Well, I broke tradition this year. I actually went to several 'Black Friday' sales. I had a number of items that I wanted and were on sale yesterday.
First, Lowe's had a 1/2" Craftsman cordless drill on sale for $49. Since I was in the first 300 crowd, I got an extra $10 off. There were not a lot of folks in the parking lot at Lowe's at 6:00 a.m.
Second, Harbor Freight. I love Harbor Freight. I got a 29 piece (drill) Titanium set for $9.99. I got 4 of them - two for my shop and two for my home shop. Next was an IR Thermometer which I will use for my 'resurrected' thermal vacuum former. $17. Finally, a fifty foot 3/8" retractable air hose. I needed another one to have near my Vacuum Former. $49.
Third, Northern Tool. A lightning strike hit one of my shop building's transformers about a month ago. I had to have the 240V/3P breaker box replaced!!! OOUUCCHHHH!!! That strike also killed three of my battery tenders I had on two of my autos I store in that building. So, Northern Tool had a BatteryMINDer Plus on sale for $18. I bought three.
I didn't mind getting up extra early yesterday. There was no traffic, no crowds, and it was quick and easy.
Oh, I live in Wichita, KS. Not LA.
I went to Home Depot yesterday bought some HDX Plastic Storage Totes on sale (the black and yellow ones). The crowd was a little more than normal, not to bad. I think tool and home improvement stores are much safer on Black Friday compared to major department stores like the ones in the video.
I was at my local Menards store yesterday in line Bright and early to get these fleece blankets for animal shelter here as the wife bought quite a few. Loaded up 2 big garbage bags.Got there at 4.30 in the morning and there was around 35 people allready.
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I am not an average consumer in that I typically only shop when I have to and then only for what I need, passing up often what I might like/want, but don't need. This all being said, I see most of America as falling for the traps of over consumerism, especially those buying just for the thrill of something new, and with credit that eventually makes them a slave to the banks with compounded high interest rates. An example being my ex, who had a closet stuffed with almost new clothes but was constantly shopping for more.