For those of you living in the U.S.

For those of you living in the U.S.

Joined: March 1st, 2005, 3:51 pm

November 23rd, 2010, 5:31 pm #1

how many of you actually go shopping on Black Friday? I mean c/mon guys....... getting up at O-dark thirty to go shopping? That it tottaly insane!!!
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Joined: August 15th, 2007, 11:07 am

November 23rd, 2010, 5:37 pm #2

Must get on google and look that one up!!!
I know we get dark nights here in the winter as it is now.Its 5.30pm and im at work and its pitch Black outside and just starting to snow.....Great British Weather.

Theneilo uk

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Joined: March 1st, 2005, 3:51 pm

November 23rd, 2010, 6:00 pm #3

and has been practiced for as long as I can remember.......
Stores open up early the day after Thanksgiving as early as 3:00 AM where bargain hunters galore stand in long, sometimes freezing lines for hours waiting to snatch up special bargains the store has to offer! In some cases the savings are fantastic but in a lot of cases the items available are only onesy's or twosys!
There was an article on the local news last night where 2 Brothers had set up a tent outside of one of the Major retail stores a WEEK ago and are waiting for Black Friday!
Lines are already long enough as it is BEFORE Friday so who in hell wants to get up at the wee hours of the AM to stand in even longer lines so they can get pushed around and mauled just so they can maybe save a few $$$$s?
To some folks it;s merely a sport or tradition but to me......... its pure insanity plain and simple!
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Joined: August 15th, 2007, 11:07 am

November 23rd, 2010, 6:08 pm #4

What do people do?
Many people have a day off work or choose to take a day from their quota of annual leave on Black Friday. Some people use this to make trips to see family members or friends who live in other areas or to go on vacation. Others use it to start shopping for the Christmas season.

In the United States, it is very popular to start Christmas shopping on Black Friday. Many stores have special offers with very low prices on some goods, particularly on electronics and popular toys. Traditionally, people bought these as Christmas gifts, although now many are re-sold on internet sites. Many stores only have a few of the most popular items at very low prices. This means that some people choose to queue from very early in the morning or even overnight to make sure that they will be at the front of the queue when a particular store opens. Sometimes there are large skirmishes to get to the door when the store opens.

Public life
Black Friday is not a federal holiday. However, many organizations shut for the Thanksgiving weekend. In addition, many people take a day of their annual leave on the day after Thanksgiving. If you will need a particular service on Black Friday, it is wise to check carefully whether the organization or company will be open as normal. Public transit systems may run on their normal schedule or may have changes.

As shopping is a very popular activity on Black Friday and many stores have sales or special bargains, it can be incredibly busy in stores and malls. Some stores have extended opening hours to cope with the extra shoppers. There can also be congestion on roads to popular shopping destinations.

Background
Many people think that Black Friday is the busiest shopping day in the year. It has, for many years, been a popular day for many people visit brick-and-mortar stores. However, it has been said that the day on which most money was spent was usually the Saturday before Christmas.

There are two popular theories as to why the day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday. One theory says that it is because of the extremely heavy traffic on the roads on this day. The wheels of the vehicles left a lot of black markings on the road surface, leading to the term Black Friday.

The other theory is that it comes from an old-fashioned way of recording business accounts. Losses were recorded in red ink and profits in black ink. Many businesses, particularly small retail stores, only started making profits in the run up to Christmas. Many hoped that they would start showing a profit, which could be marked in black ink, on the day after Thanksgiving. This theory does not apply to many large corporations, but may be a fact of life for smaller businesses.

The events on Black Friday are often followed closely by the local media. Television shows may show films of people queuing at night and then emerging victoriously from the store with the items they wanted to purchase. The large number of people shopping and the competition to obtain the cheapest goods means that some people now avoid the stores on Black Friday. Some groups organize a "Buy Nothing Day" on Black Friday to protest at the increasing level of consumerism in the USA and Canada.



Theneilo uk

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Joined: March 1st, 2005, 3:51 pm

November 23rd, 2010, 6:16 pm #5

there are however some VERY good deals to be had on BF but unless I can save over $100.00 on an item you wont see my butt out there in any of those long lines! LOL
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Joined: June 29th, 2005, 8:21 pm

November 23rd, 2010, 6:18 pm #6

how many of you actually go shopping on Black Friday? I mean c/mon guys....... getting up at O-dark thirty to go shopping? That it tottaly insane!!!
.... Capitalism For many retailers, it is what will put the books for the year into the black or red! If it is not good this year we should expect a "bailout " for ALL retailers ya think ? It's the TRUE spirit of Christmas ya know Onward thru the fog !!
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Joined: October 25th, 2005, 9:59 pm

November 23rd, 2010, 10:13 pm #7

as in Japan, prices are quite controlled...and very few 'deals' to find in general. There are small pockets of free capitalism but in general a watch price is set the same over all of Japan, for instance.
This is changing as the economy is still in a deflation and more and more used shops are lowering prices on clothing and food. However, G Shocks have risen!!!!
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Joined: October 26th, 2004, 7:00 pm

November 23rd, 2010, 11:15 pm #8

.... Capitalism For many retailers, it is what will put the books for the year into the black or red! If it is not good this year we should expect a "bailout " for ALL retailers ya think ? It's the TRUE spirit of Christmas ya know Onward thru the fog !!
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November 23rd, 2010, 11:24 pm #9

capitalism is just the vehicle that enables it

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Joined: October 26th, 2004, 7:00 pm

November 23rd, 2010, 11:44 pm #10


I can't tell.




RICK
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