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not impressed with this past black friday bargains at all.

no sir.

alotta 32" TVs for well under 200 dollars. big wup.
lets see some 55" TVs for like say one seventy five. doan putz around. if you're serious bargain-wise, prove it.
so they're unloading a lot of cheap 32" led TVs for under two hundred. who cares. show us the big stuff cheap.  :) my brother is usin' an old 64" panasonic viera plasma somebody gave 'em. went over his place thanksgiving an' saw it. not a terribly great picture but then I didn't set it. merchants doan know how to be creative anymore. they oughta say somethin' like do all your shopping with us for the next five years and we'll give each an' every one of ya a free complementary 55" HDTV. they will say no and hand us the manufacturing costs bs line an' then I will say tough schlitz doan tell me about your petty problems just start passin' out the 55" inchers...

and kindly be smart about it. pip! pip!  :D

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Our primary bargain of Black Friday is a set of Skil router bits. They are in a case of thirty bits which accommodate nearly all that we will ever need to do. Most router bits are $10-30 each. This set is a very good bargain normally as the price is only: $100. It is Black Friday priced at $50. 

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You can find bargains anywhere, depending on what you're looking for.  For us, it gets harder and harder each year because well, we generally buy stuff for the kids of the family, and Mom and Dad indulge them so much all year long BEFORE Christmas that there ain't nothin' left to buy them that they haven't got already!  Then we wind up being the "Aunt and Uncle who give UNDERWEAR!"

 

 

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Then we wind up being the "Aunt and Uncle who give UNDERWEAR!"

 

 

I was long the relative who gave only candy and cash. My cousins often chided me for not knowing their children so well as to know what true gifts they would like and for not expending effort to shop. It was my theory that children receive so many toys and other such things on holidays that my present of that nature would surely be lost in the shuffle but an unusual type of candy would stand out and be welcomed. It is my theory also that teenagers appreciate cash because it is a measure of freedom. It is saying also that I feel that they are so mature that they can be trusted to make decisions.

 

I can not remember a time when I received one of those false smiles which says so loudly: "I must be polite and act as if your gift makes me happy but what in the world were you thinking when you bought this monstrosity and forced it upon me?" The worst my gifts have ever provoked is a wan smile which says: "I appreciate this wad of cash but could you not have made it larger?"

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not impressed with this past black friday bargains at all.

no sir.

alotta 32" TVs for well under 200 dollars. big wup.

lets see some 55" TVs for like say one seventy five. doan putz around. if you're serious bargain-wise, prove it.

so they're unloading a lot of cheap 32" led TVs for under two hundred. who cares. show us the big stuff cheap.  :) my brother is usin' an old 64" panasonic viera plasma somebody gave 'em. went over his place thanksgiving an' saw it. not a terribly great picture but then I didn't set it. merchants doan know how to be creative anymore. they oughta say somethin' like do all your shopping with us for the next five years and we'll give each an' every one of ya a free complementary 55" HDTV. they will say no and hand us the manufacturing costs bs line an' then I will say tough schlitz doan tell me about your petty problems just start passin' out the 55" inchers...

 

and kindly be smart about it. pip! pip!  :D

 

Best bargains are on Black Friday but it's a mute point if one's hospital bill offset the savings.  Oh the carnage! lipsrsealed.gif

 

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Best bargains are on Black Friday but it's a mute point if one's hospital bill offset the savings.  Oh the carnage! lipsrsealed.gif

 

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look at 'em go for them TVs. :lol:

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Did you mean to say "moot", Nipkow?

 

Anyway, I found that most the people I know who were dumb enough to GO "Black Friday" shopping were looking for stuff to buy for themSELVES!  And I always thought the intent was for people to save money on the Christmas gifts they're buying for OTHER PEOPLE!  Luckily, I don't need or WANT anything bad enough to put UP with that Horsesh*t .

 

However, today's paper had a story claiming the "Black Friday" sales were dismal this year compared to past years, at least here in the Detroit area.

 

 

 

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Did you mean to say "moot", Nipkow?

 

Anyway, I found that most the people I know who were dumb enough to GO "Black Friday" shopping were looking for stuff to buy for themSELVES!  And I always thought the intent was for people to save money on the Christmas gifts they're buying for OTHER PEOPLE!  Luckily, I don't need or WANT anything bad enough to put UP with that Horsesh*t .

 

However, today's paper had a story claiming the "Black Friday" sales were dismal this year compared to past years, at least here in the Detroit area.

 

 

 

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yeah, can't say I want anything quite that bad either. probably an off-year for black friday sales because of all the TVs out there from past black friday grabs. :lol: wonder how many people still are bothering to differentiate between 720p and 1080p now that we are all blessed with 4k ultra hi-def? not me. never had perfect 20/20 gawkers to begin with. lets just all wait for the inevitable enhanced 8k ultra hi-def. :) ...with 360 degree circle screens. :)

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yeah, can't say I want anything quite that bad either. probably an off-year for black friday sales because of all the TVs out there from past black friday grabs. :lol: wonder how many people still are bothering to differentiate between 720p and 1080p now that we are all blessed with 4k ultra hi-def? not me. never had perfect 20/20 gawkers to begin with. lets just all wait for the inevitable enhanced 8k ultra hi-def. :) ...with 360 degree circle screens. :)

with built-in VR circuitry so we can all bum around with snake on the streets of NYC. :D

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Wait. Are those three generations of genuine-faux family laughing at that poor girl waiting in line to buy the product they're trying to shill? Dang! I guess when they've got you on the hamster wheel, they just lose all respect for you!

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Wonder how long before that "too good to be true" deals malfunctions?torsten_violent-smiley-neu1.gif

 

I believe that is why they promote cheap televisions every Christmas season. The units are likely to perform for a year at which time the consumer replaces them. A few new 'features' each year promotes the idea that the consumers are upgrading rather than simply replacing a unit with limited lifespan.

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Whoboy! I am not Christian and do not celebrate Christmas. Americans don't seem to comprehend this concept. Good gawd, America was started for religious freedom sake, I do not know how Christianity became the accepted "national" religion but all day long people wish me a "Merry Christmas".

 

What IS fun, though, is to work retail and watch people act very unchristian-like over buying, buying, buying. I'm glad those with disposable incomes spread their wealth but it seems to me no one really needs more "possessions" like smelly candles or stale popcorn in decorative tins. The worst is the overpriced junky toys bought for children.

 

I just don't get it.

 

(BTW Nipkow, that is how "don't" is spelled)

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Whoboy! I am not Christian and do not celebrate Christmas. Americans don't seem to comprehend this concept. Good gawd, America was started for religious freedom sake, I do not know how Christianity became the accepted "national" religion but all day long people wish me a "Merry Christmas".

 

What IS fun, though, is to work retail and watch people act very unchristian-like over buying, buying, buying. I'm glad those with disposable incomes spread their wealth but it seems to me no one really needs more "possessions" like smelly candles or stale popcorn in decorative tins. The worst is the overpriced junky toys bought for children.

 

I just don't get it.

 

(BTW Nipkow, that is how "don't" is spelled)

 

The holiday is also religious myth, NO WHERE in the book does it state the month let alone the date of the birth of Jesus.  Scholars can only speculate. It originally had a religious theme but got hijacked by commercialism. $$$$$$

 

Lol on the junky toys, My relatives hit the ceiling (happiest day of my life) when my parents paid $100.00 in 1964 for a Topper Tiger Tank at xmas.  It was wired, even though wireless remotes were available, the cost at the time were more than a television set. Don't confuse this for a Tiger Joe which was inferior to the Topper. Both were made by Deluxe Reading. Used and gobbled up 8 D batteries.

 

Back then my elementary school had a "show and tell" day asking students to bring something they got for Christmas.  I brought the Tiger and jaws were left on the floor.

 

:D

 

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I don't know how it worked for all of you others here, but I was under the apparently mistaken perception that "Black Friday" was intended to provide good deals for people looking to buy Christmas gifts for other people.


 


But all the people I know who DID venture out that day, wound up buying stuff for THEMSELVES!


 


I can understand it in the case of buying something you really need, and want to get the best price possible, but in THEIR cases they really didn't NEED the crap they bought.  And one of them, we know to be a notorious "re-gifter"!  But SHE went out at DAWN!


 


 


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I can understand it in the case of buying something you really need, and want to get the best price possible, but in THEIR cases they really didn't NEED the crap they bought.  And one of them, we know to be a notorious "re-gifter"!  But SHE went out at DAWN!

 

 

Sepiatone

 

 

The gift that keeps re-gifting. Yum

 

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I don't know how it worked for all of you others here, but I was under the apparently mistaken perception that "Black Friday" was intended to provide good deals for people looking to buy Christmas gifts for other people.

 

But all the people I know who DID venture out that day, wound up buying stuff for THEMSELVES!

 

I can understand it in the case of buying something you really need, and want to get the best price possible, but in THEIR cases they really didn't NEED the crap they bought.  And one of them, we know to be a notorious "re-gifter"!  But SHE went out at DAWN!

 

 

Sepiatone

 

in this day and age one has to go for the economy bargains when they become available so to assume that everyone is going to approach black friday as a gift buying oppurtunity is somewhat unrealistic. black friday rolls around it's grab them TVs. :D

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Whoboy! I am not Christian and do not celebrate Christmas. Americans don't seem to comprehend this concept. Good gawd, America was started for religious freedom sake, I do not know how Christianity became the accepted "national" religion but all day long people wish me a "Merry Christmas".

 

What IS fun, though, is to work retail and watch people act very unchristian-like over buying, buying, buying. I'm glad those with disposable incomes spread their wealth but it seems to me no one really needs more "possessions" like smelly candles or stale popcorn in decorative tins. The worst is the overpriced junky toys bought for children.

 

I just don't get it.

 

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I suggest that Consumerism has become the national “religion” of the US, but only de facto, of course; it’s not tax-exempt yet.

 

Don’t rest ye merry check-writers,

let nothing you not buy.

Consumer gods are hungry,

Financially comply,

And buy this junk with credit cards,

If possible, a loan.

O tidings of profits and debt,

Profits and debt.

O tidings of profits and debt.*

 

* All profits derived from the use of this lyric must be donated to me. Whatever debt that may be derived can be kept with my compliments. :)

 

As far as the season’s felicitations are concerned, someone, somewhere, will dang if they are generic, and dang if they are Christian. The path of least resistance is to stand mute, and someone will even dang for that, but usually not as often.

 

I personally have no interest in the religious aspects of the holiday, or in the receiving or giving of any material gifts. I am very happy, however, for the opportunity that the holiday affords me to spend time with family and friends, talking together, cooking together, eating together, etc. and generally enjoying each other’s company.

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I suggest that Consumerism has become the national “religion” of the US, but only de facto, of course; it’s not tax-exempt yet.

 

Don’t rest ye merry check-writers,

let nothing you not buy.

Consumer gods are hungry,

Financially comply,

And buy this junk with credit cards,

If possible, a loan.

O tidings of profits and debt,

Profits and debt.

O tidings of profits and debt.*

 

* All profits derived from the use of this lyric must be donated to me. Whatever debt that may be derived can be kept with my compliments. :)

 

As far as the season’s felicitations are concerned, someone, somewhere, will dang if they are generic, and dang if they are Christian. The path of least resistance is to stand mute, and someone will even dang for that, but usually not as often.

 

I personally have no interest in the religious aspects of the holiday, or in the receiving or giving of any material gifts. I am very happy, however, for the opportunity that the holiday affords me to spend time with family and friends, talking together, cooking together, eating together, etc. and generally enjoying each other’s company.

 

My view is very similar to yours.   To me Christmas is just like Thanksgiving;   A time to spend with family and friends but a non religious holiday.   The only difference is gift giving for the 'kids'.   But now that my brother and sisters kids are adults (one about to get married and have his own child),  I'm thinking about stopping the gift giving.   

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From what I recall, Christians decided to "borrow" a Roman holiday

which might have had a connection to the winter solstice and use

it as Jesus' birthday. Seems to have worked out okay.

 

I think the first settlers at Jamestown had more of an interest in

commercial freedom than religious freedom. As for those later

arrivals up in New England, they were interested in freedom for

their religion, not freedom of religion in general. Strait was their

gate and narrow their way.

 

Roger Williams would agree with you.

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From what I recall, Christians decided to "borrow" a Roman holiday

which might have had a connection to the winter solstice and use

it as Jesus' birthday. Seems to have worked out okay.

 

I think the first settlers at Jamestown had more of an interest in

commercial freedom than religious freedom. As for those later

arrivals up in New England, they were interested in freedom for

their religion, not freedom of religion in general. Strait was their

gate and narrow their way.

 

Mithraism, Paganism (and now Consumerism, of course), et al., as well as the Romans, the Turks, and the Norse all have their fingers in the current Christmas pie as consumed here in the US.

 

Regarding the idea of freedom of, or for, religion, I also suggest that it inherently implies freedom from religion as well. (Proselytizers non gratae.)

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Mithraism, Paganism (and now Consumerism, of course), et al., as well as the Romans, the Turks, and the Norse all have their fingers in the current Christmas pie as consumed here in the US.

 

Regarding the idea of freedom of, or for, religion, I also suggest that it inherently implies freedom from religion as well. (Proselytizers non gratae.)

 

Well I still favor Christmas pie over fruitcake!

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I view is very similar to yours.   To me Christmas is just like Thanksgiving;   A time to spend with family and friends but a non religious holiday.   The only difference is gift giving for the 'kids'.   But now that my brother and sisters kids are adults (one about to get married and have his own child),  I'm thinking about stopping the gift giving.   

 

Yeah, kids are a different matter.

 

As far as adults are concerned, I like the idea of giving one small, inexpensive (or hand-made) token gift that is indicative of really knowing the person, and the appreciation one has for him or her. But that is more from my perspective of giving, and certainly not mandatory. As far as receiving is concerned, I don’t want a thing.

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