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Old 10-08-2012, 06:49 AM   #1
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The Black Friday Myth

Get up at 3 am to play World of Warcraft expansion? Check!

Get up at 3 am to go shopping? No way!!

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Old 10-08-2012, 08:58 AM   #4
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Even without seeing the link this is my comment:

My DH works retail and has to go in on black Friday. Because he is good at dealing with idiots and knows electronics he always ends up opening that section (And in my opinion if you come in on black friday and don't know what your looking for your in the idiot category. If you need help figuring out what you want to buy go in on a less busy day)

Me I wake up when I feel like it and go online. I generally have a good idea what I will buy everyone by then and check for deals. Most of the time I get about half my shopping done that day. And it all comes in the mail a few days later.

The most crowds I have to deal with our the three kitties that sometimes jump in bed with me while DH isn't there!
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:15 AM   #5
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I used to go out on Black Friday, when DD was much younger. I used to get great deals on toys, however now there is nothing that captures my interest enough to go out to a store. The electronics they sell are generally at the low end and I am much too picky for that. Besides, you can generally get as good a deal online without fighting the crowds.

Actually, I am like that any time of year now. Maybe it's an age thing or the fact that I live in a very populated area, but I have no desire to go to any stores now, ever! The one exception is for clothes. I get so tired of driving store to store trying to hunt down a product only to realize that no one carries it in the brick-n-mortars and you can only buy it online. Besides that, many of the stores that still have physical locations will inflate the prices at the store for the "convenience" of instant gratifications. No thank you! Just give me my Amazon Prime!
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:41 AM   #6
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I enjoy Black Friday as a tradition and a fun day out, but I agree with the previous poster - as my kids want fewer toys and more "big kid" gifts the deals are less attractive, and the electronics deals generally aren't for the products I want. We hit a few specialty stores in the mall (Tommy, Disney Store, Torrid), the big Joann Fabrics that I don't often drive out to, and then have breakfast and call it a day. The best deals I've gotten the past couple years have been online but it is still fun to go out - if you pass on Walmart and Target and the other places that seem to attract really crazy/desperate bargain hunters the crowds are fun and friendly, and we have a good time with it.
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