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Opening Arguments

Black and blue

Why Black Friday is for suckers:

. . . the biggest worry on Black Friday is that you'll buy stuff you don't need. For retailers, that's the entire point of Black Friday—they're hoping that, in your quest for bargains, you'll buy an electric toothbrush or radio-controlled rubber rat just because it's on sale.

The author includes a list of "bargains" to be especially wary of, including e-book readers, netbooks and cheap inkjet printers. I'll probably do even more of my shopping online than I did last year, when I hardly set foot in a brick-and-mortar store. I don't swear that I always get better prices (though I think mostly I do). But one thing I avoid for sure is that desperate, "I just have to get away from this noisy, pushy crowd this very instant" purchase of so

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Bob G.
Fri, 11/27/2009 - 12:34pm

Ah, we're on the same page again today...
Only I did place my shoulder to the wind and pressed onward into the fiasco known as...BLACK FRIDAY (but not for all that long, mind you).

Menards DID have some REAL bargains there like a shotgun case (better than the box it came in), and a universal gun-cleaning kit for UNDER $10 (a must in my neighborhood), and the missus was in candle-heaven with 18 OZ buggers going for UNDER 2 bucks!
Yeah, there was a little of the "wow-factor" there for us.
They also had cat toys (you should know well about those items...they ain't your DRAPES...lol)

I will admit that eBaying was a lot less noisy, and I found EXACTLY what I was looking for ...and at decent prices.
And as for parking?
Car's still in the garage...
(talk about fuel-efficiency)

Happy shopping..wherever you (don't) go.

Fri, 11/27/2009 - 5:00pm

My wife and I make a list of all the things we want but don't urgently need. Then, on Dec. 26, we clean up on bargains. The after-Christmas stuff may not be advertised, but it's always the cheapest of the season.
Since nobody knows (and the Bible doesn't say) when Jesus was born, why not celebrate his B-day a little late?
This may not be practical for those of you with impatient children, or course.