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Originally posted by MsAphrodite
reply to post by shelookslikeone
Kicking and squealing gucci little piggy.
If you must, go out on this Saturday (Small Business Saturday) to shop and support a local business.edit on 23-11-2012 by MsAphrodite because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by gangdumstyle
Maybe everyone is looking at this in the wrong direction.... Maybe MOST of these people only have 200 dollars, and the only way they can get a new tv under 200 dollars is to fight and claw for it... People with money already have nice flat screen tv's... If this was the only chance for me to get a new tv that I wanted so bad that I could actually afford would I go hog crazy? No, but don't get mad and talk down to these people who can only afford a new tv with this special deal.. IN FACT.. The only way I would wait in line and fight for a tv if it was the only way I was going to get one..... have some grace people
They did not go blindly: In dozens of interviews, people acknowledged how spending has become inseparable from the holidays. Older folks pined for the days of Erector Sets and Thumbelinas while in line to pay iPad prices. Even some younger shoppers said it felt wrong to be spending money instead of quality time on Thanksgiving.
Yet amid these protests, people still talked about feeling powerless beneath the moment - as if they had no choice but to shop. "You have to have these things to enjoy your children and your family," said Jackson's friend Ebony Jones, who had secured two laptops ($187.99 each) for her 7 and 11 year olds. ...
"It shouldn't be that way, but in a sense there's no way around it," said Jones, a nurse. "Everything ends up with a dollar amount. Even your happiness." ....
Retailers have long capitalized on the holiday season's perfect storm of emotion and tradition. "We all want to be loved, we all like to give love,"
"You get up in the morning, cook, do your dinner and your football, then you go shopping," River said. "It's the new thing now. Everyone's afraid of change."
.... "Shopping IS the holiday. That's all people care about - what are you gonna get?"
Childhood friends Jesse Bredholt, Ryan Seech and a few other buddies have camped out at Best Buy for four years straight. This year, they arrived a full week early, with a tent, sleeping bags, deodorizing mist sprayer, propane heater and battery power for their gadgets.
They had no idea what they would buy. That was not the point
For this group of single men in their early 20s, part of a generation who mark the passage of time by their first cell phones and video games, the point is spending time with each other at the source of the products that have always defined their lives.
Karen Jefferson, 49, also has found family on line at Best Buy, beyond her husband and three children. She was there Wednesday, seated on a folding chair, clutching a rolled-up circular. "I'm missing Thanksgiving, and my husband thinks I'm crazy," said Jefferson, who works at a mortgage insurance company. "But I do this every year . because I enjoy meeting people and the people that come when I do. I mean, you see the same people year after year. And I do get some very good deals."