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Black Friday? WTF? Are you that damn stupid?

By Andrew Pollack on 11/25/2006 at 12:31 AM EST

Every year I am stunned to see the idiocy of this whole nation. "Black Friday" -- so everyone has to line up at ridiculous hours to get into these stores to do what, spend money? With the rare exception caused by some idiot failing to meet project goals, just about anything you could buy today will still be available for most of the next three weeks. It won't be more expensive and they won't run out.

If you let yourself get manipulated into this idiotic shopping rapture just so you'll get caught up and spend more money, you deserve that insane credit card bill in January.

It's stuff. We live in the Land of Stuff. There is no global Stuff shortage. There will be more stuff next week. Grow the hell up.

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re: Black Friday? WTF? Are you that damn stupid?By Bruce Elgort on 11/25/2006 at 01:51 PM EST
Amen Mr. Pollack.
what is black friday ??By sean cull on 11/25/2006 at 05:45 PM EST
from the uk
re: what is black friday ??By Bruce Elgort on 11/25/2006 at 06:12 PM EST
Here ya go:
re: Black Friday? WTF? Are you that damn stupid?By Devin Olson on 11/27/2006 at 11:40 AM EST
I ran out on Friday to buy 1 thing -a reciprocating saw; simply because I
didn't want to rent one (had to install a new dog door in a steel skinned
door). Other than that I stayed as far away from town as possible.

I just don't get the whole concept of intentionally subjecting oneself to large
crowds (except for Lotusphere of course ;-> )
re: Black Friday? WTF? Are you that damn stupid?By Jason on 01/05/2007 at 11:17 AM EST
Well said.

One of my favorite movies of all time is the Grinch (that probably says a lot
about me). The Grinch warns the people of whoville about what happens to
"stuff"and he's right I have a garage full of childrens toys that my two loved
on the day they got them..

After I buy my macbook pro I'll boycott stuff :-)

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