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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 (21-30):
by Gold Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 12:11 PM
No. But it's because I don't support making retail workers work crazy shifts on
/right after a major holiday.

Plus, I hate crowds and I like taking my time while I shop.
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by Silver Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM

No, I love my sleep too much.

by Silver Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

 No , I don't like crowds.

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by Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Yes, but only because I work. If I didn't have to work today or tomorrow, I would be at home enjoying my time off with my family and not out with the crazies. I don't work retail though so I'm thankful for that.

by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM
Yes. It's family tradition for us. My sister and I go. We have fun. We stick to less busy stores and do not fight over anything. We tend to avoid electronics.
by Anonymous 2 on Nov. 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM
Usually I do, but this year I can't:(
by Póg mo thóin on Nov. 28, 2013 at 1:11 PM

HEEELLL no!  We are not leaving the house until Sunday.

by Gold Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 2:01 PM

I will go out in the mid morning and look for  a few things if they don't have anymore no big deal.  The Sears has a couple things my DH wants may look in there because its in the mall so I won't freeze LOL and Target has a few things but again nothing that serious that it can't wait until morning.

by Gold Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 2:15 PM

I am this year and I am getting exited. This is my first time , I got talked into it by my sister in law. I'm taking my mom along she might end up driving because Im not use to staying up late. Hoping I can get a nap after dinner , but I doubt it.

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