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Black Friday, for me, means ...

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Nearly nothing. A loss-leader USB key, maybe.
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Just a bit -- picked up a long-delayed toy.
  1052 votes / 4%
Quite a bit -- spent more than I should have.
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Don't you mean Cyber Monday?
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  • by iZC (1063372) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @04:38AM (#38173462)
    Most of the world do not know what Black Friday is
    • by Z00L00K (682162)

      Black Friday - that sounds like a day when the stock market is plummeting.

      But in the US that only means that your personal wallet got empty and your eyes filled with pepper spray.

      • by h00manist (800926) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @06:56AM (#38173846) Journal

        To me Black Friday is a day to reflect and rethink about how consumer-and-profit economic structure has imposed itself upon every other way of designing and making things. Read about alternative economics, funding, complementary currencies, etc.

        • by mabhatter654 (561290) on Monday November 28, 2011 @02:00AM (#38187100)

          the real problem is that Wall Street pushes "super profitability" and Black Friday is the one time of year that push is visible to the regular consumer. Most retail businesses run unprofitable from January to Thanksgiving... literally relying on Black Friday to keep the doors open come January 1. The frenzy is whipped up because the stakes for the big chains are so high... investors on Wall Street can shut them all down if they don't pull extreme numbers every year....

          Just watching this year's YouTube videos of Black Friday show the whole thing is out of control.. the lackeys on the front lines are understaffed and poorly equipped for these yearly stunts. With the chaos over trivial items, it's almost like the 99% -ers are proved right... imagine the fun the 1% will have when we get to fight over food and clean water!!!

      • by BitterOak (537666) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @09:19PM (#38178074)

        Black Friday - that sounds like a day when the stock market is plummeting.

        It sounds more like a day when Americans celebrate the contributions of African-Americans to their country.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 26, 2011 @04:49AM (#38173514)

      Speak for yourself. In Australia I would pay about $400 for Rockport boots. I just imported TWO pairs from Amazon's subsidiary for $107 delivered because of Black Friday sales.

      As a non-American, I learn quickly when there is such a disparity between my local market in Aus and what I can buy over the net!

      AC

      • by Joce640k (829181)

        Speak for yourself. In Australia I would pay about $400 for Rockport boots. I just imported TWO pairs from Amazon's subsidiary for $107

        I'm sure the Australian tax authority has kept a copy of this confession as evidence of you breaking the law. If I were you I wouldn't wear those boots outside the house for at least six months.

    • by koxkoxkox (879667)

      My thought exactly. I have no idea what it is about. Some kind of curse that makes you buy more than you need ?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      It's an American religious festival. Worshippers make sacrifices to Mammon and pray for fleeting affection from loved ones grateful for gifts to be received or impressed by toys and status symbols to be displayed.

    • Funnily enough, thanks to amazon.co.uk's Black Friday deals week (which started last year and a number of retailers copied this year), it is becoming known in the UK.
    • by painandgreed (692585) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @05:04PM (#38176250)

      It is pretty much for Americans only. Black Friday is the friday after the American Thanksgiving* which many people have as a national holiday every year since Thanksgiving holiday is always a Thursday. As there are so many people with the day off, and Christmas is the next big holiday, stores usually have massive sales as people start to shop for gifts. It is famous for incredible loss leader sales such as TVs or computers for next to nothing. The $100 Touchpad type thing would be an example. However, most stores only have a few of whatever is on sale, so it leads to people camping out in front of the stores which tend to open earlier and earlier as people try to be the first in line to get what they want. It is also supposedly called 'Black Friday' because it is the day that most businesses go into the black for the year and is the beginning of the season that most make all their profits.

      Frys electronics opened at midnight Friday morning for example. That's where I went (not at midnight) to pick up the RAM and hard drive I needed to upgrade my laptop. There were no sales I wanted, it just happened that it was the first chance I had to get the stuff and I had nothing else to do yesterday. Parking was insane as was the checkout line for a store that has acres of parking and 50 checkout counters. Once I got home, I spent the rest of the day eating Thanksgiving leftovers (mmm, pie as breakfast) and rebuilding my laptop.

      *Not to be confused with the Canadian Thanksgiving, nor to infer that they aren't from the continent of North America either.

      • Such marketing tactics are illegal in (some) other countries - for the reasons that are obvious from what happens in the US. In the US, it's only illegal to pepper spray and shoot people, since they are more free.

        • by Machtyn (759119)
          Why is it illegal to mark prices under cost for some items to bring people to the store in the hopes those people will also pick up other items that will generate a profit for the store?
          • by residieu (577863)
            It's not just having some inexpensive items to draw people into the story that's the problem. It's that there are only 5 of the $25 Blu-Ray player that 300 people are waiting in line for. That strikes me as false advertising. You can say "supplies are limited" but when they're THAT limited it doesn't seem fair to advertise those deals.
            • If it's THAT limited, they say so. Or else they clearly say something like "100 units per store, only available during the first hour after opening" for the "doorbuster" sales. It's not false advertising to label the price of an item. Just because the store sold out before you go to the shelf does not change the fact that it WAS / IS that price.
            • They used to give rain checks for sale items to convince people not to worry about stock. I don't know if they do that anymore especially for things like black Friday. They do screw customers over like this cause it is accepted by customers and people usually buy other stuff they need while they are there even if they don't get the sale. Especially the cheap highly marked up stuff. The simplest way for it to end is if it stopped working on the consumers.
        • Like with most laws, it would vary greatly from state to state since unless if falls under anti-trust laws, the federal government really has little to say. That would also go to the pepper spray and shooting thing so long as civil rights weren't violated as that is all goverened by state law rather than federal law unless it involved crossing state lines.
      • by Arrepiadd (688829)

        I've heard that story about the name of Black Friday being associated with that profit stuff and this is what Wikipedia has to say about Black Friday [wikipedia.org] (my emphasis):
        The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. (...) Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are "in the

    • by marcovje (205102)

      Apparently it is the day after Thangsgiving. Now I just have to find out what thangsgiving is :-)

    • Amazon in the UK have been trying to use the term - don't think it caught on.
    • by jonbryce (703250)

      It is the US equivalent of Boxing Day. In the UK, it is the day when you can stuff a bit cheaper in the Apple store but otherwise is just a normal day.

  • by Smivs (1197859) <smivs@smivsonline.co.uk> on Saturday November 26, 2011 @05:21AM (#38173600) Homepage Journal
    this Black Friday of which you speak?
    • Re:What is... (Score:5, Informative)

      by sjames (1099) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @06:10AM (#38173740) Homepage

      It's the day in the U.S. where the well conditioned crazed consumers all go out and create a scene suitable for an after the apocalypse movie. Occasionally they trample store clerks to death when the doors are unlocked.

      • by Nutria (679911) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @03:21PM (#38175842)

        well conditioned crazed women

        There, fixed that for you...

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by artor3 (1344997)

        Actually, that doesn't happen any more often on Black Friday than it does on other days. Most of the violence is unrelated to shopping (e.g. gang violence), and that one trampling incident happened because of how insanely neglectful the store was. The media just likes to put out bullshit stories on Black Friday crowds because it gets good ratings.

        • by sjames (1099)

          So was the pepper spray lady a Crip or a Blood? Meanwhile, I had no idea the gangs were so in to getting deals on bath towels [reuters.com].

          • Well, like they say: "...any man that can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, ruff it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.".
          • by Machtyn (759119)
            Yeah, Walmart has yet to figure out how to handle the BF crowds. You'd think they'd review store policies for that day after one of their employees got trampled to death a couple of years ago.
            • Yeah, Walmart has yet to figure out how to handle the BF crowds. You'd think they'd review store policies for that day after one of their employees got trampled to death a couple of years ago.

              Give Walmart a little credit. I don't give them much myself, but they opened at 10pm in many locations, and made individual store maps available online in advance of BF to help the foot traffic to know where it was going.

          • by danomac (1032160)

            Maybe not the gangs themselves, but when the wives tell you to get your butt in line to get something... well...

    • Re:What is... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by froggymana (1896008) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @03:59PM (#38176004)

      this Black Friday of which you speak?

      It's the day where American's spend a lot of money on junk right after the day where all American's celebrate how thankful they are for having what they have.

  • bushfires (Score:3, Insightful)

    by daisybelle (1077153) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @05:50AM (#38173678)

    Okay, Black Friday means bushfires in Australia. What the hell is this talk about shopping???

  • by Freddybear (1805256) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @08:13AM (#38174064)

    I spent way too much on PC games this week, and then Blizzard discounted StarCraft 2.
    At 1.5Mbps DSL it's still downloading.

    Oh, was I supposed to be buying presents for OTHER people?

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I took advantage of Apple's "discounted" prices and finally ordered (from the online Apple Store) my dream Imac, which will be my first Apple/Mac. Late in the afternoon, we waddled over to Target just to buy some routine/ordinary household items, and my wife mentioned that she wanted an iPod for Christmas. Checked Target's prices (and product selection), then went home and ordered it for her from the Apple Store as well. Price was about the same, and I didn't feel like encouraging Target with any of the ope

    • by Machtyn (759119)
      I got pulled in by Steam's sale for Fallout:New Vegas. Then there were about 3 items I've been wanting to get that were at a price I could live with on Newegg. (I can finally silence my computer again! Stupid AMD stock fan is very loud.)
  • Weird. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Elbart (1233584) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @08:46AM (#38174140)
    Biggest shopping-day of the year after the day you're celebrating gratitude for the stuff you already have.
  • Black Friday (Score:3, Informative)

    by DiSKiLLeR (17651) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @10:45AM (#38174550) Homepage Journal

    I don't know what this shopping bullshit is, but Black Friday is:

    Black Friday (1869), the Fisk-Gould Scandal, a financial crisis in the United States
    Black Friday (1881), the Eyemouth disaster in which 189 fishermen died
    Black Friday (1939), a day of devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia, which killed 71 people
    Black Friday (1945), an Allied air attack against German ships in Norway
    Hollywood Black Friday (1945), a riot at the Warner Bros. studios
    Black Friday (1978), a massacre of protesters in Iran
    Black Friday (1987), a tornado in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    • Re:Black Friday (Score:5, Informative)

      by Vegeta99 (219501) <rjlynn@gma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Saturday November 26, 2011 @06:06PM (#38176608)

      The "shopping" black Friday is on the same list, moron.

      Single days

              Black Friday (1869), the Fisk-Gould Scandal, a financial crisis in the United States
              Black Friday (1881), the Eyemouth disaster in which 189 fishermen died
              Black Friday (1939), a day of devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia, which killed 71 people
              Black Friday (1945), an Allied air attack against German ships in Norway
              Hollywood Black Friday (1945), a riot at the Warner Bros. studios
              Black Friday (1978), a massacre of protesters in Iran
              Black Friday (1987), a tornado in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
              Black Friday (2011) or United States v. Scheinberg et al., a case involving online poker companies

      Recurring days

            Black Friday (shopping), the day following Thanksgiving in the United States
              Black Friday (partying), the last Friday before Christmas

      I'd have made it blink too, but Slashdot won't let me.

  • by lazlo (15906) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @11:42AM (#38174786) Homepage

    Well, I wouldn't say that it means absolutely nothing... to me it meant it was a fantastic day to take my boys on a four mile hike through some beautiful mountains. Black Friday may possibly have meant that there were fewer people on the trails, but that difference, if extant, was probably the difference between seeing 10 people instead of 11 on the trip.

  • Nothing special. Just another typical work day. Must be nice to have so much money and so many days off that you can take one off just to go shopping.
    Unfortunately, I was affected a little bit. I had to go buy some home repair stuff after work, and the box stores were absolutely mobbed. Apparently they were offering a drill and a shopvac for about the same price that they normally do, but told everybody that was 50% off.
    Oddly enough, I had to go back by the same store about 7 PM and though they were still
    • Some of the ads are for those who don't take time to read all the print. An Apple product was for sale listed in the local newspaper. Sale price 294.95. At the bottom in the small print was the MSRP of 99.99. Not worth the gas in savings. I think the ad was just for name recognition and to fill a spot at the bottom of the full truck newspaper page.

  • by midifarm (666278) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @12:34PM (#38175046)
    To me it's just a groovy Steely Dan song!
  • Missing Option... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by aitikin (909209) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @12:38PM (#38175060)
    ...A 12 hour shift with many irate people.
  • by Nationless (2123580) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @01:22PM (#38175248)

    Hiding in my house until it all blows over.

    It's like a reverse Zombie Apocalypse where you have to stay as far away from malls, hardware stores and supermarkets as possible.

    • Hiding in my house until it all blows over.

      It's like a reverse Zombie Apocalypse where you have to stay as far away from malls, hardware stores and supermarkets as possible.

      ROFLMFAO...went looking to see if anyone had my option. Yep, you did, with a zombie apocalypse kicker. Nice!

    • This exactly. Every black Friday I absolutely refuse to drive anywhere, it's just insanity.
  • HYPE HYPE HYPE (Score:5, Interesting)

    by spaceyhackerlady (462530) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @02:48PM (#38175632)

    Black Friday seems a lot more hyped than usual this year.

    Many Canadian retailers are doing Black Friday deals to compete with U.S. retailers. Our over-hyped consume-fest is traditionally Boxing Day.

    Me? I didn't buy a thing. I don't need anything. My computer works. My TV works. I don't need any new clothes. Yes, I've lost a lot of weight and have bought new clothes as a result, but I'm set for winter.

    ...laura, lousy consumer

    • by antdude (79039)

      It is more hyped and earlier each year to me.

    • by ScottyLad (44798)

      I noticed some "Black Friday" emails from Amazon.co.uk and thought it was weird to name a promotion like a stock market crash. I honestly thought from the emails that they were running a consumer electronics promotion, and the only tenuous link they could find between all the offers was the colour black.

      It was only when I saw this poll on Slashdot that I bothered to google "Black Friday" and promptly lost interest, as it has as much relevance to me here in the UK as "Thanksgiving" (which I discovered was la

  • Printer time! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MrQuacker (1938262) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @06:24PM (#38176708)

    Its the best time to buy a printer. Brother laser printers are only $50 at most office supply stores. The starter toner puts out ~1500 pages too, making it considerably cheaper than a single cartridge of black ink for an inkjet.

    • oh? Last time I bought a printer was six years ago (Brother HL1030 and £50 secondhand), so far it's been through over 30,000 sheets of paper and had a grand total of three toner refills at £11 a pop and one new drum unit at £23. I don't think I've come across a more efficient printer.

  • Please, from here on out, refer to it as "Friday of Color".

    Thank you.

  • Time to go skiing. (Score:3, Informative)

    by wonderboss (952111) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @08:13PM (#38177596)

    The slopes were empty. The snow was great. The sky was clear.

  • Boxing Day (Score:4, Informative)

    by theshowmecanuck (703852) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @10:16PM (#38178512) Journal
    We have Boxing Day [wikipedia.org] for this in Canada and in the other semi-civilized Commonwealth countries like the U.K, Australia, New Zealand, etc. ... oh yeah... "you insensitive clod."
  • It means staying away from the mall and anything that might be called a "superstore".

    I went to the gym and a mom-and-pop party store.

  • Surprised this didn't come up..nor was an option for the vote.

    Haven't really seen it promoted much this year either.

    I'm not sure if a single 'buy nothing' day really has an impact, especially if the retailer isn't informed that you're 'buying nothing'..but i think the questioning of mass consumerism still needs to be brought up, and most people (who can access Black Friday sales) need to think more on the consequences of constantly buying more, and what that means environmentally, and to the people who are

    • by Rary (566291)

      Haven't really seen it promoted much this year either.

      It would help if American TV networks would stop refusing to air the ads. Apparently the mere suggestion of going an entire day without shopping is utterly sacrilegious and un-American.

  • by nebular (76369) on Sunday November 27, 2011 @02:32PM (#38183038) Homepage

    Up here north of the border, for most it's just another friday, but for some it's also Buy-Nothing-Day. Which I believe was started by the magazine Ad-Busters, which also was responsible for the occupy movement.
    For those that knew about Buy-Nothing-Day I'm pretty sure, up until this year, they didn't know that it fell on Black Friday in the states.

    Still from what I read about what goes on, it doesn't compare to Boxing Day (Or Boxing Week) up here. THAT's crazy.

  • Just started Black Friday stuff here in NZ. (Even though we don't have thanksgiving). And great, I thought, I can pick up a new mobo, etc to fix that annoying problem on my games PC. Did all that, installed it all, and I still have that annoying problem on my games PC :(

    Should have changed the PSU first... but at least I managed to get it ordered, free delivery and get the same discount...

  • It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday
    Everybodyâ(TM)s lookinâ(TM) forward to the weekend, weekend
    Friday, Friday

    Why do you Americans have a whole holiday dedicated to that Rebecca Black song?

  • I live in the UK, so it mostly passed me by, but I did take advantage of the £5 GTA franchise pack on Steam. Everything from GTA 1 to Liberty City Stories!

  • I thought Slashdot debunked "Cyber Monday" as a marketing gimmick.
  • Going to the local Wal-Mart with my video camera :)

  • For me, Black Friday means a day to stay at home. Avoid the roads, which will be packed with idiots being distracted by kids and shopping lists. Avoid stores, where you will get physically assaulted or even pepper sprayed by rabid bargain hunters. It's a fine day to avoid the human race in general.

  • For all those who are still suffering from the recession...

    Black Friday is a painful reminder, you insensitive clod!

  • And the rest of us sit back and think "what the fuck is wrong with those people?"

    Of course, since stores were actually opening on Thursday this year, pretty soon it'll be "Black Thanksgiving" instead. But hey, the important thing is that you got a good deal on junk you don't need and only had to trample a few hapless minimum wage employees who would rather be having a holiday with family to get it.

    America, Fuck Yeah!

  • Black Friday to me means day 2 of my 4 day weekend.

    My wife goes out shopping (though she doesn't leave until 9am) and I play video games all day.

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.

 



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