Tricky-Loops wrote:Maybe it's because there are many poor people in the United States, and they all wait longingly for Black Friday to finally to be able to buy the thing they've dreamed of their whole life? Hardly imaginable in Germany, BTW... We have one "Final Summer Sale" in August and one "Final Winter Sale" in January, and that's all...never heard of Black Friday...VitaminD wrote:Quite.Tricky-Loops wrote:So it seems to be safer to do shopping online...
(Some) People get crazy when 'black friday' deals come around... and by crazy... I truly mean.. crazy. insane. unable to reason through logic.
Over here (USA).. it is not uncommon to see people in a line the evening before a store will open the next morning.. in the cold...
Some do it to save money or afford something they couldn't otherwise. Some do it just for the experience. Others so they can resell these discounted items for a profit on ebay or craigslist.
Roads around shopping districts are clogged with traffic.. lots of thieves busting car windows and taking items.. etc
It is really a greedy, selfish, scary time in that aspect.. because, as mentioned above, some will do ANYTHING to get a limited stock item on sale. Check youtube if you want to see some of it.. it can get pretty sick though.. just watching people swarm like flies on a body.
I did all of my Christmas gift shopping online last year. every single bit of it. I intend to do the same this year... sipping on some hot chocolate, relaxing in my pajamas.
It's like this, Tricky-Loops:
Let's say you and your family really want to upgrade your TV to a LED/52"/1080p model, but you *just* don't want to spend the $700 or so for it.
Enter Black Friday.
You hear a rumor that come Black Friday, the Best Buy in your area is clearing out the 2012 model of the one you've been seeing at your local mall for $450, BUT will have only 30pc to sell.
That's the sort of situation that draws 'shopper-campers' to a store the night before Black Friday: Truly great deals coupled with very limited quantities.