Not all is lost to the Grinch this holiday season: Black Friday deal-hunters seem to be camping out earlier every year, and most major stores are starting the shopping frenzy early in the morning on Thanksgiving Day. Well, finally there’s some sanity this year: Costco, Nordstrom and BJ’s Wholesale Club refuse to take part in that fun-sucking disaster. This makes me pretty happy for their thousands of employees who were no doubt dreading having to work on a holiday that’s all about family time.
“Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season, and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families,” Paul Latham, the company’s Costco’s VP for membership and marketing, told The Huffington Post. “Nothing more complicated than that.” Keep reading »
Happy Black Friday everyone! Hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous and fattening and as devoid of family drama as possible. It is a straight up miracle that I was not up and out of bed this morning at 4 a.m., ready to raid the stores like the shopaholic that I am. But you know? I had an epiphany in the middle of the night. There are so many BETTER things to do on this lovely Black Friday than battling long lines and psychotic deal lovers — after the jump, seven things you could do instead today that will be relatively bruise free. (Seriously, people have been trampled to death over electronics. Ridiculous.) Keep reading »
Thanksgiving may be the day we stuff ourselves with more food than the typical American can handle — which is a crapload of grub by the way — but the real gluttony begins on Black Friday. If you’re one of those brave souls who plans on risking their lives in order to save a couple of bucks then you’re in luck! We’ve put together this handy little list of the six types of Black Friday shoppers you should do everything you can to avoid. Good luck and Thor speed!
1. The Soccer Mom. Like a plague of locusts devouring everything in their path, the soccer mom brings the whole family in hopes of devouring all the best stuff. Best to avoid this shopper like, well, a plague of locusts. Read more…
Black cats have it pretty rough. Not only do they have the stigma of a negative superstition around them, but tons of people adopt or buy the cats for Halloween, only to discard them days after. And shelters report that it’s often difficult to get good photos of animals with black fur. But a cheeky new Black Friday promotion is hoping to give black cats — and other animals with black fur — a second chance. The Oregon Humane Society — and other shelters around the country — is offering to cut adoption fees in half for those who adopt black cats and other black animals. And the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia is running a similar promotion, allowing pet lovers to adopt black cats and dogs for free. They’re also running a separate promotion, called “Feast With A Fat Feline,” offering free adoptoins on cats weighing 13 pounds or more. I want one!
Similar adoption events and discounts are being offered in Riverside, California, San Antonio, Texas, and Witchita, Kansas, and several other cities and towns around the country. Check with your local shelter to see if they’re offering similar adoption deals!
Just because we’d rather not expose ourselves to the dangers of the Black Friday in-store fray doesn’t mean we won’t be shopping the sales from the comforts of our couches ― which, by the way, is where you’ll be able to find us for the next several days. We’ve scoured the very corners of the web to find the best holiday deals on clothes, home goods, and beauty products, and rounded them all up here. Keep reading »
Black Friday seems to get crazier and crazier every year, and while I’ve gotta give props to my friends who are willing to brave the angry mobs in the hopes of scoring a sweet deal, I think that gloriously bloated day after Thanksgiving has the potential to be a lot more than the frightening consumerist orgy it’s become. With that in mind, I compiled 7 other colorful Friday traditions. Find out what they are and how to celebrate them, after the jump! Keep reading »
We’re not really big fans of Black Friday (because we are slovenly and lazy and can’t be bothered to wake up that early), but if you must — make it easy on yourselves and dress for the occasion. Below, some sartorial guidelines for making the most of the craziest shopping day of the year. Keep reading »
Black Friday is a uniquely American consumerist faux “holiday” that I will never understand. Do millions of people really want to endure screaming toddlers and hordes of teenagers at the mall just so they can buy an Old Navy fleece for 20 percent off? No, thanks.
But for the retail workers who have to mediate the screaming toddler hellscape, they have little or no choice. Now, some retail employees, such as those at Walmart and Target who are seeing “Black Friday” begin earlier and earlier each year, they are saying enough is enough. Keep reading »
Gather round children, you’re about to hear a depressing tale. Guns — yes, guns — were a real hot ticket item this past Black Friday. Apparently, gun sellers recorded the highest day ever of gun sales, smashing the previous one-day record by a whopping 32 percent. Firearms rights people think this is awesome. “I think there is a burgeoning awakening of the American public that they do have a constitutional right to own guns,” said Larry Keane, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. And, said Keane, more and more first-time buyers are women.
As someone deathly afraid of guns, I have no desire to ever be in the presence of one — much less own one. But it does seem like a trend that’s becoming increasingly popular with women. Would you — or do you — own a gun? [USA Today]
A California shopper who unleashed a blast of pepper spray on at least 14 Walmart customers on Thanksgiving night was not charged with a crime. Police say she may have been acting in self-defense.
Los Angeles Police Department detectives in the San Fernando Valley reviewed a YouTube video and store surveillance footage, and interviewed witnesses before deciding to let the unnamed 32-year-old woman off the hook, according to The Los Angeles Daily News. Read more…