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Black Friday: US Thanksgiving internet boom?
Whitey




msg:4390824
 9:13 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

US retailers hope hordes of bargain-hunters can lift the economic gloom as the holiday shopping season begins.

After polishing off Thanksgiving turkeys, millions of Americans will head to the shops on Friday for the busiest shopping day of the year.

Black Friday - so-called as it is when many retailers head out of the red and into the black - sees many stores open at midnight, or even earlier this year.

Half of the entire US population is expected to hit the shops this weekend.
[bbc.co.uk...]

..... and what will happen to internet sales?

 

wheel




msg:4390825
 9:30 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

Really? We have a black-friday type day in my country and I haven't been to the shops (or shopped online that day) in years. Waste of time. I'm not standing in line for 8 hours beside people that smell like cabbage just so I can save $10 on a DVD player. It's like an 'Occupy Fry's' event. No thanks.

I've looked at some of the US black friday retailers this year and nothing really caught my eye. There's specials all year around if you look.

My projection for black friday? Maybe not a fail, but not likely an overwhelming success.

It's like valentine's day in that it's nothing other than a made-up day promoted like crazy by retailers to take your money. Really - what's the big deal again? Oh yeah, it's when everybody shops.

Leosghost




msg:4390829
 9:37 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

I'm not standing in line for 8 hours beside people that smell like cabbage


You must be in a non Francophone part..:)

Can I interest you in a deal on French perfumes :)

You may well incur the wrath of your fellow compatriots with that post wheel :))

lucy24




msg:4390868
 2:18 am on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

After polishing off Thanksgiving turkeys, millions of Americans will head to the shops on Friday for the busiest shopping day of the year.

If the rest of the article is as accurate as this long-established canard...

engine




msg:4390911
 9:29 am on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

I've noticed amazon uk is now pushing a 'black friday' sales program. Globalisation, eh!

I'm with Wheel, it does not appeal to me. I cannot say what the smell of as I don't remember ever standing in line to fight for a discounted item. I've seen TV coverage of such events and it looks like a war zone.

Some people of the world have gone crazy!

lawman




msg:4390941
 11:53 am on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

If the rest of the article is as accurate as this long-established canard...

I was in retail for 15 years. There's a big difference between shopping and buying.

rocknbil




msg:4391081
 6:24 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

It's like an 'Occupy Fry's' event.


ROFLMAO . . . . Ahh I needed that one.

Isn't is supposed to be "Cyber Monday" for the Internet? Everyone returns to work Monday and promptly don't work at all, just spend the day shopping on company time. :-/

Rugles




msg:4391117
 8:45 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

It's like an 'Occupy Fry's' event


Ya, that was comedy gold right there.

Whitey




msg:4391156
 10:39 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

US Black Friday marred by shootings, pepper-sprayings

The US holiday shopping season is off to a nasty start with several shootings and two pepper-sprayings as bargain-hunters stampeded stores.

The violence gave a whole new meaning to Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when many retailers move out of the red and into the black

[bbc.co.uk...]

At least the internet's safe.

lawman




msg:4391169
 11:46 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

Don't be so sure:

[webmasterworld.com...]

Old_Honky




msg:4391186
 1:55 am on Nov 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

I was only vaguely aware of Black Friday until a year or so ago, when I saw something about it on the news channel, until then I couldn't understand the logic of the name. We only call a day black when something awful happens like a few years ago when interest rates went up to nearly 20% and we were forced to leave the ERM, I think that was Black Wednesday.

lucy24




msg:4391204
 4:39 am on Nov 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

The one in 1929 was Black Tuesday, wasn't it? And then there were the Black Sox...

Where I live, you gotta shop early. If the post office isn't paying close attention, mail for the person across the street will be automatically routed via San Francisco. This is really true.

vivalasvegas




msg:4391238
 8:10 am on Nov 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

I always stay away from shopping malls on days like the so called Black Friday. I guess big savings are available on some items or we wouldn't have so many people rushing to be the first ones entering the stores.

Old_Honky




msg:4391265
 12:23 pm on Nov 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

Where I live the nearest Shopping Mall is in Southampton, it is probably small compared to the average US Mall, but I hate it, it is too in your face and crowded with people just walking around carrying bags. I get very bad tempered if I have to spend more than 10 minutes in the place. I prefer out of town stores and smaller independent shops and of course the internet.

My old granny used to say "a bargain is not a bargain if you don't need it" and "you can save even more by not buying it".

If you participate in these sales you are not in the driving seat, and you are behaving like a herd animal being controlled by the retail outlet. It is far better to buy things when you need them and negotiate prices at that point. In the current economic climate every price is negotiable, you don't need to wait for a sale.

Whitey




msg:4391502
 8:00 pm on Nov 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

Record US retail sales on Black Friday
Sales over the weekend's vitally important Thanksgiving holiday weekend were up 6.6 per cent compared to last year, marking the biggest dollar amount ever spent on Black Friday, the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, said Chicago-based research firm ShopperTrak.

Meanwhile, internet sales also jumped for the year, according to the group IBM Smarter Commerce which reported a whopping 39.3 per cent increase in online Thanksgiving spending.

It added that US shoppers have set the stage for 24.3 per cent online growth on Black Friday compared to the same period last year.
[smh.com.au...]

....it's all good for the internet to

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