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  1. #1
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    Default Black Friday

    Who is going out Thanksgiving night and/or in the wee hours of Friday I saw Panera is even opening at like 3 or 4 am. I'm toying with hitting Walmart Thanksgiving night and will catch TSC in the early am
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    Nope. I worked at Wal-Mart for the holidays many moons ago. A bunch of people ran over the Toy Department manager (she was by the Elmo thingies) and she ended up in the hospital. After seeing that, and people just running on her, no regard for anyone else, I avoid stores that day. Easier to shop online.



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    Not us. We had our Christmas shopping completed by Labor Day. And the cards are done and ready to be dumped in the Post Office December 1st.
    “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
    John Adams



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    Years ago, on the evening of Thanskgiving, my mom and I wondered what kind of people really go to the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. It was a mystery to us since we're generally the kind of people who get they bulk of our shopping done pre-Thanksgiving. So we decided to get up early, and drive to the big, fancy mall near my parents house in NJ the next day.

    And thus began a tradition.

    We now go to the fanciest mall around, first thing in the morning (but a civilized hour, because Nordstrom and Needless Markup don't open at midnight for the running of the morons), and spend the morning buying some "last minute" gifts, we have lunch, and are home by mid-afternoon. Until last year, this usually meant a trip to Short Hills Mall in NJ, but since I took over Thanksgiving duties when we bought the farm, we now hit Tysons Corner (I know...what are we thinking) the day after Thanksgiving.

    When you're not intent on getting some particular holiday deal, and you're just spending time with family you love, it can actually be kind of fun. We now include my brother's wife in the madness and make a girls day of it. Call me crazy, but this is now a tradition that's probably going on 15 years old!



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    I don't go out anyway but this year I will be in Honduras... Copan, to be exact, looking at Mayan ruins so no black friday for me, but can't say that I mind .



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    Considering it for the first time. I want a big TV!

    But in actuality, MY Black Friday = the big sale at the feed store. I save up for months and buy feed, bedding, vit/mins, etc. for the entire winter. Stall mats if I'm really feeling flush! Secret Santa gifts too.

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    Absolutely not.

    I refuse to participate in the grossly despicable commercialism chaos of Black Friday, which is now beginning on Thursday for many companies, like Walmart.

    I do my shopping prior or after. In fact, I've found the best deals a week prior to Christmas.

    I live in a military town. Yesterday, Veteran's Day, you couldn't even function driving around town - it was disgusting - all the entitled people screaming down the road to get to Chilis and Applebee's for their free meal. Black Friday will be worse.
    I don't want to see two Marine wives duking it out over Hotwheels.



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    Quote Originally Posted by eponacelt View Post
    ...don't open at midnight for the running of the morons...
    I gotta remember that!

    If you want some real fun, go to WalMart around 2 AM Saturday or Sunday. It's a whole 'nother world.
    “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
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    I do it to people watch! Seriously, it's way too entertaining to miss. It would be annoying if I actually had specific things to get, but I don't.

    I am, however, staying as far away as possible from the big box stores. I hate WalMart with a passion on a regular day... I can only imagine what it would be like then. Gives me anxiety attacks just thinking about it!

    I will be looking online at deals, apparently I'm in charge of comparison shopping for my own birthday gift (that just seems wrong!...)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie A View Post
    I do it to people watch! Seriously, it's way too entertaining to miss. It would be annoying if I actually had specific things to get, but I don't.

    I am, however, staying as far away as possible from the big box stores. I hate WalMart with a passion on a regular day... I can only imagine what it would be like then. Gives me anxiety attacks just thinking about it!

    I will be looking online at deals, apparently I'm in charge of comparison shopping for my own birthday gift (that just seems wrong!...)
    no no.. Think of it as smart. shopping for your own b'day gift means you don't need to return anything Saves a trip to the store.
    "Sadly, some people's greatest skill, is being an idiot". (facebook profile pic I saw).



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    Helllll no. There's no way I can handle that. I get stabby and anxious in a Walmart or Target on a good day.
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    I would rather engage in self-immolation.



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    For those of you who do shop, check out this:

    http://slickdeals.net/blackfriday/

    Discussion of deals, ad scans, ect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mara View Post
    I would rather engage in self-immolation.
    Agreed. I'd much rather spend the day with family or getting in one more ride before the week of deer gun season. But, then, I hate shopping with a white hot passion.
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    Wild horses could not drag me out of the house the day after Thanksgiving to visit anyplace that isn't food-related. If I go out for any reason whatsoever, it's to pick up Chinese takeout, which is our traditional day-after-Thanksgiving meal.

    Any & all non-food shopping I do is done at off-peak times. I hate crowds, & my bum leg & back won't let me stand in lines for very long. I'm a hard-core online shopper.



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    I love Black Friday! For me, its all about the thrill of the hunt, and elbowing someone to get the last TV or DVD or whatever. The last few years I've had to schedule shopping around my retail jobs, so that kept me from being able to really participate, but this year I'll be one of those crazy people lining up at Target or outlet stores at 10 or 11 pm (open at 12).
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    I will be out at 10 waiting in line to get into the mall that opens at midnight. Pretty excited.
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    This is my first year with the day after Thanksgiving off from work. I'm stoked. There's no way in hell I'm going shopping at ungodly hours......I plan on sleeping in.
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    After working retail last year I'm completely content to stay at home, people get crazy over the stupidest stuff.
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    I can honestly say I will be at petsmart to stock up on dog, cat, and hedgehog food.


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