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I am not shopping Thanksgiving evening, I am not shopping on Black Friday

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by ken2v, Nov 26, 2014.

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  1. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    And I'm not shopping on Saturday or Sunday.

    Let others mindlessly feed the gluttonous, consumer-crap machine.

    However, by a quirk of the calendar the Christmas lights will go up in November this year since the 1st is Monday.
     
  2. wpete

    wpete High-Roller

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    Oh Hell no.

    Cyber Monday shopping from home is the way to go.

    Traditionally, we (I that is) put the lights up the day after Thanksgiving.
     
  3. SW

    SW Well-Known Member

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    Same here! Hell, I don't like to shop on a normal weekend.
     
  4. eisen7979

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    Agreed.
     
  5. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    There's that, too, Steve!

    For me it's far less the crowds, however, as it is what this non-event "event" says about our culture. "Buy shit for people. Don't really think about what shit. Just buy shit."

    (Oh, and for reference, I grew up a typical middle-class American kid who circled pretty much everything in the Sears Christmas Catalog. And you know what, my parents actually did a better job than I ever would've done. Sure, something "must have" -- such as must have was in the '60s and 70s -- might make it under the tree, but often not, and like I said, my parents always thought -- I now see in retrospect -- it through. The marketeers have won now.)

    And then fueling it into this frenzy, like the world is ending next week and you're an idiot if you don't fall into line ...

    This time of year we always have the rants in the news and on social media about somehow despoiling Christmas with people run around saying "Happy Holidays." Well, you know what, what's more despoiling of both holidays than turning 'em into an orgy of vacuous retail lunacy?

    OK, rant over. Gotta go buy stuff for tomorrow's feast and our weekend here with friends. But it won't be shit. ;)
     
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    One time for me about 15 years ago. My wife, the shopper, dragged me to a Target to get in line at like 5:00 in the AM IIRC, still dark and cold. Get into the store and the TV she wanted was already sold out. That was my one and only time I would go through that foolishness.
     
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    Could not have said this any better...just wonder why nothing changes when so many of us feel this way...:soapbox:
     
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    I make one purchase on black friday, a local restaurant has 50% off gift cards, we use them ourselves throughout the year, never give them out.

    I find it shameful that some stores are open on Thanksgiving day. Even the Dollar Tree store will be open on Thanksgiving! I will bet the officers and upper management of this company will be home with their families.
     
  9. thecarve

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    Unfortunately, I am actually in the position of needing a bunch of fairly big ticket items (oven, microwave, mattress, TV among other things). Some back of the envelope math tells me I could conceivably save thousands of dollars by buying that stuff this weekend.

    I’m hoping that Sunday might not be as crazy (because I’m sure as hell not going out Friday)? We’ll see. Despite my impending unemployment, I still don’t think the odds are good that I’ll venture out into that mess. I’d start the line at about 5-1.
     
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    there are some stores here like Lowes that are letting you buy today at black friday prices on appliances, snowblowers,etc... you may want to check that out as an option.

    the only shopping i am doing friday is going with our daughter to get a fresh cut christmas tree. it's a tradition we've been doing for over 30 years.
     
  11. NickPapageorgio

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    All the more incentive for today's youth to not end up working retail for a career.

    Nick
     
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    I never go out on Black Friday, but this year I might make an exception. Around the corner from my home in our village is a Jos. A Bank store, which is has a special for 3 long-sleeve button downs for $99.00.

    Since it's walking distance, I'll probably pop my head in since I need some new shirts for work.
     
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    I avoid going shopping during the holidays as well unless it can be done online. Not worth the traffic, lines, and headaches...
     
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    Any man who goes shopping any day should hike up his panties. Real men go to buy.
     
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    Right on!!

    Yep. I bought new glasses yesterday. Tried three regular frames and three for sunglasses. The (cute) girl helping said she'd be happy to pull many more styles. I smiled and said I was buying not shopping.

    Like at Nordy on Saturday: I want that shirt in these three colors and those two ties. TYVM
     
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    I don't have any of that to worry about since I will not be celebrating either holiday and I have no one to celebrate with, anyway.

    Don't feel sorry for me.

    I am very happy that I had the ability to cherish good times when they were happening. I will always have that.

    The upside is that I can enjoy my football games in total peace and have no concerns about what to do with the leftover Shrimp Fried Rice and Pork Egg Rolls.

    Happy Holidays!
     
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    Just about the only thing that needs to be shopped for at the store is food. Food and those you share it with are the only important elements of this weekend. Do those well and you get a pass to shop like hell or sit on your ass.
     
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    I refuse to shop on Thanksgiving. It's even more ridiculous that all this retail is open on Thanksgiving when every store has been running Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sales for weeks. And those stores being open pulls more parents away from home than teenagers.

    I rarely shop on Black Friday but if I do it's well after doorbuster time has ended and I won't be at the bigger department stores. Most of the few gifts I need to buy won't be better priced this weekend than any other time so I am not going to lie. If I am out there I am shopping for me!

    I do intend to support Small Business Saturday, even if all I do is order takeout from a local restaurant. As for Cyber Monday, I used to be a big disciple of shopping that day but more and more you can get free shipping and big discounts without waiting for that day so I'm not going out of my way to shop online on Monday.
     
  19. SW

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    :nworthy:
     
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    It will be eventually. Just sayin'
     
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