Reflections on Black Friday

I went through all the ad’s in the Atlanta Journal & Constitution on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.

First off, it upsets me that there is no longer a “Black Friday” really because all the stores were opening at 8:00 pm on Thursday. Is it just me, or do you also feel like we’ve lost something in not honoring the holiday?  Can we not, just for one day, chill out and eat huge amounts of food and beverage that would feed an entire village in the Third World and watch bad football games (although some were pretty good this time around)?

One highlight was during the Steelers/ Ravens game. The producers used the song “Black Friday” by Steely Dan (one of my favorite bands of all time) to go to commercial. Interestingly enough, the song is about a stock market crash and people killing themselves over losing all of their money not encouraging everyone to go shopping but in the segue way they never got to the lyrics.

So back to shopping! I noticed that Best Buy and HH Gregg both had Canon EOS T3i camera packages advertised 18-55mm lens and 55-200 DX lens and a camera bag for $449. Not bad. I just checked today on Best Buy’s site and they had the camera and one lens back at the normal retail of $550. But, the news did a piece on a bunch of people who had begun to wait outside the Best Buy store in Atlanta on Monday night. They wanted to be the first in line I guess. But Atlanta has had a near-record setting cold snap with freezing temperatures all week. My question is: Is it worth it? Sure, they had TV’s on sale for a few hundred dollars off and the previously mentioned Canon package, but potentially you could catch pneumonia and spend thousands in the hospital!

This morning I awoke to the inevitable story about people fighting over you guessed it a TV! According to the report, one of the women used a stub gun on her prey. Wow.

In another ad for Guitar Center they had Epiphone Les Paul guitars for $70. Fine print alert only 10 per store. As Tom Waits said “the large print giveth and the small print taketh away”.

Thanks for reading.