Roll Call: Black Friday Edition

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#1 Edited by Hallenbeck77 (14401 posts) -

Ah, November...That special time of year where most thoughts turn to Thanksgiving--good food, spending time with families...

And people losing their goddamn minds by lining up outside a closed store at 3 pm the day before, fist-fighting with other shoppers when the doors open at 4 am, stomping on overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated employees, all in an effort to save 10% on an off-brand TV--which the store only has five in stock total to sell to a crowd of thousands.

Good times...good times.

You hear the stories every year. And it's only going to get more interesting this year with the releases of the upcoming PS4 and Xbox One consoles. I'm almost tempted to keep a running tab on news stories which feature people getting mugged for them as they walk out the store. With my home located literally across the street from the local mall, I get to see and hear the unruly crowds every year.

How about you, people? Got any Black Friday horror stories to share?

#2 Edited by dave123321 (33794 posts) -

Merry Christmas you guys

#3 Posted by deeliman (2391 posts) -

At least you guys get discounts on everything. No such luck here :(

#4 Posted by Hallenbeck77 (14401 posts) -

@deeliman said:

At least you guys get discounts on everything. No such luck here :(

But you gotta ask yourself--between the crowds, rude people, fight over parking, long lines, shortage of items on sale...is it really worth it? I'd rather just pay full price than deal with all of that nonsense. Better yet, just order stuff online.

#5 Posted by Blabadon (25952 posts) -

Or just be on CAG all the time. That way I found out last year that you could beat the Walmart crowd by simply going in during the afternoon because they already slashed their prices

#6 Posted by deeliman (2391 posts) -

@deeliman said:

At least you guys get discounts on everything. No such luck here :(

But you gotta ask yourself--between the crowds, rude people, fight over parking, long lines, shortage of items on sale...is it really worth it? I'd rather just pay full price than deal with all of that nonsense. Better yet, just order stuff online.

Don't web shops also give discounts on black Friday?

#7 Posted by BranKetra (48182 posts) -

How about you, people? Got any Black Friday horror stories to share?

Thankfully, no.

#8 Edited by kitty (114573 posts) -

I don't go out on black friday :P

#9 Posted by BranKetra (48182 posts) -

I don't go out on black friday :P

What do you do?

#10 Posted by kitty (114573 posts) -

@2ndwonder said:

I don't go out on black friday :P

What do you do?

just a regular day for me, so I do what I usually do :P *waits for Alli to see this*

#11 Posted by Hallenbeck77 (14401 posts) -

@deeliman said:

@hallenbeck77 said:

@deeliman said:

At least you guys get discounts on everything. No such luck here :(

But you gotta ask yourself--between the crowds, rude people, fight over parking, long lines, shortage of items on sale...is it really worth it? I'd rather just pay full price than deal with all of that nonsense. Better yet, just order stuff online.

Don't web shops also give discounts on black Friday?

Depends on the sites, but a lot of the major ones like Amazon do. Money is a little tight this year, so my shopping is going to be extremely limited.

#12 Posted by johnd13 (7994 posts) -

How many people die each year in America by getting trampled while outside stores during Black Fridays? :O

#13 Edited by BranKetra (48182 posts) -

@2ndwonder: I assume that would be chatting on the web and playing games.

#14 Posted by Hallenbeck77 (14401 posts) -

@johnd13 said:

How many people die each year in America by getting trampled while outside stores during Black Fridays? :O

There are a few stories where you hear someone actually getting killed--there was an incident a few years back where a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death, but more often than anything you hear reports of people being injured or robbed. And with the new game consoles releasing this month, I imagine they'll be no shortage of incidents.

#15 Posted by kitty (114573 posts) -

@2ndwonder: I assume that would be chatting on the web and playing games.

Yeah pretty much :) If I were to get something, I'd try to find a nice deal online. I could easily handle myself when going out to check out the prices and things, just don't see the point though. Some people do crazy things and put others at risk for these types of things.

#16 Posted by johnd13 (7994 posts) -

@johnd13 said:

How many people die each year in America by getting trampled while outside stores during Black Fridays? :O

There are a few stories where you hear someone actually getting killed--there was an incident a few years back where a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death, but more often than anything you hear reports of people being injured or robbed. And with the new game consoles releasing this month, I imagine they'll be no shortage of incidents.

I like the term "competitive shopping". :P

#17 Posted by Hallenbeck77 (14401 posts) -

@johnd13 said:

@hallenbeck77 said:

@johnd13 said:

How many people die each year in America by getting trampled while outside stores during Black Fridays? :O

There are a few stories where you hear someone actually getting killed--there was an incident a few years back where a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death, but more often than anything you hear reports of people being injured or robbed. And with the new game consoles releasing this month, I imagine they'll be no shortage of incidents.

I like the term "competitive shopping". :P

Amusing term. It almost sounds like you can place bets on which shoppers will go home with what items, doesn't it?

#18 Edited by johnd13 (7994 posts) -

@johnd13 said:

@hallenbeck77 said:

@johnd13 said:

How many people die each year in America by getting trampled while outside stores during Black Fridays? :O

There are a few stories where you hear someone actually getting killed--there was an incident a few years back where a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death, but more often than anything you hear reports of people being injured or robbed. And with the new game consoles releasing this month, I imagine they'll be no shortage of incidents.

I like the term "competitive shopping". :P

Amusing term. It almost sounds like you can place bets on which shoppers will go home with what items, doesn't it?

Maybe they'll make a show or sth out of it. If Teen Mom came to existence, anything can as well lol.

#19 Edited by Hiddai (6064 posts) -

New RC! W00t lol

#20 Posted by johnd13 (7994 posts) -

@Hiddai said:

New RC! W00t lol

It's going to take ages to reach the previous RC's post count. There are fewer people left now.

#21 Posted by Hiddai (6064 posts) -

@johnd13:

Yeah me and you are the most active users on the RC since the new GS started.

#22 Posted by johnd13 (7994 posts) -

@Hiddai said:

@johnd13:

Yeah me and you are the most active users on the RC since the new GS started.

Yeah we're so special. :P

#23 Edited by BranKetra (48182 posts) -

@2ndwonder: I have actually not gone shopping the morning of any Black Friday. I might be working that day, so I might be able to observe the behavior of people in that setting. Hopefully, that is all I do.

#24 Edited by Hiddai (6064 posts) -
@Hiddai said:

@johnd13:

Yeah me and you are the most active users on the RC since the new GS started.

lol

#25 Edited by BlindBluMonstah (13820 posts) -

what happened to this place S:

#26 Posted by kitty (114573 posts) -
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#28 Posted by kitty (114573 posts) -
#29 Posted by Hallenbeck77 (14401 posts) -
#30 Edited by BlindBluMonstah (13820 posts) -
#31 Edited by Hallenbeck77 (14401 posts) -
#32 Posted by TAMKFan (32730 posts) -

@BranKetra said:

@2ndwonder: I assume that would be chatting on the web and playing games.

Yeah pretty much :) If I were to get something, I'd try to find a nice deal online. I could easily handle myself when going out to check out the prices and things, just don't see the point though. Some people do crazy things and put others at risk for these types of things.

Things can be found more easily online too. I couldn't see myself understanding what it is about Black Friday that makes people go so crazy.

#33 Edited by Hiddai (6064 posts) -

I did today a test in which i got 74. I did the same test exactly (same questions with the same order!) 5 months ago and got 79. Wow either i am stupid or i don't know...lol

#34 Edited by Ring_of_fire (15653 posts) -

So close to being Wednesday!

#35 Edited by indzman (17259 posts) -

omg only 33 posts in RC ? before it was like 330 posts within few hrs, 3300 posts within a month, OT seems really dead now :(

#36 Edited by johnd13 (7994 posts) -

@Hiddai said:

I did today a test in which i got 74. I did the same test exactly (same questions with the same order!) 5 months ago and got 79. Wow either i am stupid or i don't know...lol

When you got 79 five months ago, did you have a chance to inspect your answers and find out about your mistakes? If not, then it's possible that you did the same mistakes along with a few other random ones.

#37 Posted by Trail_Mix (2021 posts) -

Back from my anime/gaming convention if anyone cares.

What's up everyone?

#38 Edited by johnd13 (7994 posts) -

Back from my anime/gaming convention if anyone cares.

What's up everyone?

How was the convention?

I'm fine. I hope you're doing fine as well.

#39 Posted by Ninja-Hippo (23426 posts) -

I cant get over how dead OT has become since the redesign. A quick look at the top 10 topics and most of them haven't had a reply for an hour. Absolutely crazy.

Gamespot really done doofed. It's gone from one of the better communities on the internet to an absolute ghost town.

#40 Posted by Hiddai (6064 posts) -
@johnd13 said:

@Hiddai said:

I did today a test in which i got 74. I did the same test exactly (same questions with the same order!) 5 months ago and got 79. Wow either i am stupid or i don't know...lol

When you got 79 five months ago, did you have a chance to inspect your answers and find out about your mistakes? If not, then it's possible that you did the same mistakes along with a few other random ones.

I did had time to inspect my answers back then. I had a problem though time time because there was a question i was digging on too much and then i had to guess the rest of the 5 questions before the time limit. (all guesses were wrong lol).

#41 Posted by Trail_Mix (2021 posts) -

@johnd13 said:

@Trail_Mix said:

Back from my anime/gaming convention if anyone cares.

What's up everyone?

How was the convention?

I'm fine. I hope you're doing fine as well.

It was good. Didn't really do much this year though. Probably because the con was split into two separate buildings again. And one would have to ride Detroit's people mover to get back and forth, which were always crowded and uncomfortable.

Sure you could just walk back and forth, but the weather was always pretty cold or rainy, and you'd also have to sometimes walk past a bunch of Detroit's sleazeballs trying make passes at the cosplayers. Like this one girl who was walking in front of me. She was sporting a skirt, and she was basically getting harassed the whole walk there. smh

I'm doing okay. Feel kinda sickish now that I'm back though.

#42 Posted by johnd13 (7994 posts) -

@johnd13 said:

@Trail_Mix said:

Back from my anime/gaming convention if anyone cares.

What's up everyone?

How was the convention?

I'm fine. I hope you're doing fine as well.

It was good. Didn't really do much this year though. Probably because the con was split into two separate buildings again. And one would have to ride Detroit's people mover to get back and forth, which were always crowded and uncomfortable.

Sure you could just walk back and forth, but the weather was always pretty cold or rainy, and you'd also have to sometimes walk past a bunch of Detroit's sleazeballs trying make passes at the cosplayers. Like this one girl who was walking in front of me. She was sporting a skirt, and she was basically getting harassed the whole walk there. smh

I'm doing okay. Feel kinda sickish now that I'm back though.

I never had the chance to visit a convention like that even though I'd really like it.

I'm sure it feels good being home though. It gives you strength to overcome all sicknesses.

#43 Posted by johnd13 (7994 posts) -

@Hiddai said:
@johnd13 said:

@Hiddai said:

I did today a test in which i got 74. I did the same test exactly (same questions with the same order!) 5 months ago and got 79. Wow either i am stupid or i don't know...lol

When you got 79 five months ago, did you have a chance to inspect your answers and find out about your mistakes? If not, then it's possible that you did the same mistakes along with a few other random ones.

I did had time to inspect my answers back then. I had a problem though time time because there was a question i was digging on too much and then i had to guess the rest of the 5 questions before the time limit. (all guesses were wrong lol).

Never stay on a question that requires too much time. Just leave those for the end after you've completed all the easier ones. Well, I usually get half of them right when I have to guess. :P

#44 Edited by Trail_Mix (2021 posts) -

@johnd13 said:

@Trail_Mix said:

@johnd13 said:

@Trail_Mix said:

Back from my anime/gaming convention if anyone cares.

What's up everyone?

How was the convention?

I'm fine. I hope you're doing fine as well.

It was good. Didn't really do much this year though. Probably because the con was split into two separate buildings again. And one would have to ride Detroit's people mover to get back and forth, which were always crowded and uncomfortable.

Sure you could just walk back and forth, but the weather was always pretty cold or rainy, and you'd also have to sometimes walk past a bunch of Detroit's sleazeballs trying make passes at the cosplayers. Like this one girl who was walking in front of me. She was sporting a skirt, and she was basically getting harassed the whole walk there. smh

I'm doing okay. Feel kinda sickish now that I'm back though.

I never had the chance to visit a convention like that even though I'd really like it.

I'm sure it feels good being home though. It gives you strength to overcome all sicknesses.

I definitely recommend going to a convention that pertains to any of your interests. But if you're going to go to one, try to bring some friends along or something. Not nearly as fun if you're going alone.

Yeah, I guess, but that means it's back to my boring, everyday life. heh :P

#45 Posted by johnd13 (7994 posts) -

@johnd13 said:

@Trail_Mix said:

@johnd13 said:

@Trail_Mix said:

Back from my anime/gaming convention if anyone cares.

What's up everyone?

How was the convention?

I'm fine. I hope you're doing fine as well.

It was good. Didn't really do much this year though. Probably because the con was split into two separate buildings again. And one would have to ride Detroit's people mover to get back and forth, which were always crowded and uncomfortable.

Sure you could just walk back and forth, but the weather was always pretty cold or rainy, and you'd also have to sometimes walk past a bunch of Detroit's sleazeballs trying make passes at the cosplayers. Like this one girl who was walking in front of me. She was sporting a skirt, and she was basically getting harassed the whole walk there. smh

I'm doing okay. Feel kinda sickish now that I'm back though.

I never had the chance to visit a convention like that even though I'd really like it.

I'm sure it feels good being home though. It gives you strength to overcome all sicknesses.

I definitely recommend going to a convention that pertains to any of your interests. But if you're going to go to one, try to bring some friends along or something. Not nearly as fun if you're going alone.

Yeah, I guess, but that means it's back to my boring, everyday life. heh :P

Yeah I'm lucky I've got friends with similar interests to mine like games, anime and we also go to the same university so our field of study is another thing in common.

Everyday life really is boring. Thank god for books, movies, shows and video games.

#46 Posted by Hiddai (6064 posts) -

Holy crap! Maccabi Tel Aviv just had their first lost this season from 1-0 they lost 3-2. It was an amazing game but unfortunaly we lost :(

#47 Edited by johnd13 (7994 posts) -

@Hiddai said:

Holy crap! Maccabi Tel Aviv just had their first lost this season from 1-0 they lost 3-2. It was an amazing game but unfortunaly we lost :(

My fav team suffered a loss against the best team in the league which is kind of sad considering they played very well.

#48 Posted by Hiddai (6064 posts) -

@johnd13:

Same here. They said it was the best game this season. On Thursday we have the rematch against Frankfurt. I hope for the best.

#49 Posted by Ring_of_fire (15653 posts) -

Hello

#50 Posted by Hiddai (6064 posts) -