Overheard on CNN.com: Black Friday is for suckers
This year's Black Friday is expected to be a big one.
November 24th, 2011
02:14 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Black Friday is for suckers

Editor's note: Readers have a lot to say about stories, and we're listening. Overheard on CNN.com is a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Comments of the morning:
“How sad. I wish people would boycott this absurdity. Next year are we going to have ‘Black Wednesday’?”
- wordswords

“Let's hope it is a big Friday for shopping. The market could use the boost.”
- bdyftns

Shoppers ready for Black Friday

Despite a struggling economy, it seems Americans are still in the mood to dole out dollars to ensure a merry Christmas. According to a recent report from the National Retail Federation, an industry trade group, an estimated 152 million people will shop over Black Friday weekend, up 10% from last year. And thanks to some stores opening Thanksgiving evening, that number may be even higher.

But most CNN.com commenters said they would be skipping Black Friday for various reasons.

Fallowt was among those who were critical of stores opening on Thanksgiving and for people wasting their time camping out for bargains.

"’Black Friday’ should be called ‘slave-driver’ Friday. Retailers now won't even let their employees have that one freakin’ day to enjoy with their families. It sucks, it's wrong and it needs to stop. I can't have any respect for someone who feels that they need to camp out in front of a store for a bargain. Those actions just speak volumes about the state of our society. Laziness, materialism and just plain low-class. I hope somebody steals your damn tents while you’re busting down Best Buys’ doors.”

But SmartIrish responded, “Did you not ever care to think that these people come from low income backgrounds and they never had an amazing Christmas? So if sleeping overnight might just let them splurge enough to make this Christmas special so be it. I hope someone steals your car while you sleep in!”

Some readers said that the popularity of Black Friday is emblematic of what’s wrong in the United States.

larryking11, said, “Bargain hunting and using credit cards to pay for majority of purchases; US consumers [are] overburdened with debt and cannot stop just like the US government.”

Tihsllub said, “Living in a material world and not having the money to pay for it. Most of them will pay by card with money they don’t have. There is more to life than consumer thrills, get a life people.”

Blackrhino said, “I am boycotting Black Friday and spending time with my friends and family instead of shopping. And to those retailers opening up on Thanksgiving night ... I will not be shopping at your stores at all this holiday. You are nothing more that a bunch of greedy grinches.”

Other readers encouraged shoppers to take their business elsewhere.

joshuag5732 said, “Buy local if at all possible. Buying local is better for the economy than buying from corporations.”

psgmichigan, said, “Remember how to save this economy. Buy local, state, and country in that order. Keep the money and jobs in this country. Buying American made products will create millions of jobs if we can just have the discipline to do it. Stay strong and hold out for the USA!”

Mark Buxman said, “Small business Saturday, far better than Black Friday. Go to small rural area towns [and] shop at the local shops where most of what they have is made right there. Better quality and better use of American money.”

Mightyfudge said, “Support Small Business Saturday! Quit giving your money to big corporations (who just give it to China) and support your neighbors for a change!”

And some readers said they would be among those having to work the sales.

Krozar, who wrote that he works overnights for a large retailer, said, "All the new people were hired at minimum wage. Benefits pretty much gone. Nobody is getting F/T status. Profit sharing is gone. Leaving after the Holidays. ...”

Josiah668 said, “It's despicable that retailers force their employees to work on Thanksgiving. They should be home with their families.”

BlueMaxxx said, “I'm definitely doing my duty tonight, working and getting that double time and a half. You couldn't pay me to take tonight off. Actually, I take that last bit back.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below, or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Green Thursday afternoon

    Neh. Just a weather beacon and some old jewish women. (shrug) Not what we said earlier. Safe seyz.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Salisbury Sundays

    An American Tradition. and NOT to ne trifled with. From granny in the kitchen to Freddy in Jail, Salisbury Steak is to be remembered. Maybe not Ramen Noodle, but bigger than baked tater. No offense, Idaho. Tick aler ly you Boise.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Green Thursday afternoon

    DEATH VALLEY holds the key. But you went too France or Disneyland instead. Wtg. lard azz. 🙂

    November 25, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Caramel coated ever other thursday

    Well fare my friend, as others. Eyes sparkle this time.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Green Thursday afternoon

    Green skin ain't sh!t once ya got "noodle-dog" down. Geneticaicalconfusionistst syndrome conspiracy theory only do they do it on dogs. LMAO. Get a clue on you too dog boy.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tressa

    Buy local? Wonderful idea unless: a) the super Wal-Mart has shut down local stores years ago; or b) the local stores carry the nicest gifts until you look on the bottom or tag and see "made in China".

    November 25, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Queensryche

    All you OWS people need to listen to "speak" by Queensryche off of the mindcrime album. "the rich get richer as the cops get paid to look away as the 1 percent rules america!". good stuff! they were ahead of their time Cuzz they wrote that back in the nineties.

    November 25, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I am familiar with Queensryche, Jj. (I used to sing Silent Lucidity to my daughter when she was a baby.)
    That they foretold this is amazing, and that you continue to bash OWS is just as amazing.

    November 25, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tired

    SOMEBODY had too much egg nog...

    November 25, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I still want to know what the color day of the week poster was trying to say...although I do have a taste for Salisbury Steak (with mashed potatoes)!

    November 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jay Gould

    The economy may still be sluggish and unemployment at a stratospheric level, but you wouldn’t know it if you were an online retailer this past Monday. Cyber Monday has quickly become one of the biggest shopping days of the year and, with mobile shopping still in its early days and traffic growing by more than 200%, there is little doubt that next year’s numbers will be even more impressive. It would also be helpful if the economy begins to grow at a healthier rate and unemployment falls to a less apocalyptic level (today’s news about it falling by 0.4% is encouraging). http://blog.unibulmerchantservices.com/americans-spend-big-on-cyber-monday-sales-up-33

    December 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
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