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November 29th, 2003

Black Friday Shopping

It’s been said that Black Friday is the busiest holiday shopping of the year. Personally, I can’t understand the masochistic mindset required to go out on what’s sure to be a trip full of nothing but stress, even if it does save you a few dollars.

Are there any serious bargain hunters in Pingland that actually look forward to Black Friday and the deals it brings, despite the crowds that go with it?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday November 29, 2003 -- 8:14:05 am
There's no way you could get me to do wake up at the buttcrack of dawn to JUST go shopping. I had to do morning traffic on Friday, and it's pretty sad when the only thing I'm reporting are the tons of accidents..in PARKING LOTS. Malls, toy stores, and virtually every shopping center were just jammed. When I first got out there yesterday morning, I went over to the local McDonalds to get yogurt, when I noticed that the KB Toys at the end of the shopping center had a line wrapping from one end of the shopping center to the other. I just sat there for a minute, and stared. People were running out of the KB with huge bags like it was the last day toys were ever being sold.

Seriously, I can procrastinate on shopping (I still have some to do),
but why would you put yourself through waking up THAT early, just to save $5 on whatever you're buying?

Seriously, there aren't THAT many good deals to be had at these sales. Folks, the stores are open all year long. Heck, I went and bought an X-Box game on Wednesday, and was able to walk in and out within 5 minutes. Simple.

I loved watching the footage on TV this morning of angry and tired mothers fighting in front of a Toys R Us, because they were all trying to cram into the door at the same time. (Watch ESPN Sportscenter this morning, if you can).

I will confess, though: I did do some shopping on Friday: Got a lot done online. I can't remember the last time I even went inside the mall, and it'll be awhile before I consider going in one...maybe January..



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday November 29, 2003 -- 9:10:13 am
I've done all my Christmas shopping online for the last 3 or 4 years. And even if I didn't, yoiu would never get me out with the crowds on Black Friday.



FROM: Matt
DATE: Saturday November 29, 2003 -- 1:53:19 pm
I usually do Christmas shopping within a one hour span on some strange day and time- like a tuesday at 4pm. When I go buy gifts I try and be in and out of the store within a minute or so. I do this by memorizing where the item is, having the correct amount of money or debit card handy, and going when there will be no one in line at the register.
I can't believe dumb fucks are still waiting in lines to purchase gifts.



FROM: Matt
DATE: Saturday November 29, 2003 -- 8:46:58 pm
The whole truth is that they will stand and then the item has sold out.
That is what the store wants to happen. Now you have stood in line and your money is screaming to be let out of your pocket. So please buy whatever is left.



FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Saturday November 29, 2003 -- 10:07:21 pm
I would never even dream of getting out of a warm bed to fight with shoppers. Forget that. After that huge supper of turkey and all the stuff that goes with it, there is no way that I would waddle to the mall. I have a list and I go on an off day when I know the lines are not long. If I can't find what I want by X-mas. there is always gift cards and now those can be bought at a grocery store. Can you imagine! Safeway has gift cards for Starbucks, Old Navy, etc. Why go to those particular stores when you can just go to Safeway, Albertsons, or what ever you have in your state. Why stress out!



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday November 29, 2003 -- 10:40:09 pm
Women trampled at Walmart in rush to get $29 DVD player.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2003/11/29/national1024EST0484.DTL



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