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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2018, 09:04:43 PM »

My parents always went shopping on the day after Thanksgiving when I was growing up, but it wasn't called Black Friday then. They were just called after-Thanksgiving sales. We usually had our letters to Santa written before then, my brother and I having perused the Sears, Montgomery Ward and JC Penney Christmas catalogs to find things we wanted.

Last time I went out into the mess was in 1980 (yes, that's not a typo) when I was a sophomore in college. I rode to Lexington with a friend of mine, and we actually ran into my parents and his parents in Fayette Mall. I also think I went to Walmart once or twice during the 1995-2001 period when we lived in Winchester and I was off, my wife had to work, and there was something she wanted me to pick up, but even 20 years ago it wasn't the exercise in lunacy it was back then.

My aversion to crowds and traffic jams means there's no way I would venture out into that madness. My wife loves it, more for the people-watching than finding bargains. I have neither the patience nor the tolerance for it.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2018, 10:19:43 PM »

My aversion to crowds and traffic jams means there's no way I would venture out into that madness. My wife loves it, more for the people-watching than finding bargains. I have neither the patience nor the tolerance for it.

I hear you, I hate crowds and shopping.  Usually if I want to shop for something, I hit up Amazon, unless it is something small. 
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2018, 11:43:32 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...

I wasn't even aware that there was such a thing called "Black Friday" until I stumbled upon it going into a Meijer in Michigan when I was 16.  I was just looking to get a soda and all I ended up with was an onslaught.  I didn't understand why anyone would want put themselves in crowds like that, nor do I now.  Thankfully when I was growing up my family never bothered with crap like Black Friday shopping, it was always about spending the entire weekend with family. 

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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2018, 10:52:45 AM »

Please be responsible:  Hold your phone horizontally when shooting video of other shoppers brawling.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2018, 05:41:43 PM »

Please be responsible:  Hold your phone horizontally when shooting video of other shoppers brawling.

So, how much violence was there this year? I heard a report of a fight at the Prestonsburg, Ky. Walmart. And saw a glimpse of a blurb about a shooting in Alabama somewhere.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2018, 05:46:33 PM »

Please be responsible:  Hold your phone horizontally when shooting video of other shoppers brawling.

So, how much violence was there this year? I heard a report of a fight at the Prestonsburg, Ky. Walmart. And saw a glimpse of a blurb about a shooting in Alabama somewhere.

42 million people dead, according to The Onion.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #31 on: November 24, 2018, 05:56:47 PM »

Please be responsible:  Hold your phone horizontally when shooting video of other shoppers brawling.

So, how much violence was there this year? I heard a report of a fight at the Prestonsburg, Ky. Walmart. And saw a glimpse of a blurb about a shooting in Alabama somewhere.

42 million people dead, according to The Onion.
1 million dead would be a tragedy, 42 million is a statistic.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #32 on: November 25, 2018, 12:52:51 PM »

My father-in-law is an asst. mgr. at the Wally-Hell in Jonesboro, LA. He went to work at 11:30 a.m. Thanksgiving day. He called at 2:15, checking on the status of the delivery of his turkey dinner. He said tons of people had already filled their buggies with Black Friday merchandise, and planned on roaming around the store for 4 more hours waiting for the 6 p.m. sale start time so they could check out! That is freaking ridiculous!  :angry: :banghead:

I did not participate in Black Friday (or Thursday) anything. I was too busy frying turkeys. :cheers:
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #33 on: November 25, 2018, 12:58:06 PM »

Shop online.  I finally got sick of shopping and not finding what I wanted.  Online, ypu can find anything.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #34 on: November 25, 2018, 01:02:30 PM »

Shop online.  I finally got sick of shopping and not finding what I wanted.  Online, ypu can find anything.

Including peace & quiet. Wouldn't hurt my feelings one bit if "cyber-Monday" completely replaced "black Friday"...I know it won't, but dreams can come true occasionally.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #35 on: November 25, 2018, 02:36:53 PM »

Shop online.  I finally got sick of shopping and not finding what I wanted.  Online, ypu can find anything.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #36 on: November 25, 2018, 02:44:54 PM »

Ahh the commercialization of everything that requires spending money, I remember many years ago black friday started @12 Thursday night & maybe that caused more mess then starting @6 so multiple waves of people can go. But I also remember the holidays having more meaning then just shopping & eating, it was about seeing family & enjoying time off, as the jobs people have, only allow 5 real days off a year. Sheesh at least I work the other 360.


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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #37 on: November 25, 2018, 03:14:47 PM »



Ahh the commercialization of everything that requires spending money


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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #38 on: November 25, 2018, 04:31:58 PM »

Shop online.  I finally got sick of shopping and not finding what I wanted.  Online, ypu can find anything.

Then you get it, find itís broken from the shipment, find it doesnít fit, & then youíve got to return it.  Iíd rather see it, touch it, then buy it.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #39 on: November 25, 2018, 05:45:09 PM »

Then you get it, find itís broken from the shipment, find it doesnít fit, & then youíve got to return it.
And if youíre lucky, you can return it to a brick and mortar store; if not, you have to pay to ship it back. Recently I bought some shirts from the Hanes website, realized upon delivery they were the wrong kind, and had to drive from Rogers Park to Aurora rather than pay an arm and a leg to return them by mail.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #40 on: November 25, 2018, 05:57:22 PM »

Then you get it, find itís broken from the shipment, find it doesnít fit, & then youíve got to return it.
And if youíre lucky, you can return it to a brick and mortar store; if not, you have to pay to ship it back. Recently I bought some shirts from the Hanes website, realized upon delivery they were the wrong kind, and had to drive from Rogers Park to Aurora rather than pay an arm and a leg to return them by mail.
These two things right here ^^^ Online shopping is good for buying things for home & gifts, clothes is terrible to buy online, especially overseas. But if you have a store around, it would be easier.


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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #41 on: November 25, 2018, 07:26:22 PM »

Then you get it, find itís broken from the shipment, find it doesnít fit, & then youíve got to return it.
And if youíre lucky, you can return it to a brick and mortar store; if not, you have to pay to ship it back. Recently I bought some shirts from the Hanes website, realized upon delivery they were the wrong kind, and had to drive from Rogers Park to Aurora rather than pay an arm and a leg to return them by mail.

My wife doesn't like trying on clothes in a store, so she buy's them online. I'm the opposite.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #42 on: November 25, 2018, 07:46:28 PM »

I avoid any store that does their Black Friday on Thursday. I think it's wrong to make people work during Thanksgiving dinner so they can satisfy the needs of shoppers who aren't patient enough to wait a couple extra hours until midnight on Friday. They should be staying home with their families instead of doing shopping.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #43 on: November 26, 2018, 01:31:52 PM »

Then you get it, find itís broken from the shipment, find it doesnít fit, & then youíve got to return it.
And if youíre lucky, you can return it to a brick and mortar store; if not, you have to pay to ship it back. Recently I bought some shirts from the Hanes website, realized upon delivery they were the wrong kind, and had to drive from Rogers Park to Aurora rather than pay an arm and a leg to return them by mail.
These two things right here ^^^ Online shopping is good for buying things for home & gifts, clothes is terrible to buy online, especially overseas. But if you have a store around, it would be easier.

I'm tall and skinny, so finding pants in a store that actually fit me is nearly impossible.  Western wear stores are my best bet, but the best one for that is about three hours away from me.  I wear a 29x34.  I think this year will be the first time I buy jeans online since high school (when I lived in a town of 1300 people, a couple of hours from the nearest mall, and was already tall and skinny).
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #44 on: November 26, 2018, 01:47:05 PM »

I wear a 29x34
Yeah, that's an unusual size, all right.

Somehow I've found it even more difficult to shop for clothing online in smaller sizes than bigger sizes.  I don't know if bigger sizes are more consistent than smaller sizes, or if I just cared less about how clothing in bigger sizes looked on me, or what.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #45 on: November 27, 2018, 04:17:16 AM »

Stores have been moving anything except the most-selling off floor inventory and encouraging use of online shopping for the removed items. 
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #46 on: November 27, 2018, 06:48:04 AM »

Stores have been moving anything except the most-selling off floor inventory and encouraging use of online shopping for the removed items.
Old Navy sure has - theyíve gone so far as to only sell slim-fit Oxford menís shirts in stores and direct customers to their website for regular-fit. Makes total sense from a business perspective, why waste retail store floor space on anything but the most popular items?
 
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #47 on: November 27, 2018, 09:01:58 AM »

Shop online.  I finally got sick of shopping and not finding what I wanted.  Online, ypu can find anything.

Then you get it, find itís broken from the shipment, find it doesnít fit, & then youíve got to return it.  Iíd rather see it, touch it, then buy it.
I haven't had any issues with the few times I have had to return things.  Don't think I ever paid anything to return something to Amazon.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #48 on: November 27, 2018, 09:11:23 AM »

Shop online.  I finally got sick of shopping and not finding what I wanted.  Online, ypu can find anything.

Then you get it, find itís broken from the shipment, find it doesnít fit, & then youíve got to return it.  Iíd rather see it, touch it, then buy it.
I haven't had any issues with the few times I have had to return things.  Don't think I ever paid anything to return something to Amazon.
We had this delicate glass teapot that was on our Amazon wedding registry and one of our guests bought it.  Amazon had to send one to us three times because, the first two times, it wasn't packaged properly and it was in pieces by the time we got it.
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Re: Black Friday
« Reply #49 on: November 27, 2018, 09:15:41 AM »

Shop online.  I finally got sick of shopping and not finding what I wanted.  Online, ypu can find anything.

Then you get it, find itís broken from the shipment, find it doesnít fit, & then youíve got to return it.  Iíd rather see it, touch it, then buy it.
I haven't had any issues with the few times I have had to return things.  Don't think I ever paid anything to return something to Amazon.
We had this delicate glass teapot that was on our Amazon wedding registry and one of our guests bought it.  Amazon had to send one to us three times because, the first two times, it wasn't packaged properly and it was in pieces by the time we got it.
Ouch.
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