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   Tips on how to survive Black Friday, the retail-fueled day that convinces Americans they can save thousands of dollars while spending more on Christmas gifts than they intended

04 Nov 2012 02:11 PM   |   3345 clicks   |   Sun Sentinel
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iamrex    [TotalFark]  
Here's a tip: Don't play into the hype and instead just stay home on Black Friday. Try celebrating Christmas without falling into the consumerist trap.

04 Nov 2012 11:43 AM
Bob_Laublaw     

iamrex: Don't play into the hype and instead just stay home on Black Friday.


God, no. Please, folks, we need videos of fistfights over bra sales!

We're counting on you.

04 Nov 2012 12:00 PM
xynix    [TotalFark]  
www.amazon.com

04 Nov 2012 12:10 PM
GreenAdder    [TotalFark]  
My wife and I decided to visit a few stores on Black Friday, just to see how bad it could be. It wasn't to buy anything, mind you. We were just going to people-watch. So we decided to fly directly into the eye of the storm: Wal-Mart.

It was a farking sea of wall-to-wall people, and all of them were filled with the opposite of good cheer. One middle-aged lady took it upon herself to block a whole shelf of video games so others couldn't get to it, while her husband was on the phone trying to figure out which ones to get. When people would sneak around her and pluck a game from the shelf anyway, she would shoot hate-lasers out of her eyes.

A man yelled at a poor employee that he couldn't find anymore canned hams. He had at least 15 in his cart.

PS3s, Wiis, 360s, and DSes were in displays all over the farking store. So while some poor saps were just trying to get a gallon of milk or a dozen eggs, they had to weave around the line of people attempting to buy a Kinect system for their kids.

My wife and I almost got separated at least twice, just because of how densely packed the people were. Even after we decided it was time to make our escape, I pretty much had to act like an offensive lineman and shoulder our way to the door.

When we got to our car, we laughed and imagined what would have happened if we had actually come there to buy anything.

Fun fact: I started Christmas shopping in September. I finished cheap and early. Everything is wrapped and I'm farking done. I'm sure once Mrs. GreenAdder and I have kids, that'll be a different story. Toy and game companies wait until November to release their hot new items.

04 Nov 2012 12:11 PM
GAT_00     
Step one: stay home

04 Nov 2012 12:24 PM
CapeFearCadaver    [TotalFark]  
Yep, already been covered.

Fail safe plan: Stay the fark home, eat leftover turkey/stuffing/mashed potato sandwiches and drink more beer to placate the hangover from the day before.

04 Nov 2012 12:51 PM
GreenAdder    [TotalFark]  
And why does anyone ever bother writing this article in a given year? You could just copy/paste last year's article, throw a new date on it, and nobody could tell the difference.

04 Nov 2012 12:54 PM
MaudlinMutantMollusk    [TotalFark]  

GAT_00: Step one: stay home


Someone want to get the lights on the way out?

04 Nov 2012 01:00 PM
PacManDreaming     
How to survive Black Friday:

1) Drive this:
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2) Be this guy:
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3) Carry one of these:
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Or, you could be like me and stay home. I live about a mile from one of the busiest malls on this side of town. From Thanksgiving until January, I don't drive anywhere near that place(not that I would be able to).

04 Nov 2012 01:11 PM
CapeFearCadaver    [TotalFark]  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: GAT_00: Step one: stay home

Someone want to get the lights on the way out?


I live right behind my city's most popular mall. I treat Black Friday like it's the zombie apocalypse. Which means I stock up on triple/quadruple alcohol amounts and barricade my driveway* with revolver in hand.

*you'd be amazed at how little I exaggerated this.

04 Nov 2012 01:15 PM
avalanche    [TotalFark]  
Already covered a dozen times over but anyway:
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04 Nov 2012 02:16 PM
sandbar67     

GreenAdder: And why does anyone ever bother writing this article in a given year? You could just copy/paste last year's article, throw a new date on it, and nobody could tell the difference.


That's pretty much what they did.

04 Nov 2012 02:16 PM
Kimpak     
If only there was some way to shop for virtually everything in the convenience of your own home....hm..

04 Nov 2012 02:16 PM
Party-sized bucket of flan     
If you need a "survival guide" to Black Friday, chances are you're a huge farking loser.

04 Nov 2012 02:18 PM
jayhawk88    [TotalFark]  

GreenAdder: When we got to our car, we laughed and imagined what would have happened if we had actually come there to buy anything.


5 or 6 years ago I was at home on Black Friday, just killing the day as per normal. At some point I decided I needed a power strip for some reason, decided I'd hit Best Buy and risk it. It was like 3 in the afternoon by then mind you, I figured surely by then the crowds would be thinned out after the crazies snatched up all the cheap DVD players or whatever.

I get there and the checkout line is literally snaked 5 levels deep, front of the store to the back. Every register open. It was nearly impossible to navigate a full half of the store because of the people in this line standing in the aisles.

I just stood there for a moment and drank in the absurdity of it all, and left, figuring whatever I wanted to plug in wasn't worth that effort.

04 Nov 2012 02:19 PM
nytmare     

CapeFearCadaver: I treat Black Friday like it's the zombie apocalypse


I'm struggling to think of differences between the two.

04 Nov 2012 02:20 PM
TuteTibiImperes    [TotalFark]  
After working retail for a few years, including Black Friday, I now avoid it like the plague.

/at least I was on commission at the time
//90 hour work week sucked, the $5,000 check for a week of work at the end didn't

04 Nov 2012 02:20 PM
Derwood     
As someone who works at a retail store, here's the secret the media doesn't ever tell you:

NO ONE on Black Friday is buying Xmas gifts. Because who the fark buys people 55" TV's for Xmas? No one. EVERYONE is buying shiat for themselves. It's the biggest day of gluttony and greed every year.

04 Nov 2012 02:20 PM
Skr     
Black November online.

04 Nov 2012 02:21 PM
Mister Peejay     

Party-sized bucket of flan: If you need a "survival guide" to Black Friday, chances are you're a huge farking loser.


If you need a survival guide to Black Friday, go right to the source.

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/NOTLD was a sendup of consumerism

04 Nov 2012 02:22 PM
Mr. Coffee Nerves    [TotalFark]  
Be an agent of chaos.

Go to Walmart and put premade 'FREE with ANY purchase' stickers on XBoxes and HDTVs
Stop your car in the busiest fire lane and change a tire.
Loudly delay the line at Best Buy demanding to know why they don't take Diner's Club.

04 Nov 2012 02:23 PM
Aarontology     
Everyone who participates in Black Friday deserves every negative thing that happens to them.

04 Nov 2012 02:24 PM
whizbangthedirtfarmer     
I don't think I've been out on Black Friday in a few years. I just troll Amazon for deals off and on all day. The shopping for the kids is done; just need to find something for the wifey.

04 Nov 2012 02:24 PM
TuteTibiImperes    [TotalFark]  

Derwood: As someone who works at a retail store, here's the secret the media doesn't ever tell you:

NO ONE on Black Friday is buying Xmas gifts. Because who the fark buys people 55" TV's for Xmas? No one. EVERYONE is buying shiat for themselves. It's the biggest day of gluttony and greed every year.


At least when it comes to electronics it never seems to be the good stuff on sale either. Sure, you can get a TV for super cheap price, but it's some crappy no-name brand that usually retails for $399 that you can get for $199 instead. If they had the Sharp Elite or Sony XBR on sale for half price, I might camp out the night before.

04 Nov 2012 02:24 PM
cfffffgagffacfacfacfacfacccccfcaaffff     
Joke's on you. I'm already one step ahead, because first you need friends/family for whom to buy stuff on Black Friday.

/I need a hug

04 Nov 2012 02:25 PM
elchupacabra     
I'd think avoiding Wal-Mart and other ghetto stores is key. There's decent shopping experience to be had if you avoid Bertha/Cacendra/Lopita and her forty crotch-spawn.

04 Nov 2012 02:25 PM
iheartscotch     
I work that day; it promises to be a barn burner.

As has been said often; it's a celebration of capitalism in its most primal form. You should probably stay home.

/ but, if everybody's grandma and the poofy hair guy is right; we don't have to worry bout much after the 21st of December.

// excepting, of course, the rising of Cthulhu

04 Nov 2012 02:25 PM
moothemagiccow     
dont buy your friends and family shiat they never needed to begin with

04 Nov 2012 02:26 PM
John Buck 41    [TotalFark]  
F*ck Black Friday in the ass.

04 Nov 2012 02:26 PM
Mister Peejay     

Mister Peejay: /NOTLD was a sendup of consumerism


Dawn of the Dead, sorry. The one with the mall.

04 Nov 2012 02:27 PM
NeoCortex42     

Mister Peejay: /NOTLD was a sendup of consumerism


You're thinking of Dawn of the Dead.

04 Nov 2012 02:27 PM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     
Was it always called Black Friday, or was it given that monicker in response to all the people trampled to death by blacks stampeding to get the last $239.99 eMachines laptop?

04 Nov 2012 02:27 PM
the801     
Target gives you a discount for signing up for a credit card. this is a very funny thing to do when there's 50+ people in line behind you.

04 Nov 2012 02:32 PM
moothemagiccow     

Derwood: As someone who works at a retail store, here's the secret the media doesn't ever tell you:

NO ONE on Black Friday is buying Xmas gifts. Because who the fark buys people 55" TV's for Xmas? No one. EVERYONE is buying shiat for themselves. It's the biggest day of gluttony and greed every year.


You're right. The big ticket items get selfish people into the store.

But the other random crap is what ends up under the tree. You think stores make money from selling $500 msrp items for $199? The point is to get you in the door or on their site looking at all the other shiat they sell. The maniacs throwing a big screen in their cart and running to the register make a big show, but I've seen others amble around the store, eyeing the 10% discounts and giving whatever's slightly on sale to their relatives.

04 Nov 2012 02:32 PM
MoronLessOff     

Bob_Laublaw: God, no. Please, folks, we need videos of fistfights over bra sales!


I, for one, would like to see more bra fights.

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Was it always called Black Friday, or was it given that monicker in response to all the people trampled to death by blacks stampeding to get the last $239.99 eMachines laptop?


I believe it was because stores had to deal with higher volume. Not necessarily the good way, the kind like you mentioned. Stampeding crazy shoppers. The idea that it's because stores go from the financial red to the black on that weekend is a myth.

04 Nov 2012 02:32 PM
John Buck 41    [TotalFark]  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Was it always called Black Friday, or was it given that monicker in response to all the people trampled to death by blacks stampeding to get the last $239.99 eMachines laptop?


Don't make fun of eMachines. I had one and it served me well for 3 1/2 years. The only reason it died was because the female power input pin is bent. Probably fixable but beyond my capabilities.

04 Nov 2012 02:33 PM
davynelson     
i don't even do xmas, man.

fark you i'm gonna buy something for everybody i know because you say so.

has nothing to do with me, whatever it is.

04 Nov 2012 02:33 PM
elchupacabra     

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Was it always called Black Friday, or was it given that monicker in response to all the people trampled to death by blacks stampeding to get the last $239.99 eMachines laptop?


/notsureiftrolling.jpg

It's called Black Friday as it's the first day of the fiscal year that some retailers actually start running a profit.

04 Nov 2012 02:34 PM
elchupacabra     

MoronLessOff: Bob_Laublaw: God, no. Please, folks, we need videos of fistfights over bra sales!

I, for one, would like to see more bra fights.

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Was it always called Black Friday, or was it given that monicker in response to all the people trampled to death by blacks stampeding to get the last $239.99 eMachines laptop?

I believe it was because stores had to deal with higher volume. Not necessarily the good way, the kind like you mentioned. Stampeding crazy shoppers. The idea that it's because stores go from the financial red to the black on that weekend is a myth.


Huh... Wikipedia seems to give merit to both definitions.

04 Nov 2012 02:35 PM
austin_millbarge     
I use Black Friday to buy all the stuff I need for myself that I can wait a few weeks to get.

Christmas shopping starts december 22nd.

04 Nov 2012 02:36 PM
moothemagiccow     

Kimpak: If only there was some way to shop for virtually everything in the convenience of your own home....hm..


It seems like the convenient way to do it, but I felt so bad for my UPS driver. Yeah they're hiring more people, but those guys were delivering at my building every day last year.

04 Nov 2012 02:36 PM
12349876     

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Was it always called Black Friday, or was it given that monicker in response to all the people trampled to death by blacks stampeding to get the last $239.99 eMachines laptop?


Wikipedia says this is the first mention of "Black Friday" associated with the day after Thanksgiving. From a 1961 Philly PR newsletter.

For downtown merchants throughout the nation, the biggest shopping days normally are the two following Thanksgiving Day. Resulting traffic jams are an irksome problem to the police and, in Philadelphia, it became customary for officers to refer to the post-Thanksgiving days as Black Friday and Black Saturday. Hardly a stimulus for good business, the problem was discussed by the merchants with their Deputy City Representative, Abe S. Rosen, one of the country's most experienced municipal PR executives. He recommended adoption of a positive approach which would convert Black Friday and Black Saturday to Big Friday and Big Saturday

04 Nov 2012 02:36 PM
MoronLessOff     

elchupacabra: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Was it always called Black Friday, or was it given that monicker in response to all the people trampled to death by blacks stampeding to get the last $239.99 eMachines laptop?

/notsureiftrolling.jpg

It's called Black Friday as it's the first day of the fiscal year that some retailers actually start running a profit.


False.

04 Nov 2012 02:37 PM
elchupacabra     
Retailers should have a disclaimer that any violence started that day will AUTOMATICALLY shut down the store and the perpetrator will be identified publicly as they are escorted out of the building.

04 Nov 2012 02:37 PM
Tyrone Biggums     

xynix: www.amazon.com


Came here to say this.

04 Nov 2012 02:38 PM
elchupacabra     

MoronLessOff: elchupacabra: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Was it always called Black Friday, or was it given that monicker in response to all the people trampled to death by blacks stampeding to get the last $239.99 eMachines laptop?

/notsureiftrolling.jpg

It's called Black Friday as it's the first day of the fiscal year that some retailers actually start running a profit.

False.


TYVM for the interesting article.

04 Nov 2012 02:39 PM
offmymeds     
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04 Nov 2012 02:41 PM
Talos     
Black Friday Shopping:

Step one - brew some fresh coffee
Step two - turn on the computer
Step three - shop online (paying particular attention to no tax and free shipping)
Step four - refill coffee cup and go watch football

04 Nov 2012 02:41 PM
TuteTibiImperes    [TotalFark]  

Tyrone Biggums: xynix: www.amazon.com

Came here to say this.


I've had an internet connection since '95 and am pretty tech-savvy, but I can't remember ever buying anything on Amazon. I don't know if this makes me weird or not.

04 Nov 2012 02:42 PM
Bit'O'Gristle     
I generally don't waste my time fighting the crowds at retail stores. Shopping for Christmas online FTW.

04 Nov 2012 02:43 PM
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