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22 Nov 2012 02:22 PM   |   9815 clicks   |   UPI
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Pocket Ninja    [TotalFark]  
So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.

22 Nov 2012 12:44 PM
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FirstNationalBastard    [TotalFark]  
Black Friday, Cyber Monday... I'm waiting for Attractive and Successful African-American Tuesday!

22 Nov 2012 01:29 PM
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MmmmBacon    [TotalFark]  
In other news, water is wet.

22 Nov 2012 01:30 PM
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RedPhoenix122    [TotalFark]  

Pocket Ninja: So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.


And if you take the last $30 Blu-ray player I WILL FARKING CUT YOU!

22 Nov 2012 02:06 PM
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the_rhino     
You don't say!?

22 Nov 2012 02:23 PM
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Fano    [TotalFark]  
www.sanfranciscosentinel.com

O RLY?

22 Nov 2012 02:24 PM
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Mantour     
i.ytimg.com

So paint the devil on the wall!

22 Nov 2012 02:26 PM
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limeyfellow     

Pocket Ninja: So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.


Or a lawsuit where they all trampled that minimum wage employee to death and caused the store to have to close for 10 minutes to clean up the blood, costing lots of money.

22 Nov 2012 02:28 PM
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UsikFark    [TotalFark]  

limeyfellow: Pocket Ninja: So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.

Or a lawsuit where they all trampled that minimum wage employee to death and caused the store to have to close for 10 minutes to clean up the blood, costing lots of money.


Did he drop any loot?

22 Nov 2012 02:31 PM
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Bronzemom     
So two examples one from Sears and one from Home depot sold thing cheaper some time earlier in the year . That some hard hitting reporting there LOU !

22 Nov 2012 02:32 PM
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drjekel_mrhyde     

Pocket Ninja: So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.


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I came
/that's why you're in green

22 Nov 2012 02:34 PM
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Gosling     
Well, yeah. Consumers have now been properly conditioned to associate the Black Friday stampede with big sales. You don't actually have to provide the sales anymore. You can lop a penny off the price, call it a 'doorbuster sale' and it'll be gone before you know it.

22 Nov 2012 02:35 PM
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buzzcut73     
I'm fairly sure that if I ran a store, I could put out a full color flyer with 'Doorbuster' Black Friday deals that were higher on everything I sold and as long as the ad got enough penetration, I'd have enough morons lined up overnight to make it worth my while. Seriously, people are nuts.

22 Nov 2012 02:36 PM
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archichris     
Earlier this year your dollar was worth more than it is today. So things cost more now. Get used to it, since welfare benefitters can now vote themselves benefits its only going to get worse.

Thanks Obama.

22 Nov 2012 02:38 PM
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Gosling     

limeyfellow: Or a lawsuit where they all trampled that minimum wage employee to death and caused the store to have to close for 10 minutes to clean up the blood, costing lots of money.


I recall it was the police that shut the doors (to the protests of the shoppers) and they don't give a fark how much money it costs the store. I think they wound up closing it for the entire day.

22 Nov 2012 02:39 PM
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Abox     

Pocket Ninja: So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.



It's quite possibly the most important inter-personal experience a person can have. Zen-like.

22 Nov 2012 02:40 PM
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cig-mkr     
I always thought that the week after Christmas was a better deal. All the outlets are trying to dump their inventory and really slash prices.
But we would miss the holiday crush wouldn't we?

22 Nov 2012 02:43 PM
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MrHelpful     

buzzcut73: I'm fairly sure that if I ran a store, I could put out a full color flyer with 'Doorbuster' Black Friday deals that were higher on everything I sold and as long as the ad got enough penetration, I'd have enough morons lined up overnight to make it worth my while. Seriously, people are nuts.


THIS

22 Nov 2012 02:45 PM
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jjorsett     
For instance, a KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is to be sold at Sears Friday for $319.99. But the retailer offered the same mixer for $296 in March, Decide told the Journal.

And I paid $260 for a 6-quart KitchenAid Professional 600 earlier in the year, which I'll be gifting. Waiting until this time of year to start buying means passing up some genuine bargains.

22 Nov 2012 02:46 PM
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jjorsett     

Pocket Ninja: So the prices aren't necessarily as low as they could or should be. So what? The consumer is getting the experience of being part of the magic of Black Friday, the thrilling exuberance that comes from being a part of something truly larger than himself, a throng of gentle souls all coming together with single-minded purpose. I won't say that I believe in magic, not exactly, but there is something almost enchanting about the day. A shimmer in the air, an transformational electricity. There are no lines on this day, no mere crowds. Rather, there is only human potential, human bond, humanity. I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.


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22 Nov 2012 02:49 PM
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styckx     
i.imgur.com

22 Nov 2012 02:50 PM
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bingethinker    [TotalFark]  
We need a Well, Duh! tag. The stores are not guaranteeing these are the Lowest. Prices. Evar!

22 Nov 2012 02:52 PM
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GooberMcFly    [TotalFark]  
...but the price is in 50 point font and there's a limited supply of 100 per store!

22 Nov 2012 02:58 PM
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Your Average Witty Fark User     

archichris: Earlier this year your dollar was worth more than it is today. So things cost more now. Get used to it, since welfare benefitters can now vote themselves benefits its only going to get worse.

Thanks Obama.


You're a retard. No, that's an insult to retards. You're ignorant.

22 Nov 2012 03:00 PM
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nursedude     

Pocket Ninja: I'm surprised, in fact, that stores do not charge us for being permitted to take part in such an affair. There, my friend, is something to be thankful for.


As soon as they read this thread Apple will probably introduce a new "just be glad we let you in to our store" charge

22 Nov 2012 03:07 PM
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animal900     
I found that the Black Friday type deals really started at the beginning of November.

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 3D and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price, and I didn't have to battle the crowds of morans tomorrow!

22 Nov 2012 03:09 PM
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Day_Old_Dutchie     
as for me, I'm gonna strike all the big red words from my little black book.

22 Nov 2012 03:15 PM
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BATMANATEE    [TotalFark]  

animal900: I found that the Black Friday type deals really started at the beginning of November.

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 3D and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price, and I didn't have to battle the crowds of morans tomorrow!


Well done!

22 Nov 2012 03:18 PM
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BarkingUnicorn    [TotalFark]  
It should be illegal to sell anything for less than its Black Friday price.

22 Nov 2012 03:25 PM
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spiralscratch     

animal900: I found that the Black Friday type deals really started at the beginning of November.

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 3D and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price, and I didn't have to battle the crowds of morans tomorrow!


You still got ripped off.

22 Nov 2012 03:25 PM
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natewill     

archichris: Earlier this year your dollar was worth more than it is today. So things cost more now. Get used to it, since welfare benefitters can now vote themselves benefits its only going to get worse.

Thanks Obama.


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22 Nov 2012 03:28 PM
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natewill     

animal900: I found that the Black Friday type deals really started at the beginning of November.

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 3D and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price, and I didn't have to battle the crowds of morans tomorrow!


Bargain my ass! You just short-changed yourself: Pear Anjou Cables. Now how are you going to get smell-o-vision and feel-o-rama?

22 Nov 2012 03:32 PM
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viscountalpha     
i still like my 50% off socks and towels. i know a good deal when i see it and newegg has some nice ones.

22 Nov 2012 03:33 PM
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Bisu     

natewill: animal900: I found that the Black Friday type deals really started at the beginning of November.

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 3D and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price, and I didn't have to battle the crowds of morans tomorrow!

Bargain my ass! You just short-changed yourself: Pear Anjou Cables. Now how are you going to get smell-o-vision and feel-o-rama?


Well, there is at least some logic in paying more for shielding, better transmission, etc. for analog cables. For digital, you can't even make an argument that it matters. You're kind of comparing apples to pears.

22 Nov 2012 03:37 PM
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thornhill     

animal900: I found that the Black Friday type deals really started at the beginning of November.

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 3D and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price, and I didn't have to battle the crowds of morans tomorrow!


I'm not sure if you're being serious or not, but if you're being sincere, you were just sold snake oil.

22 Nov 2012 03:42 PM
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adenosine     

Bisu: You're kind of comparing apples to pears.


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22 Nov 2012 03:43 PM
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Bisu     
Before anyone else makes themselves look silly, animal900 was trolling.

22 Nov 2012 03:44 PM
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ThatVANguy     
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22 Nov 2012 03:51 PM
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bjmidkiff2     
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22 Nov 2012 03:54 PM
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ThatVANguy     
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22 Nov 2012 04:02 PM
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m3000    [TotalFark]  
Frys is doing it right. Order online, and pickup tomorrow anytime. $30 blue ray player and $13 32gb sdhc without the crowds.

22 Nov 2012 04:03 PM
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Smidge204     
www.staresattheworld.com

22 Nov 2012 04:05 PM
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Bronzemom     
Monster cables own lit can only show a little difference in it 50ft cables less than that all of them have the bandwidth to cover current tvs. ^5 dollars for a 3 dollar cable that's a deal !

22 Nov 2012 04:16 PM
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Bronzemom     
Sorry $65 dollars fora a 3 dollar cable

22 Nov 2012 04:17 PM
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Vlad_the_Inaner     

m3000: Frys is doing it right. Order online, and pickup tomorrow anytime. $30 blue ray player and $13 32gb sdhc without the crowds.


Without getting surprise magazine subscriptions (as automatic renewals of supposedly free trial subscriptions) on your credit card months later?

/they test the card you bought with months later, to see if the card is still active wih a tiny charge first, and if it goes through, wham a renewal is done. Then you have to fight through their phone robot to cancel it.
//pay only cash at Fry's Decline all "Free" offers

22 Nov 2012 04:33 PM
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Archimedes' Principal     

FirstNationalBastard: Black Friday, Cyber Monday... I'm waiting for Attractive and Successful African-American Tuesday!


Not gonna happen. Everybody knows Tuesday is Red's Tamale Day.

/ Yes, I'm old.

22 Nov 2012 04:35 PM
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BATMANATEE    [TotalFark]  

Bronzemom: Monster cables own lit can only show a little difference in it 50ft cables less than that all of them have the bandwidth to cover current tvs. ^5 dollars for a 3 dollar cable that's a deal !


Your Satireometer may need calibration.

22 Nov 2012 04:38 PM
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thornhill     

Bisu: Before anyone else makes themselves look silly, animal900 was trolling.


You really never know.

I know people that have spent hundreds of dollars on power cords because somehow they "clean" the power which results in improved sound and picture quality.

22 Nov 2012 05:16 PM
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Mad_Radhu     

thornhill: Bisu: Before anyone else makes themselves look silly, animal900 was trolling.

You really never know.

I know people that have spent hundreds of dollars on power cords because somehow they "clean" the power which results in improved sound and picture quality.


Farkin' capacitors, how do they work?

22 Nov 2012 05:24 PM
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SuperDuper28     
It's also the time when they roll out their cheapest made stuff. The stuff you normally see on the shelves are often the mid-quality lines.

Nobody's losing money even when you pick up a 60" TV for $500

22 Nov 2012 05:37 PM
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