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Black Friday Fail?
self | jimjohn

Posted on 11/25/2011 5:56:03 AM PST by jimjohn

This is a question being asked to the masses out there? With the change in store hours, how was/is your black Friday experience?


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Our usual tradition would be me at this time, meeting the wife and daughters for breakfast after their early start hitting the malls and big-box stores, It's a fun time for all. Big family get together on Thursday. Then the girls hit the hay, while the guys watch football, and clean up afterwards. After that, the fun starts for the girls in the early morning, and we meet them for breakfast, hoping we don't have to throw more money at them.

But this year threw the rhythm off with the stores all opening earlier. Instead of spending more time with family, and getting some rest, I have gals here now in bed with limited shopping done. It was all the chaos with people with full stomachs, and awfully tired after the days events trying to get where everyone else is at the same time; stores only letting a certain number in at once, etc.

Bottom line: The girls say they are NOT doing the early Thanksgiving shopping again. They say the early shopping for 'a chance' at a good deal is not worth the time taken away from family. What say you folks?

The floor is now open for discussion.

1 posted on 11/25/2011 5:56:08 AM PST by jimjohn
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To: jimjohn
The drive to work this morning was great!


2 posted on 11/25/2011 5:58:48 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: jimjohn

Slept right through it. I am a courier. Was told black Friday is very busy for a couple of our customers. It hasn’t been.


3 posted on 11/25/2011 5:58:58 AM PST by cableguymn
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To: jimjohn

I didn’t go. However, I hear it was a success at least here in Annapolis, MD. Can’t speak for anyone else.


4 posted on 11/25/2011 6:00:07 AM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: COBOL2Java

After being cursed, spit upon, pushed , shoved, tripped and finding out that was for sale really wasn’t......I’ll never got to another again.


5 posted on 11/25/2011 6:03:31 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: jimjohn

Instead of shopping today, I put $100 in my savings account.


6 posted on 11/25/2011 6:04:51 AM PST by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: jimjohn

I shop on line - and that’s pretty limited.. My wife has all the Christmas shopping done..


7 posted on 11/25/2011 6:06:10 AM PST by tje
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To: jimjohn

For my family Black Friday is a day for a peaceful day at home. Years ago my wife and her best friend would spend all of Thanksgiving afternoon and evening pouring over maps, shopping strategies and Lists of ‘Deals’.

Today? Well Amazon and it’s associates are big winners. Walmart.com and ship to store also got a nice order too.


8 posted on 11/25/2011 6:09:03 AM PST by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: jimjohn

Never done it and never will do it. There will be enough sales during December to do some wise shopping.


9 posted on 11/25/2011 6:09:21 AM PST by etabeta
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To: jimjohn

I think there is a silver lining in a crappy economy. Its bringing us back to a more traditional holiday season.

Things are so much more relaxed at granny’s house these days.


10 posted on 11/25/2011 6:10:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: etabeta

You couldn’t pay me enough to shop today


11 posted on 11/25/2011 6:14:48 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: jimjohn

Back room guy at big box store;
Less than half the parking lot compared to near full last year.
Does not look good. Most retail make their money this time of year.


12 posted on 11/25/2011 6:15:45 AM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: jimjohn
I copied this from a friends facebook page:

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse... that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is! It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen?
Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course. There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.
This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?
13 posted on 11/25/2011 6:17:44 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (A lie told over and over again is still just a lie and the one telling it a liar.)
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Amazon.com, Buy.com and other online retailers--all Black Friday shopping done without ruining your sleep or fighting crowds.

I can now stay home and enjoy another Friday instead.

14 posted on 11/25/2011 6:18:55 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: napscoordinator

head over to Barnes and Noble at Harbor Center- no lines
In and out after being in a 1-deep line
The movies will be more crowded today than the shops


15 posted on 11/25/2011 6:34:55 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: jimjohn

Well it’s sorta a tradition that I drive my wife and girls (mrs doesn’t like driving at night) and along the way we pick up a free snow globe at jc penny’s. This year crowds were way down. And I don’t think it was because of early shopping. Even the stores that opened later had plenty of parking this year where in the past I might have to drop them at the door and then circle for a bit. My impression is black Friday may leave the retailers still in the red.


16 posted on 11/25/2011 6:38:44 AM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: silverleaf

Wow. I looked at the movies today at both Harbor center, mall and Marley Station and did not see anything of interest. Shopping today is out of the question. I just can’t do it. Mainly because of parking or lack there of. I am participating in Internet Monday though for sure. Oh I live in Glen Oban, in Arnold. Don’t tell me we are neighbors. Lol.


17 posted on 11/25/2011 6:43:14 AM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: jimjohn

Went to Wal-Mart in Rogers, AR (store #1, wife works there). Shoulder to shoulder gridlock inside the store; no parking for blocks.

Only saw one enraged customer. Apparently, he’d been in the store before the shoppers hit just before 10:00, and was overwhelmed by the sudden spate. I calmed him down and helped him get out of the store; old fellow, obviously somewhat frightened.

Didn’t get all I came for; couldn’t find the Disney Storybooks until they were almost all gone.

As an avid observer of humankind, I really enjoyed the experience. Had some really good conversations, met some really nice people.


18 posted on 11/25/2011 6:45:42 AM PST by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: yldstrk

My sentiments exactly!


19 posted on 11/25/2011 6:58:08 AM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: vanilla swirl

“Most retail make their money this time of year.”

Hence the name “Black Friday”.


20 posted on 11/25/2011 7:02:40 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: jimjohn

Going out to buy milk and OJ at Sams club, it’s nearly always busy there. I don’t think we are “shopping” per se, but do have to go to walmart to look at a gun case they have on sale.

I’ll be interested to see how many people are out there.


21 posted on 11/25/2011 7:02:44 AM PST by Ladysforest
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Never have and never will go to any store on Black Friday. I’ll hardly ever go any other day for that matter. FEDEX and UPS are my most frequent visitors. I shop on line for almost everything. Amazon is fading from my favored list because of their stance on sales taxes.

I also buy American every time I can... and only good stuff whenever I can find it. Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten. This goes for consumables as well. To get a decent nut or bolt anymore you have to get Grade 5 it seems. The import stuff is junk it is so soft.

When I can’t find Made in U.S.A. at a store I complain, disparage Chinese junk and look elsewhere.

When do I get my curmudgeon certificate?


22 posted on 11/25/2011 7:04:14 AM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: reed13k
impression is black Friday may leave the retailers still in the red.

I suspect the retailers are hurting and that's the reason for the early hours this year. It's just a ploy to get as many customers in as they can but too many people just don't have the money these days. There's a couple little things the kids need (as opposed to want) but I'm having to wait to get past a huge car repair bill. Everyone else is getting homemade zero cost to me gifts so Wally World isn't going to get out of the red with my wallet.

23 posted on 11/25/2011 7:09:14 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: napscoordinator

yes, we are neighbors - separated by one river :-)

Looking at prices for Kindles for the kids at Staples, B&N and Amazon, it’s still hard to beat just shopping online at Amazon


24 posted on 11/25/2011 7:12:53 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: mozarky2

“Only saw one enraged customer. Apparently, he’d been in the store before the shoppers hit just before 10:00, and was overwhelmed by the sudden spate. I calmed him down and helped him get out of the store; old fellow, obviously somewhat frightened.”

Was it Santa Claus?


25 posted on 11/25/2011 7:19:32 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: silverleaf

Amazon has a very poor selection of Black Friday items this year.


26 posted on 11/25/2011 7:21:07 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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My wife headed out at midnight, my daughter at 3. I was out at 4:45, after 5 stores and getting all I was looking for, I was home by 7:45. [I would have been home 1 1/2 hours earlier but one store did not open until 7:30.]
No lines at any stores. I was the first customer at one store that had opened 2 hours earlier. (car parts) There were few sustomers (7 at one and 12 at the other) at the big hardware stores. Staples had the most but 15 minutes after it opened the only line was at the counter for buying the computers.


27 posted on 11/25/2011 7:23:02 AM PST by PastorJimCM (truth matters)
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To: Dallas59

Ah yes Dall the old bait, switch then dog and pony show.
They can keep their Black Friday maze of moving cheese show and we’ll keep the change in our pockets for a more saner transaction enviroment. Where the crowds are I prefer the ‘ ain’t me in it’ philosophy.


28 posted on 11/25/2011 7:25:08 AM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: John 3_19-21
.. at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands ..

Not true !


29 posted on 11/25/2011 7:29:56 AM PST by tomkat (clickme :-)
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To: silverleaf

I love it. Best of luck to you in finding the bargains!!!!


30 posted on 11/25/2011 7:32:44 AM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: jimjohn

Black Friday is going great for me. Have been cutting firewood, will continue, will spend not a cent.


31 posted on 11/25/2011 7:32:50 AM PST by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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To: Sequoyah101

A little Whiteout and you're good to go, crank!

32 posted on 11/25/2011 7:45:45 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: mozarky2

I’d like to say Thank You for helping the Old Fella out and getting him calmed down.
It’s the “little” things like this that make me proud of my fellow Americans and fellow FReepers~

Blessings to you and yours.


33 posted on 11/25/2011 7:49:51 AM PST by simplesimon (You are entitled to your own opinions but not your own "facts"...........)
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To: ErnBatavia

That would look great on my wall!


34 posted on 11/25/2011 7:51:54 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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I get up at 4AM to go to work so I couldn’t go shopping today ... but I can tell you that just 2 weeks ago I had to go to the mall on a Saturday. It was TOTALLY jammed! It’s almost always jammed.

So some people have jobs.


35 posted on 11/25/2011 7:52:31 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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So far mine has been great! I woke up late, and am sitting here drinking some good coffee and getting some work done on the computer. This is a nice quiet day.


36 posted on 11/25/2011 7:52:47 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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Bought Battlefield3 and a new video card for the computer without getting maced.


37 posted on 11/25/2011 7:56:03 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Kirkwood

yeah not great :-(

but for what we want, their prices are the same as local black Friday at Staples but no tax and no driving and parking


38 posted on 11/25/2011 7:57:04 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: jimjohn

Did it one time only and stood in line at WallyWorld ( aka Walmart ) to get one of those fang-dangled FURBIES for my young’en, with my young’en with me ~ hehe~ and I probably wont ever do it again.

That thing was posessed. I came home from work one night, dh and kid were asleep and the dogs didn’t come to the door to greet me as they always did. ( I Had 3 labradors at the time.)

Then I HEAR this creepy thing and knew it was a furbie but I couldnt find it. It would *not* STFU.

Dh had hid it under a pile of our coats by the front door.
Finally I punted it out the back door to DIE a battery malfunctioned death, and then the dogs happily got off the couches and greeted me.
I think they were happy that Mom was home and took care of that possessed demon Furby.

Cyber Monday shopping more than likely from now on unless there is a STEAL of a deal that I cannot live without and I dont see that happenin’~


39 posted on 11/25/2011 7:57:32 AM PST by simplesimon (You are entitled to your own opinions but not your own "facts"...........)
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To: vanilla swirl
Back room guy at big box store; Less than half the parking lot compared to near full last year. Does not look good. Most retail make their money this time of year.

You make China sad with this report... :-(

40 posted on 11/25/2011 7:57:43 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: jimjohn

I’ve spent my entire Black Friday with my 2 1/2 year old while hubby puts up the outside Christmas decorations :0) Wouldn’t have it any other way..


41 posted on 11/25/2011 7:59:36 AM PST by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-4-08 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: jimjohn

Got up as usual around 0800, then went to MC sports and got good deals on a Ruger LC9 and an Everlast speed bag kit.


42 posted on 11/25/2011 8:03:14 AM PST by tumblindice ( No Newts is good Newts)
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To: AppyPappy
Here's a "Buy 2 get 1 FREE and other deals" for used games at Gamestop - available online.
43 posted on 11/25/2011 8:07:30 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: jimjohn

My wife and children LOVE Black Friday shopping. I detest it.

They left home at 9:30 PM last night as stores started opening. I stayed home and relaxed.

They just arrived home at 10:30 AM (it is now 11 AM) and all went to bed happy.

My wife said the crowds here in our part of VA were much larger than last year. I hope it is true.


44 posted on 11/25/2011 8:09:02 AM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: mozarky2
How could the old man be in the store before the 10:00 opening?

Thanksgiving weekend is the only time of the year that I go absolutely nowhere. I have all my errands done by Wednesday night and I usually don't start the car up again until Monday morning when it's back to work time.

During this long weekend, the last of the leaves get raked up, all the tools from summer/fall are put in the shed and the snow shovels come out. The yard gets winterized and the Christmas lights go up. In between, a lot of football, turkey sandwiches and beer gets consumed while the car sits in the garage.

45 posted on 11/25/2011 8:15:42 AM PST by SamAdams76 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: tomkat

What are those?

I have six kids and they look like they could be handy as the “board of education.” (I might want to drill some holes to improve air flow.)

But I can’t tell from the photo what they are supposed to be. Mirrors reflecting a dark ceiling?


46 posted on 11/25/2011 8:21:46 AM PST by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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47 posted on 11/25/2011 8:28:04 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: jimjohn

I don’t have an opinion. Mrs. Liberty and I made the decision years ago that we weren’t going to leave he house on Black Friday. But we’re weird.


48 posted on 11/25/2011 8:30:00 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Cain = National Sales Tax; Perry = Amnesty for Illegals; Romney = Obamacare forever. Who's left?)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I can’t stand Black Friday and the hype about shopping and all that. And I am frustrated about stories about stampedes of people breaking down doors to get into the stores to get a bargain on this and that.

And this year, a customer at a Wal-Mart in L.A. pepper sprayed other customers to keep them away from the bargains she wanted.

It seems like it creates a bad atmosphere and brings out a rough crowd.

I hope to stay away from all shopping malls until January 4th.


49 posted on 11/25/2011 8:36:51 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Gil4
Yes, handmirrors .. I'm a cabinetmaker, not a photographer, obviously .. LOL

(you wouldn't be the first to use one for that purpose)  

50 posted on 11/25/2011 8:52:09 AM PST by tomkat (para bellum)
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