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on some consumer goods this morning?
I haven't, but the day is young.
I like how people involved in fights had gone by the time police showed up before the sale, so they had basically just turned up for a scrap then left. Probably weren't after any bargains at all.
if that counts
I'm looking for tips.
and then I go out and try it and it's the most stressful thing ever.
i did see a late-50-something dude swear at a 20-something woman and shove her *hard* in the neck for not getting off the train fast enough this morning
it was in stratford, so maybe he was going to westfield for black friday?
really is the perfect encapsulation of the 21st Century in the West.
but i'll go over in about half an hour and hopefully see commotion
All the tele's had gone and it was quiet.
Was glad, only wanted my 14" Chicken, Mushroom, Pineapple and red onion pizza
just to watch him miss out on a cut price toaster.
What is wrong with people?
Seriously, it's just stuff.
But surely spending 4 hours queuing outside a supermarket for an £80 discount off a £300 telly (one of the deals that was mentioned) isn't really a productive use of your time, right?
Had a look at some of the deals that were available, they really weren't that good - definitely not worth getting the shit kicked out of you to get anyway...
Is there some sort of megabargain I haven't noticed?
It means that all of the people I generally try to avoid will be herding towards a place that I can easily dodge. retail parks, basically.
Other than tickets, when did this become a thing?
if they're buying massive TVs etc.
feel like we've lost its true meaning somewhere along the line
via the Tesco website and made the schoolboy error of deciding that today would be the best day to do it. Been looking at a holding page that refreshes every 30 secs for the past 15 mins
plus they see a £80 reduction as them somehow winning a free £80, even though they have in fact spent a larger amount of money. Funny how the brain works really.
just go straight for bare knuckle fighting for each item, call it Black Eye Friday or something.
online. last night, just after midnight. was gonna buy 'em anyway.
currys website had a 20 minute queue(!) but pcworld, the exact same website just with a different logo, did not.
laptop price hadn't been reduced beyond the already in place £100 reduction. bought it anyway as the lenovo VAT-back offer ends in a week.
no queue on the j-lew site. tablet had been reduced by £50. result. plus the VAT-back still applies. website only managed to accept payment on the third attempt.
then i went to bed.
punches thrown: 0
here endeth my black friday take of consumerism.
(also bought a chromecast for twenty quid, down from thirty)
Basically looking for something to stream stuff/install XBMC on for the TV
don't even remember it last year?
fuck the USA
And it's slowly been getting bigger ever since.
People go to these things to feel like they are at an event, for the sport of them; to get the feeling that they have won against others in some way. Some even enjoy the rucking. Some people play rugby, some fight eachother outside wetherspoons on friday night, some bundle people on black Friday.
These are my real opinions.
So it's basically a moshpit?
I know people who go at 5am. They get all sorted, wrap up warm and camp out to grab some slightly cheaper kids clothes. Then sit all smugly saying how they are sorted for presents or clothes for the next 6 months.
No-one poor can afford a £300 tv whether its £300 or £200. Nobheads.
A sedate online shop got me a new washing machine to replace the one that broke last weekend at a £60 discount.
It's all good if you're getting things you'd have bought anyway. Not so much if you're getting into the irrational "must buy" mindset though.
might do some internet shopping later though.
a dedicated Tory on my Facebook newsfeed managed to spin Black Friday as an anti-Labour story. linked to an article about it with the caption "How's that "Cost of Living Crisis" going for you, Miliband?". poor man's CG.