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How Do You Participate In Black Friday?

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I don't
  14580 votes / 70%
I'll wait for Cyber Monday
  1421 votes / 6%
I'll shop from my computer
  1973 votes / 9%
I'll go to a store if absolutely necessary
  587 votes / 2%
I'll visit a few brick & mortar stores
  352 votes / 1%
I'll wait in line to get the deal I want
94 votes / 0%
I'll trample children and the elderly
  1094 votes / 5%
I'm employed at a store, please don't yell at me
  447 votes / 2%
20548 total votes.
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How Do You Participate In Black Friday?

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  • I work retail (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @03:10PM (#42058611)

    As one who works at a retail store I absolutely hate that this day even exists and ironically enough it exists the day after we give thanks for everything we already have.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      What's the problem? Don't you receive an appropriate increase in your compensation due to the additional workload?

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward
        Of course not, he works in an american retail chain. We'll just let all the customers give him a tip. More customers means more tips, right?
        • most people in american retail chains are told they'll get fired if they get caught accepting tips
          • Re:I work retail (Score:5, Interesting)

            by amiga3D (567632) on Friday November 23, 2012 @12:05AM (#42070869)

            I straightened one local store manager out about that. I tipped the bag boy and he jumped his ass about it. When I found out I jumped his ass. I told him it was between me and the kid and if I wanted to tip him it wasn't any of his business. If he didn't like it I'd be glad to go to another store and call his district manager and tell him that he was a fool who thought his stupid "please no tipping" was enforceable on his customers. He apologized and I continue to tip the baggers there.

      • Re:I work retail (Score:4, Informative)

        by BoogeyOfTheMan (1256002) on Friday November 23, 2012 @12:24AM (#42070957)

        No, no we dont. As someone who spent almost every black friday since 2000 working retail, I will tell you that it really sucks. No additional pay. Its a mandatory work day. Since most places like to limit overtime, you get fewer hours for the rest of the week so you can be scheduled for 8-14hrs on black friday and not go over 40. (in most cases, there are exceptions of course).

        The only good part is if you work somewhere that gives you a commission and you get stuck behind a register. My paycheck was usually doubled. The bad part is that most people are waiting for those sales, so the paycheck before and after that tend to be a little bit lower.

        Although, on a masochistic side, it can be kind of a rush as long as nothing catastrophic happens.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @03:10PM (#42058617)

    'nuff said

    • by prelelat (201821) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @06:09PM (#42060617)

      Just you wait it will come there as well. Up here in Canada for the last couple years we have started to see Black Friday deals. Of course the reasoning I get is that shoppers in Canada go down to the states to get Black Friday deals so retailers up here were doing the same thing to drive up customers. Something that has been trending since the dollar became close to even across the boarder.

      I hope you don't see it. It's like a disease every year it spreads further.

      • Up here in Canada for the last couple years we have started to see Black Friday deals.

        Currency movements notwithstanding, in Canada, Boxing Day is still the big one for retailers.

      • by rvw (755107)

        Just you wait it will come there as well. Up here in Canada for the last couple years we have started to see Black Friday deals.

        Up here? You are not one penny better than your southern neighbours. The rest of the world doesn't celebrate thanksgiving, so there is no black Friday here! We - down here in the Netherlands - have two free Christmas days however, so that does compensate a little. Our black Friday is a Saturday and we have two of them, the first is the last Saturday before Sinterklaas (who is not Santa), and the second the last Saturday before Christmas.

        • by 1s44c (552956)

          You can't have a black Friday without large chain stores that are willing to discount.

          The Netherlands is a shopping wasteland with appalling customer service almost everywhere. I know, I lived there for years.

      • It's like a disease every year it spreads further.

        I stopped in at a store this morning and saw a sign on the door saying the returns/warranty department would be closed all Black Friday because those people would be manning the extra cashes.

        If it's that bad as far from the border as Edmonton is there's not much hope of it ever going away now.

      • by Roger W Moore (538166) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @01:18AM (#42079787) Journal

        Up here in Canada for the last couple years we have started to see Black Friday deals.

        True only this time of year it's a white friday, followed by a white saturday, white sunday etc. ...until May....if we are lucky.

    • by _Shad0w_ (127912)

      We get retailers jumping on the bandwagon in the UK. Mostly online ones with a US base, of course. It amuses me that Steam is running an "Autumn Sale" right now.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 22, 2012 @06:24AM (#42064883)

      Nor am I, but I am still going to trample kids and elderly

  • by khr (708262) <kevinrubin@gmail.com> on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @03:13PM (#42058661) Homepage

    But I'm sending my wife out shopping on 5th Avenue in Manhattan...

  • wiki (Score:5, Informative)

    by polar red (215081) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @03:15PM (#42058695)

    I am not from the US, so :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping) [wikipedia.org]
    apparantly, this is some sort of feast to appease the god of materialism.

  • It seems a lot of retailers here are having their own Black Friday specials. Although they're doing it for a different reason: they're trying to keep people in the country instead of going across the border to shop. I know in downtown Vancouver they're advertising a weekend sale starting Friday (it's not limited to one day.)

    Still not participating in it, though. I've already done my limited Xmas shopping.

  • I don't (Score:4, Informative)

    by war4peace (1628283) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @03:26PM (#42058833)

    Fortunately, I don't belong to the "Wait girl! Are those shoes on SALE?" category. I buy stuff when I need it and don't risk being crushed by crazy shopper mobs or yelling at the monitor because the overloaded online store webpage doesn't refresh fast enough. Have friends who participated to both occurrences and man, it ain't funny. Not to mention incorrect marketing practices, for example raise the price by 25% a week before and then write "30% OFF" during Black Friday (or sometimes only "20% OFF" for extra trolling).
    Yes, I'm not from the US but this psychosis caught wings here in Romania as well. And it works; last year, one of our major online IT retailers sold practically EVERYTHING they had, all stock, from voltage converters to 100K USD plasma screens. All was gone in a matter of hours. I know because I incidentally tried to buy a PC component later on that Friday last year and there was nothing in stock. Then I realized why.
    Honestly, I think those shoppers are a bit crazy.

    • Fortunately, I don't belong to the "Wait girl! Are those shoes on SALE?" category. I buy stuff when I need it

      You're silly. Buy stuff you need, don't buy it WHEN you need it. Check out Lands' End, business casual outfitters, nice stuff, good quality and I like the visual style better than Polo or Doc Martin. Which is good for me, because Lands' End frequently has stupid sales like $40 off orders over $100 with free shipping, or straight 30% off, or whatnot. So you know what I do? I check the site sometimes. I check overstock (now "Sale") to see if they're getting rid of stuff I want in my size. Sometimes, w

      • Re:I don't (Score:4, Insightful)

        by war4peace (1628283) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @06:11PM (#42060649)

        You're silly. Buy stuff you need, don't buy it WHEN you need it.

        Read this again.
        "Buy stuff you need" - clearly implied I do need it, and clearly I'm going to buy it when I need it, because the need is present.
        To be more clear: If I need something, I'll buy it then, rather than wait for whatever time comes when it's 20% off or whatever. As far as clothing goes, I only buy it from overstock stores we have here, where everything is on sale anyway, with as much as 80% off. I need a pair of jeans? I go to those cheap stores and just get it.

        Also, you clearly missed my country of origin. It is NOT the US. And Lands' End, for example, charges to ship overseas add at least 10% cost (for above 4500 USD orders!), which makes it "unfeasible" for me. Prices here are already way lower than what I see there anyway. So thanks for the detailed, yet useless answer. Keep trying though :)

        • by godrik (1287354)

          I think GP meant: buy stuff when it is cheap as soon as you are convinced you WILL need it. In context: if you see shoes that you like and that are cheap. You do not need shoes, but at some point, probably in the next 6 month, you will. If the shoes is half price today, you'd better buy it now, despite you do not need it yet.

          • Oh, to that I agree. Planning in advance makes sense. However, buying during FIXED dates is not my thing.

  • While I avoid shopping like the plague and when I do go it becomes an exercise in efficiency I suggest that you keep your children under control. I really hate people's feral children that run free through stores and the parents who think their precious little snowflakes can do no wrong. When I hear one coming around an end cap I lift the legs up a bit more so that they go plowing into my knee as they come around the corner. Hell my oldest did that a few times and got plowed over by other people's cart when
  • by Jethro (14165) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @04:01PM (#42059265) Homepage

    I do kinda like going to Target Friday evening. It looks like it's been through a war. Everything's picked over, there's stuff all over the floors, the employees look like they've been ducking live ammunition all day... it's great.

    I should mention I usually go to Target on Friday evenings.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @04:08PM (#42059359)

    With the exception of grocery shopping, I do pretty much all of my shopping online. Christmas shopping is a lot more fun now that I don't have to fight the crowds! And I can easily get the nieces and nephews exactly what they want.

    Oh, excepting car shopping as well... that's done in person, but it only happens once a decade or thereabouts (I really do still have - and use - a 93 Escort Wagon!).

  • by rgbscan (321794) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @04:23PM (#42059505) Homepage

    No arrow to the knee choice???

    • by Mitreya (579078)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buy_Nothing_Day

      Very accurate -- " ... critics of the day charge that Buy Nothing Day simply causes participants to buy the next day ..."

      Unless you specifically oppose Black Friday, this is one of the most pointless movements ever.

      • Unless you specifically oppose Black Friday, this is one of the most pointless movements ever.

        I specifically oppose Black Friday. Encouraging a mob to be present at one location, fighting for limited quantities of a product, is simply irresponsible. People get trampled every year, and then you get the nuts [cbsnews.com] who will pepper spray or even shoot their competitors.

        I don't think it should be illegal or anything, but I do my part by not participating in it.

  • I'm a guy. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Eevee (535658) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @05:08PM (#42059929)
    Christmas shopping is performed on Dec. 24th, after dinner.
    • by lexa1979 (2020026)
      Funny ? I'd say insightful !
    • by Nkwe (604125)

      Christmas shopping is performed on Dec. 24th, after dinner.

      No, it is done on December 24 before dinner. Costco closes at 5pm on the 24th.

    • by Y2KDragon (525979)

      Christmas shopping is performed on Dec. 24th, after dinner.

      I hereby revoke your guy card. All guys know that Christmas shopping is done on the 26th, after spending the night locked out of the house, with things found at the local convenience store.

  • Daughter off to Uni next year, so I'm after a snappy laptop. Store has one, which will hopefully be 15% off tomorrow (it's Thursday here).

    And expect to drop about half the amount I spend on the laptop for first-born on dental work this afternoon - unfortunately not at 15% off...
  • I chose "I'm employed at a store, please don't yell at me", although I don't work at a retail store.

    I run a coupon site for hosting and domain names, and Black Friday / Cyber Monday are very busy days for me. I'll be pretty much working those 2 days around the clock updating coupons and sales deals.

    Last year I snuck out for a couple hours to Best Buy and got a great deal on a TV, but we don't need anything this year so I'll be doing my own shopping online.

  • Like every Friday (Score:4, Informative)

    by Hentes (2461350) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @06:17PM (#42060711)

    I go to the pub.

  • I will... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Translation Error (1176675) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @06:25PM (#42060811)
    trample children and the elderly!

    And then maybe go shopping.
  • by miltonw (892065) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @07:10PM (#42061319)
    Christmas gifts are for children.
    If I want something, I'll buy it. If I don't own something, that means I don't want it.
    Holidays are for visiting friends and family, getting together and having fun.
    Giving other adults gifts? Fuhgeddaboudit. Buy your own damn junk - then you get exactly what you want - and undoubtedly spend less money.
    No more "I don't know what Uncle Fred would like. What do you think?" Bah!
    • Re:Gifts? No. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland @ y a hoo.com> on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @07:40PM (#42061587) Homepage Journal

      Becasue all gifts are just things you buy.
      Seriously dude, you might want to think again.
      I have a one of a kind glass ornament, hand made and its beautiful.
      It was s great gift.
      My kids make my things. one year my someone made me a little minecraft game where I though levers in a sequence and then a huge explosion happen revealing the words 'Happy Birthday, Dad" underneath it.

      Good luck buying that.

      One year, a friend gave me a hand made and painted papper lanterns from overseas. It's really cool and nice. I never would have bought that for myself.
      I don't give, 'junk'.

      • I don't give, 'junk'.

        Amen to that. If I don't know someone well enough to know that they would enjoy a particular something and wouldn't get it for themselves, I'd rather not give them anything.

        Gifts shouldn't be about a tit-for-tat exchange; they should really be about "hey, you're my friend, and it will bring me joy to see your life improve because you have this".

        • Instead of limiting gift giving to one or two fixed days per year, I prefer to implement what I call "No Reason Whatsoever Day". That can happen any day of the year. You come into possession of something that someone you know may like and you may not need, you hand it over to them for no reason whatsoever.

          Got someone dear to you in your thoughts? Treat them to a nice surprise lunch for no reason whatsoever.

          Know someone who is overwhelmed with life and feels like they are being pulled in 20 directions at

      • by miltonw (892065)
        OK, I may have seemed a bit strong on my Scroogeness. When you have children, giving them gifts and, yes, receiving handmade gifts from them is wonderful. I never said it wasn't (if you read what I wrote).

        But I stand by my contention that adults giving gifts to other adults is, for the most part, just wrong.

        When you are close to another adult and wish to give them something special, that's great but, in my opinion, that's what birthdays are for -- a time for a special gift to someone special. (Althoug
        • by amiga3D (567632)

          I fully agree. If I want something I buy it. I do buy my wife jewelry and perfume and such but it's because I want her to have it not because she buys me something. I tell everyone every Christmas not to buy me a gift. I give my Grandchildren gifts and I invite family over to eat and to me that's more fun than getting junk from people.

    • by dkf (304284)

      Giving other adults gifts? Fuhgeddaboudit. Buy your own damn junk - then you get exactly what you want - and undoubtedly spend less money.

      The best thing is when someone else gets you a present you needed but hadn't realized you needed, or when you managed to do the same in reverse for someone. Yes, it takes thought and really knowing what someone wants and needs, and no, it doesn't have to cost a lot; it's the fact that you appreciate someone enough to think that much about them that really counts.

  • I'm about to buy a house, and there are a few things I actually need. Laundry appliances, a refrigerator, a step ladder, maybe a space heater.

    If the prices are right -- that is, if the items are actually on sale -- I'll make a few highly selective forays.

    I have no need or desire to compete for limited-quantity "doorbuster" items.

  • I've worked more than a few holiday seasons in retail; now that I no longer have to, I'm not going into a store until January.

  • I've got to work for 6 hours on Friday. :>(
    .
    Then we've got the family tradition of Turkey-day leftovers on Friday with all the friends who come back to town but ate with their own families on Thursday: my sister and her friends are back from college, my brother's back from work with girlfriend in tow; so we have a motley cru(mlaut)e of kids and adults gathering Friday evening followed by going off to the beach or the movie theater in the evening/night. It's effectively giving Thanks for the left-over
  • I can't be the only one headed to the gun range. It's always crowded this time of year.
  • WTF is Black Friday. If it's anything like Black Monday I'm glad not to participate
  • by CohibaVancouver (864662) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @12:54PM (#42066757)
    We queue up in the cold on BOXING DAY you insensitive clod!
  • to buy cheap crap from China? From my perspective, the real big ticket items (cars, houses) don't have black friday sales.
  • It's supposed to be between 60 and 70 degrees tomorrow, and the dropzone's open! Fuck hordes of shoppers, traffic and long lines! I'll be jumping out of airplanes all day!
  • Except for food and clothing - who wants to pay 7% extra

    Also I will be working tonight - its just an ordinary 2nd thursday of the fortnight for me.
    I don't drive
    and its now winter - Looks like black friday will be white friday and wind chill of 0F right now

  • I will gladly spend a little bit more to not have to put up with the stress and hostility.

    I was listening to the police scanner earlier tonight, and a good 25% of the calls were to various Best Buys and other stores. People threatening each other with knives. Disturbing the peace. Drunk in public. All to "save" a few hundred dollars.

    Maybe I am jaded, but I want to shake some sense into those people. If a few hundred dollars is going to push people to those extremes, they probably cannot really afford whatev

  • My wife and her best friend see Black Friday as a sporting event. They make tshirts, go out, shop like crazy, drink lots of coffee, and have a good time (while getting almost all our Christmas shopping done). She enjoys it, and I get to sit at home and do whatever I want. I avoid going out completely, because people are insane and it makes me want to shoot them. I imagine a lot of people on here have similar situations.
  • Watch the news and laugh at the stampedes.

  • If I wanted something, I'd already have it. I don't go to feeding frenzies to compete with humanity just to save a few bucks. My time is worth more to me.

    I also really dislike crowds and queues etc. I can control it (I'm not going to flip out) but I do get angry and something like (but not the same as) claustrophobic when in crowds.

  • by assertation (1255714) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @10:06AM (#42081319)

    Walmart is one of the most financially successful companies in the world. Yet, Walmart pays its employees so little that many Walmart employees need government assistance for basic necessities ( health care, food stamps, etc ). In other words, the private profits of Walmart are being subsidized by the public funds from American taxpayers.

    Op-ed: Consider retail workersâ(TM) pay on Black Friday
    http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2019735257_leeannhallwillpittzopedxml.html [seattletimes.com]

    On top of all of this many stores are now forcing employees to work on Thanksgiving, the only day they can be with their famlies.

    Americans, please don't shop on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.

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