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How Well Did You Fare on "Black Friday"?

Cliff posted more than 11 years ago | from the share-your-shopping-anecdotes dept.

Christmas Cheer 93

Quixote asks: "''Black Friday' is about over now. Though I wasn't among the faithful who queued up to get into the stores, I could see massive traffic jams in the local Best Buy, Target, etc. on my drive in to work. But it looks like the online offerings of some of the retailers are also pretty much slashdotted (I'm downloading a 500KB rebate form from CompUSA rebate center at the blazing speed of 800bytes/sec as I submit this story). So, how many of you avoided the long checkout lines and used the 'net instead? What are your experiences? What 'killer' deals did you get online, that you wouldn't have gotten in the store? And what are your thoughts on this whole phenomenon: why shouldn't the stores just get rid of this 'lets open the store at an unearthly hour' practice, and just move all of the 'Black Friday' sales online?"

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piss frost phirst poast motherfuck (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807505)

Peri-rectal abscess
Also known as: Anal Abscess, Ischio-Rectal Abscess

One gay man - who feared being outed - was too afraid to see a doctor for the severe pain and swelling he felt in his lower rectum. He waited until the infection ruptured up into his abdomen and he collapsed at home with peritonitis.

Intro

A perirectal abscess is an infection that most often begins in your anal or rectal canal and spreads to the fatty tissue surrounding it. The abscess can burrow toward your skin where - if untreated - it can rupture.

What is it?

A perirectal abscess is a bacterial infection that most often begins in the small glands inside your anus. Your pain worsens as the infection grows and spreads to the area around your rectum. A cavity filled with pus (yuck) develops and the skin over it becomes red and swollen. The infection can become so severe that you develop high fevers and other signs of infection.

Diagnosis

Your doctor can usually diagnose the infection just by seeing the swollen, red skin beside your anus. If the abscess is early or burrowing away from your skin (up along your rectum toward your abdomen) your doctor may need to get a CT scan to see the infection.

Symptoms

Early on you may only notice a feeling of pressure in your rectum. As the infection progresses, you will probably feel a tender, hot to the touch, lump under the skin beside your anus.

How is it acquired?
Although it can develop from an injury during sex, this is very rare. By far, the most common cause is a piece of stool that gets caught in your anal glands and starts a small infection that grows and grows. The infection is caused by bacteria in your stool.

How to treat it?

If the infection is caught very early (before a true cavity filled with pus develops), antibiotics and warm soaks might do the trick. But when an abscess has fully developed, you need to have the pus drained. This usually requires surgery to fully eradicate the infection. Antibiotics alone are not sufficient.

If your abscess is large, your doctor may suggest that you have the surgery in an operating room with full anesthesia. This is a good suggestion because draining a large abscess can be quite painful.

If your abscess bursts on its own, you might think that you don't have to go to a doctor because it is already drained. WRONG! When an abscess ruptures on its own, it does not drain enough to heal the infection. A surgeon needs to open the skin wide enough to get out all of the pus.

Once the abscess is drained, you will need to keep it clean and open. This often requires soaking in sitz baths. If the skin closes before the abscess heals from the inside out, another infection will develop. Occassionaly, an abscess does not fully heal after it is drained and a fistula-in-ano develops. You will then need another operation to cure the fistula.

Myths dispelled

Here are some facts to clear up some common misconceptions.

A perirectal abscess is rarely (and I mean rarely) caused by rough sex or toys. And even if a perirectal abscess bursts on its own, it still needs to be evaluated by a doctor.

Prevention

There is no way to prevent it. If you have severe pain in your anus or rectum, your doctor might give you antibiotics to cure the infection before the abscess has a chance to develop. It is, however, very rare to catch the infection at this early stage.

Incubation period

An abscess begins as a tiny infection that gradually grows. Most patients experience increasing pain and swelling for almost a week before going to the doctor.

Sex

A peri-rectal abscess is rarely caused by an injury during sex or an STD.

by Stephen E. Goldstone, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Re:piss frost phirst poast motherfuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807774)

thanks for the timely advice!

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda

Re:piss frost phirst poast motherfuck (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4808243)

I work in a hospital. You should add that doctors refer to perianal abscesses as "butt pus." I have witnessed a 45-year-old general surgeon, with a completely straight face, use the phrase "butt pus" to describe a patient's complaint.

So "butt pus" is an accepted medical synonym for "perianal abscess."

Just something to add to your fine fucking troll post.

tsarkon reports on butt puss. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4808830)

Thank you for that input. I could see, and talk of, butt puss with no propensity to laugh, or feel uncomfortable with the terminology.

However, when Commanderette-Taco, Homos, PigGirlNeil and others here want to felch a puss ridden rancid anus, lick butt puss, and fuck a butt puss-ridden ass after picking the scabs off and letting the puss run to lube up is where I draw the line.

And a fine troll it is. I wouldn't even be doing this if they would stop the 2 posts a day limit on troll accounts. The mass moderation system has turned into a groupthink mobocratic sledgehammer that gets wielded recklessly by a roving herd of mediocritomatons.

Death to the opressors!

I was wondering... (4, Interesting)

MacAndrew (463832) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807523)

...why the heck they do this, too. Crowds make me itch. But a lot of people *love* it -- I read about people who dropped $1000 or more on Christmas gifts, and I sure many spent more than they intended because they were spend-saving or "spaving" -- and there's probably a race to the bottom among retailers to out-do each other and pack the people in.

I think the kind of shopper who gets an adrenaline rush from this kind of shopping -- and if they do, fine, so long as they don't blow apart their credit rating -- likes to touch the merchandise, and likes the shopping experience. It's entertaining. Hey, I still go to bookstores even though I can get most things cheaper at home. There's the power to browse, and the opportunity to impulse buy; the sharpest discount and greatest convenience aren't the whole thing.

Now, the whole holiday going down the materialism tube, that's a whole 'nuther debate. :)

Re:I was wondering... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807595)

Kathleen Fent knows why!

Kathy arrived at the Hamilton Hotel, already dressed in her little schoolgirl outfit. She got some curious
looks from people in the lobby, but she really didn't care. After ducking into the restroom briefly to fix up
her hair, she quickly made her way to Room 107. She knocked on the door, and a man was quick to answer it.
"Hi, I'm Kathy," she said shyly, and the door opened with a smile.
"Hi, Kathy. Wow! I'm CmdrTaco... Come on in!" Kathy walked into the room as Taco closed the door and bolted
it. "Hey, Hemos!" he called into the bathroom. "You've got to see this girl!" Kathy blushed as Hemos walked into
the room. "Holy shit..." Hemos muttered. The two men gawked over sweet young Kathy, dressed in her little
schoolgirl outfit.
Kathy wore a crisp, long-sleeved white blouse, with a red/black/yellow plaid necktie. Her torso was caressed
by a matching buttoned-down red/black/yellow plaid vest, which fit snugly, accentuating her flabby 26 year-old
breasts and beer gut. Kathy's skirt was made from the same plaid fabric, layered in tiny knife-pleats, riding
high on her lovely thin thighs. Her white cable-knit kneesocks and black-and-white saddle shoes completed
her sweet outfit nicely. Kathy's lips shined with her red lipstick (a delightfule contrast to her buck teeth) and her hair was swept to the sides in two
ponytails, with bangs draping across her forehead.
She enjoyed playing the part of an innocent little girl, and she swayed from side to side slightly, like a
nervous youngster. "Do you like my outfit?" she asked, then spun around for the guys. Her flimsy, lightweight
skirt flared out its pleats and gave the horny men a fleeting glimpse of sweet white cotton panties. "Shit, yes!"
Rob blurted. "What did you guys want me here for, anyway?" she asked, teasingly. Jeff smiled at her, then
stepped up to her. He patted her ass lightly through her little pleated skirt. "It all depends," answered Hemos.
Are you a good little girl, or a naughty girl?" "Well, most of the time, I'm good, but when I'm naughty, I'm
even better..." Kathy replied, with the wink of an eye. "Well, now, my little sweetheart," Hemos answered, "let's
see just what a naughty little schoolgirl you are..."
The radio in the room was playing a very sensuous song, and Kathy decided to use it to enhance her slut
charms. She sat in a chair across from the bed. The men sat on the bed, watching her intently. Kathy put a
saddle shoe up on an armrest, and cocked the other leg wide to the other side. Her little school skirt draped
down across the gap between her legs.
Hemos and CmdrTaco were mesmerized. Kathy was simply delightful in her little uniform. As they watched, Kathy
slowly slid her plaid pleated skirt up over her tight white panties, showing them her lovely panty-covered
crotch. Kathy loved every minute of this. She slowly slid a finger in through the legband of her panties,
probing her wetness, moaning softly to add to the effect. She could see their jeans begin to bulge ominously.
Kathy continued to finger herself, her fingers moving in and out of her teen cunt under the panties, her
knuckles stretching out the fabric. Her other hand slowly unbuttoned her vest and began massaging her
breasts through her soft white blouse. "Would you guys like to see my little pussy?" she asked. "Oh, yeah..."
they both muttered, horny as hell.
Kathy hooked a finger around a legband and pulled the fabric to the side, exposing her almost-hairless
treasure. The soft curls of pussy hair were glistening with her moisture, and the sight of it, coupled with the
school uniform and her provocative pose, were enough to almost make the guys come in their pants right
then and there. "God, I could cum right now!" gasped CmdrTaco. "Oh, no, don't do that right now," said Kathy.
"You've got to fuck me, first! Let's see those cocks..."
The men quickly stripped before her. In seconds, their clothes were thrown aside, with both men standing
before her, their pricks hard and lewdly wobbling in worship to the young princess. The men pulled her up
from the chair and brought her to the bed. "Hey, CmdrTaco, why don't you let her suck you while I eat her pussy?"
Hemos suggested.

"I've got a better idea!" he replied, you eat out my asshole, and I'll jack off." "Fuck that" said Hemos, "it's your turn to eat ass!"

It was a very confused Kathy that ran out the door

Re:I was wondering... (5, Interesting)

handsomepete (561396) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807644)

"I read about people who dropped $1000 or more on Christmas gifts"

I had to return something that I purchased a few days earlier on Friday, and I was stuck behind a couple who were purchasing decent matching PCs with 17" flat panel monitors and a laptop. Oh yeah, and a VCR (which oddly seemed the man's primary concern). The total that I saw was somewhere in the area of $6,000.

I'm not sure how I felt after seeing that as I returned some washer hoses to get my 30 bucks back, but I'm sure it wasn't good...

The most interesting thing I saw out of the whole day was a pair of police officers putting big bright orange warnings on cars telling the owners that they were likely candidates to be broken in to. I asked one officer about it and he said, "If we see anything in plain site - electronics, purses, movies or CDs - we put this note on the car to alert them to the fact they could be a target for a car break-in." When I pointed out to him that putting big bright orange notes on windshields might make the cars slightly bigger targets, he scratched his head and just stood there, silent.

Re:I was wondering... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4808424)

When I pointed out to him that putting big bright orange notes on windshields might make the cars slightly bigger targets, he scratched his head and just stood there, silent.

*LOL*
*ROFL*
It's an economic stimulus package for thieves!!! Hurray!

Re:I was wondering... (4, Interesting)

TeeWee (98278) | more than 11 years ago | (#4809136)

When I pointed out to him that putting big bright orange notes on windshields might make the cars slightly bigger targets, he scratched his head and just stood there, silent.

Actually, police officers do the same things sometimes where I live. Only, they're a bit smarter about it and leave notes on all cars. Good cars get a note saying "Nothing in sight" and targets get a note saying "Next time, you may just want to cover up that cellphone of yours!"

Re:I was wondering... (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 11 years ago | (#4837319)

asked one officer about it and he said, "If we see anything in plain site - electronics, purses, movies

I don't mind a plain site, as long as the content is good and easy to find. How were the cops marking web sites, anyway?

Re:I was wondering... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4813797)

I read about people who dropped $1000 or more on Christmas gifts, and I sure many spent more than they intended because they were spend-saving or "spaving"

Remember, in America, it's not how much you spend that counts, it's how much you save that's truly important.

racist! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807526)

as an African American, I object to slashdot's use of the phrase "Black Friday", as it perpetuates the stereotype of African Americans as having nothing better to do than eat fried chicken, get high, and dream of raping whitey's woman.

For Shame, Slashdot!

Jamal 'X' Kwiefieme

Re:racist! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807539)

I never knew that us AC's are Black.

Re:racist shut up nigger sugarbitch DEATH oven (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807601)

Death. i want to render all you niggers into dead niggers, turn you into nigger charcoal, and use your nigger fat for lubrication when i rape and kill your nigger wife's ass. you little nigger. and i want to process your nigger children into food, lampshades, fertilizer, vaseline and other organic animal products. i wish my oven in jermany could roast you niggers - some fuckers made me turn them off and fake my death. i ate barbecued nigger, its nice here in argentine, we cook and eat nigger kids all the time. nigger bone marrow makes good soup stock, nigger muscle tastes a bit like pork, because niggers are pigs. nigger organs and eyes can help even this old retired Fuhrer stay alive a lot longer and young, and nigger teeth are fake gold, so we cant use them, but we make nigger hair into brillo pads. death to all niggers

chocolate drop junglebunny spear chucker fucking dirty jigaboo spook nigger

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Re:racist! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807782)

Yes but my grandmother was Dutch.

Re:racist! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4809734)

I know the parent is a troll, but it's a common misconception that the 'Black' in 'Black Friday' is intended to imply something bad and foreboding. In fact, the 'Black' in 'Black Friday' refers to the day that most retailers go "in the black" - in other words, that's the day the company starts making money.

I'm not laughing (1)

alue (253363) | more than 11 years ago | (#4823385)

Hey, that's not funny. What the hell do you think you're doing? If you want to say something slimey and racist like that, take it somewhere else.

I faired pretty well (1)

Frederique Coq-Bloqu (628621) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807533)

and got a really great deal on a rear-projection wide-screen television courtesy of a "hot deal" listed on fatwallet.com [fatwallet.com] by crossing the border into the 'states. However, Black Friday won't hold a candle to the awesome deals I'll get on Boxing Day in Montréal. Muah ha ha ha.

Re:I faired pretty well (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807554)

However, Black Friday won't hold a candle to the awesome deals I'll get on Boxing Day in Montréal. Muah ha ha ha Even if you win the gold in the special olympics, you're still a retard.

Busy, busy (3, Interesting)

NBrooke271 (260498) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807548)

I don't know about you guys, but I was at work all day. We made more money at the box office at my science center last Friday than we did all of Feburary. Everyone turned out for a day of family fun and learning after their shopping adventures.

Re:Busy, busy (1)

Engdy (124179) | more than 11 years ago | (#4811774)

I'm willing to bet most of your crowd was kids and daddies. The St. Louis Zoo was apparently hosting crowds of kids and daddies as well. Where were the mommies?

Shopping!

Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807587)

I don't live in the States you insensitive clod!

Slashdot fact: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807620)

They don't care, hence, the articles about the metric system etc.

Re:Hey! (0, Troll)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807725)

I don't live in the States you insensitive clod!

Nobody gives a shit, dick-face

Re:Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807748)

Don't make fun of my deformity. The kids at school call me Pinocchio.

Re:Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4819419)

you see now THAT'S proof that Americans are ignorant.

USA = 280m, ROW = 5.7Bn

decline and fall of the American empire? In progress.

Eh? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807590)

What the hell is this 'Black Friday'? The end of negro appreciation week?

Never left the house (3, Insightful)

bitty (91794) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807610)

I spent the day in my jammies wrapped in a warm blanket in front of my computer. Nothing beats getting all your shopping done in one day without dealing with rude people and terrible traffic. God bless online shopping!

Re:Never left the house (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807857)

which is better?
  • Gettting all your shopping done in one day without dealing with rude people and terrible traffic
-or-
  • Sex with a mare

my experience (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807618)

My husband and I were married for 5 years, and as for me, I considered our sex together as "great." I did many things for my husband to make our sex interesting and not boring, like role playing, dressing up as a whore, and rape skits and on a few occasions have even taken part in 3 somes with my husband and another man.

I got home from work this one Friday, feeling somewhat kinky and in the mood for something wild and crazy. I went to the bedroom and stripped out of my work clothes, then to the bathroom for a relaxing bath. I began to wash myself, sliding my soapy hand over my neck to my breasts, down my stomach then down between my legs, and began playing with myself thinking about the first time I had an orgasm by another man. Don't get me wrong, I've had men bring me to orgasm before, before I was married, but, for some reason this time was different, maybe because my husband was present. Anyway, the next thing I knew, he was making love to me and I was cumming off whispering to myself over and over, fuck me, fuck me, almost feeling as the warmth his own climax enter my body, filling every inch inside of me. Then I came. I laid in the hot tub for several minutes as the vision faded along with my orgasm, then stepped out of the tub and dryed myself.

I remember walking to the dresser saying to myself, so, he want's me to fuck other men huh, ok, I'll fuck'em, I'll fuck every man in sight! I'll give him one night he'll never forget! and picked out a black skirt, black see thru blouse, bra and a very very sexy black lace teddy with attached garters and last, a pair of sheer black stocking. I want back to the bathroom and shaved my legs then my pussy, which I've kept nice and smoothe for years. I then dressed and put on my make-up, red lipstick with gloss and bright red nail polish. I met my husband at the door telling him to hurry and get changed because we were going out!

He was thinking the outfit was for him asked what was the occasion. I told him, I decided to give him what he always wanted, and to get ready before I changed my mind. Needless to say he was ready in a half an hour, and at the club in 15 minutes.

On the way to the club, I told my husband that we should sit at different tables and I'd "try" to come on to another guy and get something going. Of course, he said, with the way your dressed, count on it? We both walked into the club about 8:30 PM and went our separate ways, I at a table by the dance floor and my husband at the bar. The night seemed long, as I wondered just how I was to come on to these guys. I danced with a few, trying different approches towards them, none which seemed to work, then dancing with this one guy, I decided to try something direct, while dancing a slow dance I slid my hand down to his ass, pulling him very close to me I whispered to him, I'm very very wet.

The guy said in return well mabye I can do something about that. I said, somewhat turned on, lets go. Well, we walked out of the club to his car and got in the back seat and began kissing and kissing and feeling and feeling, his hand up my dress fingering me, my hand on his cock feeling him getting harder and harder, finally breaking our kissing I opened his pants and lowered my lips on his cock. His finger continued playing with my clit while my lips worked on him when suddenly I began to cum, and cum, and cum. Not long after, he began to moan then I felt my mouth being filled with his hot sperm, swallowing it all, thinking to myself, this isn't any different than doing it with my husband.

I reached under my skirt and pulled open the snapps from my teddy and layed back on the seat pulling him on me, rubbing his cock on my pussy putting him inside of me. He fucked and fucked and fucked me, finally pulling out saying, he could'nt do it anymore. Understanding, I sat up and snapped my teddy and said to him, maybe next time, and returned to the club. While slow dancing with my husband, I filled him in step by step on everything I did, then returned again to my table and ordered a drink. Sometime later, I was asked to dance by a not so bad looking guy, he looked younger than I, but I thought, what the hell and asked him back to my table. His name was Bob and was 22, (about 10 years younger than me) blond hair and blue eyes and a not so bad looking body. Bob didn't seem the least bit intimidated what so ever by the age difference, and didn't try to come off older than he was, in fact he looked older than he was.

I almost felt a little guilty of my intentions, but, on the other hand, he was still a man, all men are alike probably even as we talked was thinking of a way he could get into my panties. The funny thing was, I was thinking of a way of getting to get "him" into my panties, so to speak. As we talked, my mind skipped to the back seat of that guys car, still not beleiving that I did WHAT I did. Sucking this guy was one thing, but what really turned me on for some reason was him cumming in my mouth and swallowing it.

The more I thought about it the more turned on I seemed to get. I then fantasized sex with this guy. By this time, I was so hot, I actually felt a tingle between my legs, I had to excuse myself and go to the ladies room and cool off before I came right there. I sat on the seat in the stall and felt myself, I could'ent beleive how wet I was, I totaly soaked my teddy, then began fingering myself, I was on my way towards the big O, my body at its highest erotic peek, almost lost in my own pleasures, when all of a sudden pulled my hand away, thinking, no, I want to save this, I want to be totally out of control, I want this guy. As hard as it was, I wiped myself and buttoned up then stood in front of the mirror and applied lipstick to my lips, then returned to the table and Bob.

I thought to myself, it's either now or never and said, trying not to come on to strong, but to the point and yet still be some what of a ladie, "wanta' go somewhere else?" the guy reaction was, where? Almost as he knew what I had in mind, I coyly replied, how about someplace a little more private. Bob looked at me and I looked at Bob, waiting for his answer, running my tongue over the edge of my glass. As Bob finally began to speak, I felt little flutters in my stomach, not sure what he might say, wanting him so much to say lets go...

In Soviet Russia.... (5, Funny)

Jonny 290 (260890) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807646)

Cheaply made electronics beat each other half to death to get a better deal on YOU!

I went to Radio Shack ... (4, Funny)

timothy (36799) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807700)

... and all I got were these lousy USB adapters!

Actually, I got stocking stuffers -- "safety hammers." These are the orange, weighted hammers for smashing auto glass, with a notch protecting a blade for slicing seatbelts etc. They were on sale for $5 apiece, so I bought out the store (they only had 6 left).

However, what I *wish* I had gotten is about 20 of those stupid remote control cars, and put them all on eBay. Then I could have bought some real presents.

timothy

duh (1)

timothy (36799) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807710)

And the *reason* I didn't get 20 of the stupid little cars is that they were completely sold out, because other people smarter than me already did the ebay hoarding first.

timothy

OT: ebay hoarders (1)

handsomepete (561396) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807743)

How did ebay hoarders make a living before the existence of the internet? I guess if you've got the foresight to do it, more power to you. It's always fun to hear the groans from collectors on a Toys R Us shipment day when some guy grabs 20 of the new hot Star Wars figure and goes through the checkout line with dollar signs in his eyes...

Re:I went to Radio Shack ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807744)

too bad that in real life, unlike on slashdot, you can't bitch-slap everybody that bought a remote control car before you did.

Re:I went to Radio Shack ... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807945)

OR you could, um, buy a train set and click on that pop-under for an X10 wireless camera.

Various household items later, you would have a shoddy, fragile TrainCam! And then you could write an incredibly long story about it like so:

"...and then I suddenly realized, after copious amounts of caffeinated beverages, my bladder was indeed reaching maximum capacity. I therefore headed to the restroom, where I relieved myself, with the aid of some blue-tack in massive quantities, of course."

I'll wait on the train ... (1)

timothy (36799) | more than 11 years ago | (#4808072)

A model train would be nice, but not until I'm old and settled. Until then, I think a train would take up too much space and time.

timothy

Re:I went to Radio Shack ... (1)

wik (10258) | more than 11 years ago | (#4808309)

> Actually, I got stocking stuffers -- "safety hammers." These are the orange, weighted hammers for smashing auto glass, with a notch protecting a blade for slicing seatbelts etc.

Are these for breaking into cars or out of them?

breaking in or breaking out (1)

timothy (36799) | more than 11 years ago | (#4812341)

tools are neutral :)

I hope never to be in an accident where it will be really important that I be able to reach my little orange handled window smasher, but I don't plan to go around randomly breaking windows with it :)

timothy

Re:I went to Radio Shack ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4819264)

Why would you need to slice a seatbelt when breaking in to a car?

Re:I went to Radio Shack ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4825703)

To remove the body of the previous owner before you drive away in your new car.

Re:I went to Radio Shack ... (5, Funny)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 11 years ago | (#4808398)

Scene at CmdrTaco's house, Christmas Day:

CmdrTaco excitedly grabs a large, hastily-wrapped box. He reads the tag aloud to all those nearby:

"From Timothy. Hi Rob, sorry I couldn't make it to the party. Here's something to take with you on the go; these can be really handy at times. I bought the last one the store had. Open the box to find out. Enjoy!"

CmdrTaco tries to guess what it is.

"Maybe it's a new Jornada! Or, one of those slick CD/MP3 players, or even an Archos!"

*shakes box vigorously*

"I bet it could be a new handheld GPS! Or maybe just a really good travel mug, I'd be happy with that!"

CmdrTaco rips into the box, unraveling layer after layer of bubble wrap and tissue paper. Finally he grabs something heavy, and plastic, and...orange. Pulling it out of the box, CmdrTaco sits staring at the "Safe-T-Hammer" in his hands, turning it over and over, reading the poorly translated description of its life-saving abilities.

CmdrTaco then remembers the last time he clicked on a Timothy article.

CmdrTaco lays the outrageously orange hammer on the couch next to him, places his head in his hands, and weeps silently.

The Psychology of Crowding (5, Interesting)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807729)

One of the reasons, as proven in social psychology research: crowding acts as an arousing agent. Crowding has been shown to heighten a situational reaction, i.e., if you're going to the store to go buy things, you're more likely to do so if everyone around you is bustling about doing the same thing.

Not only that, but the crowds in the stores make customers fall for their gimmicks (buy one, get one free; buy one, get a free silver platter). They also subject the customer to huge amounts of other kinds of marketing.

Crowds HELP stores, not hurt customers.

Uh, kind of late, Taco... [1] (3, Informative)

3-State Bit (225583) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807741)

I was perplexed, since it's only Tuesday, until I collated this with buy nothing day [adbusters.org] (more [google.com] ) and realized that November 29th was, in fact, on Friday. (I was out of town for Thanksgiving and wasn't going to buy anything that day anyway).

So, uh, yeah.

Robert.
[1] (Yes, every editor is Taco -- esp. the ones who go by Ed.)

Black ??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4807779)

I thought in this new age of new-speak and all it would be African-American Friday.

Let's not forget all those melanin impoverished people from South Africa and Egypt.

Didn't go out. Didn't shop online. Played games. (2)

MightyTribble (126109) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807791)

Boring, I know, but cheap, *and* I could self-righteously claim to be supporting "Buy Nothing" day, completely by accident, thereby gaining kudos with my radical friends.

Yay for me. ;-)

No shopping gene? (2)

Otter (3800) | more than 11 years ago | (#4807840)

And what are your thoughts on this whole phenomenon: why shouldn't the stores just get rid of this 'lets open the store at an unearthly hour' practice, and just move all of the 'Black Friday' sales online?

Believe it or not -- people enjoy shoving through crowds of fellow shoppers on the ordained "buy something" day.

I mean, you couldn't pay me to set foot in a mall on that day and I've been wondering if I can put off buying some desperately needed new socks until the holidays end, but everyone isn't like that. (Although, don't people have jobs to go to on the day after Thanksgiving? Do most people really get 4 day weekends?)

No, I'm not quite ready to buy my socks online...

Re:No shopping gene? (2)

einstein (10761) | more than 11 years ago | (#4809254)

what's wrong with buying socks online? it's not like you'll need to try them on before decide they are what you want. socks a probably one of the best cothing items to buy online. not that I've ever ordered socks online, but I'm not opposed :)
--

shopping online (2, Interesting)

zarqman (64555) | more than 11 years ago | (#4808103)

"why shouldn't the stores just get rid of this 'lets open the store at an unearthly hour' practice, and just move all of the 'Black Friday' sales online?"

yes, let's move everything online. never mind the fact that on that one friday morning my net connection is actually fast (or something approaching fast anyway) because everyone is at the mall.

in all honesty, i suspect most people take one of two positions on the event: 1) they enjoy going out with the masses. 2) they enjoy making fun of everyone who goes out. i suspect most of the /. crowd falls in the latter.

fatwallet strikes back (1, Informative)

zonker (1158) | more than 11 years ago | (#4808906)

dunno who else saw this, but in related news fatwallet 'protector of price and purveyor of outstanding offers' is fighting back [infopop.net] at the same stores that went after then. especially walmart. got this newsbit over at arstechnica.

got stonered played EQ (2)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 11 years ago | (#4809107)

When Black Friday comes
I'm gonna dig myself a hole
Gonna lay down in it 'til
I satisfy my soul

Re:got stonered played EQ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816416)

hunh. I'm gonna stake my claim, Bodhisattva, and start reeling in the years while Josey takes my number and learns to play the saxophone

attachment sales (4, Informative)

jenniferj (16471) | more than 11 years ago | (#4809144)

I work for a major retailer, and our boss cautioned us that morning, before the doors opened to the customers: if we didn't sell additional items with the "doorbusters" -- those incredible discounts -- then we wouldn't make any money.

That's the truth in retail, anyway. Often things are sold at deep discounts, knowing the add-on sales will bring in the bucks. That cheap digital camera? Let me sell you some batteries and photo paper and an additional memory card. A free-after-rebate printer? Cable and ink and paper.

This is true, for retailers like mine, ESPECIALLY on a day like black Friday. We wouldn't have gotten our bonuses if we hadn't gotten those attachments... and people are going to need them anyway, aren't they?

(for the record: I would never suggestion an add-on sale that was pointless, or continue to push if the customer said no)

Do accessories cost more on Black Friday? (2)

phorm (591458) | more than 11 years ago | (#4810750)

So, out of curiousity, do the sales of said additions/attachments go up on "Black Friday" on correspondance to the sale items which go down?

Sounds like a good way to wring a few bucks out of the simpleminder. Hey, this printer is only $45, oh, but don't forget you'll need this USB cable (at $25), and maybe some extra ink (at $30)...

Re:Do accessories cost more on Black Friday? (1)

QueenNina (544235) | more than 11 years ago | (#4839359)

We don't attach anything you don't need, and prices are usually the same or lower when the bigger item is on sale. What she said is very true; most stuff is under our cost when the sales are big, and we need to make SOME money. After all, they gotta pay us something, right? :) But NO, accessories should NOT cost more, and if you see they do anywhere, I'd get angry. Not at my store, tho! :)

No way (2)

blankmange (571591) | more than 11 years ago | (#4809320)

I have been suckered into the whole "buy it now or lose $$$" before... The table saw I bought 'on sale' a year ago is still available at the same price... stood in line for awhile to get in the store, then had to go to work...

I now work the day after Thanksgiving (the fed doesn't sleep) and completely skip the crowds. Online, however, buy early and ignore the hype.

uhhh (2)

/dev/trash (182850) | more than 11 years ago | (#4809456)

Black Friday has been over for over 72 hours. You must be new to Slashdot, stories rarely are posted the same day they happen.

My Killer Deal (1)

graphicartist82 (462767) | more than 11 years ago | (#4809873)

I tried to buy something on Best Buy.com [bestbuy.com] and my credit card got billed, but the order didn't get placed... "Unusually high network traffic" they said.. Interesting how they have enough bandwith to bill me, but not enough to place the order..

And today, 4 business days later, they're still "researching" the charge (aka. I haven't gotten my money back yet!)

Re:My Killer Deal (2)

dillon_rinker (17944) | more than 11 years ago | (#4814009)

Call them back and say "Fraud, civil lawsuit, treble damages" and see if you can't get some better response.

I was WORKING retail.... (1)

mad_ian (28771) | more than 11 years ago | (#4810000)

I work at an independant Piano store. I worked all 3 days of the weekend, and let me tell you, it was interesting. People playing pianos, having to sort thru music, convincing customers that we have JUST the right gift for their piano teacher, even tho I know that 3 of said teachers other students have all gotten her the same thing...

It was as bad as it has been in the past, nor as bad as I suspect Christmas Eve will be when I'm moving pianos. ~Donald

"Black Friday" will never be exclusively online. (2)

krinsh (94283) | more than 11 years ago | (#4810014)

Why, do you ask? Because not everyone has or uses a computer; regardless of the statistics. I have a couple for work and play but my neighbors? None. Well, maybe one person up the street has one. Some people like to browse; and other people make lists of specifics, get them, and go. I sometimes browse but other days I get the list from my wife and get done (that's what I loaded shopping list software on my Palm for!)

Buy Nothing Day (3, Insightful)

NickFusion (456530) | more than 11 years ago | (#4810616)

http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd/

I spent friday in a lovely little town in Canada, sitting by a roaring fire with friends and family, eating a modest homecooked meal.

I read a book (Stanislaw Lem's, "The Futurological Congress), went out for a walk in the snow with my wife.

Did you enjoy your shopping?

Re:Buy Nothing Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4810857)

One Word:

BORING!

Just because you like such things, doesn't mean other do, you arrogant s-o-b.

Re:Buy Nothing Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4825710)

Obviously, your day down at the mall spending your parents' money was much more satisfying.

the store i work at (1)

jjshoe (410772) | more than 11 years ago | (#4810851)

the store i work at did over 6 times normal sales. our store based most of our deals on rebates too. most people for some odd reason arnt capable of completing rebates properly or in a timely manner, so while they all think they're getting a deal at the time we actualy dont lose much money at all.

Re:the store i work at (2)

techstar25 (556988) | more than 11 years ago | (#4811043)

I just bought this printer with a $30 rebate. I thought my wife had already sent the rebate out so I threw away the box with the proof of purchase UPC on it, but she hadn't. So no rebate. Oh, well , i only paid $60 for the damn thing anyway.

Re:the store i work at (1)

jjshoe (410772) | more than 11 years ago | (#4811227)

this is exactly what stores count on and from the sounds of it your in the position were it doesnt matter much to you. however im a poar college student who must send in the rebate to be able to afford items :)


the thing i find funny is that if you do an exchange of an item with no upc the stores will make sure you keep the old box however most items like printers are were customers can access them and just simply gain themselves another barcode... all i know is retail is very touchy against fraud yet they dont try hard to protect themselves from it

I got a very EXPENSIVE package (2)

clark625 (308380) | more than 11 years ago | (#4810898)

My wife had planned to go out on Black Friday and spend somewhere in the ballpark of $400-500 all said and done. I wasn't pleased. I know that she's saving lots and lots of money--but I just can't afford to save any more! We've been living off my grad-student's income and her unemployment since her layoff a couple months back.


Anyway, she ended up not going (thankfully); but she instead blessed me with our first child being born. Now--don't get me wrong... I love this little guy and I'm incredibly happy he's finally here. I'm just starting to think that a few hundred dollars and coping with insane crowds was getting off easy ;)

Re:I got a very EXPENSIVE package (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4813229)

sucks for you slave to the pontang. you should've divorced that beyotch while you had the chance.

Re:I got a very EXPENSIVE package (1)

BJH (11355) | more than 11 years ago | (#4825744)

Pity your "mother" and "father" didn't do the same thing before they spawned you, you sad little sack of shit.

Re:I got a very EXPENSIVE package (2)

hether (101201) | more than 11 years ago | (#4814653)

To counter the other nasty reply - Congratulations. It (you didn't say if it was a boy or girl) will be expensive, but will provide you with more happiness in the long run than anything she could have purchased for you.

A Travisty (1)

Telastyn (206146) | more than 11 years ago | (#4811402)

It's nice that this year, rather than the traditional "Thanksgiving" facade, the TV chans went straight to making it the Black Friday holiday, otherwise known as "Shameless Capitolism Day".

Did it, was sort of fun. (2)

sclatter (65697) | more than 11 years ago | (#4811667)

Mom thought it'd be a great idea if she and her "girls" went shopping all day on Black Friday. So Mom, my sisters (ages 23 and 20), my niece (age 2 mo) and I bundled into the car at 7:30 am, trucked it 2 hours to the outlet mall, and went Shopping.

First we had to stop at the bank, though, for Mom to get money. The ATM was broken so she had to go use a teller. She came back to the car chuckling. The teller had asked Mom if she was going shopping, so Mom said, "Yep, just me and my girls!" The teller told her that it was going to be really crowded out, so my mom really ought to think about getting some of those "straps" for us.

We enjoyed the image of the three of us straining against our toddler leashes. ;-)

So anyway, the mall was in fact insanely crowded, but it was sort of fun anyway. I mean, I love Christmas so it was cool to get into the spirit a little. But one day of it was plenty. I can guarantee you that the rest of my shopping will be online! :-)

Sarah

computer on the cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4812518)

Purchased a GeForce 4 128 4200 from best buy, and the rest of the stuff for a rocker of a machine from net 'net - thats just the way to go. Fedex is on its way to delivery even as I type.

I played Animal Crossing all day (1)

EddieBurkett (614927) | more than 11 years ago | (#4813075)

I got some sweet wallpaper and two pinwheels in Grab Bag's from Nookington's on Sale Day. I sold most of it back, but the pinwheels are fun to run around with.

CompUSA... (1)

nil_null (412200) | more than 11 years ago | (#4813174)

I went to CompUSA and got everything I set out to get:

ATI AIW 7500 for $100 after rebates
150 CD-R's free after rebates
Asylum Geforce2 for $30 after rebates

I bought this Imation mini CD-R burner/player ($30), but returned it the next day because it seemed kinda useless, it couldn't do CD-RW. I also picked up the rebate forms the next day because their website was soooo slow I couldn't get anything off of it. Also picked up a can of compressed air free after rebates the next day.

Personally I love "Black Friday" I got even better deals last year. CompUSA isn't too crowded and a lot of their sales you can go later in the week and they'll still have it. I also went to Circuit City, Staples, and Best Buy but was way too late for any of the free stuff and didn't buy anything at those stores.

I don't particularly like online shopping all that much. I hate having to wait for my stuff to arrive. If I can get it local, I'd rather do that. With online shopping sometimes you have to wait longer because they didn't bother to tell you they don't have it in stock and other times you get the product (say a hard drive) and you find they did an absolute horrible job of packaging it and the thing must've bounced around the entire time. And then shipping costs on top of it all. Not to mention if you're not home you have to go drive somewhere to pick it up anyways (or risk having it stolen).

Drove there and went home (1)

silvwolf (103567) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816056)

I got to Best Buy around 6:30 AM, saw the parking lot, and people parking across the street, turned right around and went back home.

Went back later in the day, all the "good" stuff was gone. Then I went to Circuit City and picked up a 256MB stick of PC133 for free after rebate. Had the rebate in the mail on Saturday.

Bought a new parka online from REI Outlet on Sunday, using a 20% off coupon I found at FatWallet. I had been shopping for one for a few weeks and really couldn't find anything locally that I really liked.

That's Buy Nothing Day (2)

Animats (122034) | more than 11 years ago | (#4819088)

That's Buy Nothing Day. Of course I didn't buy anything.

I don't see this mania for shopping. I buy stuff in bulk, and when it runs out, I order some more. Shopping occupies a few hours a month, tops. Life is too short to be wasted in retail outlets.

"Black Friday" (1)

BrodeCo (155149) | more than 11 years ago | (#4831973)

First of all, most people in my life who work in retail LOVE the first day after Thanksgiving. (The workaholics, at least-- including my dad. It's his favorite day to work... it's really fun to be swamped at work if you're not a whiner...)

But I digress... my first reaction to this Ask Slashdot is, "What's the big draw of consumerism?"

I mean... seriously. Why? Why do people care about stuff like this? I don't. I don't think that material wealth is all that interesting, actually. Most Slashdot readers are American, and most Americans are greedy little capitalists. Why? What's the draw?

I mean, I like computers and everything... it's fun to buy a new tech-toy. But why make such a big deal about MONEY? It's just money, after all. I understand why people like it... but still. What's the point? Shit like this appearing on slashdot... ach... I just wish people would wake up and get a clue.

Life has a lot of amazing things in it, besides stores. Discover some of them, won't you?

BrodeCo International: WE OWN YOU!

Personally, I'm disgusted... (2)

chunkwhite86 (593696) | more than 11 years ago | (#4833921)

by the whole phenomenon. What is the appeal of shopping on this particular day? I understand there are sales, but they will continue until well past Christmas.

This day is about nothing more than spending money. Blatent consumerism at its worst. It's a shame there isn't a universally recognised day of the year in which people strive to help someone in need, or do their part to reduce pollution (walk or ride with someone else). If there was, we would certainly be better off.

FWIW, I didn't spend a dime on black friday.

Just because you got to choose... (1)

QueenNina (544235) | more than 11 years ago | (#4839321)

I work at good ol' Circuit City, and I worked from 6AM to 6PM with 20 minutes for lunch. People were waiting outside at 5:30 when I actually got there and the first things they went for were the cheap stuff that was free post rebate- CD label kit, 20 dollar binoculars, cd player cases, etc. I mean, none of this stuff was worth more than 20 bucks to start off with, but people felt the need to sit in the FREEZING cold for almost 2 hours to get it. Probably JUST because it's free. Weird, huh? I honestly can't see getting up at 4 in the morning to get a free CD label kit. Can you?
(BTW, employees of course were not allowed access to the free stuff. I've heard a lot of other stores allow the employees to grab stuff first. That's probably why '18 minimum per store' actually ends up being more like 6. We had at least 60 of each free item, over a hundred of most, and over a hundred of each sale item less than $300, and that's just my {low volume} store. That's because Circuit City RULES! :)
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