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The over-the-top shopping day after Thanksgiving, known as “Black Friday,” has gotten so big that it’s not really confined to Friday any more. Retail stores used to kick off their Black Friday sales marathons in the wee hours before dawn; now they’re starting at midnight, or even Thursday evening. Saturday brings a barrage of emails assuring shoppers that Black Friday pricing is still in effect.

The Thanksgiving weekend culminates in a new tradition, “Cyber Monday,” in which online retailers offer special deals to Internet shoppers. But Cyber Monday is also too big for any one day. Many of the deals actually begin on Thanksgiving or Black Friday, and frequently extend well into Tuesday.

Does that sound confusing? Good. Many retailers like it that way. The ideal Thanksgiving weekend marketplace is filled with dazed customers who don’t really know when to begin, or end, their bargain hunting. The hype surrounding Black Friday creates an atmosphere of frenzy, which can become even more pronounced in tough economic times, as people who have lived frugally throughout the year decide to take advantage of big sales and splurge on holiday gifts for their loved ones. The Thanksgiving shop-a-pocalypse often has a certain air of desperation around it.

The rise of Cyber Monday poses a keen dilemma for brick-and-mortar retailers. The Black Friday experience can be unpleasant, and, sometimes even dangerous for in-person shoppers.




  1. J Galt

    December 3rd, 2012

    I don’t do “black Friday OR “cyber Monday” so…tax this: m!m

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  2. Xavier

    December 3rd, 2012

    Hey I have an idea! Let’s set it up so the government gets all of our earnings and in turn we get ration books for food and energy and a few necessities. No more taxes! No more banking fees! No more worrying about inflation! Doesn’t that sound great? Somebody come up with a name and we’ll get rich! Well maybe not rich rich. Maybe enough to buy a bottle or two of potato vodka though.

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  3. old_oaks

    December 3rd, 2012

    Paypal currently wont let me close my account.



    Go fuck yourself! I’m coming in at just under the threshold mutherfukkers!

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