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Do you go out on Black Friday?

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Why Black Friday Is Better Than Thanksgiving

by Emily Abbate

BLack FridayDear Black Friday,

It feels like just yesterday I won that $500 gift card to Sports Authority on that dark, chilly 2010 November morning. 4:55 a.m. I got there at 4:30. I waited in line sporting a Snuggie (or was that my Slanket?) and literally dropped to the cold, tile floor when I scratched off my "early bird" ticket to reveal my winnings. The winnings that bought my mom the kayak she always dreamed of having. That morning. That one morning. That's the reason why you and I will always be in love.

It wasn't always this way. There were a few years there back in 2004 when I felt like we had no future together. When I felt like I wasn't getting the good deals. I was frustrated by your big crowds and the fact that coffee shops just weren't jumping on the bandwagon, refusing to open their doors at 4:30 a.m. to provide the caffeine boost I needed to fuel my morning.

Regardless, you'll still always be better than Thanksgiving. For shopping, that is.

Can you tell me what's the big deal with stores opening on Thanksgiving? I thought the whole reason Black Friday was, well, on Friday, is because people need to recover from all that turkey tryptophan (and perhaps sober up from one-too-many egg nogs). First Courtney Stodden and Dough Hutchison separate and now stores are open all day on Turkey Day like it's no big thing? Is nothing sacred anymore? 

OK. That was sorta lame. But seriously, it's kind of upsetting. Mostly because before stores changed their tune, I felt all sorts of hardcore meeting my girlfriends in the dimly lit parking lot off the highway at 4 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Before, we would pile into one vehicle, blast Christmas music, and show up armed with gazillions of coupons we didn't need, but clipped 'em just because well, ya never know. Before, I still had a chance of snagging some great deals before items flew off the shelf.

Am I discouraged? Eh, only slightly. It's really not your fault, you haven't changed. You may be a bit later this year, but that wasn't your call. No matter how long passes, I'll always think of the one door buster that changed it all. I'll always encourage others to try, because maybe they'll find that one thing that'll make someone else smile. The one thing they could not afford otherwise. The one thing that will go down in your family as epic forever and ever.

The countdown has begun. See you soon, old friend.


Do you go out on Black Friday? What's been the best deal/ surprise you've experienced in the past?

by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM
Replies (11-20):
by Platinum Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM
I've gone a couple times I've never seen any telling or giggling, just a crowd shopping. I'm not going this year
by Ruby Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM

No. I never have and now that "black Friday" is bleeding into Thanksgiving (being called "gray Thursday") I hope that others stop and force the corporations to scale back. Quoting a favorite character from a favorite movie, "Yeah, there's a lot of bad 'isms' floatin' around this world, but one of the worst is commercialism. Make a buck, make a buck."

by Ruby Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 11:10 AM


by Gold Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM
by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Nope. All my Christmas shopping is done already, yay! Now it's just a matter of keeping my husband from peeking at his presents. He's like a little kid. Lol

holding gifts

by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Same I go in the afternoon and buy what hasn't been bought if there's anything on my list's that was a want.

Quoting Aliceinwildland:

Not until after everyones done trampling each other. I go to see if I can find any good deals left. Last year I got a coffee maker for $4 and I didn't even have to fight for it.

by Sapphire Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Yes I do.  My best deal was a trampoline for my kids 2 Christmas's ago. 

by Platinum Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM

I don't like to shop on regular days lol so I definitely don't leave my house when there's a hoard of people out and about.

by Platinum Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Nope. I always say I'm going to, but then I don't. I'm just not a morning person. Like I can wake up early with no issues, but I need about an hour to mentally wake up, and I'm already very temperamental so I'd lose my shit on people if I went out. My family would probably hear about me on the news, lol.

I've worked it a few times and it was never too bad.

One day I'll get out there just to say I did it.
by Emerald Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 12:09 PM

NO , I have never gone shopping on black friday and I never will.  I find plenty of sales/discounts on other days.  I do most of my shopping online and have avoided malls and most stores during the holiday season for many years.. Some of those black friday bargains are not bargains anyway.  I prefer keeping my money instead of spending it on things I most likely don't need or garbage gifts for others.  A few years back, a Walmart worker got trampled to death when they opened the door.  I don't want to be anywhere near trash like that. and yes, people act like animals.

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