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(OhMyMag UK)   By now everyone is aware that Black Friday is a scam...surely?   (ohmymag.co.uk) divider line
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2022-11-24 9:13:24 AM  
Can't talk, busy saving.

5% off llama food at Best Buy, what a steal!!
 
2022-11-24 9:34:47 AM  
Eh, I bought a new qnap drive array and 16 TB drives about a week ago because I needed them (had a sizeable "discount" lol).   I did buy a hexapod robot and raspberry pi yesterday, but I've been watching the prices about six months on them, and if anything, they've actually gone up a bit on the pi.

According to Bezos, I still need 17 pairs of workout gloves, haha.  Back him, and Amazon for this kind of sbit
 
2022-11-24 9:34:53 AM  
Cynical diatribe aside, I found that Wizards of the Coast stuff is on sale at Amazon. That's all the Magic the Gathering and D&D books. If you want to get back into it, out just want to grab an additional source book, paying $16 for the DM guide is Way better than $50.
 
2022-11-24 10:06:31 AM  
I still think it's weird that Black Friday is a thing in Europe.  Like, they completely miss out on the feast beforehand.  Black Friday and turkey coma seem to go hand in hand.
 
2022-11-24 10:42:11 AM  
I haven't done the research, but I've been told that Walmart/Amazon/etc. offer lower quality versions of their normal computer/TV stock.  As in not all 36" TVs are created equal.
 
2022-11-24 10:43:02 AM  

Ker_Thwap: I haven't done the research, but I've been told that Walmart/Amazon/etc. offer lower quality versions of their normal computer/TV stock.  As in not all 36" TVs are created equal.


Ack, posted too soon.  Yes, I'm posting from a position of ignorance, but it's more a warning to pay attention to details.
 
2022-11-24 10:45:59 AM  

Joe USer: Can't talk, busy saving.

5% off llama food at Best Buy, what a steal!!


I was homeless in the parking lot for a week to save $30 off the breadmaker I plan on using once.
 
2022-11-24 10:55:09 AM  
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2022-11-24 11:04:02 AM  

Private_Citizen: Cynical diatribe aside, I found that Wizards of the Coast stuff is on sale at Amazon. That's all the Magic the Gathering and D&D books. If you want to get back into it, out just want to grab an additional source book, paying $16 for the DM guide is Way better than $50.


DM's Guide: $19.49, Monster Manual: $18.49, Player's Handbook: $15.30

Full set of core books for less than $55.
 
2022-11-24 11:06:30 AM  

raerae1980: I still think it's weird that Black Friday is a thing in Europe.  Like, they completely miss out on the feast beforehand.  Black Friday and turkey coma seem to go hand in hand.


And it started weeks ago. It's a Black Friday event
 
2022-11-24 11:07:44 AM  

Ker_Thwap: I haven't done the research, but I've been told that Walmart/Amazon/etc. offer lower quality versions of their normal computer/TV stock.  As in not all 36" TVs are created equal.


The model numbers from Walmart are absolutely different.
 
2022-11-24 11:08:04 AM  

Ker_Thwap: Ker_Thwap: I haven't done the research, but I've been told that Walmart/Amazon/etc. offer lower quality versions of their normal computer/TV stock.  As in not all 36" TVs are created equal.

Ack, posted too soon.  Yes, I'm posting from a position of ignorance, but it's more a warning to pay attention to details.


In a previous life I sold TVs and computers - yes, this is true. Note the model numbers that are specific to Walmart, they will have slightly worse specs of a standard model so they can be the lowest price on the market
 
2022-11-24 11:08:38 AM  
And, yeah. Black Friday's a scam only if you didn't do your research beforehand. Never impulse shop on Black Friday, or indeed any other manufactured "shopping day." Have a list you made at least 3 months in advance, with an average price range, and only buy if there's a deal for that exact item that puts the item's price much lower than the average price range.

In other words, treat reality like you'd typically shop in an MMO: treat stores like trading guilds, and ensure you downloaded a price-tracking add-on before buying shiat off their vendor.
 
2022-11-24 11:09:01 AM  
Some normal things (like Sonos) return to regular price before the whole "supply chain" (price-gouging) started this year and it gives the poor/middle-class a chance to get a giant TV that they can watch Real Housewives on, and if it makes them happy that's all that matters.

Most people looking for Black Friday deals are not videophiles or spec junkies when it comes to computers.

Still crappy that people are going to reward corporations for price gouging everyone for the last few years and blaming "supply chain" and other BS while raking in record profits.
 
2022-11-24 11:11:57 AM  

FormlessOne: And, yeah. Black Friday's a scam only if you didn't do your research beforehand. Never impulse shop on Black Friday, or indeed any other manufactured "shopping day." Have a list you made at least 3 months in advance, with an average price range, and only buy if there's a deal for that exact item that puts the item's price much lower than the average price range.

In other words, treat reality like you'd typically shop in an MMO: treat stores like trading guilds, and ensure you downloaded a price-tracking add-on before buying shiat off their vendor.


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2022-11-24 11:25:37 AM  
People have actually died from this scam.
 
2022-11-24 11:32:01 AM  
Yes.
 
2022-11-24 11:32:18 AM  

FormlessOne: And, yeah. Black Friday's a scam only if you didn't do your research beforehand. Never impulse shop on Black Friday, or indeed any other manufactured "shopping day." Have a list you made at least 3 months in advance, with an average price range, and only buy if there's a deal for that exact item that puts the item's price much lower than the average price range.

In other words, treat reality like you'd typically shop in an MMO: treat stores like trading guilds, and ensure you downloaded a price-tracking add-on before buying shiat off their vendor.


I like that you put this concept into terms that the average Farker can relate to.
 
2022-11-24 11:35:59 AM  
All "sales" are suspect, but there are usually a few actual deals for us on Black Friday. Early jump on tax software, one of the big streaming services for $2/month, local restaurant we like with a gift card bonus.

When the kids were young (in the 90s), I actually went out pre-dawn a few times. The first one or two were legit - great deals and no crowds at all. But I saw the transition to madness and decided it was far more hassle than it was worth before the turn of the century. At least now, a lot of it is available online, so no crazy outings or crowds are necessary.
 
2022-11-24 11:43:58 AM  
It's the beginning of the trampling season. Should be pretty horrific this year. Can't wait to watch from the safety of home as the dregs of humanity have a battle royal over a 50" plasma screen.
 
2022-11-24 11:53:08 AM  

farkitallletitend: It's the beginning of the trampling season. Should be pretty horrific this year. Can't wait to watch from the safety of home as the dregs of humanity have a battle royal over a 50" plasma screen.


Plasma? What decade are we in?
 
2022-11-24 11:59:18 AM  

sirrerun: farkitallletitend: It's the beginning of the trampling season. Should be pretty horrific this year. Can't wait to watch from the safety of home as the dregs of humanity have a battle royal over a 50" plasma screen.

Plasma? What decade are we in?


The one without anything in the 40 Watt range?
 
2022-11-24 12:10:34 PM  

Sin'sHero: sirrerun: farkitallletitend: It's the beginning of the trampling season. Should be pretty horrific this year. Can't wait to watch from the safety of home as the dregs of humanity have a battle royal over a 50" plasma screen.

Plasma? What decade are we in?

The one without anything in the 40 Watt range?


It's just what you see, pal!
 
2022-11-24 12:13:09 PM  
CEO: We've successfully doubled our prices during the past year. Now, we'll offer our products at half price for Black Friday.
Corporate yes-men: Brilliant!
 
2022-11-24 1:17:51 PM  
I once worked in a clothing store that had a team of us come in on Black Friday at about 3:00 a.m. so that we could remove every hang tag in the store and replace them all with tags indicating higher than original prices. While we furiously marked things up, managers ran around slapping signs on top of every display reading 30% Off, 50% Off, and so on. When the doors opened to the public, every item in the store was on sale. Yet, every item was more expensive than it had been prior to Black Friday.
 
2022-11-24 1:22:23 PM  

Ker_Thwap: Ker_Thwap: I haven't done the research, but I've been told that Walmart/Amazon/etc. offer lower quality versions of their normal computer/TV stock.  As in not all 36" TVs are created equal.

Ack, posted too soon.  Yes, I'm posting from a position of ignorance, but it's more a warning to pay attention to details.


You need to pay attention to the serial numbers of the actual appliances or things you buy. So it's a huge pain in the ass for a normal consumer.

Walmart isn't part of some grand conspiracy. Every compay does this. Company A negotiates contract X, for Product Y, and are willing to have Z standards. Company B wants the same thing. But at $2 cheaper a unit, and are willing to go to Z-1 Standard. Cheaper cords, slimmer plastic frame, chips set is one model older, iron quality is poorer, the drink mix has 2 less ounces per ton of citric acid, etc etc etc. As long as the standards are not bad enough for QC not to tattle to sales, and give BRAND a bad name.
 
2022-11-24 1:42:16 PM  

AppleOptionEsc: Ker_Thwap: Ker_Thwap: I haven't done the research, but I've been told that Walmart/Amazon/etc. offer lower quality versions of their normal computer/TV stock.  As in not all 36" TVs are created equal.

Ack, posted too soon.  Yes, I'm posting from a position of ignorance, but it's more a warning to pay attention to details.

You need to pay attention to the serial numbers of the actual appliances or things you buy. So it's a huge pain in the ass for a normal consumer.

Walmart isn't part of some grand conspiracy. Every compay does this. Company A negotiates contract X, for Product Y, and are willing to have Z standards. Company B wants the same thing. But at $2 cheaper a unit, and are willing to go to Z-1 Standard. Cheaper cords, slimmer plastic frame, chips set is one model older, iron quality is poorer, the drink mix has 2 less ounces per ton of citric acid, etc etc etc. As long as the standards are not bad enough for QC not to tattle to sales, and give BRAND a bad name.


Wait, my Trader Joe's brand laptop isn't as good as the one from Whole Foods?
 
2022-11-24 1:49:16 PM  

Chabash: Ker_Thwap: I haven't done the research, but I've been told that Walmart/Amazon/etc. offer lower quality versions of their normal computer/TV stock.  As in not all 36" TVs are created equal.

The model numbers from Walmart are absolutely different.


All the big box stores do that, you wont find the same model TV at Walmart, Target, Bust Buy, or even Amazon.
 
2022-11-24 2:35:33 PM  
I needed to do some shopping this week. The black friday marketing made it harder not to get caught up in the "I want all the things" mentality.

I bought all the shiat I needed and only made one impulse purchase
Really though. EVERYONE needs comfy shoes made by the best ski boot liner company in the world.
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2022-11-24 2:58:44 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Bust Buy



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2022-11-24 3:52:14 PM  
I had planned to buy a certain vacuum cleaner and had been waiting for the Black Friday deals. I did find the vacuum about $150 cheaper on Amazon so bought it. But, it was interesting that a bunch of other items I had sitting in my Amazon cart pending whenever I would have a real purchase, ALL went up in price last night. I removed all the unimportant ones from the cart in case they go back down in the future.
 
2022-11-24 6:44:57 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: ReapTheChaos: Bust Buy


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You didn't get the love you deserved for this post
 
2022-11-24 8:58:52 PM  
I worked two Black Fridays at Circuit City way back when that was a thing.  The week before, we would get The Specials in: everything in the flyer that was actually on sale was a slightly different model of an existing product.  Usually a slightly cheaper type, but some were actually priced at a good discount relative to the normal product.  Thing was, you had to be at the store at God-forsaken-o'clock to get it on Black Friday.

Or, you know, just come in next week when we got some more.

We would keep getting stock of those special discounted models all month.  You could get the same $350 Compaq desktop on December 15th at 3:00 pm, and not have to knife fight someone's Nana for it after waiting in the freezing dark for 6 hours.
 
2022-11-24 10:46:50 PM  

Cajnik: Englebert Slaptyback: ReapTheChaos: Bust Buy


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You didn't get the love you deserved for this post



Thank you kindly. I was pretty amused so it worked out. :-)
 
2022-11-24 11:29:58 PM  

raerae1980: I still think it's weird that Black Friday is a thing in Europe.  Like, they completely miss out on the feast beforehand.  Black Friday and turkey coma seem to go hand in hand.


Capitalism doesn't respect boundaries.
 
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