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 )

    I'm having a great day. They asked me to fill in for someone, and I said hell no. I mean, I'm so close to retirement now, what are they going to do, fire me ?
    Kickin back, watchin me some football and gettin fat and sassy from all the food. In other words, I'm having a puuuuuurrrrrfect day.

    November 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    good enjoy urself, you deserve it, and im gonna too...tommorrow that is lol ttyl

    November 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    If you would like to see comments from a Facebook community of about 1100 see the event "Day of Thanks Not Shopping" on Facebook:

    November 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I wouldn't shop on Black Friday if you paid me too.

    Well, maybe, if the money was good enough...

    Nah, not even then.
    Never have, never will.

    I may as well just lay down in the middle of the street and get run over...

    November 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Paid me TO.

    November 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Blue Mountian

    Better yet, check out the National Geographic Photo Contest 2011
    The Lynx looks stoned doesn't it?
    The Photos will take your breath away!


    November 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    stoned lynx eh? Guess that would trump shopping for me anytime as its a task i have grown to hate so much! 🙂 how did turkey day go for you banasy?

    November 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Ah, we gobbled! It was great, but my daughter was sick, so her and I left earlier than everybody else. My niece was in from Dallas, and my nephew was up from college...I love them both-they're hilarious! The drunko uncle told me I had a nice rack. Happy happy joy joy.
    About a normal a holiday as it gets.
    How was yours, chrissy? Did you survive the Italian/Irish invasion of the post-it notes?

    November 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rudy

    The Occupation needs to occupy the natonal chain stores on Black Friday. Shoppers should only buy what they need from only the local mom and pop stores and we should keep doing this right through the holidays to get back the real spirit and meaning of Christmas rather than worshiping the golden calf and sending our money to China. BUY USA EVERYDAY.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |


    November 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. White Monday

    Talk about rumors. These white monday guys even wear masks.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Yep, 3 am certainly is the time I find most convenient.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. White Monday

    2 for one flu shots on aisle 5. Hi-tech aids condoms 10% off now thru Xmas.(while supplies last) Free Sony Playstation with every case of childrens's aspirin sold with 1 dollar going to MLK's kids...famous kids really. Who? Never heard of them? Care for a Tylenol? One of over eight billion served so far this year. Your head hurts. Make it go away. 🙂

    November 24, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Olive Thurs.

    Klein 10 % off. (not to be included with any drab-tuesday offers) Senior Drool cups on sale thru midnight.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brown Wednesday Afternoon

    OVERHEARD: East LA celebrates cinco de mayonaisse three days early. Wtg CNN.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
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