Friday, November 25th, 2011

Black Friday Madness

Stephanie

The day following Thanksgiving in the US is commonly known as “Black Friday” and though not a holiday, it is the official start of the holiday shopping season when most non-retail employees have the day off and retailers offer incredible deals to encourage spending.

Sale items are often offered so low (and in limited quantities) that people will camp overnight (or longer!) to be one of the 1st people to buy the designated item. The excitement to receive a low price large screen TV or laptop has resulted in people being trampled and sometimes even killed by frenzied shoppers.

I just don’t understand. I can’t think of a single thing that would get me to go through that much time, effort & chaos. But then again- I don’t have children and maybe that adds a layer I’ll never understand.

Are you going to do any Black Friday shopping?


10 thoughts on “Black Friday Madness

  1. It’s capitalism, it’s the economy. Do your part. You might want to concentrate on purchasing locally made gifts or, at the very least, buying your imported stuff from local merchants even though, come to thingk of it, everyone who works at EVERY store needs you to buy SOMEthing.

    On Friday I had a wonderful time at the Boise mall. Didn’t buy anything except a delicious soy latte but the people watching and converstations in the stores with the overworked staff were fun for me and seemed to give some of them something to laugh about. I had much more fun on Sunday, though. Got a haircut and tipped the stylist liberaly.

  2. It’s capitalism, it’s the economy. Do your part. You might want to concentrate on purchasing locally made gifts or, at the very least, buying your imported stuff from local merchants even though, come to thingk of it, everyone who works at EVERY store needs you to buy SOMEthing.

    On Friday I had a wonderful time at the Boise mall. Didn’t buy anything except a delicious soy latte but the people watching and converstations in the stores with the overworked staff were fun for me and seemed to give some of them something to laugh about. I had much more fun on Sunday, though. Got a haircut and tipped the stylist liberaly.

  3. The idea of being pushed, elbowed and stamped on REALLY does not appeal! I do all of my Christmas shopping online and I can’t see that changing in the foreseeable future.

  4. The idea of being pushed, elbowed and stamped on REALLY does not appeal! I do all of my Christmas shopping online and I can’t see that changing in the foreseeable future.

  5. Nope! And… I think the day needs renamed. I’m pushing for Warm Leftovers Day… A smear of cranberry relish on lightly buttered homemade bread toast with a tscht of cinnamon on top? A warm and melty turkey-tomato-stuffing-hint of parmesean open-face lunch?! Sit with a friend again, I say…sit, eat, Talk with one another…forgo the frenzy and live in thanks… That’s my take.

  6. Nope! And… I think the day needs renamed. I’m pushing for Warm Leftovers Day… A smear of cranberry relish on lightly buttered homemade bread toast with a tscht of cinnamon on top? A warm and melty turkey-tomato-stuffing-hint of parmesean open-face lunch?! Sit with a friend again, I say…sit, eat, Talk with one another…forgo the frenzy and live in thanks… That’s my take.

  7. I avoid “Black Friday” as if it were the “black death”!! I prefer to shop local and small when I can. When I can’t I try to shop at “off” hours..and I do my VERY best to avoid the Holiday Throng that seems to be a mass of mindless sheep looking for that magic “bargain”.

  8. I avoid “Black Friday” as if it were the “black death”!! I prefer to shop local and small when I can. When I can’t I try to shop at “off” hours..and I do my VERY best to avoid the Holiday Throng that seems to be a mass of mindless sheep looking for that magic “bargain”.

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