Black Friday: An American institution that does not necessarily offer significant savings

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  • raybies Layton, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 7:36 a.m.


    (That way I can get all the good deals... buwahahahaha!!)

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    Walmart going to open at 8pm on Thanksgiving night? Feel bad for walmart employees.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Nov. 20, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    Time is money! The question is: Is your time worth it?

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 4:32 a.m.

    Shopping on line is too risky on quality and value shopping, but as gifts, who cares about quality or value, right?

    With so many more people handing out plastic poker chips as gifts is also a sign of indifference and value. I would prefer a 50 cent post card over a plastic chip, at least it will have some thought written on it you can assume has a meaning from the giver.

    When the economy was prosperous 25-45 years ago this day had some meaning but not a name meant to cheer up small business and retail outlets with false indignation that failure is likely if you don't sacrifice your profits to keep the doors open for another day. This used to be a day after that promoted and stretched the day of giving thanks with 3 day chirstmas shopping of unlimited supply and choices.

    Now its name implies a day of death if you don't get there first in hope the store bought enough of the lost leaders devices they sacrifice to get customers in the stores. Loss leaders are kept to a dozen or less.

  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 12:19 a.m.

    For me it is so sad that Thanksgiving has become this way. My daughter in law informed me tonight that she or my son will be leaving around 7 to go to Wal-Mart to buy something that they need to get. We are not getting together until around 6 at night. I remember as a little girl just how important Thanksgiving was. Now the retail business wants to forget all about Thanksgiving. To me this is one of the most important holidays of the year. It is when we are suppose to stop for a day and be grateful for all of our blessings. Instead everyone now is trying to forget this special Holiday.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 9:58 p.m.

    Thanksgiving is for family and not for shopping.

    I hope the Walmart employees strike is hugely successful.

    For me and my family, we will be shopping at small businesses this weekend on Saturday.

  • Demisana South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    Online is the only way to go. I did Walmart once, and got a killer deal on much needed coats. Other than that one time, I've never seen anything worth the wait or the early morning or the crowds. You usually can't get the good stuff in the store anyway.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 5:35 p.m.

    For all the hype, I don't see significant savings. And these people camping out at a target or best buy already...what are you buying that the time and discomfort are worth it? Don't you have to work this week, or is the economy a lot better than everyone has been griping about lately? Everything I buy on black friday, beer, lottery tickets and some clothing items at Big R, usually dont' go on sale anyway. I'm doing business and visiting family and friends, and the shopping is inconsequential.