Post # 16
I went to one of the black thursdays [when they first started popping up], simply because they had mens jeans on sale for $6 a pair and DH blows through them at work, but I will NEVER go again. Paying a higher price for whatever I want and keeping my sanity is fine with me.
Post # 17
I only did Black Friday once. We went at night, hoping the crowd would have subsided a little. Nope! Now I start collecting things throughout the year or shop online. I’d rather pay more for convenience than deal with the clusterfuck of Black Friday sales.
Post # 18
i love Black Friday shopping (competitive shopping!), but I never line up. And we never go on actual Thanksgiving, because that’s dumb.
Post # 19
I won’t line up on Black Friday. I’ve done some shopping, but most people were working so it wasn’t too busy and there’s no way I would go to a location like WEM that day.
Post # 20
I worked the last six Black Fridays. I shopped a little after work, so 8-12 hours after open. Before that, I’d been once. My mother took me to JC Penny’s around 8 am to get the slightly expensive winter formal dress I really wanted at a discount.
I might go late morning/early afternoon this year as an activity with my inlaws, but there’s nothing I need that justifies retail workers being put through hell.
Post # 21
One year I left the house at 3 in the morning for a sale that started at 6 for black Friday. Another year went maybe 1 hour before hand and still got the deals since everyone was in line but they were opening multiple doors. If we go this year it will be after the start of the sales.
Post # 22
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
I don’t do Black Friday and feel very strongly against it. I spend that day with my family relaxing at home; to me, no special price beats that.
Post # 23
I’m very strongly against Black Friday. I have been in retail for many years. It is disgusting to me that stores are opening earlier and earlier, and people have to miss out on Thanksgiving with their families. It makes no sense that the day after we give thanks for what we have, we make it all about consuming at all costs. BLEH!
Post # 24
I stood in line once, over a decade ago. People were relatively polite, especially around me since I was pregnant at the time. Additionally the store I went to had a queue and they let people in one at a time so things couldn’t get too crazy. I just wanted the “doorbuster” coupon and I went straight to the jewelry counter, got what I wanted and went home for a nap.
Since then? Never. I will gladly pay slightly more in order to avoid the crowds. I try to get most of my shopping done before Thanksgiving now, because the stores just get stupidly crowded overall in the month of December.
And I have been hearing on the news something I’ve suspected for years now anyway – Black Friday prices are NOT necessarily the best prices. Indeed, most stores have offered the same prices before, in September for example. So Thanksgiving is the date I STOP going to stores. I start decorating for the holidays and becoming a homebody for a month or so instead.
Post # 25
Another vote for zero hours. No sale is worth my safety or sanity. I’d rather pay a few dollars more than deal with that foolishness.
Post # 26
Never shopped on Black Friday. I’d rather sleep. The savings aren’t worth the hassle to me, and as a former retail employee, I feel for the people who have to work it. I don’t support Black Friday in the least.
Post # 27
unless they’re selling Chanel for half price, there is nothing in this world that would entice me to line up for any amount of time.
I’ve always felt that the people who line up at the crack of dawn on Black Friday are heathens. Like who really cares that much?
Post # 28
This tradition is despicable.
Post # 29
Never. I won’t have anything to do with it.
Post # 30
I actually kind of love Black Friday. (Or at least I used to, when it started at 4 am on Friday.) It was like a fun adventure, waking up at three am to go shopping. It might have also had something to do with where I was shopping – upstate New York – we would chat with people in line and get hot cocoa from the Salvation Army trucks. People were generally in a good mood and well-behaved. There was no trampling or pushing. I was never really gunning for any giant screen TVs or $12 laptops so maybe I just missed out on the vicious parts of it, but I honestly always liked it – and when I was broke, it was a nice way to buy things like a blender or a Crockpot or fancy pillows that I wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise.
When they started doing midnight openings a few years ago, I still went a couple of times but it was definitely a different vibe. And I don’t go at all now that stores are opening on Thanksgiving. It’s not worth the time away from my family, and it’s awful that retail workers are being forced to work that day.