/// the tracking information says it's in transit to my post office and will arrive tomorrow.
 
2013-12-03 03:31:10 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: Nefarious: The towels are needed to fill empty PS4 boxes so they can be sold on Craigslist.

I don't understand this.  You're shipping it, why put anything in the box?  It's not like the difference between picking it up off the doorstep and realizing it's an empty box and opening it to find it stuffed with towels is a different kind of disappointment.

Save the towels and the extra shipping charge.


whaaaaat? but thats how i buys all my towels

next thing you know you'll be telling me PS4  isn't even a brand of towels
 
2013-12-03 04:00:42 PM  
Heh.  My parents asked me what I wanted for Christmas.  I said "nothing."  They said "try again."  So I went with kitchen towels.

/csb
//I really do need new towels
 
2013-12-03 04:17:12 PM  
Most places seem to have insane deals on plush microfiber blankets.  King/Queen for $3.  It must cost nothing to make them.
 
2013-12-03 04:17:37 PM  
I work at Walmart.  In my opinion their sales traffic for Turkeyday/blackfriday/and the following weekend were terrible. I was less busy than usual Saturday and Sunday.  Can you say overstock?
 
2013-12-03 04:46:37 PM  
Considering the consistent 7+% unemployment rate and the shiatty wages most companies pay, most people are probably using those towels for warmth after their electricity gets shut off.
/cheaper than a set of bed sheets
 
2013-12-04 02:34:21 AM  
Apparently, a lot of people are getting shiatty gifts this Christmas.
 
2013-12-04 02:48:06 AM  
Towels are a buck at the dollar store.

They're just towels. You wipe dirt with them. They don't need to be elegant.
 
2013-12-04 11:28:56 AM  

BunkoSquad: Weird. When I think of Wal-Mart shoppers, "hoopy frood" is not the term that comes to mind.


Yeah, more like 'pormwrangler'.
 
2013-12-04 05:15:36 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Towels are a buck at the dollar store.

They're just towels. You wipe dirt with them. They don't need to be elegant.


Having nice, high quality towels and bed linens is something you should do for yourself.  It's a relatively inexpensive way to "spoil" yourself, and yes, there's a huge difference in the feel of 200 threadcount vs 500 threadcount sheets. And the latter will last for many years.
 
2013-12-04 05:29:34 PM  

WordyGrrl: ZeroCorpse: Towels are a buck at the dollar store.

They're just towels. You wipe dirt with them. They don't need to be elegant.

Having nice, high quality towels and bed linens is something you should do for yourself.  It's a relatively inexpensive way to "spoil" yourself, and yes, there's a huge difference in the feel of 200 threadcount vs 500 threadcount sheets. And the latter will last for many years.


Yeah.  If you have to buy new towels every year, you're doing something very wrong.

/make sure to put salt in your water softener, for one thing
 
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