I’ve never understood Black Friday.
Perhaps its partly because my tolerance for shopping is fairly low. I mean I’m a female and I do love shopping, but honestly after an hour or two I’m done and ready to go home. Particularly if there are a million people milling around and not paying attention to where they are walking. (When I shop I have a mission and know where I’m going – so please walk your super slow line of people in front of someone else.) And Black Friday is the worst example of shopping in my opinion. Every year I roll my eyes at the ads and commercials for the big sales. And the kicker this year? Stores started opening on Thursday night.
I’m sorry, but isn’t Thursday a holiday? The holiday where we are supposed to be thankful for what we have? But lets hurry up and eat dinner so we can stand in line for an hour outside Target before the doors open at 9:00. Geesh.
A friend of mine used to go Black Friday shopping religiously. A few years ago she talked me into going. (This was before stores opened at 9pm Thursday). After Thanksgiving dinner I took a couple hour nap and we met at the Outlet malls before they opened at midnight. Now the outlet malls weren’t so bad. Crowded yes, but since there is plenty of outside room its easy to get away from the crowds if you start to feel claustrophobic. Plus there were chick fil a booths outside – and anything selling chick fil a is a winner in my book.
Next in line was Kohls – their doors opened at 4am. If I remember correctly we got there about 330, and the line to get in the front door looked to be a quarter of a mile long. I could be exaggerating a little, but considering it took us 10 minutes of standing outside to get in, it certainly felt that way. The store was a mess. There were clothes everywhere. And by the time we were ready to check out, the line wrapped around the store. I don’t even like to wait in lines for rollercoasters.
Target after that was less crowded probably because it opened about the same time as Kohls and so all the crazies had already filed out. Post shopping chick fil a made it all worthwhile and I think I finally crashed at home around 6 or 7 am.
While I’ll admit that all in all the experience wasn’t bad, I’m in no hurry to repeat it. Quite frankly, its just too many people in one place – and we didn’t even go to WalMart, where you seem to hear about all the stories about tramplings and shootings. People somehow go from being thankful for their lives to total monsters willing to run over whoever they want for that $300 television. That is crazy.
So to you, Black Friday, an Ode: (limerick style)
Lord, I am so thankful you see
For all the good things you’ve given to me
Bless this food I’m about to eat
But do you think, for an extra treat?
You could hook me up on the deal for the 50″ TV?
November 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm
Yep. I don’t get it.
November 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm
Totally agree! It’s horrible!
November 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm
Agreed! The one year hubs and I went, we missed out on both deals we were on the hunt for. Luckily I got one of the deals online and I have been a fan of “Cyber Monday” ever since and have never looked back. I definitely don’t get Black Friday.
November 24, 2012 at 8:44 pm
I’ve never gotten the whole Black Friday thing either. Give me Cyber Monday instead and I’m good to go!
November 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm
You can totally shop in your pajamas with a cup of coffee!
November 25, 2012 at 2:09 am
Exactly! It has one of the most awesome things about it!
November 25, 2012 at 12:31 am
Amen, girl! Thank you for writing this. People need to come to their senses. It is madness. You couldn’t pay me to go out and deal with those crowds and crazy people.
November 25, 2012 at 1:24 am
Disagree, lol, love it. However I would not go in any store with a line that long. The days of needing big ticket items are over. I got towels for 4.99. I got 1000 thread count sheets for 29.99!!!!!!!! I’m telling you this because I’m sure you care! I get irritated with the crowds too, but since these stores opened earlier its not nearly as crazy. I feel bad for the workers though.
November 25, 2012 at 7:33 am
Well truthfully if I hasn’t been working I may have ventured out at some point. I was just speaking more about the extremists ( shopping extremists haha) than those who are looking for towels or sheets. 30$ for 1000 thread count is a good deal!
November 25, 2012 at 11:17 am
I tease, I tease… For some reason our work let us off. I could never do the trampling events for a tv or anything like that. 🙂 hope you had a good holiday.
November 25, 2012 at 1:54 am
I enjoy Black Friday shopping, but I can’t tell you why! Every year I look forward to it, and then get annoyed at the crowds and all the rude shoppers I encounter. I will tell you this, though — I always try not to be one of them! Because the tramplings, shootings, and people standing in line for hours? I don’t get that either.
November 25, 2012 at 7:34 am
Like I said to kaybee – if I hadn’t been working May have ventured out a bit later. It’s the crazy people I don’t get – but sometimes you can get good deals on some smaller things. Hubby and I did a little shopping yesterday and found some towels on sale super cheap. Can’t beat that!
November 25, 2012 at 11:16 am
This irony is exactly what made me skip Black Friday this year. Here I am struggling to remind myself of all the blessings in my life and all Pele can talk about is effing Black Friday. I boycotted and it felt good! 🙂
November 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm
I don’t really get it either. I thought about stopping at the outlet mall on my way home from my doctor appt. but then just ended up going right on by. I didn’t feel like dealing with the crowd. Ironically, I always seem to end up waiting till the last minute to do my Christmas shopping and end up fighting the crowds anyways. Never seems to fail!
November 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm
I’ve never understood Black Friday (or the Canadian counterpart: Boxing Day Sales which have slowly transitioned into the boxing week sales). I’m not a big shopper to begin with, then add the fact that being in the middle of large groups of people I don’t know can trigger mild to moderate panic attacks and I’m a bit of a mess. Plus can we take a moment to reflect on how much this shows people’s greed? Oh look, I just spent a supper with family talking about how grateful i am for what I have (or for Canadians, I just got a car full of wonderfully thoughtful gifts from family and friends so let’s go drop them off) and then try to get a big screen tv to top that off? I’d really just rather pay full price for the item on my time. Plus some people at these things get down right bitchy and hateful not just with other people in line, but with the poor staff who had no choice but to work on that day.
November 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm
Haha I could shop all day long but I hate crowds and pushy people so not too sure how me and Black Friday would mix 🙂
November 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm
You and me both
November 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm
I have never done Black Friday and really can never see myself EVER doing it. The crowds, the pushing, the lack of sleep, etc. Over what? Saving a little bit of money? No thanks.
November 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm
my coworier just told me a story about standing in line for a total of like 3 hours, only to have the person in front of them get the last camera – no thank you
November 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm
Returning your visit.
I totally agree! I’ve never gone Black Friday shopping and I never will. It’s just not worth it for me to potentially kill the stupid people to save some money. (And by killing the stupid people, I mean the slow walkers, the morons fighting over things, and those willing to trample a little kid for something.) Nothing is worth life in prison. 😛
Congrats on your twins!
November 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm
BAHAHA I totally agree about wanting to kill the stupid people!