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Black Friday - No Way Jose'

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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Black Friday - No Way Jose'
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, November 27, 2022 8:20 AM

Hi Ya'll;

       Listen, I want to tell you a story. The old thing about Black Friday. I guess most of you have figured it out. That is the day of the year that most retail outlets make enough to get "In the Black" Yup, No Red ink that way. Now it's become a marketing Ploy. Sit back and think. Most retail outlets make it through the year just fine. Sure, they have underperforming outlets, That's to be expected, Especially where Joblessness is extraordinarily high.

        So in comes a Marketing student, fresh out of the hallowed halls of learning. He makes a suggestion that makes it to the different boards around the country. Let's offer Black Friday deals on the slow moving inventory. Folks'll think they are getting a good deal.We'll have them camping out and fighting over the merchandise. America Bought it, Hook, Line and Sinker!!

 I was out yesterday, The carnage on the roads to the stores hadn't stopped yet. A fire crew was desperately trying to get someone, or someone's out of the Back seat of one car and the Front of another across the road. Christmas presents and unwrapped items scattered all over the highway. (In piles, so traffic could get by). All for what? STUFF!. I pray that all of you will think about what I've written and don't let your Children of any age buy into this. Please? I would rather see the hospital staffs have another boring day and families know safety and peace this year.

 Bye!

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  • From: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Sunday, November 27, 2022 11:40 AM

That's so sad. It's ironic and sad that businesses made Friday after Thanksgiving-a holiday about contentment and gratitude- a day for materialism and discontent. I confess that I did some of my holiday shopping after Thanksgiving this year like many; but you are right that there is no need for rush and hype! Thanks for the reminder. We must remain grateful to God for His blessings in the spirit of Thanksgiving, celebrate the birth of His Son on Christmas, and avoid getting completely wrapped up in the commercialism that corporations have pushed onto our holidays!

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, November 27, 2022 11:40 AM

I LOVE black Friday !!!

Now we don't participate in the early morning,long line madness,but we always enjoy a day out shopping for ourselves.

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, November 27, 2022 2:27 PM

As a former retail employee, I have literally seen mayhem on Black Fridays that looked like outtakes from one of those 'blob attack' movies from the '50s. Little old ladies elbowing other little old ladies like roller-derby enforcers, to the extent that two people nearly lost their lives...being pitched sideways over railings into a 2-story stairwell...narrowly saved by an ex-Marine 'civilian' and a fearless 90 lb. elementary school teacher.

'And for what sublime, must-have, rare and valuable merchandise,' I can hear you asking?

Little decorated ceramic Christmas village buildings, 20% off!!!

"Grandma didn't make it, Billy...but at least it was for a good cause...." Super Angry

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, November 27, 2022 2:49 PM

John3:16KJV!

     Listen here! You are so right. I can remember when Christmas was more about what the Holiday actually meant than Now. Yes, There was "Santa" But he took a back seat to what it actually meant in my family! Santa was a way of teaching about the Gift that HE gave us on the Day in Question. Whatta present indeed!!!

     Of Course the Revell kits under the tree made it special for me, because I was kind of a LONER anyway! I got up at five, Served six A.M. Mass then opened my presents when I got home! Oh, But the Singing and Christmas greetings from total strangers made it special too!

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  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Sunday, November 27, 2022 5:54 PM

Crowds, long lines, shopping, and rude people.  It sounds horrible.  No thanks.  

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  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Sunday, November 27, 2022 5:55 PM

I've never done the black Friday thing, but then again, even when the kids were young, I refused to play the gotta have the 'one' thing each year. You know, that 'one toy' that everybody just had to have .  .  .bullpucky; I ain't gonna do it!!

This is probably why my kids, now grown, don't really play that either. Kinda makes me think I did it right.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, November 28, 2022 7:03 AM

Every holiday has become a money maker for businesses. Take Memorial or Veterans Day, do any of the veterans or veteran organizations get money from sales proceeds? Hell no. The real meaning for these holidays has been lost to sales and marketing bs. How about just stopping, reflecting on the particular holiday and pay respects. Christmas is about celebrating the birth of our Lord, not to see who gets what and how expensive the gift is or how many one gets. Yes its nice to receive gifts but just keep it in perspective.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, November 28, 2022 10:44 AM

And,there's nothing wrong with black Friday online model sales,I took advantage of one from Andy's

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Posted by castelnuovo on Sunday, December 4, 2022 2:55 PM

Many years ago I worked in a sports store for Boxing day. Yup, it was crazy. The day before a colegue and I hid some things we wanted and got them for next to nothing. Boxing day + employee discount was a super deal Smile

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Posted by GreySnake on Monday, December 5, 2022 6:18 AM
I could never understand the frenzy around black Friday. I worked in retail a number of years and was amazed how people would act around the Thanksgiving to Christmas time. It is not worth getting into a fight over bath towels that are two dollars off. Or yelling because Christmas is ruined because Susie isn’t getting the latest fad toy.

 
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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Monday, December 5, 2022 6:13 PM

GreySnake
I could never understand the frenzy around black Friday. I worked in retail a number of years and was amazed how people would act around the Thanksgiving to Christmas time. It is not worth getting into a fight over bath towels that are two dollars off. Or yelling because Christmas is ruined because Susie isn’t getting the latest fad toy.
 

I think comedian Ron White summed it up best:
"You can't...fix...stupid." Big Smile

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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Posted by Space Ranger on Monday, December 5, 2022 7:13 PM

Managing a retail store during the holiday season completely destroyed any positive opinion I might have had about humanity.

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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Monday, December 5, 2022 7:41 PM

   Summer at local gas station/ covienience store took it out of me...didn't need holidays to prove " you can't fix stupid".

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, December 5, 2022 7:48 PM

GreySnake
I could never understand the frenzy around black Friday. I worked in retail a number of years and was amazed how people would act around the Thanksgiving to Christmas time. It is not worth getting into a fight over bath towels that are two dollars off. Or yelling because Christmas is ruined because Susie isn’t getting the latest fad toy.
 

It's more about large durable goods. We make $1500-4500 refrigerators for GE. During Black Friday deals, there can be savings of up to $1000-2000 on these units.

65" TVs going for $250, laptops also on deep discount, etc.

Yeah, $2 off a set of bath towels isn't going to do it, but $2000 off of a $4500 fridge that makes coffee in the door is a deal.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, December 5, 2022 10:35 PM

Okay I can see that about large items Rob. 

 

I bought a jersey for one of my nephews on Black Friday. Thankfully the store was pretty quiet. Otherwise all my shopping was online Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

I had a doctor's appointment today (Monday) and thought I'd pick up some bows and boxes during the day. Everywhere was still packed- I'm glad I didn't try to get in on the weekend... 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 6:58 AM

As I said earlier,I used to love to go,I never lined up overnight or engaged in craziness,but always found deep discounts,I haven't gone since 2017 where I live now there are no mega malls like in NJ,but even 5 years ago it was dying down,between Cyber-Monday and stores starting their sales basically in October,stores open on Thanksgiving,Friday it self has become less of a thing,more like being in the mall on a busy Saturday.

Oh,and I did get a great black Friday sale at Andy's Hobby!!

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