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"Black Friday, will you survive?", One week ago, 9:56 AM #1
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Any of you unfortunate souls working in shops during that day? I pity you.

Since all I'll do, is go for Steam sale, and that's it.
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One week ago, 10:46 AM #2
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I work in a restaurant in a casino and I have to work on BOTH Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Black Friday is going to be hell because they're doing a bunch of giveaways and prize drawings AND having a bingo rave.
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One week ago, 12:04 PM #3
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So what is black friday celebrating? Is it connected to thanksgiving? Are you all racing in to buy the best turkey or what?
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One week ago, 12:46 PM #4
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@M: it’s a day when Americans humiliate themselves in pursuit of consumer products they can’t afford, so they can give that shit to friends and family who don’t care, so that mismanaged companies can end their calendar year in the black.

See y’all at Walmart.
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One week ago, 12:47 PM #5
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The Letter M:So what is black friday celebrating? Is it connected to thanksgiving? Are you all racing in to buy the best turkey or what?


It's related to Thanksgiving, in that it starts Thanksgiving night.

Personally, since I do not like the Purge movies, I do not participate in The Purge: Christmas Edition. I do all my shopping safely at regular price, thank you very much.

Also I have a cousin whos birthday is on black friday this year and I'd rather go to her birthday party than die.
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One week ago, 1:03 PM #6
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I hated Black Friday BEFORE I became a cashier. Shopping and crowds were just never me.

Now it is the single worst nightmare I’ve ever had in my life.
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One week ago, 2:07 PM #7
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I was able to take advantage of Black Friday ONCE, but only thanks to Amazon
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One week ago, 4:25 PM #8
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I love it. I would imagine it would be hellish in downtown areas. Great way to get last minute Christmas presents for both yourself and your family if you don't feel like ordering online. Ironically, I don't need new things so relatives and their kids will get toys.
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One week ago, 5:33 PM #9
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I sure as hell am not going out that day. People drive worse, act worse, and I hate a crowd anyway (except concerts...this doesn't bother me so much.)

We're trying to get our families to STOP buying us things we don't need or half the time want (especially since I'm constantly hearing about money crisis, and we don't need them to buy us stuff-I don't mind buying or making gifts for them, but we don't need anything we can't buy ourselves o_O)

Oh, and because we're getting to be old curmudgeons, and we're no fun anymore.


I really wish the best for those forced to go out, and I'm sorry "discounts," "deals," and "sales" brings out the worst in people (really...do people really save, or do they just buy more?) Holidays bring out the worst in people :/
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One week ago, 6:07 PM #10
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My thoughts on Black Friday are probably best summed up in the defining line from WarGames.

"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?"
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One week ago, 8:52 PM #11
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The Letter M:So what is black friday celebrating? Is it connected to thanksgiving? Are you all racing in to buy the best turkey or what?


Black Friday is technically more of a celebration for companies. It's called "black" because it's when their profit margins on the charts go from a red arrow pointing downward to a black arrow moving upward. Or so the legend goes!

After Thanksgiving, Santa was coming to town and people started thinking about/buying Christmas gifts. Competing companies noticed this and would put on sales to bring shoppers to THEIR stores to do their Christmas shopping. It's morphed into a very ugly thing where companies would open earlier and earlier each year, forcing their employees to work on a national family holiday and shoppers get so caught up in the sales that there's even been cases of people being trampled to death in the eager crowds going after one of the 10 very cheap X-Box's or whatever the store was advertising.

Painfully ironic that it's seeped into a holiday that's supposed to be about being thankful for what you have.

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Thankfully those days are behind me, but I never witnessed the horrible scenes that go viral on social media of people acting like animals. I guess because my store opened a couple hours after the earliest stores, so all the loonies probably got it out of their system by the time ours opened. I just kept shelves stocked in my department and waded through the crowds. The adrenaline rush from the event helped the 10 hour shift feel shorter. Most customers were still fairly polite, so it wasn't actually so bad.

Still, I hated giving up time that was supposed to be at home with my family, since they were starting to open ON Thanksgiving day :(

One year, half of my family were working retail, so we just completely rescheduled Thanksgiving and had it on a Saturday, which worked out very well! We got our holiday and Thanksgiving just became another Thursday where we got holiday pay $$ :'D

No black friday shopping for me, but cyber Monday is a thing, so that's cool
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One week ago, 9:12 PM #12
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If you need an illustration of what Black Friday means to me, watch the opening scene of the film Krampus. I'd much rather spend time watching children's programming at my aunt's house than go anywhere near a big box store on Thanksgiving.
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6 days ago, 3:53 AM #13
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you can definitely use black friday strategically. i just use it to buy expensive things i actually need. if i don't need something immediately, but it also costs a lot of money, i'll wait until black friday to get those sweet deals.

this year i'm buying most of my kit for set dressing. so, a lot of power tools

really, i feel like most people don't succumb to the nasty spirit of it, but the ones who do really stand out
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The Letter M:So what is black friday celebrating? Is it connected to thanksgiving? Are you all racing in to buy the best turkey or what?


It's the most sacred American holiday when sacrifices are made to Mammon, the god of free market economics. Blood must be spilled and a frenzy worthy of Dionysus must occur lest the crops wither in the field and a poor earnings report be filed.
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6 days ago, 12:55 PM #15
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Jay042:It's the most sacred American holiday when sacrifices are made to Mammon, the god of free market economics. Blood must be spilled and a frenzy worthy of Dionysus must occur lest the crops wither in the field and a poor earnings report be filed.


I've been waiting to use this!

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6 days ago, 2:58 PM #16
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even a daredevil like me knows better than wandering too close to a herd of greedy sheeple. let's play it safe, like every year.

well, I could do something smart like inky, but I don't like crowds anyway.

also, I always thought Black Friday sounded like a supervillain name... I mean, we already got Black Adam, Black Tom, Ruby Thursday, Deadly Ernest and other aliases that might pass as slightly odd civilian names!
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6 days ago, 3:59 PM #17
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Black Friday is becoming more and more obsolete to be honest given people now have way more options.

Cyber Monday and other online sales being a big one.

I mean...why fight the weather and crowds when you can just sit down in front of your computer and get what you want?
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6 days ago, 8:14 PM #18
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I missed it this year entirely. It wasn’t advertised.
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6 days ago, 8:29 PM #19
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I went to Walmart on thanksgiving night last year, but not to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

My husband and I were visiting family. When we checked into our hotel at like 11:30pm, we’d realized we’d forgotten ALL of our toiletries. Walmart was the only place that was open, so we reluctantly made the drive. It was nuts. A bunch of cheap junk was stacked in the aisles, crowds of people lunging at flat-screen TVs, people with hundreds of dollars’ worth of stuff piled up in their carts, the works. We went in and out without much incident. But we unintentionally went to Early Black Friday, all for approximately $10 worth of drugstore items.

But other than that, I’ll only participate in these giant sales if they’re online and offer equipment I genuinely need.
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4 days ago, 1:17 AM #20
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I'd love it if we did Black Friday here. I'd be right in there and get some discounted electronics.
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