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   If you go to a store on Black Friday and think you saw the exact same deals last year, you're not alone

15 Nov 2012 04:09 AM   |   8230 clicks   |   Some Guy
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DanZero    [TotalFark]  
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15 Nov 2012 12:04 AM
Jamdug!     
Where's this year's link to Cyber Monday sales?

15 Nov 2012 12:05 AM
Snarcoleptic_Hoosier    [TotalFark]  
It's true. I worked retail last Black Friday, and I'll be on this Black Friday. Our marketing plan is basically the same sh** but with a little higher prices/less of a discount and more of a focus on moving clearance items.

/Anecdotes are just as good as data

15 Nov 2012 12:16 AM
NewportBarGuy    [TotalFark]  
Am I the only person who uses the Google shopping option to find the lowest price?

15 Nov 2012 12:20 AM
Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  
I spy with my little eye a 60 inch plasma TV for $599 plus tax.

That appears to be a wee bit less than last year.

15 Nov 2012 12:27 AM
kmmontandon     
If you go to a store on Black Friday


... you're too f*cking stupid to shop online.

15 Nov 2012 12:37 AM
RedPhoenix122    [TotalFark]  
Headline: "NerdWallet Study: 90% of 2012 Black Friday Ads Contain Exact Same Items and Prices as 2011′s"

FTFA: "In a NerdWallet analysis of 22 Black Friday ad scans, 20 listed at least one product at the same exact price in 2012 as in the retailer's 2011 Black Friday ad."

Talk about misleading.

15 Nov 2012 12:52 AM
Ed Finnerty     

RedPhoenix122: Headline: "NerdWallet Study: 90% of 2012 Black Friday Ads Contain Exact Same Items and Prices as 2011′s"

FTFA: "In a NerdWallet analysis of 22 Black Friday ad scans, 20 listed at least one product at the same exact price in 2012 as in the retailer's 2011 Black Friday ad."

Talk about misleading.


I'll give them credit for using the possessive apostrophe correctly.

15 Nov 2012 03:27 AM
Teknowaffle     
If you go to a store on black friday just kill yourself.

15 Nov 2012 04:18 AM
crabsno termites     
FTA: The North Face Womens Osito Fleece Jacket $99.00

Seriously, when was a fleece jacket ever worth $99.00?

/ first item that caught my eye.
// fark the fashion slaves.

15 Nov 2012 04:27 AM
sexorcisst     
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15 Nov 2012 04:27 AM
KrispyKritter     
like Dad always said: year after year Manny, Moe & Jack are just full of good deals.

15 Nov 2012 04:28 AM
phrawgh     
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These guy are gonna wear no socks and shoes.

15 Nov 2012 04:29 AM
9Speed     
Walgreen - Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue 12-Large Rolls $3.99

YES OH THANK GOD IN HEAVEN YES!!! I waited in line last year, Imma waitin' in line again this year!

/this one's not goin' under the tree... it's for ME

15 Nov 2012 04:45 AM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
The worst part of going shopping on Black Friday is catching the cold virus from some asshole who should have stayed home.

Then you realize that you're the asshole who should have stayed home.

15 Nov 2012 04:50 AM
nicoffeine     
So, they offer the same deal on the same day they offered it last year.



Hey did you see that?

That was me getting over it.

15 Nov 2012 04:56 AM
seek3r     
Could be worse, I have to *fly* that day....

/wonders if airline shops have BF deals...

15 Nov 2012 05:02 AM
BoxOfBees     
Story is a non-story. Real story is the sub-story that median prices of BF sale items have gone up significantly. In other words, the Rs and Ds in our dumbass gubmint have quantitatively eased the cash out of your hands. Assuming you're stupid enough to buy overpriced crap you don't need.

15 Nov 2012 05:12 AM
bunner     
Are you tying to tell me that you can't actually make everything cheaper, every year in the face of inflation and *still* get quality products? What are you, some kind of commie?

15 Nov 2012 05:20 AM
Shadowtag     

BoxOfBees: Story is a non-story. Real story is the sub-story that median prices of BF sale items have gone up significantly. In other words, the Rs and Ds in our dumbass gubmint have quantitatively eased the cash out of your hands. Assuming you're stupid enough to buy overpriced crap you don't need.


It isn't paranoia if they're really out to get you your money.

15 Nov 2012 05:21 AM
nicoffeine     

bunner: Are you tying to tell me that you can't actually make everything cheaper, every year in the face of inflation and *still* get quality products? What are you, some kind of commie?


It's because of the Rs and Ds (and those damn whigs) that a horse cost more than a bolt of silk these days!

15 Nov 2012 05:52 AM
jayhawk88    [TotalFark]  

BoxOfBees: Story is a non-story. Real story is the sub-story that median prices of BF sale items have gone up significantly. In other words, the Rs and Ds in our dumbass gubmint have quantitatively eased the cash out of your hands. Assuming you're stupid enough to buy overpriced crap you don't need.


"One possible qualitative explanation for this rise in median prices is the strengthening position of retail. Merchant confidence is soaring due to the most optimistic predictions on holiday buying since the recession. "

Oh, there's some stupid going around here....

15 Nov 2012 06:41 AM
HotWingConspiracy     
I don't know what it is about some people, but if they see a line, they're getting in it.

/you'll find the same deals mid-december and not risk getting trampled by fat people

15 Nov 2012 07:47 AM
LDM90     
I'm calling for a boycott right here and now. Down with Black Friday! Hopefully someone less lazy than me will turn this into one of those Internet phenomenons that fizzles out after a few days. But no seriously, stay home!

15 Nov 2012 08:44 AM
bill4935     

HotWingConspiracy: I don't know what it is about some people, but if they see a line, they're getting in it.


That's because the president is a Commie, naturally.

/I'm so cold, Yuri.
//There, there, Natasha. We will soon be around the corner - I see the line moving up ahead. Here, take my last sip of spastgralnyik, it will keep you warm until we reach the front entrance.
///I cannot take it Yuri. It was your prize for harvesting the most beets in one month. Do not ask me to take it from you.
////Darling Natalya! I love you!
//Natasha.
//Natasha, sorry.
//A one act, six slashy Russian play by bill4935.
//For performance rights, contact the William Morris Agency.

15 Nov 2012 08:46 AM
ManRay     
Retailers have been repackaging the same crap and calling it a "deal" hoping nobody will notice for a long time now. Every year I think "this is it, people are seeing through it this time". Yet there are still lines of people at 4am in front of the WalMart.

15 Nov 2012 08:54 AM
cwolf20     
Shh.. it's a conspiracy. Just like the theory that tax free weekends save a lot of money. I've worked at places before where I marked up the products on tax-free weekend. Money was still saved a little just from not paying taxes, but the products had a higher price.

15 Nov 2012 08:57 AM
untaken_name     

ManRay: Retailers have been repackaging the same crap and calling it a "deal" hoping nobody will notice for a long time now. Every year I think "this is it, people are seeing through it this time". Yet there are still lines of people at 4am in front of the WalMart.


People still fall for "liquidation" sales, man. People are stupid as hell.

15 Nov 2012 08:58 AM
Pick     
Will hopefully be out in the Gulf fishing on Black Friday.

/boat ramps should be fairly clear.

15 Nov 2012 09:05 AM
MythDragon     

bill4935: HotWingConspiracy: I don't know what it is about some people, but if they see a line, they're getting in it.


That's because the president is a Commie, naturally.

/I'm so cold, Yuri.
//There, there, Natasha. We will soon be around the corner - I see the line moving up ahead. Here, take my last sip of spastgralnyik, it will keep you warm until we reach the front entrance.
///I cannot take it Yuri. It was your prize for harvesting the most beets in one month. Do not ask me to take it from you.
////Darling Natalya! I love you!
//Natasha.
//Natasha, sorry.
//A one act, six slashy Russian play by bill4935.
//For performance rights, contact the William Morris Agency.


On the IMDB page for your play, under the 'goofs' section, it says "Midway through the story, Natasha's name inexplicably changes to Natalya, and then changes back to Natasha."

15 Nov 2012 09:12 AM
kab     
The only reason to go out on Black Friday is to troll the shiat out of other shoppers, and hopefully catch it all on video.

15 Nov 2012 09:18 AM
pacochu     
I spent a couple years working for Dick's and after a couple Black Friday's, I refuse to go out on that day now. We'll actually be traveling back from Western NY on the day after Thanksgiving this year, so maybe the airports will have some crazy deals that day.

15 Nov 2012 09:24 AM
Mad_Radhu     
I think Target is opening at 9 PM this Black Friday, which means that it is actually pretty easy for me to be lazy like I was last year and cruise over about an hour after the sale starts so I don't have to stand in line in the cold and rain and I don't have to deal with the initial stampede. Last year, I cruised in about 1 AM after they opened at midnight, and was able to find exactly what I wanted off of the sale flyer. Hell, most of it was strewn all through the store because you had people rushing to grab Blu-Ray players and Kintects, then they would have pre-buyer's remorse while waiting in the checkout line that snaked all through the store and then just drop the items in random spots. If you took a tour of the quieter parts of the store, you'd find everything you want just laying there abandoned. They way I figure it, if I can find a good deal it is awesome, but if I don't I'm not going to cry about it.

I'll also probably swing by Staples on Friday afternoon after the crowds die down because I have $160 in Staples Rewards burning a hole in my pocket, thanks to a big print job I sent them for a work project. Other than that and Target, I'm probably going to spend the rest of Black Friday relaxing at home and trolling the Amazon hourly deals.

15 Nov 2012 09:42 AM
twiztedjustin     
But the good news is if you have a real farking job you're making more money so in comparison they are better deals.

15 Nov 2012 09:53 AM
Heraclitus     
What happened to Inflation???

15 Nov 2012 10:02 AM
MBZ321     
Already got my "Black Friday" 6 qt. Crock Pot for $9.44 from walmart.com (they already had it available for purchase on there a few days ago..likely a goof).

If you need cheap home-type crap (kitchen appliances, linens, etc.) I have seen some pretty good deals if you don't need the best quality.

Electronics OTOH, is the same low-end junk that is maybe suitable only for a guest bedroom or grandma. The deals aren't even that good. A no-name 32" 720p lcd is $148ish on BF at Walmart...I bought an equally no-name set a few months ago, for $170 for 1080p. Although Kmart has a 720p set this year on Thanksgiving day for $97...the lowest price i've ever seen for this size.

15 Nov 2012 10:05 AM
kitsuneymg     

Mad_Radhu: I think Target is opening at 9 PM this Black Friday, which means that it is actually pretty easy for me to be lazy like I was last year and cruise over about an hour after the sale starts so I don't have to stand in line in the cold and rain and I don't have to deal with the initial stampede. Last year, I cruised in about 1 AM after they opened at midnight, and was able to find exactly what I wanted off of the sale flyer. Hell, most of it was strewn all through the store because you had people rushing to grab Blu-Ray players and Kintects, then they would have pre-buyer's remorse while waiting in the checkout line that snaked all through the store and then just drop the items in random spots. If you took a tour of the quieter parts of the store, you'd find everything you want just laying there abandoned. They way I figure it, if I can find a good deal it is awesome, but if I don't I'm not going to cry about it.

I'll also probably swing by Staples on Friday afternoon after the crowds die down because I have $160 in Staples Rewards burning a hole in my pocket, thanks to a big print job I sent them for a work project. Other than that and Target, I'm probably going to spend the rest of Black Friday relaxing at home and trolling the Amazon hourly deals.


I cruised into Toy'R'Us at around 10:30 am last year and picked up almost everything I wanted. It was a good excuse to get out of the house and the sales were good enough to be worth stopping by, but not enough to be worth waiting for.

15 Nov 2012 10:16 AM
TiMthisIS     
Last year? Laptops have seemed to bottomed out in price. I didn't Black Friday mine but I bought a basic laptop for $299 3 years ago. They still offer the same laptop for $329 with the same specs. Sometimes they have a tad more memory. Maybe on Black Friday sale they'll hit $279 but they don't seem to be changing much in specs or price.

15 Nov 2012 10:42 AM
trey101     
Amazon Prime FTW!!!

15 Nov 2012 10:54 AM
bill4935     

MythDragon:
On the IMDB page for your play, under the 'goofs' section, it says "Midway through the story, Natasha's name inexplicably changes to Natalya, and then changes back to Natasha."


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15 Nov 2012 10:59 AM
Mad_Radhu     

TiMthisIS: Last year? Laptops have seemed to bottomed out in price. I didn't Black Friday mine but I bought a basic laptop for $299 3 years ago. They still offer the same laptop for $329 with the same specs. Sometimes they have a tad more memory. Maybe on Black Friday sale they'll hit $279 but they don't seem to be changing much in specs or price.


Back in August, I grabbed a pretty decent Gateway for $250 over at Target during their Back to School kick off. 15.6" screen, dual-core Sandy Bridge derived Celeron, 4 GB of RAM, 320 GB hard drive, and HDMI out, plus it was eligible for an upgrade to WIn 8. It was pretty bulky and plasticy, and battery life was mediocre, but it really does the job for basic stuff life web browsing and Office docs.

15 Nov 2012 10:59 AM
cig-mkr     
But the "People of WalMart" will be different and worth the trip.

15 Nov 2012 11:30 AM
jbtilley     
I guess it works out. I didn't go out shopping on that clusterfark of a day last year and I won't go out shopping on that clusterfark of a day this year.

15 Nov 2012 12:51 PM
mcreadyblue     

NewportBarGuy: Am I the only person who uses the Google shopping option to find the lowest price?


Probably.

Since Google started charging retailers to be included in the results, it's rarely returns
the cheapest.

15 Nov 2012 12:56 PM
Swoop1809     
I might swing by Staples and grab a 2TB external drive for 70 bucks. All I'm really looking for are deals on storage

15 Nov 2012 01:54 PM
perigee     

Swoop1809: I might swing by Staples and grab a 2TB external drive for 70 bucks. All I'm really looking for are deals on storage


Feh - skip that; Best Buy has a 3TB for 100, and, if you don't mind Seagate, you should be able to pick that up on Ebay for 80-ish. Trust me - if you Need 2TB you WILL need 3 by the end of 2013.

15 Nov 2012 02:25 PM
Asako     
Open up amazon.com... click, click, click. Shopping's done.

15 Nov 2012 02:53 PM
the opposite of charity is justice     
Who the hell goes to Rite Aid for black friday shopping??

15 Nov 2012 04:04 PM
Jument     
You couldn't pay me enough to go to a store on Black Friday. Even if you put aside the fact that I hate people and that people are mostly idiots, all the cool online retailers have good sales.

15 Nov 2012 04:07 PM
NewportBarGuy    [TotalFark]  

mcreadyblue: Since Google started charging retailers to be included in the results, it's rarely returns
the cheapest.



Thanks for the heads up. I usually cross reference with TigerDirect, NewEgg, Amazon and a bunch of other places before pulling the trigger.

15 Nov 2012 06:34 PM
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