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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:45:45 PM
Surely I can't be the only one. Who else is sick to death of mindless consumerism?




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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:47:30 PM
I don't do it.

I just don't like it.

I don't think it's really worth it.

I think it makes people out there NUTS.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:49:58 PM
I have shopped in years past, but I don't believe I'm going to this year. It's one thing that I can cut from a busy schedule.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:49:59 PM
IMO when you do all the math, it just isn't worth it.

I'll be sitting home wrapping everything I have already purchased. I may even go out to eat (someplace far away from the mall).



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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:50:34 PM
I don't do Black Friday. I never have. That's the day I decorate for Christmas and clean up from Thanksgiving. I'm too tired to shop. Now, I will admit to ordering some great online deals in my pj's.



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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:50:59 PM
I think I have gone out for Black Friday twice in my lifetime - and I pretty much decided never to do it again. I am going to try to find some gifts on Small Business Saturday, but the majority of my shopping will be online. Hopefully.

The older I get, the less I tolerate crowds and chaos over something that really shouldn't be so stressful. Xanax only gets me so far.



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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:52:07 PM
Raises hand....

I'm also more disgusted that these corperations can't give their employees 1 day off to enjoy their time with family. Instead they now have to come in on Thanksgiving Day because consumers want deals even sooner now. As if midnight wasn't earlier enough. Before you know it, they will just be open all day on Thanksgiving and it won't be a family holiday any longer. I'm probably just bitter since my little bro has to go into work on Thursday at 5 pm to work the sales at Walmart. He's worked for the company for nearly 10 years (his first jo and he still gets spit on by his job all the time. I've begged him to quit and move in with me to find a real job, but he just procrastinates everything.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:52:54 PM

I don't do it.

I just don't like it.

I don't think it's really worth it.

I think it makes people out there NUTS.

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This. I wouldn't say boycott but I don't participate. I just don't have the patience to stand in those lines and deal with some crazy crowds.

I do think it's kind of sad that stores are starting earlier and earlier, like 6 and 8 on Thanksgiving Day!

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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:53:32 PM
I don't think I've ever done black Friday other than running to the grocery store. I am with you on the obscene consumerism. Actually I think Christmas has gotten out of hand. We are trying to scale back and focus on faith and family.



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Posted: 11/19/2012 4:00:29 PM
I won't go out shopping...I'd rather sit in front of the computer and order stuff.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 4:06:47 PM
I'm sitting out!

I already have Best Buys ads and there's nothing out there to fight about. Did anyone see where Walmart employees were planning a boycot?



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Posted: 11/19/2012 4:07:18 PM
"Buy Nothing Day" has been celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving for 15 years or so. A lot of my friends are promo-ing it on Facebook and stuff. I wrote an article about it in 1998 I think it was, so it kind of stuck in my head. Here's a wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buy_Nothing_Day

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Posted: 11/19/2012 4:09:48 PM
I've never participated. It sounds like the most unappealing thing imaginable.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 4:13:30 PM
I'm done with black friday shopping, this year. I'm never going to say never though. My first year here in Wisconsin, ... the pleasant prarie mall outlet black friday somewhat, well, scared the sh*t out of me. Who knows, I might try it next year.


Personally, I think it's what YOU make of it. I have a friend back in Nebraska, that goes black friday shopping w/her sisters. They all wear goofy hats/headbands (think antlers, etc) they wear the goofiest pj's pants they can find... (this year she's wearing ones w/poptarts on them) .... they go to breakfast at 4am, and then hit the stores. They have a freakin' ball. They take the camera, pose for goofy pics, ... I love LOVe getting their facebook updates on black friday.

Really, alot of it is mindset. I don't berudge those in their quest for a good bargain. Attitude is everything.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 4:16:23 PM
I have worked on Black Friday many times it was crazy but it is much worse now. I went out in it a few times but just didn't find anything worth the hassle. I have no desire to go out in the madness. I have looked at the fliers and I haven't seen anything that really stands out that I would buy even if I was there. Nope I much prefer to shop a regular sale or better yet on-line. Now Saturday we are going to shop at several small local businesses. One has a deal that if you buy a $25 gift card they will give you a bottle of their BBQ sauce. Since this place is a place we love we are going to go in and buy a few. I would love to find some other similar deals at little mom and pop types stores or restaurants around here.

I have to say that between yesterday and today I have found a ton of good deals on-line at Target and Amazon. I am hoping to pretty much be done with all my shopping before Black Friday. I even picked up a few extras for our local charities - love finding really good deals that I can then donate.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 4:17:39 PM

I'm also more disgusted that these corperations can't give their employees 1 day off to enjoy their time with family. Instead they now have to come in on Thanksgiving Day because consumers want deals even sooner now. As if midnight wasn't earlier enough. Before you know it, they will just be open all day on Thanksgiving and it won't be a family holiday any longer.


ITA. I feel bad for my friends and family who get their family time cut short or don't get any at all because they work retail. I saw on the news how Target employees were potentially going to strike because it's opening up at 8pm on Thanksgiving night. The last thing I want to do when I'm hanging out with my family post Turkey Coma is run around in crowds and shop.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 4:21:53 PM

Raises hand....

I'm also more disgusted that these corporations can't give their employees 1 day off to enjoy their time with family. Instead they now have to come in on Thanksgiving Day because consumers want deals even sooner now. As if midnight wasn't earlier enough. Before you know it, they will just be open all day on Thanksgiving and it won't be a family holiday any longer.


We were talking about this *exact* thing earlier today.It's ridiculous.

Also, as KSUHeather said, we are trying to focus on faith and family and get away from the gift-grabbiness of the season.



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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:10:25 PM
I wouldn't say I boycott it, I just never saw the need. There's not really any deals that are worth standing in the cold to eventually rush, trample and shove to get. Saving $10 on a DVD player isn't really that important to me. I can save that using a coupon on some thing else. Ya know?


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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:13:24 PM
I prefer shopping online. I'm probably just shifting the onus to some poor, overworked warehouse and delivery personnel.

When I did go it was a blast. Went with DH or friends, had lunch, enjoyed the festivities, met nice people. That was in the quaint olden days when starting "early" meant 6 am Friday. Not Thursday.



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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:14:30 PM

I don't do it.

I just don't like it.

I don't think it's really worth it.

I think it makes people out there NUTS.



Yep. That sums it up for me. My dh, though-- LOVES Black Friday. Has no interest in shopping at any other time of the year, but he'll be out at midnight, up at dawn, or whenever. It makes no sense. My parents are coming for Thanksgiving, and I think my mom and he will be out together while the rest of us relax and sleep.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:14:32 PM
"that these corporations can't give their employees 1 day off to enjoy their time with family. Instead they now have to come in on Thanksgiving Day because consumers want deals even sooner now. As if midnight wasn't earlier enough. Before you know it, they will just be open all day on Thanksgiving and it won't be a family holiday any longer"


It's not so much that the consumers WANT to shop on thursday. It's that the stores want to get a jump on the other stores.
Word leaks about opening times and another stores jumps on that time or earlier.
And so on and so on

The retailer I work for waits for word on when others open too. Therefore we open at 8 rather than 10 like last year or midnight the year before

Stupid stores


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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:15:43 PM
I've gone out every year for the past 15 years and I'm boycotting it this year. It bothers me that many stores have now moved their "Friday" sales to Thursday evening. I dislike the focus on consumerism surpassing the focus on family, especially on Thanksgiving.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:19:37 PM
I go every year and one of my daughters will go with me. I always have fun but is do avoid some hot spots for chaos: best buy, kohls, Walmart in particular.

I agree with a PP who said its what you make of it. Also, no way am I going out on thanksgiving. I really don't like that retailers are starting to open that day. I think 6am on Friday is plenty early enough.

For me, the worst shopping day of the year is the Saturday before Christmas. Ugh, awful.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:20:55 PM

Personally, I think it's what YOU make of it.


I agree. I go every year (and for the record, I've never seen anyone trampled...it's mostly the one time I've seen people actually *help* each other in shopping).

But I don't go for any particular deals...it's just a tradition with my girlfriend. We leave around 4, hit some of the stores, talk, drink coffee, go to breakfast, hit more stores, laugh, talk, eat some more, shop some more and go home.

We always enjoy ourselves and have rarely experienced ugliness at all.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:22:20 PM
I wouldn't say I am boycotting but I certainly don't participate. Like the previous poster said, stand in line in the cold to save 10 bucks...no thanks. Really not worth it, and then to see the ads and to think they only have one or two of that item at the really great price...nope, not going to play.

As someone said, we focus on family, fellowship and of course food. My kiddos get gifts but I can tell you come the new year dh and I are not worried about how we are going to pay off the credit card bill.(cash only) Who needs that stress. My kids get all year, they have a good life and they have "things" so no need to go to the poor house over Christmas. People doing that have bought in totally to what retail wants you to buy in to.

Also, since we do not buy for all the family members, my siblings have children and now some of their children also have children, yikes that is alot of folks, my shopping experience is relatively stress free.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:23:41 PM
I wouldn't say I'm boycotting it - i mean, I am not making a statement to anyone by not going. I just hate shopping, and there are other things I would rather be doing. Like sleeping until a normal hour.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:31:44 PM
I have to say, I don't understand this whole finger pointing thing that has become so popular with regard to Black Friday.

Black Friday has been the biggest shopping day of the year forEVER. I agree, that we've gone a little crazy with pushing back the hours and things have gotten out of control in various places at various times.

But it seems kind of crazy to assume that people who shop on BF don't understand the meaning of the holiday, are throwing themselves into the poorhouse and are buying into some kind of mindless consumerism like heartless robots.

Maybe it's geographical and the people in Kansas are just nicer or something.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:32:07 PM

Personally, I think it's what YOU make of it. I have a friend back in Nebraska, that goes black friday shopping w/her sisters. They all wear goofy hats/headbands (think antlers, etc) they wear the goofiest pj's pants they can find... (this year she's wearing ones w/poptarts on them) .... they go to breakfast at 4am, and then hit the stores. They have a freakin' ball. They take the camera, pose for goofy pics, ... I love LOVe getting their facebook updates on black friday.

This sounds fun!

But I agree with the other posters who have mentioned the stores opening on Thanksgiving just to jump on the sales. That really bothers me!


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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:40:13 PM
I don't take part, the whole thing just annoys me. People's baser instincts seem to come out and I want no part of it.



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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:40:38 PM
I'll just ditto Kristen, it is absurd to suggest the people who shop this day just are greedy and thankless. I also have never seen anything bad personally and I used to work Black Fridays at Walmart.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:41:02 PM
Black Friday is my and my boyfriend's "date day"...sad, I know, but it's a joke between us. We rarely buy anything, but we do get up early and hit the stores just to stroll around and people watch (and yes, laugh at the diehards, I admit it!). Then we have breakfast together and go home and back to our stress-filled reality.

One thing that is a must have for me is the incredibly cheesy Disney snowglobe that JC Penny gives away every year. It's tradition

But NEVER will I go shopping on Thanksgiving Day...I think that is outrageous.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:41:16 PM
I don't like to shop on Black Friday. The hours and the crowds are obscene. I feel sorry for the folks who have to work those crazy hours.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:46:29 PM
I'm not boycotting it, but i'm not going shopping. It's no fun alone.



I'm old enough to remember nothing being open on Thanksgiving. No restaurants. No gas stations, no movie theaters, no grocery stores and no retail. Gradually a few things started opening for limited hours. If you forgot to gas up the day before for the trip to grandma's you were out of luck. If you forgot an ingredient there was nowhere to get it.


People started patronizing these places on Thanksgiving because of the above reasons. More places started staying open. It's consumer driven. Unless we want to go back to nothing being open I think if you work at these places you just have to deal with it and I am used to have to work Thanksgiving and Christmas at several places I worked. One of them was a customer service line. Many more people than retail workers work holidays. They just complain about it louder.




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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:50:12 PM
I shop every year on Black Friday with my mom and sister. We have fun and go out for lunch after. We avoid the crazy stores and hours. Some years we get almost all of our shopping done in one day.

However, this year we all refuse to shop at all on Thanksgiving (other than the internet).

We will be out on Black Friday in the morning for a while, if only for tradition.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:51:02 PM
We always have our family Thanksgiving meal on Friday. I have no interest in participating in Black Friday, even were I not to be busy that day.
However, I'd not go so far as to say I was boycotting, per se. I do find it ridiculous, though.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:52:28 PM
i celebrate Buy Nothing Day as strictly as possible, only exception being buying gas when making long drives.





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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:56:05 PM

I wouldn't say I boycott it, I just never saw the need. There's not really any deals that are worth standing in the cold to eventually rush, trample and shove to get. Saving $10 on a DVD player isn't really that important to me. I can save that using a coupon on some thing else. Ya know?


I agree with this. I'm not boycotting, I just don't feel the need to shop that day.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:00:33 PM
Love the graphic in the OP. I have that on my facebook page as well.

I tried Black Friday at WalMart once. Cheap small crockpot. Unsuccessful. Will never do anything like that again. The people that were there are not people I want to be like.

Crazy thing is, I was planning on picking up that one bargain and grabbing a few other full price things. I imagine that would be something WalMart would like, but it would be the furthest thing from my mind now.




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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:02:00 PM
I go BF shopping every year. This year, I am not. Was it last year or the year before that they started with the midnight openings on Thanksgiving? I don't like that. And now they are pushing it further into Thursday? Sorry. That no longer makes it Black Friday. HELLO. FRIDAY. NOT BLACK THURSDAY!

I refuse to give up time with my family to get a deal so we're staying in. My husband will probably take advantage of the online specials he can get, but I won't step foot in a mall or shop that day.

It's gotten out of control and needs to be addressed.



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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:08:22 PM
My sister, niece and I have been doing BF for four or five years. Usually we leave at 4 am to get to WM (45 minutes away) by 5 am. Last year we left at 11:45 to get to our local mall at midnight. We usually don't buy anything, we're just out there for fun and to people watch.

I think opening at 8pm Thanksgiving night (or even at midnight)is absurd. I am not going to participate this year. Yes, I am boycotting.

ETA: Now Cyber Monday, that's a different story. I the UPS man.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:21:35 PM

But I don't go for any particular deals...it's just a tradition with my girlfriend. We leave around 4, hit some of the stores, talk, drink coffee, go to breakfast, hit more stores, laugh, talk, eat some more, shop some more and go home.


My cousin and I used to do this every year. I rarely ever went for anything specific. I went to Staples a few years ago and they are so organized I'd go back there in a heartbeat if I needed anything. I haven't gone the past two years...I did some online shopping instead, and I am really missing it. I've been thinking about heading back out this year. There's nothing really luring me out other than starting off the Christmas season with the music and store displays and hopefully getting all of the mall shopping done.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:26:25 PM
I think it's so old school now. Very passe.
People still do it for the sport of it. I saw in the paper that some fools are already in line for stuff at Best Buy. Today.

It's all about e commerce now.
It's also not worth saving $100 to me. I don't care. The sacrifice isn't nearly worth it. I value my time and sanity more than dollars.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:31:13 PM
I loathe that it exists in the form it exists in. When it was just something like, "Hey, the family is together and the girls feel like shopping today and hitting some sales," I was OK with it. But now, it's frankly, pretty disgusting.

Money is extremely tight for us this year. I will not be hitting black Friday sales. I guess I'm the old grump who still remembers when (shock) the grocery store was even closed on Thanksgiving!


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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:31:22 PM
I LOVE Black Friday. This year, however, I'm not going shopping because Thursday IS NOT Friday. I'm so disappointed in the stores that are opening on Thanksgiving night. I've always spent time after the Thanksgiving feast planning my shopping strategy, go to sleep early, and get up about 2AM.

I just refuse to participate this year.





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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:33:08 PM
I'm willing to go to small stores the day after Thanksgiving, but I refuse to go the mall or any big box store.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:35:01 PM
I don't boycott. I just don't participate. I love having the day home with family.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:52:58 PM
I went to Wal-mart on Thanksgiving last year for their Xbox. I took my 15 yo DD and we have fun talking to people in line.

It was very organized and really, not a big deal. We were done with Thanksgiving by then, so why not?

Sure, people have to work, but plenty others do as well. I won't be going this year because there's nothing in the ads I want but I don't begrudge those that do. For us, it was way easier to stay up than get up early.



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Posted: 11/19/2012 7:02:54 PM
Don't venture out at all. Don't buy anything, go anywhere, do anything. Too crazy and too unimportant. I'd rather be home with my family.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 7:13:56 PM
Won't boycott, but that's because we've never done Black Friday in the first place.

This year, I'm especially irritated with it. 19 y.o. DD works at Bath & Body Works. She's got to work Midnight to 8 a.m. Black Friday. So our family is having to do Thanksgiving dinner very early so that she can get in bed Thursday afternoon. All so a bunch of jack-holes can storm the mall for hand soap and other dire necessities. Our society is just gross sometimes.


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