Posts tagged "black friday"

An Update On The Ferguson Protests That Took Place Over The Thanksgiving Weekend

The long Thanksgiving weekend was an eventful one for Ferguson protesters. It started on Thursday itself, with the Twitter hashtag #StolenLives, and participants posted photos of the seats they left open at their Thanksgiving tables to remember Mike Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Tamir Rice, and other unarmed people of color who were killed…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 1, 2014

A Small Sampling Of The Weirdest And Most Useless Black Friday Deals

I’m going to try not to let my complete and utter disdain for Black Friday seep through because I’ve done that enough this week. I’ll admit that there are plenty of good Black Friday sales in terms of getting a lower price on something you might need than you’ll get for a whole year. But…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 26, 2014

Who Really Offers The Best Deals? Black Friday By The Numbers

I'm not a big proponent of Black Friday shopping. I really don't think you should do it at all, unless it's online or it's the kind of casual shopping that means heading to the mall in the middle of the afternoon rather than camping outside Walmart at 4 a.m. Still, people are going to do…

By: Claire Hannum / November 26, 2014

Constructive Ways To Spend Your Money On Black Friday Instead Of Buying Stuff

I hate Black Friday for a lot of reasons: Because it so neatly encapsulates the total delusion of consumer culture; because most of the things you can get deals on are completely unnecessary; because I’m not a huge proponent of any sort of fanaticism but especially fanaticism over spending money; because it forces retail employee…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 25, 2014

What If Black Friday Was A Horror Movie?

Black Friday is fast approaching and bringing with it untold physical and emotional suffering in the name of discounted juicers and Xboxes. Fist fights will break out at Walmart, people will camp outside their local Best Buy days in advance, and, well, the whole fiasco will look something like a horror movie. The folks at…

By: Claire Hannum / November 24, 2014

Good News! Costco And Nordstrom Refuse To Ruin Your Thanksgiving With Black Friday Sales

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.

By: Claire Hannum / November 14, 2013

7 Ways To Spend Black Friday Away From The Mall

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…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 23, 2012

6 Black Friday Shopper Types You Should Avoid Like The Plague

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…

By: TruTV / November 23, 2012

A Black Friday Sale We Can Get Behind

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…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 23, 2012

The Best Of Black Friday Online 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…

By: Rachel Krause / November 23, 2012

7 Colorful Alternatives To Black Friday

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 21, 2012

What To Wear To Shop Black Friday Sales

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.

By: Julie Gerstein / November 21, 2012

Black Friday Begins Earlier Every Year & Wal-Mart, Target Employees Are Not Gonna Take It Anymore

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 19, 2012

Guns Were The Hottest Black Friday Purchase

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…

By: Julie Gerstein / December 2, 2011

Black Friday Pepper Spray: Shopper Who Doused Customers May Have Acted In Self-Defense

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 witnesse…

By: Huffington Post Weird News / November 30, 2011

What Did You Buy For Black Friday/Cyber Monday?

When God was handing out common sense, she skipped over me entirely (but gave me a little extra junk in the trunk to compensate!). I've been buying gifts for my nieces all year; I bought my mom's Christmas present months ago; and two weekends ago I hit up Bloomie's to buy a little something-something for…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 29, 2011

Black Friday Crime Watch!

Happy Black Friday, the corporate pseudo holiday that encourages and brings out humanity's most feral tendencies. Here's a roundup of shit that went down this year. Black Friday deals actually started on Thursday evening in some stores, and at an LA-area Walmart, one costumer pepper sprayed her fellow deal-hunters in the toy aisle. Perhaps the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 25, 2011

10 Ways To Spend Black Friday Instead Of Shopping

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…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 25, 2011

5 Tips For Surviving Black Friday

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 24, 2011

There Will Be A Bunch Of Shirtless Dudes At The Mall On Friday

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 jea…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 23, 2011
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