(Closed) Are you going out to shop Black Friday?

posted 8 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Are you shopping Black Friday?

    Are you kidding?? Wild horses couldn't keep me from going out! I'll shop 'till I drop.

    I'm starting Thursday night and only hitting places open Thursday and at midnight... then I'm done

    Maybe? Depends on how I feel and how early I wake up

    Maybe. But only online. If I think about it.

    Yes, but only online. Who wants to deal with crowds and parking and lines?? Crazy people...

    Probably not.

    Nope. I don't shop, so I couldn't care less.

    Not dealing with any of that crap. I'm sleeping in and enjoying the day off... and leftovers.

    I'm not from the States... you silly people and your "Black Friday"

  • Post # 32
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I hate that people go shopping on Thursday night!!! Those poor employees. If I do any shopping it will online on Monday. I won’t knock people for going out Friday but its mean to go on Thursday.

    Post # 33
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I might, but only at a small, local kitchenware store, not at any big chain stores. FH used to work security at a big chain and always tells me horror stories about Black Friday. I couldn’t imagine going! 

    The kitchenware store will have maybe 20-25 people in it? Not bad. Plus, you get to draw a tag off the tree for your savings, which is so freaking adorable to me, lol!

    Post # 34
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Nope. I have moral objections to the way people and companies behave that day, so I’m not going to support it with my business and presence. I have relatives who work at Walmart, and I worry for their safety. If someone can get trampled because a mob forms over buying cheap stuff, we’re doing something wrong. 

    Post # 35
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Hell no.

    I have already finished my Christmas shopping (made it a priority, otherwise my anxiety gets out of control.) I got 20% at Philosophy, 30% off at Berricle, and many thing I wanted on sale at Amazon.

    It seems like they have the same crap for cheap every Black Friday. They have that one Sony 52″ TV for like $5 at Walmart to get you to buy their crappy, offbrand TVs, they have the fake cashmere, they have the stand mixers (which aren’t a bad deal, but I’ll just register for mine, thanks) and they have that giant makeup kit with the eyeshadows that wear off after 10 minutes.

    It isn’t worth disrupting my sleep schedule, driving on the road with people who are literally still half asleep in some cases, and putting up with a bunch of cranky A-holes fighting over a damn set of towels to get $20 off something that I am probably just buying for someone because it’s cheap in the first place, when if I really just wanted them to have that expensive thing at a cheaper price, I probably would have done better to have shopped throughout the year.

    Wall Street Journal – The Myth of the Black Friday Deal

    Post # 36
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    My Fiance and I both work at Walmart and will both be missing our first Thanksgiving as an engaged couple.

    Cry

     

    Post # 37
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If you feel the need to boycott the idea of workers working on the holiday, please don’t say you’ll be shopping at no time sooner than midnight firday.  Really, midnight no better.  I have to work overnight wednesday and thursday, into friday to set the ad, build displays, and prepare the store for shoppers.  This is new because we’ve never had to be open so early.  I will officially have no holiday with family this year, i’ll be working and sleeping.  Yes, i’m making money to pay the bills, but as a consumer, please be aware that if you want to shop at midnight, we have to work that night in preparation.  Black Friday is a cruel joke on the retail workers in general.  

    Only thing i’ll ask of anyone who is going is to please be sweet to the retail faces you come in contact with.  They’re stressed, scared, intimidated, mad, exhausted… anything you can imagine, times 10.  It’s a hard day, and i know at my store, that i can’t mention because of a social media contract, though it is a world wide store, is requiring 12 hour mandatory shifts, with only one half hour lunch.  So, be kind.  And yelling at us wont help anyway.  I never understood how screaming at a cashier solves the upset of a store only having 3 of an item in stock.  It is what it is and litterally no one, not even managers, affect that.

     Anyway be nice, be careful (some of these people are nuts, and trampling is a REAL concern) drive safe afterwards (everyone is friggin sleep deprived) and get out of town ASAP and spend some quite time with your people.  Not everyone has the luxury!  And eat some turkey for me!! 

    Post # 38
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I voted Are you kidding?? Wild horses couldn’t keep me from going out! I’ll shop ’till I drop.

    I love Black Friday. But it’s not for the deals. We hardly get anything. It’s the experience. My mom, my cousin, her two young kids, and I all get up and head to the stores at 4AM. There is crazy adrenaline. It’s so much fun being at a store opening with hundreds of other people and seeing the madness. After a few hours of shopping (though again, we only end up buying maybe a dozen items between all of us), we head to a little diner for breakfast. Then we return home and nap, then wake up and eat leftovers!

    So for me, it’s the experience. It isn’t the “stuff.” We really couldn’t care less about that.

    ETA: Also, I will absolutely not be heading to any stores like Walmart or Target on Thanksgiving night. It’s absolutely absurd that they are ruining Thanksgiving for their employees.

    Post # 39
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Nope, no way, could care less!

    Post # 40
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My cousins and I did Black Friday once just to see what it was like. We didn’t have anything in mind to buy and I don’t think we even bought anything. NEVER AGAIN. I think Black Friday is ugly and epitomizes everything wrong with our society. Yes, I know that sounds harsh, but I hate seeing people be so greedy and grabby, I hate that the employees (who don’t make that much money anyway) have to deal with rude people, I hate the consumerism that takes over the day after we’re all supposed to give thanks.

    I worked at Target one year when I was home from college on Christmas break and it was terrible. People are so mean! Is it really worth losing your shit because your kid won’t have some crappy toy? They will survive, I promise.

    Post # 41
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

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    @frommisstomrs.:  That’s terrible. So I don’t suppose you’ll be participating in the walk-out, then?

     

    Post # 42
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @Future Tompkins:  I’m so sorry 🙁 I hope you get to at least have some fun and that everyone is nice to you!

    Post # 43
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    If I didn’t HAVE to work – Thanksgiving morning AND overnight AND Black Friday evening – I would be at home enjoying time with family.

    I don’t think I will EVER participate in Black Friday once I have a non-service or retail job. I would feel guilty being part of the reason many people (like me) don’t get to enjoy time off with their family… you  know, giving thanks for what we already have.

    Post # 44
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Never have never will.  I am not a shopper and not much of a consumer in general.  I also hate crowds of people.  I went to a random sale on accident (not BF) once in my life and I will never do that again.  I really dislike that they are starting on Thanksgiving.

    Post # 45
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I can’t wait!!!!!! Were heading out early to catch the Thursday 8pm door busters so we’ll be shopping/standing in line for 15 hours easy and with no sleep but I’m ready!

    Post # 46
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I work at one of the large stores that are opening at 8 pm, and I must say… I think that anyone who is going shopping on Thanksgiving is a really horrible person. I am extremely lucky to be in a position where had I been scheduled to work I would have simply quit (it’s far from our sole source of income), but thankfully I haven’t been scheduled til Friday evening, but for  those of you going shopping Thanksgiving at 8pm- I hope you realize (and feel extremely guilty) that it is your greed and impatience that is encouraging these large retail stores to be open at all, and to force their MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS most of whom can’t “just get another job,” to be at work on one of the few, if possibly only days of the year, when all Americans should be with their families and being thankful for what they have.

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