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 what? Over the last few weeks, I made a decision not to participate in the rush to spend — after all, Black Friday is just a fancy, corporate-generated pseudo-holiday designed to make the masses feel good about blowing their money. And you know what? There are so many BETTER things to do on this lovely Black Friday than battling long lines and psychotic deal lovers — after the jump, I’ve got 10 suggestions for things you could do instead that will be relatively bruise free. (Seriously, at least one poor sap gets trampled at a Walmart every year.) Keep reading »
My friend Cassie is a Black Friday pro. Every year she heads out to the stores in the dead of night and comes back in the morning with approximately $30,000 worth of Christmas presents for, like, 30 bucks. One time I asked her about her strategies and she regaled me with stories that might make a Vietnam veteran blush. But you know what? She gets all of her holiday shopping done in a few hours the day after Thanksgiving, and she comes out of it with a smile on her face, so more power to her. After talking to her and a few other Black Friday devotees, I’ve compiled a list of five indispensable tips for surviving this crazy capitalist holiday. Keep reading »
Warning: Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister are going to try to emotionally manipulate you into buying their frat-lite clothing this Black Friday — and they are going to use man abs to do it. The retail chains are planning on deploying thousands of shirtless young men – faux lifeguards at Hollister and bros in skinny jeans at Abercrombie — starting at midnight on Friday, so be careful. You may be tempted to buy countless cardigans and denim mini-skirts, but hold fast! We’re sorry to say, the men do not come free with purchase. [Racked NY]
Well, I suppose we should have known this was coming, as much as we may have wished that Rebecca Black’s horrible “Friday” was but a bitter, distant memory. The song, which became a sensation this summer for hell only knows what reason, is not being used by Kohl’s to advertise their Black Friday sale, the day after Thanksgiving. I shudder to think of how many extra dollars Rebecca Black suddenly has to spend as a result of this deal.
As Thanksgiving feasts wind down, another great American tradition takes flight.
About 180 million people coast-to-coast take part in the shopping frenzy that is known as Black Friday — infiltrating still-dark parking lots like packs of scurrying ants during the wee hours of the morning, with coupons and flyers in hand in order to score the best bargain buy of the year.
But if you’re not prepared, braving those daunting crowds can feel like a hazing. A few simple steps can help you conquer the craze, and return home victorious — and in one piece. Read more … Keep reading »