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yep, stayed home... saved a bunch.


no parking issues, no long lines to get in,,, no long lines to cash out.. no STRESS.. no ANGER.
 
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Totally disgusting. America should be ashamed and this crap should be stopped. Black Friday has gotten out of hand and now includes Thanksgiving Day. How can people do this? I feel terrible and ashamed if I have to go into a store on a holiday, this includes the corner gas station. These people (employees) should be home with family and friends.


And what did I do? Worked Thanksgiving and Friday.
 

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At 72 ,(single and no children) ....I couldnt tell u the last time I went shopping/let alone give a gift...adults in the family agreed to quit years ago...I give $$$$$ to my nieces and nephews...as there is nothing I could buy that they dont already have.. ...:thumbup:

PS..I can remember when the world stopped for a moment to actually celebrate Holidays....hell back when my city had Blue laws no 24/7 and the city shut down at 12:00 noon on Saturday...call me old fashioned....I miss it....
 

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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.

Joe T.
 

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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.

Joe T.
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.
 

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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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My observations

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.


While I applaud people who know how to find a bargain, Black Friday Sales are often a scam for the naïve (Read: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2016/11/17/black-friday-scam/93765616/ ). A little research on when is smart to shop for what will provide the smart shopper with ideal times to buy items at deep discounts— Example https://lifehacker.com/the-best-time-to-buy-anything-during-the-year-5973864


This post relates to my recent post that would put a real crimp in retail Black Friday sales if more people followed the suggestion posed within; https://www.vtxoa.com/forums/70-ote-off-topic-experiment/466470-needy-verses-you-getting-gift-year.html










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