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Old 11-23-2012, 02:46 PM
 
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I always thought it was funny how we are supposed to be thankful for what we have on Thanksgiving, and then we go out and spend a fortune the next day.
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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Crass commercialism.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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To me, "black friday" (a la the "black death") always sounded like a day of pestilence, disease and death. (I know, it's really from the accounting term "in the black".)

Happy pestilence/famine/disease day! How festive.

(Actually, happy "debt" day.)
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:49 AM
 
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Glad at least a few people agree with me it is a retail abomination of Thanksgiving.

I guess today is supposed to be Small Saturday when you patronize small businesses in your area. I intend to patronize a small business, but it not to purchase items for Christmas rather putchase items to eat. Does that qualify?

And then we have what Cyber Monday? I might participate it that one since I don't really have to go anywhere. But I have a question, do I have to get up and start at Midnight in order to get the best deals? What a crock of BS this whole seasonal buying has become.

My wife wanted to go and buy a decoration for our Thanksgiving table. Nope, they had already dismantled all of the Thanksgiving displays and replaced them with Christmas 3 days before Thanksgiving.

Oh well, it is just like the 2013 cars go on sale in August of 2012. That way they can advertise 2012 closeout sales for 4 months before 2012 even ends in addition to balleyhooing the 2013 models. Now they are doing even better, bringing out a 2013 model at the beginning of 2012. Are we really supposed to believe this crap? They will still be advertising 2012 closeouts until at least June of 2013.

Enjoy Small Saturday. Now I want you to get out there and support every small business you can find. They will take you credit card the same as Walmart or the others.

My wife was expressing yesterday she was concerned due to reading an article that credit card issuers may be cancelling cards for people who did not pay any interest. I said oh you mean people like us who pay off our balance every month? I said they are not that damn dumb. They make a profit on what they charge the merchant. Sure they are hopeful we will be dumb enough to get caught up, not pay our bill, and pay that horrible interest on a recurring cycle. For the last several years they keep notifying us they are upping our credit limit. This is no the action of someone about to cancel us.

After supporting Small Saturday, be sure and support Cyber Monday. It is even simplier to enter your credit card number and be billed later. We need everyone who can not afford to do so to overspend this Holiday Season, that is what our economy is based on.

Be convinced it is something you absolutely need, run up that bill you likely cannot pay, and get yourself in the interest debt almost impossible to pay off. That is the American way.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Consumerism is pretty much ingrained in our culture, and only seems to get worse as the years go on. I'm disappointed the point to which my generation has become completely zombified to the latest technological device ($500 phones, really?), but I suppose that's an argument for another time. It's pretty sad our country's economy is completely dependent on our ability to buy, rather than make, stuff. And the ability of others to extend us credit/debt.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Covington, KY
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I guess today is supposed to be Small Saturday when you patronize small businesses in your area. I intend to patronize a small business, but it not to purchase items for Christmas rather putchase items to eat. Does that qualify?
I think Small Business Saturday runs every Saturday. I linked something of the sort into my facebook news page to support/remind people of small businesses but never really explored the matter.

Postscript: CORRECTION:

It is only the Saturday after Thanksgiving -- I looked into it. There are a number of pinmarks on the map for Cincinnati, Covington and Dayton, including a drug store I sometimes visit in Covington. I'm glad I looked.

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Old 11-24-2012, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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And while I personally don't get up at 4 a.m. to shop, I do like to be among all the hustle and bustle. I think it's kind of fun - for a little while at least.
I was out the door at 7:30. I did some Christmas shopping for my mom, who's not getting around all that well lately (hope it's temporary), was part of the local ABC affiliate's Black Friday reporting at Best Buy, bought myself a vacuum cleaner at Sears for half price (or about $50 less than its usual "on sale" price), and found some gifts for my sister and family at Target.

Somewhere in between there, I bought three bottles of wine at a local winery's mall shop (got a jump on Small Business Saturday, eh? ), and relished two donuts and a cup of coffee at Krispy Kreme ( a rare thing in these parts; I have to take advantage while I can).

Back at my mom's house before noon. Not a bad day. The crowds weren't too huge or annoying (although the cashier at Sears told me he'd heard the cops had been called to Victoria's Secret because of a fist fight between two women earlier that morning ), everyone seemed to be in a decent mood, and I have clean floors.

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Glad at least a few people agree with me it is a retail abomination of Thanksgiving.
I agree the Thanksgiving night stuff is overstepping a line. 4 a.m. on Friday isn't early enough?

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My wife wanted to go and buy a decoration for our Thanksgiving table. Nope, they had already dismantled all of the Thanksgiving displays and replaced them with Christmas 3 days before Thanksgiving.
You should have gone to Meijer ...
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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OH NOES! - It's the Dawn of the Dumb!

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