Since today is “Cyber Monday”, which is also dumb, I thought I’d chime in on my thoughts regarding “Black Friday”. For those of you that have been living in a cave, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Yep, that’s right “one of”, because it’s definitely not the busiest shopping day of the year. People line up for hours, even days, in advance to claim their prize, a coveted $2 waffle iron that they’ll never use. The only person that Black Friday is good for is the retailers and depending on how many people get trampled, pepper sprayed or killed, it may not even be good for them.
I will admit that I’ve partaken in one Black Friday and that was about 4 or 5 years ago to obtain, what I thought was, a good deal on an external hard drive. I don’t even know why I bothered, that same hard drive is still sitting around with next to nothing on it and hard drives these days are dirt cheap all of the time. Which leads me to my next point. The deals you find on Black Friday aren’t that much better than the deals you can find online on a regular basis. If you check sites like fatwallet.com and slickdeals.net, you can find deals every day on pretty much the same items that were on sale on Black Friday. The best part is you can order them online, have them sent to your house and never even have to deal with an angry waffle-crazed mob.
Now I understand that some people enjoy the “thrill” of pushing people out of the way to get that one item that they think they can’t live without, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with it. On Thanksgiving day I drove by Best Buy on the way to my parents house and I saw 3 tents camped outside, on Thanksgiving morning! The store didn’t open until midnight and unless these people were giant assholes and just put empty tents in front of the store, they chose Best Buy over family on Thanksgiving. This, to me, just seems like some people have their priorities in the wrong order. I mean, I was home and laying on the couch at 9PM on Thanksgiving night, I would have had plenty of time to go line up outside of a store had I had any desire to. And, I got to spend all day with my family on the day we’re supposed to be thankful for what we have, not greedy for what we feel we need.
I guess I just don’t understand the point of these crazy savings days. Today is “Cyber Monday” and I have yet to see any online deal that makes me want to spend money on something I don’t really need. I know it’s all a big marketing ploy like Valentine’s Day and Sweetest Day, but it makes people forget the real purpose of the holidays, family. I do appreciate those of you that did your part to help stimulate the economy on Friday, but it would be stupid to spend money you can’t afford to spend. Keep a roof over your head and your family fed, then worry about the little things you feel you need, unless of course you got yourself one of those $2 waffle irons from Wal-Mart, because you can feed your family forever with that thing… what a steal! But seriously, if you’ve got the time to sit in a tent on Thanksgiving, wouldn’t that time have been better spent serving the homeless or donating your time in other ways to those less fortunate? Just because you don’t have a family on Thanksgiving doesn’t mean that someone that doesn’t have one, wouldn’t appreciate your time.
And now for your viewing pleasure, Waffle Iron Riot 2011.