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November 24th, 2000

Purchasing Day

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and, if you’re American, you know what today is. Purchasing Day.

Stores open at 7am (Toys R Us opens at 6!), people decide to go shopping today, and millions of dollars are spent. I still haven’t figured out why. Yes, there are early sales, but why put up with the crowds, lack of parking, fighting for items, and possibly awful weather just to get 50% off a Craftsman tool set? (Then again, it is Craftsman….)

I truly believe that since Thanksgiving isn’t a commercial holiday, it’s just getting squeezed out by Halloween and Christmas, both of which are tons more marketable. I also believe that the Friday after Thanksgiving shouldn’t be treated as a holiday – lots of people do get the day off as a formal holiday. For what?

It seems like the end goal is to turn Thanksgiving into The Day Before Purchasing Day. And every year seems to pull that goal just that much closer. Scary, scary, scary. -pm

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Terry Murphy
DATE: Friday November 24, 2000 -- 1:47:11AM
I think the reason Friday is a customary holiday, is the same reason July 3 was a holiday this year: because it makes for a four day weekend.

I sure hope the sales figures for tomorrow look good. We NEED some good news, or the market is just going to keep tanking. We really cannot afford to end the year with a sub-3000 NASDAQ.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday November 24, 2000 -- 9:33:56AM
I agree, Terry. I'm curious as to what's going to happen in two years, when Christmas and New Years both fall right in the middle of the week... 5 day weekends?

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday November 27, 2000 -- 2:12:59PM
I never go shopping,
This year my mom and I went and I got some jeans and a new jacket( hey Robert now I will be wearing a new jacket for 6 years.) I also stopped by the Family Bookstore to pick up some tunes. Thats my shopping for the year.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday November 27, 2000 -- 2:48:24PM
Matt--Do I need to remind you of your legendary record shopping? Or do you get it all free now?!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday November 27, 2000 -- 4:02:45PM
Maybe he just meant on Black Friday, Robert. ;)

But, really, Matt never buys records anymore... hah! And Aaron only spends $5 at Amoeba! :)

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday November 27, 2000 -- 4:26:23PM
Sure, I'm an idiot...

Anyway, all the purchasing I did on Friday was two used CDs. That way I'm contributing to the economy but not to the overproduction of crap.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday November 27, 2000 -- 4:56:42PM
Did you score that David Faustino cd? I stopped by the cd place that that was at and picked up a few discs.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday November 27, 2000 -- 9:36:42PM
For those not in the know, there is a CD shop near George Mason University in Fairfax, VA that has a copy of David Faustino's album behind the counter. They keep it with other silly rap records in some sort of joke bin. I was going to inquire about purchasing it but, damn the luck, there was some raving lunatic in the store who made me want to leave. It must be claimed soon before it becomes something of a new Holy Grail.

DATE: Friday December 31, 2004 -- 5:42:50 pm
Terry, black friday is not a holiday, maybe you got it off btu do u think that all the cashiers and managers of stores got it off? because if they did black friday would be one sucky holiday

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:58:29 pm

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