I Slept Through Black Friday

Friday, November 23, 2012
Posted in category Boobus, Decivilization

I was on the way to northern Michigan yesterday morning, and along the way I passed some mega malls along I-75 on the outskirts of the Detroit Metro area. It looked like tent city – tents and people everywhere, waiting for the doors of Best Buy, and similar places, to open.

On the way back, at night, the stores were open and the parking lot was packed to the gills. I understand that while many retailers opened at midnight on Thanksgiving, some retailers opted to open at 8pm. When I got back home, traffic was heavy and parking lots were packed. I had never seen such thick traffic before on Thanksgiving evening. I stopped for gas and I could barely exit the driveway because a constant stream of cars was coming from … somewhere. There was a Toys R Us behind the gas station, and that was a mob scene. Toys must be so important that one can’t wait a day, or perhaps even longer, to get them.

But then again, I’ve always noted that Black Friday has become an institutionalized madness. Indeed, there occasionally arises some great deals, but mostly, it is about people just walking around in shopping comas to pass the time and get out of the house for some real excitement. In fact, one thing I really notice about Black Friday the last two years is the lack of deals as compared to the post-bust years of 2008 and 2009, where the sales and clearances and doorbusters were astounding (yes, I read all the sales papers).

I’ll peruse the news tomorrow to see who shot who over a video game device and who got stomped in the pursuit of some $5 DVDs. I guess my motto is – I slept while they stomped. At about noon today, on the way back from the gym, I made my way peacefully to the Verizon store to have someone look at my phone and give me a tip on a software hang-up on my Samsung. I had noted, a few days before, that Verizon would be selling the 4G Samsung Galaxy 2 (white) tablet for the great price of $99, but when I checked online this morning they were sold out. Shopping online is as close as I get to the post-Thanksgiving madness. I saw the same advertisement in the store and so I asked if they still had any left. The lady said they went fast all morning, but she could find me one. Much to my surprise, they had two left. I bought it, she got me connected, and I left shortly thereafter minus the midnight madness and the institionalized insanity. I was smiling because I hadn’t even planned on buying the thing.

Tonight, a quick google search turned up a shooting at a Walmart in Florida where people fought over a parking space. In Texas, at a Sears, people were punching one another over who was ahead of who while standing in line. Here is a disturbing video of people at a Walmart in Georgia mobbing a game display. For the life of me, I cannot begin to understand who would go anywhere near a mob scene like that, even if they were giving away $1,000 in cash. As always, it is a reminder of what these people will do in a SHTF scenario when they are out of food, water, or even the non-essentials they fell they are entitled to posses.

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8 Responses to I Slept Through Black Friday

  1. cory says:

    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I was looking into Samsung Galaxy S3 specials and found one on the Sprint site for $49. Since there are 3(!) Sprint stores within a few miles of me, I went down to the one that had just opened recently and found no line and plenty of phones in stock. Friendly employees, great service, and with some other discounts, I picked up some useful accessories all for less than I would have paid any other day. 

  2. cory says:

    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    And, that wasn’t an ad. It was just a pleasant way to get a deal without going into the crowds. I was thinking about getting an even better deal at Sam’s Club, but the lines were hours long and I value my time more than a few dollars and the opportunity to be trampled by Walmart shoppers.

  3. Wade says:

    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Looking at the black friday riots, it’s no wonder our country is in such a sorry state: the ignorant, non-thinking braindead masses have been educated by state schools and have been herded and manipulated by corporate amerika into a materialistic frenzy of consumption using credit provided by the Rothschild and Rockefeller led banking cartel…do you think that these people will rise up and revolt against the ruling oligarchs? …me neither…perhaps a minority of liberty minded people can change things, because the majority is too far gone…but that is no doubt wishful thinking on my part

    that said, I did make a couple of black friday purchases today:

    1) Cabellas had a sale on some 9mm ammo today along with free shipping, so I couldn’t resist buying a few boxes online
    2) A local maker of holsters had a sale this weekend, so I ordered one for a Kahr PM9 that I purchased earlier in the week

    Do these black friday purchases make me part of boobus americanas? :)

  4. mindy says:

    November 24th, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I went to the mall for last years black friday. i really was not impressed. Other than the few gimmick promotions that get bought out in th eearly hours, the sales aren’t any better than any other time in december. We chose to give our business to craigslist. You can get all the clean, barely used toys you want for a fraction of the best sale price and all the money goes to a real person.

  5. Karen De Coster says:

    November 24th, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Wade – I went to the online sale at Brownings: “Black Rifle Friday”

  6. Otaddy says:

    November 24th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Ah, yet another example of Americans rushing in to join the crowd, desperate to be a part of something.  Besides, TV told them to consume and you gotta do what the TV tells you to do!

    I spent the day watching reruns of Battlestar Galactica 2004, so I guess I am Geekus-Americanus!

  7. J-F says:

    November 24th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Looking at the sheer intensity those people were going at the deals, the thought that flashed in my mind was: Well, isn’t this kinda primal, in an unhealthy sort of way?

  8. Pam Maltzman says:

    November 24th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I like a bargain as much as the next person, but I hate crowds and money is tight right now.

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