Boycott Black Friday

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I thought there was an official “Boycott Black Friday” web site, but I guess I was wrong. I did, however, manage to find this article that, while it sounds a bit like insane ranting, actually describes pretty well why I hate Black Friday.

For those not in the know, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year. It’s called Black Friday because it happens on a Friday, and because it’s usually the day when companies actually start turning a profit (also called going into the black).

I don’t understand why people feel like they have to go shopping on Black Friday. The majority of the sales offered are available for weeks afterward. As the article points out, the “bargains” (which usually aren’t) are often not worth the hassle it takes to get them. I don’t like people much as it is, so being packed into a shop with hundreds of ravenous shoppers, fighting over the fast-dwindling inventory, and standing in several-hour-long lines is not my idea of a good time.

I am going to do my very best not to spend any money at all today. Hopefully you’ll do the same. If you spread the word, perhaps we can begin to show Big Retail that we control when we make purchases, not them.

And if you’re already gone shopping today, don’t worry; there’s always next year.

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  1. Computer stores often have ‘free (after rebate)’ items only available on Black Friday. Actually, they’re usually only available for the first hour or so.

    I imagine the idea is that you’ll buy it and forget to send in the rebate, or that you’ll buy other stuff in the store to go with it, but I never do either of those things. But I usually DO stock up on free computer stuff. ^_^

    Of course, not this year. =This= year, I’ll boycott Black Friday, for you. And last year also. And next year, too. After that, I don’t know.

    I really can’t understand why people buy anything else though. The sales aren’t that good. They USED to be good up until a few years ago. That was the WHOLE POINT, there were GREAT sales for one day only. Now either there are minor sales or the sales go on until Christmas. There’s NO POINT anymore.


  2. Exactly. Back when stores gave half a shit about their customers, they would put things on sale at fantastic prices that would only be available on Black Friday. Now, as has been said, the sale prices either suck, or go on until Christmas.

  3. I mostly agree. The majority of stores don’t really put their stuff on sale for very much, people just think that because it’s the day after Thanksgiving then that store will have a sale.

    Earlier today, as we do every year, Emily and me went to Ben Franklin to but Christmas stuff. They do have a good bargain: every non-sale item that you can fit in a paper bag is 20% off. We saved almost $20 on stuff that we were going to buy anyway, even at their regular price. Now that’s a good deal.

  4. I will never go shopping on Black Friday (called Green Friday at the stores). Two years ago I worked at Toys R Us that day. It was chaos. I’d prefer to sleep in.

  5. I’ve heard Green Friday as well. At the Christmas store where I worked (during the Christmas season, no less), we called it Black Friday.

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