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MISSJANE55 SparkPoints: (42,272)
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11/30/13 5:13 P

Today is Small Business Saturday. In my book, this really is important. The big box stores are driving small businesses out of business, what a shame.

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11/30/13 3:57 P

The news was reporting some interesting statistics. I believe Best Buy was offering a large screen TV for $799. It seems that same brand of TV was on sale Veteran's Day weekend for that same price. Several websites made note that the many of the Black Friday deals weren't any better than the Veteran's Day sales. And I noticed that too.

Macy's did have some really good sales. I bought a couple of bras at $12.99. normally, they go for $36 each. So, that was a good deal. However, all in all, I wasn't too pleased with the Black Friday deals. You know what that means ? Cyber Monday here I come. LOL !

I did check out jewelry. Macy's had a set of Tahitian black pearls (earrings/pendant) on sale for $199. That's down from $600. I know the markup on jewelry is high. So, I wondered if that deal was any good or not. The quality of Macy's jewelry isn't what it used to be.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,459
11/30/13 3:46 P

I haven't gone shopping on Gray Thursday. We did head out but saw the lines of people waiting to get in, so we turned around and came home.

As for shopping on Black Friday. Some of us love it, I know I do. And I used to work retail. Worked many Black Friday's. Still love it.

I love to give gifts


Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 11/30/2013 (15:47)
RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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11/30/13 2:56 P

Once my nieces and nephew were no longer children, our family decided to stop giving gifts to each other and instead have a nice dinner together and make a charitable donation. We have had many wonderful Christ-masses and we realize now that the best gift to each other was "no shopping"


11/30/13 11:04 A

Yeah I heard of some injuries at a Black Friday sale in Ireland. I thought "oh god, it's spreading".

Another unfortunate aspect of American culture being exported overseas. -.-

JEEP8294 Posts: 4,591
11/30/13 8:42 A

My husband and I drove out to the mall on Thanksgiving Day just to see the hordes of shoppers either waiting for stores to be open or actually in shopping. I might have been one of them IF we could have gotten a great deal on a treadmill. That's our Christmas gift to each other this year. :)

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (245,683)
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11/30/13 8:40 A

I was listening to a story on NPR. A journalist from the Wall Street Journal had compared discount % and profits over several years. The 'discounts' have increased considerably; the profits have been consistent.
What does that tell you?

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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11/30/13 8:23 A

Well although our Thanksgiving is in October, retailers here played up the Black Friday card in hopes of keeping shoppers from crossing the border. It was a regular work day yesterday but I must admit, I popped in to pick up DS big electronic Christmas gift yesterday yet it was before I went to the gym.

ANARIE Posts: 13,185
11/29/13 10:12 P

All I can say is, "Oh, goodness, I'm sorry!" How sad that you're getting yet another import that we don't even like in our own culture.

I don't think I have ever gone shopping that day, unless it was in high school. In college I did go out to a huge shopping mall with friends on Black Friday, but we were only going to see the decorations and stare at the crazy people; we didn't even try to shop.

And no, the prices aren't that great most times. I remember about 5 years ago, my cousin and her then-teenage daughter, who was on crutches at the time, camped out all night in the ice and snow to get a bargain on laptop computers. My mom went to the same store the following Thursday, walked in, and bought the same computer for $25 less. She was kind and didn't tell them.

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
11/29/13 5:49 P

I'm sorry to see that term spreading overseas. I understand the derivation of it but for me it sounds so dreary and negative. :(

I don't indulge in the frenzy, myself. Sorry to hear that Boxing Day's being commercialized, too.

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,604
11/29/13 5:14 P

Well that's really interesting - we have absolutely no reason to have a Black Friday because Christmas shopping here started ages ago and most places have their Christmas decorations up and lights on now. (not the private houses - they'll mostly go up this weekend, but the shops and town centres.)

So our boxing day sales hit the news in US? Actually only a small proportion of shops open on Boxing day. I stay away on principle. Christmas should be a family time and I hate it that so many shops open on Boxing Day. It used to be just the furniture and DIY stores but now a number of the big retailers seem to start their sales on Boxing day. However, if you walk round most town centres in England on Boxing Day, they will be pretty quiet.

But you're right, Archimedes. Who in their right mind wants to camp outside a shop over Christmas in order to pick up a bargain on Boxing day? That's consumerism gone stark, raving mad. (ooh sorry, that's a very judgmental statement. Maybe some people reading this will be planning to do just that!!)

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11/29/13 3:52 P

That is interesting. I always thought the biggest shopping day in Britain was Boxing Day. Every year, I read the UK websites just to see photos of the hordes of people lined up at Harrod's and Selfridges to get those day after Christmas sales. Much like Black Friday in the US, people act like lunatics at those sales.

As noted, Black Friday is the kick off of the Christmas shopping season here in the US. It's called that because it's the day when all the retailers go into the "black" in the accounts instead of red.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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11/29/13 3:44 P

Interesting that the term black Friday has made it to the UK, but it's not surprising. Black Friday isn't a celebration, it's the "official" kick off to the Christmas shopping season. The term came from it traditionally being the day that stores started making a profit for the year so they switched from red ink in the ledger to black ink. Supposedly you can great deals on things, 100$s for a 1000$ TV etc. It's mass consumerism fueled by the hope of getting a great deal.

One of our TV stations did a mini comparison of a few black Friday deals. They compared the price in the flyers to the regular price and found that in some cases the price was the same and in others the price had been increased for the "sale". I guess retailers are working on the theory that if it's in the sale paper, shoppers will think they are getting a deal.

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,604
11/29/13 2:09 P

Well, I read with interest some of your posts about Thanksgiving and Black Friday. I don't think I'd really heard of Black Friday before. I went shopping this afternoon and was amazed by the number of shops that had Black Friday deals. I bet those same shops didn't close yesterday for Thanksgiving. I was puzzled why anyone in England would want to celebrate Black Friday when they hadn't celebrated Thanksgiving!

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