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Ask Slashdot: Top Black Friday Tech Picks?

Soulskill posted about 10 months ago | from the i-pick-hiding-at-home-from-all-the-crazy-people dept.

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theodp writes "Take a gander at the 2013 Black Friday ads and your head will be spinning with deals that seem too good to be true. And while the WSJ will try to slap you back to reality with a story on The Dirty Secret of Black Friday 'Discounts', it's still hard not to get jazzed over the prospect of picking up an iPad Mini w/$100 gift card for $299 (Walmart), a 16GB Nexus 7 for $199 (Staples), or a 32GB Microsoft Surface for $199.99 (Best Buy). So, if you're playing the game this year — either online or in-person (hey, what could go wrong?), — what are your top tech picks for Black Friday? Any strategy for improving your odds of getting them?"

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Buy my piece of crap! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543679)

Fresh out of my anus!

Ammo (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543691)

If my local gun shop is having ammo on sale for Small Business Saturday I may decide to buy some .38 special ammunition. Posting as AC as many slashdotters are anti-gun libtards.

Re:Ammo (4, Interesting)

sunking2 (521698) | about 10 months ago | (#45543715)

Perhaps you need bigger guns if the people around here have scared you into posting anonymously.

Re:Ammo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543773)

Perhaps you need bigger guns if the people around here have scared you into posting anonymously.

Suggesting to someone on Slashdot that they work out? Say it ain't so!

Re:Ammo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543717)

You're posting as anon because you plan to go shoot up a school, obviously.

Re:Ammo (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543749)

This is the kind of anti-gun libtard I was talking about. I plan on shooting some paper targets in the spring time when it is warmer outside.

Re:Ammo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543783)

[s]paper[/s] live

fixed it for you.

Re:Ammo (4, Interesting)

sunking2 (521698) | about 10 months ago | (#45543827)

What did I say that implies my stance on guns? Just making fun of you because people on a website have scared you into anonymity.

Re:Ammo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544007)

What did I say that implies my stance on guns? Just making fun of you because people on a website have scared you into anonymity.

What is it with people like you who assume that posting as AC means
someone is "afraid" ?

Next time, use your low intelligence a bit more and consider the possibility
that some of us don't have accounts or want accounts. SO we always post
AC. It's not nothing to do with cowardice and everything to do with the fact
that we don't want an account.

I bet your brains taste good with lava beans, though obviously in your case
there would only be enough brains for an appetizer. .....

Re:Ammo (1)

kaatochacha (651922) | about 10 months ago | (#45544105)

You're very good at this.
The "lava' beans touch was nice, as well. Just off enough to seem plausible.

Re:Ammo (5, Funny)

Curunir_wolf (588405) | about 10 months ago | (#45544493)

What is it with people like you who assume that posting as AC means someone is "afraid" ?

Did you miss the part where the AC acronym is for Anonymous Coward??

Re:Ammo (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544735)

What is it with people like you who assume that posting as AC means someone is "afraid" ?

Did you miss the part where the AC acronym is for Anonymous Coward??

I'd wager you're not a real wolf either.

Re:Ammo (3)

RobertinXinyang (1001181) | about 10 months ago | (#45543925)

I suspect the poster you responded to was kidding. Yes, like thousands of others, I am a NRA Life Member and I saw it as kidding.

We all know that any kind of criminal usage, particularly he type mentioned are the rare, and extremely rare, firearms usages. Further, mass shooters have not done their mis-deeds with 38 specials (yes, there is probably an exception out there). Gasoline still hold the title for the tool of most killers in America.

Re:Ammo (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544319)

Do you support the NRA in backing a man's right to own guns after he brandished one and threatened his ex-wife with it?
How about all those responsible owners that forget they are carrying a weapon until they get to the scanner at the airport?
Personally, I'm all for people owning guns, but fuck-ups like the above should definitely get you banned from any future ownership.
The NRA has time and time again supported these kinds of people owning them, so how can you justify membership?

Re:Ammo (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544673)

Do you support the NRA in backing a man's right to own guns after he brandished one and threatened his ex-wife with it?

Only if he promises to work on his aim.

How about all those responsible owners that forget they are carrying a weapon until they get to the scanner at the airport?

Shall not be infringed. Gun-free-zones are unconstitutional. Those that carry anyway are patriots.

Personally, I'm all for people owning guns, but fuck-ups like the above should definitely get you banned from any future ownership.

Sure, as soon as we start banning rapists from ever having sex again.

The NRA has time and time again supported these kinds of people owning them, so how can you justify membership?

Because mixing the first amendment with the second feels oh so good.

Re:Ammo (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 10 months ago | (#45544625)

Gasoline still hold the title for the tool of most killers in America.

Yes, most mass killer have driven to their targets' location.

Guns don't kill people, anyway. They kill paper targets who deserve everything they get. It's the trauma of the projectile traveling through tissue and bone that kills people, not guns.

Re:Ammo (0)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 10 months ago | (#45544567)

I plan on shooting some paper targets in the spring time when it is warmer outside.l

Five will get you ten that there's an outline of a hoodie on those targets.

Re:Ammo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45545045)

I see what you did there.

Re:Ammo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543821)

It never fails that gun nuts are also always chicken-shit (hence all the guns, I guess).

Re:Ammo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544299)

Never fails?

I remember a bunch of guys that wrote this thing called the "Declaration of Independence" that were avid gun nuts. Perhaps you should check out their bios sometime. See just how chicken shit they all were. You chicken shit.

Re:Ammo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544473)

Fucking Glenn Beck retard moron. Go play with your guns, you fucking pussy.

Re:Ammo (0)

losfromla (1294594) | about 10 months ago | (#45545595)

hmm. Those guys were first and foremost rich, white, land and business-owning males, oh, and they owned people too. They were primarily in it to make sure that they had a government that would serve the interests of ... you guessed it! Rich, white, slave-owning males. It is not entirely clear that gun-nut was how they'd describe themselves. Ben Franklin was a party animal, not sure he even ever held a gun but I'm sure you'd know better. Not sure why you mr AC are calling anyone a chicken shit.

Re:Ammo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544743)

Even our nation's founding fathers wrote anonymously. Were they chicken-shit?

Re:Ammo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544775)

Maybe the problem is Slashdotters don't like being called tards.

Re:Ammo (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 10 months ago | (#45545051)

Lol, I doubt that. .22 ammunition is actually getting traded around here like money. The gunshops are generally not marking it up because they know the current shortages wont last, but all the local stores like Walmart sell out their ammo before the store even opens and then the employees sell it themselves for double or triple. I know guys that have traded guns, deer, for boxes of ammo. I think the manufacturers are right though. If they stepped up production to meet demand right now I think the market would crash pretty quickly as everyones gun safes got full. Ammo last a long time...

Where the FUCK are the KDE3 debs???? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543699)

Goddammit, what is taking so FUCKING LONG???

Friday is Buy Nothing Day (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543711)

"Black Friday" is ridiculous, refuse to buy anything on Friday.

Re:Friday is Buy Nothing Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543785)

Absolutely. Don't encourage rampant consumerism because the suppliers want you to.

Don't! (5, Informative)

EMG at MU (1194965) | about 10 months ago | (#45543719)

You don't have to buy anything!

Don't stress out, don't skip spending time with your family and friends, don't become part of a violent mob.

You don't have to. You aren't defined by your possessions.

Re:Don't! (5, Insightful)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 10 months ago | (#45543779)

Don't stress out, don't skip spending time with your family and friends, don't become part of a violent mob.

. . . spending time with my family and friends is becoming a part of a violent mob . . .

Re:Don't! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543965)

...you insensitive clod!

Re:Don't! (0)

rtb61 (674572) | about 10 months ago | (#45544267)

I was going to write up a sound and reasonable comment on why you shouldn't bother, but hell, I'm not American and I can hardly wait for this seasons Youtube videos of rabid American black friday consumer addicts. As the protesters like to say "the rest of the world is watching" but this time they are just laughing at the lemmings.

Re:Don't! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544017)

“I see in the fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables, slaves with white collars, advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of the history man, no purpose or place, we have no Great war, no Great depression, our great war is a spiritual war, our great depression is our lives, we've been all raised by television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars, but we won't and we're slowly learning that fact. and we're very very pissed off.”

“You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you're satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you've got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you're trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.”

Tyler Durden - Fight Club

Re:Don't! (1)

rwa2 (4391) | about 10 months ago | (#45544559)

Our Black Friday will be driving out to the middle of nowhere for the long weekend, looking out at the night sky, and freezing our keisters off.

Re:Don't! (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 10 months ago | (#45544741)

Are you trying to suggest that after the first Thanksgiving that the pilgrims and native Americans didn't jump in the car to go stand in line at the local Wal-Mart, where people work for sub-poverty level wages and all the products are made for people who make less than 1/4 of that?

I don't think that's right. I'm pretty sure those pilgrims were big fans of the door-busters. That's what the big hats were for, so you could butt aside all the smelly fat people grasping with their greasy hands for cheaply-made slave-produced products that could mostly be had for the same price every other day of the year while their kids are home huffing cleaning fluid and the Native Americans all got drunk and small-pox and watched the Lions beat Green Bay by three touchdowns.

So you do what you want, but me, I'm gonna strip naked and cover my body with suet so I can slip through the crowds to buy one a them Sylvania big screen TVs and a large tub of carmel corn and then come home and watch the Lions-Packers game on Tivo and see if I can get my idiot uncle to put down a bet on a game that was played 5 hours earlier.

Buy buy buy! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543725)

Consume, you fucking motherfucker, consume! Buy that shit, we don't care if you don't need it, buy buy buy!

Re:Buy buy buy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544241)

Actually I prefer it if all of you would go lose your money in Macau casinos. Of course, millions of Chinese losing their money is fine too.

Nothing! (0)

s.petry (762400) | about 10 months ago | (#45543745)

I refuse to support a system that makes everything possible as commercial as possible to the detriment of society as a whole. Yeah, I have become what I used to complain about. At the same time, I see things today like my parents saw them back then.

Once prices drop after Christmas, my son will get a PS4. I'm pretty lucky that my kid is just as much against the commercialization of everything as I am. We boycott any store that puts up "Christmas Sale" signs before Thanksgiving. Yeah, that's right! FU Wallzmart, I don't spend a penny at your stores!

Re:Nothing! (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 10 months ago | (#45543909)

Once prices drop after Christmas, my son will get a PS4.

What, a Slashdot geek who actually wants one who didn't get one at the Midnight Launch?

I do doubt there will be a PS4 price drop before 2015. And yeah, seeing stores prepare for Christmas even before Halloween (the local wal-mart had some Christmas things out, before)...annoys me.

Re:Nothing! (4, Insightful)

s.petry (762400) | about 10 months ago | (#45544005)

People said the same thing about the PS3 when it came out. My kid said "you are stupid to buy it now dad, let's wait till January" and we ended up with the higher end model for 100 bucks less than the cheap model before Christmas.

Re:Nothing! (2)

Algae_94 (2017070) | about 10 months ago | (#45544691)

I won't buy one until they officially add media server software. Sony's excuse for not including it is... okay, but I don't believe them until it is officially in the software.

Re:Nothing! (4, Interesting)

sconeu (64226) | about 10 months ago | (#45544125)

So you plan on supporting a company that deliberately put malware onto shiny disks with music on them?

After the rootkit fiasco, Sony will NEVER get another dollar of mine.

Re:Nothing! (1)

s.petry (762400) | about 10 months ago | (#45544201)

We all have our lines in the sand. I won't deny that I don't trust Sony PC software for the same reason. If it was just me, I would not own a PS4. My kid is a different story, and to have friends over to game he would have either a Xbox or PS3/4. I choose the lesser of the two evils, and yes the Xbox is way more evil than Playstation.

Re:Nothing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45545179)

he would have either an Xbox or PS3/4.

FTFY.

--
Notice: Posting anonymously because there is no need to reply

Re:Nothing! (4, Insightful)

Todd Palin (1402501) | about 10 months ago | (#45544211)

I'm with you on the rootkit fiasco. Sony has not gotten a dime from me since then. They probably didn't notice it, but I feel great about boycotting them nonetheless..

Re:Nothing! (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | about 10 months ago | (#45545269)

I call the PS3 - oops, sorry, no more 3rd party OS for you, fiasco my final straw with them.

Also, the fact that I have to update software constantly just to use the console has seriously de-valued it for me.

Re:Nothing! (3, Interesting)

sixsixtysix (1110135) | about 10 months ago | (#45544373)

We boycott any store that puts up "Christmas Sale" signs before Thanksgiving. Yeah, that's right! FU Wallzmart, I don't spend a penny at your stores!

I find it odd that *that* is what got you to stop going to Walmart

I refuse to support a system that makes everything possible as commercial as possible to the detriment of society as a whole.

Stop deluding yourself (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543801)

There's a reason shops price at, say, $299.99... people tend to feel that's closer to $200 than to $300.

So make it a habit to tell yourself "that is practically $300", then deal with it as if it was $300. Which it is. You can save up the last cent for your retirement, see if you'll retire rich.

Rephrase the question - and a Merry Christmas! (-1, Offtopic)

BigBadBus (653823) | about 10 months ago | (#45543817)

Perhaps I can ask about improving YOUR chances of getting these discounted items? :)
You could go to my website (see the URL below) and click on and one of the Amazon links; you don't have to buy the item on display as you can remove it from your shopping basket. We get a tiny commission (about 10 cents or less) for each item sold while you are logged on.
Have a very Merry Christmas (and who knows, maybe next Christmas WE can afford to buy some of these wonderfully discounted items :)

Re:Rephrase the question - and a Merry Christmas! (2)

Curunir_wolf (588405) | about 10 months ago | (#45544569)

1995 called. They want their web site design back.

My strategy... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543855)

is to not share my strategy on Slashdot.

Nothing (1)

DogDude (805747) | about 10 months ago | (#45543871)

Invariably, the shit that is on sale on "Black Friday" is also shit that nobody really needs. I ain't buying anything on "Black Friday".

Seems like (2)

wizden (965907) | about 10 months ago | (#45543873)

Poor people problems. I'll get my mini giraffes online and not have to deal with that mob.

Black Friday is for Amateurs. (4, Insightful)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 10 months ago | (#45543881)

Pro shoppers do not shop on Black Friday. It's crowded, noisy, simply annoying...wait and shop when it's less busy. Yes you miss out on some loss-leaders, but don't give into the hype, you will enjoy your Christmas better.

Re:Black Friday is for Amateurs. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544123)

Some of us don't even aspire to be a "pro shopper." Black Friday and Every Other Friday, I've usually got something more interesting to work on than honing my shopping skills to the professional level. I can't be the best at everything in life --- I'm fine with being just a reasonably competent shopper, and making up for it by being a bit more "pro" in other areas.

Re:Black Friday is for Amateurs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45545559)

Sure, I skip out on the in-person hassle, but I save pretty much all of my year's discretionary personal purchases (e.g., clothes, movies, music) as well as tech purchases for work for Black Friday. Why not save money when you can? (I check every year, and sales after Black Friday that offer better deals are extremely, extremely rare -- not something you can count on.)
 
Plus, I'm sure it keeps my total number of purchased items down each year, since it's easy to feel gluttonous buying everything at once when you wouldn't think twice about buying 1/12th as much every month.

Don't buy on Friday (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about 10 months ago | (#45543885)

I do all of my shopping online, so I'm not buying anything on Friday regardless of how cheap it is or how badly I want it. I'm going to wait for Cyber Monday!

Actually, a tv? A samsung "32" inch class led (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543895)

Maybe it's the lack of research I have done. Based on my antiquated research, a 32 inch class (aka 31.5") led samsung tv for 277 is cheap. Atleast I think. I'm aiming for a recognized brand. Add in a coupon for new egg and I may buy it. Best buy had it as well, minus the coupon.

Otherwise. I'll probably be masturbating, drinking, eating turkey, and enjoying my family.

Enjoy!

Re:Actually, a tv? A samsung "32" inch class led (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544031)

I'll probably be masturbating, drinking, eating turkey, and enjoying my family.

God damnit, grandpa.

Re:Actually, a tv? A samsung "32" inch class led (4, Funny)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 10 months ago | (#45544061)

Otherwise. I'll probably be masturbating, drinking, eating turkey, and enjoying my family.

That's a very weird way to spend time with your family.

Re:Actually, a tv? A samsung "32" inch class led (2)

zugmeister (1050414) | about 10 months ago | (#45544067)

Yipes! Just don't do all four at the same time!

i dont have any money (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45543951)

so fuck off!

Best Buy campers (0)

Tailhook (98486) | about 10 months ago | (#45543961)

So yeah, I bought a 3TB drive from Best Buy today for archival purposes, not caring less if they put it on sale Friday, and I noticed a tent — a god damned tent — just outside the entrance. Some fuckwit is actually camping outside a Best Buy to be first in line.

There will be a reckoning. Keep printing Ben; lets make this implosion every inch of whatever it is they mean by `American Exceptionalism.'

Happy Holidays.

Re:Best Buy campers (1)

blue trane (110704) | about 10 months ago | (#45544345)

Righties have been making the same prediction since the very first administration when Alexander Hamilton assumed the states' war debts, and started the United States Bank. And yet grandkids have always had a higher standard of living than their grandparents. Maybe it's time to challenge your faith in your feudal economic theories?

Re:Best Buy campers (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about 10 months ago | (#45545309)

I really REALLY doubt that my nephews are ever gonna have the standard of living that my father has. Then again, he started working at IBM in 1956.... And they're now college graduates who can't find jobs.

Re:Best Buy campers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45545483)

Could always be worse. Here (Canada) we have "boxing day" which is right after xmas. People stand in line an camp overnight but its usually 10F or lower so probably less fun. The stores will post good deals, but have "min 10 per store" (which means they have exactly 10). Right afterwards you can hit up kijiji and see all the "new in box" listings.

Just a waste of time, but i do enjoy driving by and watching them standing there for at least 3 hours before the store even opens.

Fight Terrorism! (3, Funny)

asmkm22 (1902712) | about 10 months ago | (#45543995)

Black Friday represents everything about America that the Terrorists hate, so help fight Terrorism by fighting your neighbors over a $300 TV. And remember to report any suspiciously non-American activity to the proper authorities, such as Fox News.

Re:Fight Terrorism! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544099)

If it is an event in which it is socially acceptable for me to punch my neighbor then I am all in.

Re:Fight Terrorism! (2)

Known Nutter (988758) | about 10 months ago | (#45544435)

Black Friday represents everything about America that the Terrorists hate, so help fight Terrorism by fighting your neighbors over a $300 TV.

$300?!?!? Pffft... try $98 bucks! [walmart.com] Them's fighting' words!

Re:Fight Terrorism! (1)

asmkm22 (1902712) | about 10 months ago | (#45544663)

I guess that tells you how long it's been since I bought a TV...

Re:Fight Terrorism! (1, Flamebait)

Known Nutter (988758) | about 10 months ago | (#45545447)

CHAPEL HILL, NC -- Area resident asmkm22 does not own a television, a fact he repeatedly points out to friends, family, and coworkers -- as well as to his mailman, neighborhood convenience-store clerks, and the man who cleans the hallways in his apartment building.

asmkm22, who tells as many people as possible that he is "fully weaned off the glass teat."

"I, personally, would rather spend my time doing something useful than watch television," asmkm22 told a random woman Monday at the Suds 'N' Duds Laundromat, noticing the establishment's wall-mounted TV. "I don't even own one."

According to Melinda Elkins, a coworker of asmkm22's at The Frame Job, a Chapel Hill picture-frame shop, asmkm22 steers the conversation toward television whenever possible, just so he can mention not owning one.

"A few days ago, [store manager] Annette [Haig] was saying her new contacts were bothering her," Elkins said. "The second she said that, I knew asmkm22 would pounce. He was like, 'I didn't know you had contacts, Annette. Are your eyes bad? That a shame. I'm really lucky to have almost perfect vision. I'm guessing it's because I don't watch TV. In fact, I don't even own one."

Black friday? (4, Funny)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 10 months ago | (#45544075)

I'm white, you godamn racist holiday!

Re:Black friday? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544119)

It is called Black Friday not Nigger Friday.

Re:Black friday? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45544273)

Another butthurt nigger want to waste a mod point?

Re:Black friday? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45545591)

People actually say 'butthurt'?

They "waste" modpoints so people who have their filter to zero still see the anonymous posts, but miss useless stuff like what you wrote.

Re:Black friday? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 10 months ago | (#45544989)

Flamebait? I was trying to do a reversed social commentary about the name of the event.

I guess I'm just a bad consumer (5, Insightful)

hambone142 (2551854) | about 10 months ago | (#45544233)

Frankly, I can't think of anything I want to buy at this stage of my life. I have a good stereo set, a decent flat screen TV, about 6 computers or so, a car I'm happy with, a boat that I'm happy with and I'm pretty much satisfied with my life. Oh yes, I have a good life partner, place to live and health (so far). Now and then I take a trip to the local "technology store" (Fry's) and I take a look at newegg and tigerdirect to see if I'm missing out on anything. I'm not. I seem to spend most of my discretionary funds on travel lately (mostly tropical places). If there was some trinket I needed to buy, I would have already bought it. I guess I'm just in the "enjoy life" stage and really don't want to buy any crap at this time. I already have enough of it. I'm a bad consumer. I'm happy with what I have.

Re:I guess I'm just a bad consumer (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | about 10 months ago | (#45545279)

Bad consumer, I hope you are at least eating all the tempting foods and letting your health go so you can prop up the medical industry?

Re:I guess I'm just a bad consumer (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45545313)

That's called "privilege." *Most*people would be "happy with what [we] have"if we had the kind of money needed to have 6 computers, 'decent' (read: likely quite pricy) flat-screen TV, a presumably-'nice' car, a boat, and funds to travel around the world to tropical paradises. Most folks aren't anywhere near that lucky, even if they're careful with their spending.

Re:I guess I'm just a bad consumer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45545487)

I seem to spend most of my discretionary funds on travel lately (mostly tropical places).

I'm a bad consumer.

Yeah.................

Re:I guess I'm just a bad consumer (1)

Kwyj1b0 (2757125) | about 10 months ago | (#45545541)

I have a good stereo set, a decent flat screen TV, about 6 computers or so, a car I'm happy with, a boat that I'm happy with and I'm pretty much satisfied with my life. Now and then I take a trip to the local "technology store" (Fry's) and I take a look at newegg and tigerdirect to see if I'm missing out on anything. I'm not. I'm a bad consumer. I'm happy with what I have.

Actually, you are quite a good consumer by most reasonable standards. Not to start a flame-war, but the "must-have-latest-iThing" mentality is in the minority of the people I've met. You have made a lot of purchases, many of them with long lifetimes, so it isn't surprising that you don't get more now.

On the other hand, do you rent/buy movies? Or music? Or games? The first three things you mentioned are largely dead-end devices in themselves. A stereo without music is like a really expensive paperweight.

The only real consumption that I feel forced to take part in is the phone - my last phone was bought in early 2012 (no contract) - but it is getting to a point where planned obsolescence and poor battery life makes me feel compelled to buy one.

buy online (2)

Espectr0 (577637) | about 10 months ago | (#45544257)

i don't get all the haters here that say to avoid the day. if you NEED something, buy it if you can find a good deal, and if you want to avoid people then buy online. that's it.

sometimes Americans just try to find a cat's fifth paw .

Re:buy online (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45545275)

Show me a Black Friday deal for something anyone needs. Last I checked there were no deals on food, housing or jobs.

How about this? (4, Insightful)

Jawnn (445279) | about 10 months ago | (#45544337)

We all spend our Thanksgiving with family and friends, giving thanks, watching football, etc. and not playing into the infinitely cynical hands of the retailers. I don't give a flying fuck about what killer deal Wal-Mart is offering to 20 "lucky customers" tomorrow. I really don't. Why do you?

Re:How about this? (-1, Troll)

rubycodez (864176) | about 10 months ago | (#45544449)

haha, while *watching football*. you are so funny, you head is crammed so far up the ass of the hyped consumerism mass entertainment bunghole you don't even notice the stink.

Re:How about this? (0)

nblender (741424) | about 10 months ago | (#45544925)

I'm not a USian but I just don't get it... People cramming into planes flying halfway across the country to watch TV with their family and then cramming into planes again to go back to work...

 

Just ignore it and get WOW at 75 off (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 10 months ago | (#45544485)

Why not just ignore the whole thing.

if you want a deal, you can download World of Warcraft for 75% off on Black Friday, but you'd be better off doing the Friends and Family thing instead - during the month when you get 2x experience you could get up to at least level 70.

If you want tech, Cyber Monday is usually better.

How much would you be willing to pay... (4, Insightful)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | about 10 months ago | (#45544513)

not to have to stand in the cold for hours, fight a mob, get cussed at by numerous irrational drones, guarantee that you'll come home miserable and exhausted, force a retail employee to skip Thanksgiving, and then stand in interminable check out line before going to do it again at another store? If this amount is greater than the $75 you'll save on that TV, then you should just stay home and do something you'll actually enjoy. How much is it worth to you to have a day off, to be able to read an extra book to your kids or, if you don't have any, to yourself?

Re:How much would you be willing to pay... (1)

Reziac (43301) | about 10 months ago | (#45544771)

Not to mention the old marketing trick (I recall a study of same being a /. article a few years ago) of raising the price the week before, then lowering it to slightly *above* what it was originally, so they can advertise this great bargain for Black Friday... knowing that a lot of people only see the "price reduced" part, and have no idea what it was before.

Not only that, but tech stuff commonly has a price drop in January...

Re:How much would you be willing to pay... (1)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | about 10 months ago | (#45544835)

Not only that, but tech stuff commonly has a price drop in January...

Want to give tech stuff to a loved one for Christmas? Russian Orthodox Christians have got this thing figured out [wikipedia.org] .

Re:How much would you be willing to pay... (1)

Reziac (43301) | about 10 months ago | (#45545011)

Heh heh, a good use for an 'outdated' calendar! :D

A pizza or some Indian food (1)

msobkow (48369) | about 10 months ago | (#45544521)

It's not on "special", but with all the yahoos at the stores, I should get *great* service at my local restaurants, whichever one I choose to go to lunch at.

Re:A pizza or some Indian food (1)

SeaFox (739806) | about 10 months ago | (#45545111)

LOL.

With everyone out making a day of shopping for themselves -- er I mean, their families, lots of folks eat lunch out since they're in a shopping area already at that time of day. Restaurants are normally packed, too. And packed with tired kids that got dragged along by their parents and people with shopping bags they aren't keeping out of walkways.

Re:A pizza or some Indian food (1)

msobkow (48369) | about 10 months ago | (#45545581)

I'm downtown well away from the "big box" stores that draw the crowds to the edge of the city. The only "competition" I expect at the restaurants is from anyone who's working downtown. (It's not Thanksgiving here in Canada -- we had ours a while back. It was verra nize.)

GTA V (1)

rhodium_mir (2876919) | about 10 months ago | (#45544697)

I've never gone to the stores on black Friday and I don't intend to start this year... But I did notice Amazon and Best Buy have Grand Theft Auto V on sale for $33.99 so I might go ahead and grab it since I was planning on buying it soon anyway. They also have some pretty slick deals on the Breaking Bad blu-rays.

Charity (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45545331)

You materialistic fuck. Hardware is redundant in this day and age. Donate some good conscience you imbecile. Pffft, black friday, the symbol of every thing wrong in the first world.

Nexus 7 (2)

darkain (749283) | about 10 months ago | (#45545361)

I picked up the Asus Nexus 7 16GB (2013 edition) for $151.12 off Amazon Prime just two weeks ago... How is $199.99 a deal in comparison?

TL;DR: Nothing is appealing this Black Friday.

fuckeEr (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45545481)

theoRistS -
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