How much crazier can Black Friday get?

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  • CWJ Layton, UT
    Nov. 27, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    No amount of bargain priced deals, no 'have to have' consumer goods will ever get me out of my bed the night or day after Thanksgiving. I dislike crowds with a passion and 'Black Friday' is enough for me to stay away. So, to all of those who love to shop on this auspicious day, have at it and help yourself to my portion.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Nov. 27, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    I just do not get why people stay up all night-get up early, to go to a store and fight with other people, for some "pretty pieces of plastic"
    I think they are foolish.
    People do not stand in line, and fight in stores anymore.
    I do all my christmas shopping online.
    the prices are usually the same, if not better.
    most online companies offer free shipping right now.
    I have the "pretty pieces of plastic" delivered to me, while i sit comfortably reading a book, or eating some pie.
    But hey if you want to lose sleep, get pepper sprayed, end up in the hospital, or jail, to get your christmas gifts, all I can say is; take some martial arts training before you go.

  • Sally Smiles-a-Lot Vernal, UT
    Nov. 27, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    @ Ricardo: You had a good idea. If I'd had the money, I would probably have gone shopping sometime later in the day on Friday. "Black Friday" actually began in many places (most notably WalMart) on Thursday night, when people were already tired from eating Thanksgiving dinner and should have been at home resting and spending time with their families.

    This year was particularly tender for us, as our son is deploying to the Middle East in a week, and we are not able to see him before he goes, as he lives in another state, on post, with his wife and kids. Just talking with him on skype and on the phone, hearing his voice, telling him how much we love him and how proud we are of him...that was the way we spent our Black Friday. I've spent much of my Christmas money buying needed hygiene things for him to take with him, and mailing them to him.

    In all your buying and giving this year, try to remember the soldiers, Marines, and other military personnel who are not with their families. Maybe give something to a military family. It's a difficult time of year for them.

  • Ricardo Carvalho Provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    I loved Black Friday this year. The reason? It actually started on Thursday night, a fact which I ignored. By the time I went out on Friday morning, the crowds had dissipated and I had a pleasant day of shopping for loved ones characterized by small crowds and decent deals (I admit to not entering a Walmart). With a good chunk of the Christmas shopping finalized, I look forward to spending my December with my family at home or at numerous Christmas events in our area. The idea of celebrating the birth of Christ by fighting with others to maximize consumption seems a bit odd. I hope to keep the holiday better this year by fighting for extra time to spend fully engaged with those I love and providing meaningful service in my community. Merry Christmas!

  • awsomeron Waianae, HI
    Nov. 27, 2011 1:41 a.m.

    I believe the Black Friday story is Media made up.

    What iti says however is, if this item is on sale at this price and I can afford it at this price, then I can have 1 also. Or Resell it.

    I am not getting out of my Warm Water Bed away from my Warm Wife to go buy anything, nothing, the bargain will be there or somewhere else, another time.

    Remember no matter how deep the store discounts they stillmake a profit. Unless they are just dumb.

    Now I have never tried the online thing which sounds much more sane.

    Remember also the Evil ones who are out in the middle of the night are much better at what they do then you are.

    Also Go With Somebody and stay with them.

    My Dad said that nothing good happened out side in the dark after 10 or 11PM.

    The Daark has its very own people and its very own Society.

    Mostly though "Do I need it that Bad".

  • Oh My Heck! Vernal, UT
    Nov. 26, 2011 10:36 p.m.

    Black Friday is an awful way to begin the Christmas season, and truly all the grabbing, fighting, and greed have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas. Many years ago when my kids were young, I used to go to my parents' home for Thanksgiving while my hubby worked, and we spent the night there, making homemade candy. Then I'd leave the kids with grandma while I went to the store to buy pretty much all of our Christmas, since we lived quite a ways from any stores then. Sure, there were a lot of people trying to get in on the usual sales items, but it wasn't the insanity it has become in recent years. There is NOTHING that I can think of that I would want badly enough to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving!

  • Willie Saint George, UT
    Nov. 26, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    The phenomenon of "Black Friday" is probably one of the most bizarre traditions that the USA has ever invented. The actions of usually normal people during this event never cease to amaze me. Truly a strange thing to happen right after we are giving thanks for everything we "already" have.