Would You Be Willing to Beat Someone Up for a Big Screen TV?
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It looks like we survived another Black Friday and we are on the rush toward Christmas. I’m one of those people who likes to sit back on Black Friday, enjoy the day, and watch the crazy people fight for so-called deals. Now, when I say fight, I mean literally coming to blows.
Every year we see news broadcasts covering shoppers who wait in line all night and then stampede each other to break through the doors of some big store to grab one of three big screen TVs that store has on sale for $300. Sometimes, people get hurt, beat up or even killed in the process of trying to nab one of these deals. It never ceases to amaze me how far people will go to score a perceived deal, especially on Black Friday. This bodes the question: “would you fight someone for a good deal?”
My Take on Black Friday
I have never been a fan of Black Friday. I think it is commercialism at it’s lowest point. I do think retailers are ruining the idea of Thanksgiving and Christmas and have shared my views in my “Consumerism is Destroying Christmas” post on my blog. While I work for a company that helps retailers maximize their selling during the peak times, I still am not a fan of Black Friday.
You will never see me up early in the morning or out on Thanksgiving sitting in line for a trinket. That’s not what’s important to me. I would rather be with family having a good time and relaxing. You can shop at any time during the year, so take a day off!
What I See Every Year
While most people go out on Black Friday and the other big holiday shopping days to get their shopping done and hopefully score a deal, they don’t go crazy over specific deals and have hate in their eyes when they can’t get what they want. Still, there are always some people who choose to get into fist fights over merchandise. This year was no different.
While watching the news and looking over articles online, I noticed time and time again the news reporting about people at Walmart getting into fisticuffs over a certain doorbuster deal. Walmart had a large Samsung TV on sale and people were going nuts over it. To the point there they would all pile up on top of a television and see who would come out victorious. It was like football players on top of a fumble.
The best part is that these people don’t realize they probably just ruined the TV. You can’t pile up and push and pull a large television and expect it to work properly. You just got into a fight over an electronics items that you most likely broke. A few people actually started fighting other people and throwing punches. The best part is when they got arrested and went to jail.
Black Friday, Black Eyes and A Big Screen Tv
So, to save a few bucks on a TV, people were willing to get into fights, cause bodily harm, and even go to jail for the deal.
Idiocy! Pure idiocy.
Not only do these people now have criminal records, but they also have to pay fines and get out of jail, all for a TV. Guess that deal was so good, you were willing to pay to get out of jail. Is this what Black Friday is doing to us? Making us so irrational that we want to harm others just to save some money?
I don’t know about you, but I would never fight someone to get a deal. There are more important things in life than saving money. One that comes to mind is life itself. There were a few years in a row in my area where people were actually stabbed over deals. That craziness I cannot stand. John and I both share different ways to save money, so just go read those instead of trying to kill each other. It’s just not worth it. Black Friday has gotten out of hand.
If you really want to save money when holiday shopping, then just do it before the holidays. You can save a lot more money on toys and gifts after Christmas, so stock up for the next year. This is how many people do it and they save themselves a lot of money and don’t have to go shopping during peak times. That’s the real win here, not scoring a TV over some old lady you just beat up!
Would you be willing to fight someone just to save money on a deal? Do you fight the crowds to go shopping on Black Friday? What’s the craziest display of raw consumerism you’ve seen on Black Friday? If you don’t go out on Black Friday, how do you score deals on the things you like to buy?
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