Squawkback: Are you shopping the Black Friday sales? How much will you spend?

It’s the time of year when we stuff ourselves with turkey and then reach for the Black Friday ads. Yes, this Friday marks the day when shoppers line up for hours before stores open, hoping for big discounts and deep pre-Christmas sales.

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I’m always amazed to watch media footage of shoppers crowding shoulder-to-shoulder waiting for store doors to open. Once inside, shoppers rush and grab at toys, electronics, and lots of other stuff.

Question: Are you shopping on Black Friday? Do you love the crowds, the excitement, and the Black Friday deals? Going to spend some serious coin?

Fox’s Answers:

  • Nope. I’m not shopping on Black Friday. I’m not a fan of huge crowds. I also don’t enjoy the mass hysteria involved with “door crashers” or so-called “rock bottom prices”. I think this type of excitement can encourage me to spend more. I figure, if I don’t need it, it’s not a deal. Besides, I live in Canada. We Canucks don’t really celebrate this day. ;)
  • I’m not spending a cent. Zero. Zippo. Zilch. I know there will be Black Friday deals online. But I’ll keep my money this Friday. You can count on it.

Share your Black Friday thoughts in the comments below!

Your two cents:

  1. Jean November 26th, 2008

    I know people for whom the Black Friday-early-rising-spend-spend-spend ritual seems almost more important than Thanksgiving itself. You couldn’t pay me enough to go to the Mall that day – too many people, too much hype. Instead, I stay home and don’t spend a dime, spend quality time with my family on one of the few days all year we are ALL off. We watch “Christmas Vacation” and put our tree up and make a big fancy dinner (lol – leftovers!) and have a wonderful time.

  2. Emily@remodelingthislife November 26th, 2008

    No way. I don’t like the mall even normal days of the year. I am staying home with my family and maybe I will make a gift or two on Friday.

  3. Jennifer November 26th, 2008

    Well I for one will be going on on Black Friday. I’ve turned it into a little tradition myself. First and foremost, I hit JC Penney for their FREE snowglobes they give out to the first customers. They started this about 10 years ago and I’ve gotten one ever since. The only one I missed was when I was in the hospital because my husband had surgery – but even then I ended up getting it on Ebay later for a buck or two.

    My ritual is to get up SUPER early and hit the stores. Honestly, early AM it isn’t as bad as you’d think (except for maybe Best Buy). I usually rush in, get the item I need and head out. I’m generally finished shopping by 8 AM or 9 AM – after which I enjoy a leisurely breakfast. My dad has never been before and he’ll be going with me this year. Yay!

    You can get some great things, you just have to stick to your lists. I don’t try to go for all of my shopping that day. I just get the good deals (like I’m eyeing a $28 vaccuum cleaner that my grandparents want that is normally $65), get out, and save the rest of the shopping for other, less busy days.

    Now, after about 11 or 12, you couldn’t pay me to hit the stores. It gets busier throughout the day – and by 11 or 12, the stores have been picked over and the sales people are over the novelty of it all.

  4. Susy November 26th, 2008

    I will not be heading out into the world of crazy for a deal – are you kidding. That’s certain death for an introvert like me!!!!!!

    I’ll be rolling out of bed when I wake up, having a nice big latte courtesy of Mr Chiot’s and reading all the new blogposts in my RSS reader. I may do some on-line shopping, but I pretty much finished all my shopping already. I do most of my shopping the day after Christmas for the next year, so most of my gifts were purchased 75% off last year.

    Good Luck to all of those heading out. Hope the deals are worth it!

  5. marci November 26th, 2008

    I hate crowds! Anything over a dozen is a crowd :)
    So no! Won’t be getting caught up in that craziness, and
    won’t be spending any money.

    My shopping is all done and wrapped anyway.
    After turkey, I usually take an early evening to do my
    Christmas card addressing – It’s my way of thinking of friends and family far away as i write the addresses.

    Actually, I’ll be working Friday – it’s an optional day – but if I don’t work it, I don’t get paid – and as I already don’t get paid for Thursday (private sector – but no complaints), I’ll just put in an easy slow day at work.

  6. Rhonda November 26th, 2008

    I will be going shopping on friday. I am from Canada and this is becoming a tradition for a lot of people I know. We drive down on thursday, stay in a hotel, get as many deals as possible, and have a get away at the same time.

    We have to stay at least 48 hours to avoid paying duty and we can only bring back $400 per person. Last year I went over this amount and had to pay about $40 in duty and taxes. But I got all my shopping done in the 2 days. Then I get to spend more time doing family stuff, baking, etc.

    This year I plan on staying within my $400 budget and anything else I need to get I will buy at home.

  7. Damaris November 26th, 2008

    well, I too live in Canada, so it isn’t really Black Friday here. And I a not a very good consumer… But I will go to the shops this Friday – my sister will be in town (she lives up North and has asked that we do something Christmas-like and she also mentioned wanting to shop) so we will likely go out on Friday evening – first to the University Women’s fund raiser at a local mansion – “Christmas at Hycroft”, then to stroll the streets of a shopping district – I will look at all the lights and baubles, and my sister can shop, and maybe we can have a little something to eat too… but I don’t think I will be venturing in to a mall our electronics store…

  8. Liana November 26th, 2008

    I don’t generally shop retail at all. I’m more of a garage sale, E-Bay and Craigslist kind of girl. I also dislike people…I mean *crowds*, so I avoid Black Friday shopping like the plague. Not my idea of a good time.

  9. Hayden Tompkins November 26th, 2008

    No! Just NO to the whole thing. :shudder: Maybe it comes from having to deal with Miami malls from growing up, but I avoid the mall. I avoid it ESPECIALLY on Black Friday.

  10. Vered - MomGrind November 26th, 2008

    I’m with you on this one. I stay away from Black Friday sales.

  11. neimanmarxist November 26th, 2008

    not on your life, for the same reasons. never been, never will.

  12. Grace November 26th, 2008

    Black Friday this year could be the excuse to put black crepe over all the mirrors. What if you give a party and nobody comes? What if all the bad news and the layoffs and the RIFs really DO mean folks are going to be serious this Christmas and give what matters rather than what impresses?

    Black Friday shopping? Nah, I’ll be out hiking in the woods enjoying the gold leaves–for free. :-) G.

  13. Jerry November 28th, 2008

    No way, Jose. Well, there aren’t any sales overseas where we live, anyway, so that won’t lead to any temptation for big spending at the moment. But even if we were back in the US, the only thing Black Friday offers me is iron-clad insurance of a migraine. Forget it. I prefer to shop all year and enjoy the holidays!
    Jerry

  14. Carla November 30th, 2008

    The joys of The Internet! Why stand in line when there are so many deals online? I brought a dress online Thursday night (I have been looking for a cocktail dress for a while). I would have never showed up at a store to buy it though.

  15. Bonnie December 2nd, 2008

    I did go shopping on Friday, but only to independent stores in my home city! It was fun.

  16. Sarah Hill November 8th, 2011

    This year I am going for sure! I just signed up on BlackFriday.info to have the deals emailed to me as soon as they’re released. Now I don’t have to check their site like a madwoman. I can’t wait!!

  17. Kim January 8th, 2013

    I am organizing a hockey tournament and we planned an entirely electronic raffle table and the committee was buying the prizes. I had each item assigned to 4 committee members who needed to research the cost of the item and sign up for online flyers for Black Friday to indicate whether the item we wanted had significant savings and we bought gift cards and bought our items online – unfortunately we needed several buyers because many Black Friday deals were limited one per household, etc. We have estimated that, so far, we have saved 600 dollars using this approach for Black Friday and Boxing Day sales (Black Fridays were better deals interestingly)

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