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GAC
11-24-2006, 05:53 AM
OK. How many are getting up at 4 AM and venturing out today for the sake of the sales?

I don't even leave the house. No way!

My wife and sister-in-law are going out.

I would rather face al Qaeda then a woman with a shopping cart trying to get into WalMart or Targets at 5 AM. Your chances of survival are far greater. :lol:

About 4 years ago my younger brother let his wife talk him into going out with her. He thought it couldn't be that bad.

Being the older brother and married longer, I tried to educate him on the shopping gene....

"Matt, you're inexperienced and untrained. While fathers were sending their boys to YMCA camps and baseball clinics, every mother out there was sending their daughters to training camps, refining their skills with a shopping cart on how to make the kill and a "take no prisoners" mentality.

While you went on nature hikes to learn more about the environment, these girls were out in nature learning how to take down a deer with their bare hands!

I'm telling you.... do you think it's mere coincidence that the week of deer hunting season coincides with Black Friday? Both involve fresh meat.

The only reason your wife wants you to go along is because every hunter needs a dog.

If you venture out there into that, somewhere there's a 600 lb woman, who probably nursed Dick Butkus when he was a pup, in her flowered bath robe and hair in curlers with a shopping cart all sharpened WAITING FOR YOU to take you out over a Furby!

THINK MAN THINK!

Let me save you the time and we'll go out in the shop, I'll get the hedge trimmers and castrate you right now."

Below is the God's honest truth.....

Well.... the boy went out anyway. He waited in line, at the crack of dawn, outside the new Super Walmarts for almost 2 hours with his wife and about 200 others.

When the store was getting ready to open it's doors, here comes THAT woman pushing her shopping cart from the lot, and thinking she was gonna waltz right into the doors in front of everyone as if she had tenure or some right to do so.

My brother made the ill-advised mistake of throwing his cart in front of her's in a weak blocking maneuver. He then opened his mouth and screamed "Where the hell do you think you're going?"

The woman actually went after him physically.

Where was his wife? Did she hang around to defend him?

No... Doors opened, and she didn't hesitate. After all, we're talking the sales of the year here. Her husband made the greatest sacrifice, and his wounds will heal. She was in Walmarts with those other 200 women. ;)

MrCinatit
11-24-2006, 06:09 AM
I worked for Hills Department Store for several years as Toy Department Head - believe me, Black Friday is a scary event on the other side of the trench.
We all learned one simple rule early on - just stay out of the way.
What always made the day was the clueless idiot who would come in on the sixth hour of a five hour sale and expect the items to not only still be on sale - but to be available period.

GAC
11-24-2006, 06:46 AM
I have a friend who worked at K-Marts and said there were woman DIVING over counters! He said they had better form then T.O! :lol:

MrCinatit
11-24-2006, 07:09 AM
The year before I joined, a couple of ladies got into a fist fight over a Cabbage Patch Doll. One ended up with a broken arm.
A few years later, a couple got into a huge verbal fight over a comforter. There were plenty of others available - they were fighting over a certain pattern. When the fight was over, there was one comforter left. The loser attempted to grab it - and was again denied. The guy who grabbed it ran over her foot.

GAC
11-24-2006, 07:24 AM
The guy who grabbed it ran over her foot.

I hope he was in his car, because he needed a clean getaway! :lol:

RedsBaron
11-24-2006, 07:39 AM
A few years ago I went to the local Wal-Mart to buy a basketball backboard/rim/pole. Have you ever watched a NASCAR race, especially on a short track, where the drivers bump each other out of the way? That's what it was like in the shopping aisles. I literally had 60+ year old women ramming into the side of my shopping cart to gain track position. I got my basketball stuff and got out of there.
I mentioned to my wife, the Lady Kimberly, a few hot sale items that were in our local paper yesterday, in case she wanted to venture forth today. She didn't, and I am not.
We may go see the new James Bond movie later today. If the movie producers really wanted to put 007 in an incredibly dangerous situation, with the need of gadets from "Q" and marvelous stuntwork necessary for Bond to make his escape, maybe they should film a scene with Bond in a shopping mall on "Black Friday." What to call it......."From The Mall With Stuff"? "You Only Shop Twice"? "Shop And Let Die"? "The Man With The Gold Card"? "The Shopper Who Loved Me"? "For Your Charge Card Only"? "License To Shop"? "The Mall Is Not Enough"? "Shop Another Day"? "Mall Royale"?

GAC
11-24-2006, 07:52 AM
We may go see the new James Bond movie later today. If the movie producers really wanted to put 007 in an incredibly dangerous situation, with the need of gadets from "Q" and marvelous stuntwork necessary for Bond to make his escape, maybe they should film a scene with Bond in a shopping mall on "Black Friday." What to call it......."From The Mall With Stuff"? "You Only Shop Twice"? "Shop And Let Die"? "The Man With The Gold Card"? "The Shopper Who Loved Me"? "For Your Charge Card Only"? "License To Shop"? "The Mall Is Not Enough"? "Shop Another Day"? "Mall Royale"?

Priceless! :lol:

How about....

"I'll Beat The Living Daylights Out Of You"

"From Walmarts With Love"

"Aisleraker"

"ShoppingEye"

RANDY IN INDY
11-24-2006, 08:26 AM
Matt and I will be going to baseball practice and Mom is staying home, putting up the Christmas decorations. No shopping for us. We probably will be going to see the new Bond movie later in the day.

bucksfan
11-24-2006, 08:51 AM
Not a chance. The only unfortunate thing about it is that I DO NEED to hit a couple of stores during my time off, but just out of principle I refuse to enter into such a stupid environment. I'll pay more if need be. We need to get the last layer of leaves off of the grass and get the Christmas decorations out of the attic, etc.

Plus here it's too foggy anyway. THose same poorly-thinking indiviuals who forsake civility and rationale to "buy more stuff NOW" are also the same people that will be on the roads in this fog. My wife had to work an estate sale today. She just called me after arriving and said she could not believe all the people zooming around, no lights, etc and then almost rear-ending people at each stoplight. My daughter and I will remain home today, lest I accidentally teach her a new word or 2 during any attempted travels.

Dom Heffner
11-24-2006, 09:05 AM
Like a dummy, I made a doctor's appointment today, which would ordinarily be no big deal, but the place is right next to the mall.

Terrific. I get to stand in line for something I'm not waiting for. :)

GAC
11-24-2006, 09:15 AM
I do alot of my Christmas shopping on line. Free shipping right to your home. How can one say no? Got alot of it done yesterday.

The only thing I'm gonna have a hard time getting probably is a Nintendo Wii for my son.

Dom Heffner
11-24-2006, 09:41 AM
Yeah, I was playing around on ebay last night putting in bids on PS3s and I accidentally won one.

I really didn't want it, but there I was bidding away. Oh well, at least I will have a blue-ray dvd player lol....

guttle11
11-24-2006, 09:52 AM
You guys are just shoppers, last year I had to work Black Friday at Target. :explode:

This year, I'm celebrating by going to the UD/Louisville game at US Bank Arena.

RedFanAlways1966
11-24-2006, 11:28 AM
I give thanks that the good Lord gave me the common sense to stay home and read RedsZone on the day after Thanksgiving.

GAC
11-24-2006, 01:34 PM
My wife is still not back.

I've been watching movies all day.

Currently watching "The Westerner" with Gary Cooper and Walter Brennnan. :lol:

Highlifeman21
11-24-2006, 02:59 PM
I woke up this morning realizing I needed two laundry baskets for my pending relocation.

I live directly behind a WalMart. Cyclone and mole44 can attest this fact. I've bought laundry baskets at this WalMart before, so apparently it escaped my realm of logic that WalMart might have some Black Friday festivities. I entered Sam's playhouse, and the madness ensued.

To get to where the laundry baskets are in this particular WalMart, you need to go past the electronics area/section. In the process of passing by the electronics, I watched two grown men, and by grown I mean 40s+, throw hands over what looked to be $1 DVDs. These two were seriously going at it! Security was called, and they still couldn't break up these two for maybe 3-4 mins. Then the local Johnny Law showed up, handcuffed both of them, and escorted them towards the front of the store. At this point, I resumed my laundry basket mission.

Upon finding said objective, I made my way to the front, paid for my bobbles, and then watched as both men were being put into police cruisers.

Ah, Black Friday.

I remember last year when I was managing a Lids in Cherry Hill NJ and worked from 530 A to Midnight and we sold $24K worth of freaking hats and hat accessories. No stories to tell of that day, just a damn merry go round of customers all freakin day since we were running a BOGO on 5950s. I've never seen more fitted hats fly off the shelves then that day.

Good luck to all that made the commercial pilgrimage today. I hope you didn't end up in jail like the WalMart duo!

KittyDuran
11-24-2006, 04:33 PM
Even tho' I was awake at 5am I didn't get out of the house until 8am. Hit Kmart first and got a crock pot/lil dipper, two pillows, and assorted JoBoxer fleeces. Great I thought! Now to the real prize... the Kodak EasyShare digital camera with 10x optical zoom at Best Buy for $189. I went to the store on Fields Ertel and waited patiently while a salesperson helped another customer. When it came time to for me I showed him the ad and they were sold out. No prob... onto another Best Buy, this time at Bridgewater Falls. There I had to stay outside for a few minutes because there were too many people in the store (fire hazard). When I got to the cameras I went straight to the register and showed the salesperson the ad. He laughed and said that there was a line around the store even before they opened at 5am and when they did, the customers headed straight to the cameras. That camera sold out in about 15 minutes. :bang:

OK... Meijer had the same camera for $10 more and a free camera dock. Went to two stores and the answer was the same...sold out. :p: By this time I was questioning if I really needed a digital camera in the first place since I always use my sisters. :confused: But I relented and went back to the Best Buy at Bridgewater and purchased another Kodak EasyShare but with an extra pixel (7.1) for about 50 dollars more. By the time I purchased memory, rechargable batteries and a warranty I was out over $350. (and I started the day not wanting to spend more than $220).

Still didn't get all the shopping done. Our family draws names and I received a nephew's list. His is simple... white t-shirts, dog bones or a retractable leash for his dog. Then I have to shop for one sister to buy a gift for the other.

We'll see how things are tomorrow - I have a hair appointment then off I go.

BoydsOfSummer
11-24-2006, 04:46 PM
Three words define my christmas shopping. Buy. Dot. Com.

I'm gonna try and break my record of 15 minutes total shopping time this year. Wish me luck!

Caveat Emperor
11-24-2006, 05:03 PM
I'd rather chew off my own fingers than race through a department store or big box mart to try and get whatever they're selling as a loss-leader.

I have to be up for work everyday at 6AM -- I'll be damned if I'm voluntarily leaving bed before noon on an off day. ;)

Yachtzee
11-24-2006, 05:18 PM
I spent my day on the couch, nursing a bad back. I loathe going shopping on Thanksgiving weekend. I have yet to find a sale so significant it would draw me out of my man-cocoon, watching sports and enjoying leftovers over the weekend. I actually prefer to do the bulk of my shopping later in the season, when most shoppers have finished their feeding frenzy. Sure there may be fewer things on the shelves, but that just means less decision making for me. And you still get some of the good deals as stores try to squeeze out every last bit of shopper traffic they can get.

Smokin Joe
11-24-2006, 05:26 PM
I opened the doors to a Supertarget this morning, arriving at 3a, guests started arriving at 4:30a for our opening at 6a. By 6a we had close to 600 waiting outside, absolute mayhem..........

Falls City Beer
11-24-2006, 05:28 PM
I opened the doors to a Supertarget this morning, arriving at 3a, guests started arriving at 4:30a for our opening at 6a. By 6a we had close to 600 waiting outside, absolute mayhem..........

It's at that point that I "accidentally drop" a jar full of 5,000 marbles at the front of the store.

vaticanplum
11-24-2006, 05:29 PM
I opened the doors to a Supertarget this morning, arriving at 3a, guests started arriving at 4:30a for our opening at 6a. By 6a we had close to 600 waiting outside, absolute mayhem..........

Who ARE these people? I don't know anyone who went shopping today. Heck, I don't know think I know anybody who left the house today.

Falls City Beer
11-24-2006, 05:35 PM
Who ARE these people? I don't know anyone who went shopping today. Heck, I don't know think I know anybody who left the house today.

http://www.sancho-asia.com/IMG/jpg/land_of_the_dead_big.jpg

MWM
11-24-2006, 05:36 PM
We do all of our holiday shopping online. It's simple, quick, and no crowds.

Chip R
11-24-2006, 05:46 PM
Who ARE these people? I don't know anyone who went shopping today. Heck, I don't know think I know anybody who left the house today.


Guilty as charged. Best Buy had a computer sale and I really need one. So I got in line a little before 5 and by the time I got in, which was about 6, they were sold out. Never again.

HotCorner
11-24-2006, 07:11 PM
We left at 3:30 yesterday to go to the in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner. As we went by the Best Buy near our house, people had already started to camp out. That's more than 12 hours before the doors open. Unbelievable!

Razor Shines
11-24-2006, 09:00 PM
"As I reigned blows upon him I realized there had to be another way, and from out of that, a new Holliday was born: a festivis for the rest-of-us!"- Frank Costanza.

That said I was out shopping before six. My wife is the manager of a retail store, and she decided she wanted to get to her store at 3:30 so I told her I'd drive her since she only slept a few hours. Her store is right near Best Buy, so I dropped her off and went and stood in line. I got some decent items. Got one of the computers for $189, gonna give it to my brother who is in college. I think it's hillarious watching the people who are so serious about it. People actually standing in line complaining about all the people standing in line. I actually had a great time, I didn't really mind the crowds.

OldRightHander
11-24-2006, 11:53 PM
The internet is a wonderful thing. I didn't go near a mall today.

GAC
11-25-2006, 06:52 AM
I started my internet shopping on Wednesday. My kids had their lists already made out. I spent about an hour, and went to Amazon, Walmart,Target, and Best Buy.

The only reason I didn't have it finished yesterday was because Walmart.com went down due to the volume of people going on there. :lol:

I should have mine finished up today.

But I still have to find a ****** Nintendo Wii for my son. That may take some time.

dman
11-25-2006, 09:26 AM
I braved the crowds at Best Buy when they opened at 05:00 to get that Westinghouse 22" monitor that was on sale. That was by far one of the best Black Friday deals I've ever had.

KittyDuran
11-25-2006, 10:08 AM
Forgot that I braved Kohl's before the early bird specials ended (at 1pm). Got into the doors and looked at the line (what I could see of it) and it didn't look that bad - until I walked around the store and noticed that it stretch all the way to the back...:eek: Got out of there in a hurry!