As someone who pays attention to these things, Black Friday is NOT the time to buy the good stuff. Once upon a time, savings were massive (like, when HDTVs were new and cost thousands and you could save a grand or two on doorbusters). Nowadays, you'll probably save a hundred or two at best. Black Friday is a more of a legacy affair these days - people think the deals are better than they are because they were legitimately killer deals once upon a time and retailers prey on that misguided nostalgia.
Black Friday is typically the day when retailers offer shit-brand HDTVs for cheap, or offer decent brands in water-downed models (for instance, many doorbusters are special SKUs differing from standard models, for example by having one less HDMI port than the standard SKU or similar neutering). The final week before Xmas is usually when the GOOD TVs are sold for good prices, because that's when they get desperate enough to offer legit good deals and do their final push for sales. The TVs on sale that week usually won't be as cheap as the Black Friday prices, but they're usually better bang-for-the-buck.
If you still want to brave the Black Friday jungle (or better yet - buy online), here's a list of all the brands, stores and prices for sale that day. In fact, even if you decide to hold off on Black Friday, keep an eye on that website since it's fucking amazing at notifying you of deals on anything and everything and makes Black Friday really pointless. It's definitely a website worth following.
VaniBunFeatured By OwnerNov 18, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hate Black Friday shopping, but might as well for Christmas gifts and some decent furniture. I'm 4'11", and it's the pits when surrounded by like fifty other women in one teeny little H&M trying to pay, and its extremely hot and smells terrible. Then there are the rude customers, the extremely rude customers and the ones that get fucking violent.
I'd hate to be the workers on Black Friday. Retail work is tough, imagine how rude customers must be on that day?
... I go hunting in such times. You scare the herd. Force them this way and that, until the weak and the fat get left behind. Then you isolate them and you strike. Bag over the head and into the back of the van. 5 hours later your guests(former members of the previous herd) are trying unsuccessfully(except when they joke) to guess what this delicious meat they are eating is.
Why am I imagining a whole heap of African-American people running out of their houses and having a seriously awesome party, complete with fire hydrants spurting water everywhere and singing and dancing and all that good stuff?
I've discovered there's only so many that people are willing to wear at any one time.
I don't particularly like spending money - especially during the holiday season. It always feels like I'm somehow being ripped off. Like sellers have raised their prices and then lowered them by a tiny amount to make me think what I'm buying is a good deal.
...and that actually does sometimes occur during the holiday season.
I'm not saying that it's the best day for a sale, nor am I saying that the products are actually worth it. I myself am actually not a Black Friday go-er. I just don't like it when people pull out that bullshit "Everyone is a sheep but me" mentality when they're a consumer, same as anyone else.
I'm actually a super scrooge, so deals make no real difference to me.
I wish I could sew my own clothes and make my own wood furniture. Both of those just look like such useful skills to have.
Alas, some of the tools/machines/materials required to do so cost too much for me right now.
I'm still working on getting my rock polishing/grinding/cutting machines up and running so that I can make neat pieces out of stone and cold work my glass pieces.
It's kind of funny when I talk to some of the people here on DA and tell them that I actually make my own glass pieces and will soon be making my own stone pieces. They act rather amazed because they're not used to hearing that someone actually still makes something which is tangible in real life.
I can sew, but not good enough to make something I would feel safe wearing in public.
Ohhh making glass has always sounded like something neat to try. Thouh I agree, a lot of aspects of it can be very expensive. I'm a welder, myself. Not like soldering, I mean like industrial ship building thousands of degrees of heat going everywhere welding. Now that's some fun stuff.
It is sad, I agree. People are just used to things being pre-made for them that they forget it's likely a skill that they can learn themselves.
Last year I went to see what it was like and witnessed a fistfight. In some store close by, somebody got shot. I will not go anymore. Long lines, crazy people and at the end what you want is gone before you cat get
Of the former sentence, I ask myself those questions often. Some of them have good answers (that date back centuries). Others, like why do people wait in long lines every year the day after Thanksgiving, can't seem to provide very good answers in terms of tradition (or even pertaining to the holiday itself) at all.
Traditions have to have a starting point before they can be traced back, right? Black Friday isn't exactly new. How new is it, really? As per wikipedia (it is what it is), it's been a thing since the mid-60's.