Black Friday-overhyped.

(52 Posts)
Unicorn1981 Thu 24-Nov-16 18:19:06

AIBU to be sick of Black Friday already? Fair enough if you've had your eye on something and it's going down in price but it just seems like a load of excuses to spend money on stuff people don't need. And I'm getting emails saying stuff like its Black Friday- buy a takeaway pizza etc!

Unicorn1981 Thu 24-Nov-16 18:20:24

It's Black Friday- cinema deals!

leccybill Thu 24-Nov-16 18:21:29

It really is the ugly face of consumerism isn't it.
Not looking forward to deleting the deluge of emails tomorrow.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 24-Nov-16 18:22:05

It's a load of bollocks.

Kudos to Fat Face who instead of participating are giving money to charity instead.

glitterandtinsel Thu 24-Nov-16 18:25:58

Simon Mayo said if you don't have thanksgiving you don't get Black Friday! I agree. We bought a Black Friday CD player. It's shit. It goes quiet, then it goes loud...

NancyDonahue Thu 24-Nov-16 18:34:04

I'm not finding it annoying. It's no different to all the pre-Christmas sales we've had for years, just marketed differently. If people get sucked in to buying stuff they don't need, more fool them.

microsnake Thu 24-Nov-16 18:36:05

Just got 30 off some Levis so I'm happy

livingthegoodlife Thu 24-Nov-16 18:38:26

I am so sick of it. Hundreds of emails and hype over what appears to Mr to be very standard discount and nothing to get excited over. Thoroughly fed up with black Friday and it hasn't even arrived yet!

maxfielder20 Thu 24-Nov-16 18:45:19

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WLF46 Thu 24-Nov-16 18:47:29

The sight of people fighting over a discounted television is a good demonstration of where we are going wrong as a species. Thankfully the scenes aren't likely to be as bad as they were a couple of years ago - stores have learnt that they need adequate security and that it reflects badly on them to have images of a riot in their shop shown on TV.

It's over-hyped, but what do you expect from a "special" day that has been specifically created to trick people into buying more stuff they don't necessarily need simply because it's 25% off, one day only. One day only! If only that were true.

Until people don't need to be told that they need to do something on a particular day just because everyone else is, it's not a surprise that businesses try to exploit them.

WhooooAmI24601 Thu 24-Nov-16 18:49:55

I has 180 emails in my Junk folder by 6pm today. I'd guess at least 70% of them mention BF in some way. Ridiculous nonsense. Only thing I've bought today are Philosophy products from John Lewis as they're 50% off, but I'd have been buying them anyhow.

whatwoulddexterdo Thu 24-Nov-16 18:51:06

It's not even one day though! I got 30% off levis jeans on Wednesday. Not complaining. If you don't like it don't participate. I've had a purge on my inbox and only subscribe to the ones I genuinely like.

Manumission Thu 24-Nov-16 18:53:46

It makes no sense in a UK context. We don't HAVE a sales lull between Thanksgiving and Christmas for obvious reasons.

It's the irritating face of globalisation. Consumerism is already quite hyped up enough.

PNGirl Thu 24-Nov-16 18:54:00

UK retailers are dialing it back, particularly in fashion - nobody wants to discount heavily in November. AllSaints did 30 percent off last year, and they've done it this year but they raised their prices on the same day so it's more like 20 percent! I'm seeing a lot more 20% off than 30 or 40 this time.

Unicorn1981 Thu 24-Nov-16 18:57:25

I've recently gone through my emails and culled loads but even just eat are having a Black Friday ffs! And some seem to be stuff I've never signed up to! I'm going to see if I can get some deals on dd's presents but only stuff I wanted to buy her anyway.

IneedAqueenMortificadoNickname Thu 24-Nov-16 19:05:46

I hate it and agree something is only a bargain if you wanted it anyway. My bf can't understand why I'm not planning on buying anything but he's far more materialistic than me.

topcat2014 Thu 24-Nov-16 19:10:36

Interestingly, at work today, all my suppliers were desperately trying to link Black Friday to the sale of drill bits or steel tubing - words fail me.

Champagneformyrealfriends Thu 24-Nov-16 19:12:42

As somebody who has just left the retail sector - I would say at least half of all the stores doing bf deals will have better offers on next week to remedy the lull in sales they'll have because of bf confused

Nineloves1 Thu 24-Nov-16 19:14:58

I'm fed up with the hype. I take the point re my mailing list, which I must have missed building up. Shall do a cull.

It's all stuff I don't need, and the sheer volume of emails is irrationally making me anxious I might be missing something.

Hats off to Fat Face. I like their attitude.

Room101isWhereIUsedToLive Thu 24-Nov-16 19:20:32

Can I have thirty percent off something useful please? Like my electricity price? Or the cost of my gas? Or my busfair? Nope only applies to mass marketed consumerist products that are not necessities!

Nineloves1 Thu 24-Nov-16 19:21:52

Champagne, you have just made my day!

Champagneformyrealfriends Thu 24-Nov-16 19:23:17

Nine glad to be of service tips hat.

ItsNiceItsDifferentItsUnusual Thu 24-Nov-16 19:24:04

I saw an advert on tv the other day for 'Black Friday week'. Week!

I don't mind it massively - I haven't bought anything but can see it's hugely useful if you need to - but I agree the links are getting really tenuous.

Sparlklesilverglitter Thu 24-Nov-16 19:24:38

There is never an offer on anything you want I always find

Also Black Friday is meant to be just 1 Friday. But some places do a black week/48 hours etc so it's not Black Friday then is it confused

HeyOverHere Thu 24-Nov-16 19:26:59

>It makes no sense in a UK context. We don't HAVE a sales lull between Thanksgiving and Christmas for obvious reasons.

The US hasn't had a lull there in decades; it's the most spendy time of the year here. The day after Thanksgiving has long been one of the biggest shopping days of the year, the biggest for some retailers, and for many people, the official start of the Christmas season. "Black Friday" was more or less an "industry term," rather than a sales pitch, since it was the point where some businesses would leap into the black for the fiscal year. There were sales, of course, but it wasn't pitched as a "shopping holiday."

It's also always had an element of insanity--look at the Cabbage Patch Kid riots in the 80's--but you didn't have people camping out and stuff. Just getting up at 4 or 5 am to go shopping.

It was somewhere in the late 90s or early 2000s so it started to turn into a named thing, with hours that would eventually extend all the way into Thanksgiving, and the claw-your-neighbors-eyes-out-to-get-them doorbusters. (Huge TVs for $200, but a store might only get two or three of them.)

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