Post # 17
I shopped on Black Friday once, with my crazy bargain-hunting sister. It was like being flung into the bowels of hell as far as I was concerned and I’ll NEVER do it again. Not worth saving money to me, I’d rather spend more money for less crowds any day.
Post # 18
I’ll be too busy with my first dress fitting…I guess it’s White Friday for me, hehe. Although I will have to brave NYC on Black Friday to get to the bridal salon, sigh
Post # 19
Cyber Monday, yes. Black Friday with the crazies, oh hell no
Post # 21
I always shop black friday with my mom! Its our little tradition. Those sheets from target for $35 are aboslutely worth it! But I’m refusing to go anywhere that is starting on Thursday until midnight.
Post # 22
I love Black Friday, though I rarely buy very much. But there’s something so awesome about the experience. Just being at a store in the middle of the night is really fun, and then there’s the camaraderie – I always wind up chatting with the other folks in line, and far from being trampled, I find that people are actually really helpful. They share store maps and coffee from a Thermos. Last year, a woman tapped me on the shoulder at Target to make sure that I knew the Sex and the City DVDs had split season six up into two DVDs. And then she handed me the second DVD.
It’s just such a uniquely American cultural experience, I think. Last year, there were two groups of people hanging out outside the Best Buy at midnight – one group held protest signs that said “you should all be ashamed of yourselves.” And the other group cheered every time someone walked out with one of the door buster televisions. Kind of amazing, right? I just think its so much fun.
Still, though, I’m not going out on Thursday. I think it’s really uncool for stores to open on Thanksgiving.
Post # 23
Hell to the no. That sounds like the worst thing ever to me. I have never black friday shopped and I doubt I ever will. I am not a people person.
Post # 24
For the first time Canada is doing black friday starting this year. As much as i always avoided going to the states for it, I am not working that day and to be honest, i’m on a tight budget this christmas and will attempt the madness. I;ll go out in the morning, if it’s too crazy i’ll just come home, but i am going to try.
Post # 25
=No way. I worked retail for about 5 years so I am boycotting this whole thing for the rest of my life.
It is really unfair that employees have to cut their holidays short so they can be at work at 8pm or midnight on Thursday, or 3am Friday. It’s horrible and I don’t agree with it. Why can’t we all relax and enjoy some time off?
Post # 26
That’s a lot of options.
I am going Thursday night for 1 thing. ONE THING!
And I’m begrudgingly going. I’m mad that they are opening so early. Seriously mad. And if the walmart employees protest at my store, I will stand with them.
Post # 27
YES! plus no place can staff for those hours for one day! at JCP we needed like three times the staffing for being open 4am to 10pm, and then ther extra craziness. It’s impossible to get that many workers trained and useful in that amount of time… and then what, fire them? It’s so stupid. I can’t imagine midnight.
And yeah, it’s sick that they’re opening on Thanksgiving. Jerks. Midnight is bad enough. I think there should be a law that states that unless you’re a 24hr store, you can’t open before 6am.
Post # 28
I will not be going out for Black Friday shopping in the classic sense. My mom and I actually sometimes will make our way to the mall after about 11 a.m., once all the doorbusters are over and the nutjobs who were out all night have gone back home to sleep. A few years ago it was a GHOST TOWN and we basically had every store to ourselves. I am hoping for that again this year, but if the crowds looks bad we’ll just turn right back around.
Post # 29
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Another bee with experience in retail here. I had a retail job during graduate school and while I love the insight that job gave me into the business, it made me hate Black Friday.
It seems all about consuming goods. I totally support Small Business Saturday. I think that builds far more camraderie with your neighbors than standing on line at a big box store ever would.
Post # 30
My late mom and I always used to go shopping on Black Friday, it was our tradition; but this was before it really got ridiculous (15 years ago).
My last Black Friday experience was about 5 years ago, and I said never again.
I don’t need anything that badly, or need to save money that badly to be around a lot of people acting really badly….
Post # 31
Been there, done that. It’s utter craziness and I don’t have that in me this year. Besides, the big ticket items that I need to buy either won’t be discounted at all or will only be marked down by like 10% and saving a few bucks isn’t worth dealing with all of those nutjobs. I may go out that evening when the crowds die down but I certainly will not be getting up at 3am and waiting in line for anything. Frankly, I don’t like anyone that much to put myself through that. I will, however, have my online shopping carts ready to submit at midnight for the stores that start taking Black Friday online orders at that time. My ass will be parked on the couch in my footie pajamas while all of those assholes are fighting over the last Justin Bieber poster at WalMart.