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Black Friday
« on: November 23, 2018, 07:39:31 AM »

Iím currently on the odyssey from hell trying to get a new car seat for my son at Target. I stood in line yesterday starting about 30 mins before the store opened and they were sold out by the time I found the spot where they were supposed to be (though apparently they only had two to begin with). Then I went to another Target which had them in stock according to the app, but they were nowhere to be found. Now Iím back at Target waiting for them to open in 25 minutes. At least this time Iím the second person in line and I know where they are.

I also went to Macyís and they had what I wanted (a new set of kitchen knives), but the store was packed.

Anyone else make any Black Friday trips?
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2018, 07:55:13 AM »

I avoid Black Friday.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2018, 09:47:59 AM »

I hate Black Friday, although my wife did get an amazingly good deal on her wedding dress on Black Friday one year.

By the way, I suggest asking your friends for a hand-me-down child seat.  If you have friends who aren't planning to have any more children and theirs have recently outgrown a child seat, then there's a good chance they'd love to get rid of it for cheap and it still hasn't passed its expiration yet.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2018, 10:23:09 AM »

I observe "International Buy Nothing Day".
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2018, 11:02:38 AM »

I observe "International Buy Nothing Day".

Second that for me. 

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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2018, 11:20:26 AM »

By the way, I suggest asking your friends for a hand-me-down child seat.  If you have friends who aren't planning to have any more children and theirs have recently outgrown a child seat, then there's a good chance they'd love to get rid of it for cheap and it still hasn't passed its expiration yet.
We did buy his infant carseat used, which I wasnít too crazy about, since we didnít know if it had been in an accident. The one I bought today was 50% off full price and should last for 10 years, so Iím happy with the deal I got.

I am not happy with myself for voting for stores opening on Thanksgiving with my wallet, though, or engaging in a morally ambiguous move to get the carseat.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2018, 11:25:15 AM »

or engaging in a morally ambiguous move to get the carseat

Hey, for all you know, she was just faking being handicapped, trying to get sympathy from the other shoppers.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2018, 11:32:33 AM »

or engaging in a morally ambiguous move to get the carseat

Hey, for all you know, she was just faking being handicapped, trying to get sympathy from the other shoppers.
Haha. It wasnít THAT bad...
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2018, 11:42:43 AM »

I observe "International Buy Nothing Day".


Second that for me. 

I have to gas up today, but I sympathize. I believe in regulated capitalism, but consumerism is not one of my favorite things.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2018, 01:53:32 PM »

I typically avoid shopping today. Then again, we're almost done.

When I worked at a grocery store, this day was traditionally the slowest day of the year.

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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2018, 02:42:50 PM »

I worked at a Stop & Shop in CT on this day a couple of times. Compared to the 7 Black Fridays I worked at a Walmart one town over, it was definitely easier on me. Walmart being open on Thanksgiving Day was only being proposed when I was fired in 2010. I believe Maine prohibits big box stores from opening on that day.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2018, 02:56:33 PM »

Iím sitting at home with a cold that appeared yesterday morning. Only place I plan to go is next door to feed our neighborís cat because she had to go out of town for a family issue.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2018, 03:12:41 PM »

I worked at a Stop & Shop in CT on this day a couple of times. Compared to the 7 Black Fridays I worked at a Walmart one town over, it was definitely easier on me. Walmart being
open on Thanksgiving Day was only being proposed when I was fired in 2010. I believe Maine prohibits big box stores from opening on that day.
I really donít envy anyone working retail today or, worse, yesterday. I was shorter with some salespeople than I might have been otherwise over things that really werenít their fault.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2018, 03:38:08 PM »

I observe "International Buy Nothing Day".


Second that for me. 

I have to gas up today, but I sympathize. I believe in regulated capitalism, but consumerism is not one of my favorite things.

Personally Iím just not a fan of crowds in general.  To a lesser degree Iím not exactly a fan of commercializing holidays.  So really there isnít much in this day for me outside of relaxing on the couch or going somewhere outdoors. 

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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2018, 03:47:22 PM »

To a lesser degree Iím not exactly a fan of commercializing holidays. 

Same here.  It's one of the reasons I like Thanksgiving so much.  Pretty much all people do is get together, have a banquet, and sit around talking.  If they take the "thanksgiving" part seriously, then it only encourages them to be grateful for what they already have instead of rushing out to buy more stuff.  If only Black Friday weren't the total opposite of that...
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2018, 05:06:56 PM »

To a lesser degree Iím not exactly a fan of commercializing holidays. 

Same here.  It's one of the reasons I like Thanksgiving so much.  Pretty much all people do is get together, have a banquet, and sit around talking.  If they take the "thanksgiving" part seriously, then it only encourages them to be grateful for what they already have instead of rushing out to buy more stuff.  If only Black Friday weren't the total opposite of that...
And if theyíre responsible about the turkey they buy (if they buy one at all).
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2018, 05:53:53 PM »

I saw this on Reddit :-D



I'm not sure if I've ever shopped on Black Friday, but I have shopped on Boxing Day (a similar ordeal). I remember the sales at Best Buy being very lackluster (not worth the traffic!)
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2018, 06:06:49 PM »

I observe "International Buy Nothing Day".


Second that for me. 

I have to gas up today, but I sympathize. I believe in regulated capitalism, but consumerism is not one of my favorite things.

Personally Iím just not a fan of crowds in general.  To a lesser degree Iím not exactly a fan of commercializing holidays.  So really there isnít much in this day for me outside of relaxing on the couch or going somewhere outdoors. 

I worked. But it wasn't stressful. A lot of folks weren't in and I came in a little late and was out by 2:15. Traffic was a breeze, too.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #18 on: November 23, 2018, 06:09:30 PM »

I saw this on Reddit :-D

If you like that, I recommend following Literally Unbelievable on Facebook or Tumblr.

I was disappointed to see Black Friday is a thing in the UK now when I traveled there two years ago.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2018, 06:15:07 PM »

Other than a stop at Taco Bell for a non turkey lunch and to get gas, I have done nothing but play video games and work on a project.  I plan on playing hockey tonight and maybe watching a little TV.  Tomorrow, I will venture out to the dollar store for cat treats, some art supplies (I'm going to start drawing maps again), and part of Dad's Christmas present.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #20 on: November 23, 2018, 06:47:41 PM »

And if theyíre responsible about the turkey they buy

Would you mind explaining what that means?  I must be pretty dense.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2018, 07:21:12 PM »

Atleast gas prices are low!!! Thanks trump *pun*


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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2018, 07:38:48 PM »

And if theyíre responsible about the turkey they buy

Would you mind explaining what that means?  I must be pretty dense.
As long as they donít buy one of those genetically-engineered monstrosities, pumped full of hormones and antibiotics. To me thatís as crassly commercial as getting in a fistfight over a Betsy-Wetsy doll.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2018, 07:43:57 PM »

And I will say that it was a lot easier to not observe Black Friday when I was childless, and I spent a lot of time thinking about how to handle Black Friday when my son is old enough to want to buy something thatís part of a sale, as I drove from Target to Target yesterday and today. Maybe itíll end up being an important lesson in bait-and-switch sales tactics.

I support the principled stances those who choose not to observe it are taking.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #24 on: November 23, 2018, 08:08:12 PM »

Black Friday is an awesome day, but not because of the shopping.

Instead, it's a low pressure day at work and therefore a good chance to catch up. Also great: the lack of traffic. Probably the least traffic of any non-holiday weekday of the entire year. Note that is specific to freeways, residential and rural areas; certainly not traffic-free near a mall or shopping center.
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