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. bobcat ( in a hat )

    You want to see some really good deals ? Try rhis out.
    Nobody go out for those Black Friday deals and wait until after the holidays. Want to talk about some door busters, the stores will be so overstocked that won't have any choice but to take the prices to rock bottom. Plus this will help OWS acheive their goals of putting it to the big corps.

    November 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Blue Mountian

    “A Message by George Carlin:

    The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

    We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

    We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

    We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

    We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

    These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

    Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

    Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

    Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

    Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. An embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

    Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

    Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

    AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

    If you don't send this to other people....Who cares?”
    ― George Carlin

    November 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat ( in a hat )

    George Carlin was a very inciteful crazy man. One of my favorites.

    November 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    George Carlin was a very wise man.
    I miss him greatly.
    George's outlook is very similar to mine, may he rest in Peace.

    November 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    Why should anyone boycott a store? If they have what I want to buy at my price point, I'm gonna buy it. OWS has a point. But let's not occupy Target or Walmart. There are no 1% ers shopping or working there. One reason that stores are opening earlier on Thanksgiving is that as more and more people are having to work on black Friday.

    November 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @Portland tony
    There are no 1%ers working there, but the stores are owned by the 1%ers. And the reason more people are woking on black friday is because the owners say they've got to. Believe me, if most of the workers had their choice, they would be home with their families.

    November 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Much easier to give gift cards! No muss no fuss! They can range from grocery stores and gas stations to appliance stores and hardware, and doesnt matter how well you know ur recipiant youre bases are covered!

    November 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @chrissy
    Gift cards are great. One size fits all.
    Well, have you maontained your sanity ?

    November 24, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lol @ bobcat, im here right? and im enduring the dueling snoring at the moment! im not sure broomhilda and pimp dummy will survive each other tho he he

    November 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ bobcat, gosh dang that woman wears me out! I woulda much rather had all 5 kids back, with all thier kids! Would be 24 of us! Lmao

    November 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @chrissy
    Sounds like an ordeal, but you're a tough bird. Hey, here's an idea. Maybe you could stuff PD into one of her bags when she leaves.

    November 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Hope youre having a wonderful day bobcat! I am seriously thinkin of takin up drinkin! I swear she could drive the pope 2 do it! Anyway im gonna opt for a hot bath instead...But you know ill be back, got me a brand new stack of post it notes to read yet!

    November 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    lol @ bobcat, i would be lucky stuffin him in the trunk and even then i would need a fork lift!

    November 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @chrissy
    The posr its will give you some reading material while you "relax".

    November 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Oh no bobcat, i got a thriller to read! Might get me some fresh ideas! 🙂 plus if she sees enough of these in the garbage maybe she will just give up! Is ur day goin well or are you working?

    November 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
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