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Old 11-27-2012, 07:44 AM   #1
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Apparently every adult in the U.S went shopping Black Friday

Someone must have done the shopping for my wife and I. We were at work.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/...nd_663994.html
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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I think it was over the whole weekend.

I know my DH and I went to Home Depot for a few things on Saturday morning. Only a couple of them were weekend sales, most were items needed to finish projects around the house.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:57 AM   #3
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Someone must have done the shopping for my wife and I. We were at work.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/...nd_663994.html
Since that number includes anyone that logged onto the internet (any site) yeah, I'm not buying that *every single person* in the country went shopping this weekend.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:11 AM   #4
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Nope, not me. I stayed as far away as possible from any store on Friday.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:28 AM   #5
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I worked from 5:45am Friday until 6pm yesterday. So I know I wasn't shopping. Maybe someone did my Christmas shopping for me? I could only hope.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:33 AM   #6
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That number would also have to include those in prisons and individuals who are mentally handicapped/ committed to institutions who cannot go shopping. Nice work CNN.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:40 AM   #7
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Well, if online shopping counts everybody here did their part.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:44 AM   #8
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I think that CNN's statistic is only 47% correct.

We did go shopping and got cell phones. Did not shop online BF or cyber monday.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:55 AM   #9
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Shopped online. Some sites were giving Black Friday prices online. And some sites added more sales all weekend.

Oh, and DH took several emergency trips to Walgreen's/Target several times to get working lights while decorating the house this weekend.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:58 AM   #10
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We did all of our Pre-Thanksgiving shopping last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Then I didn't set foot in another store (for shopping purposes - I work retail, and had to work ALL weekend, but I didn't shop after or before work) until yesterday afternoon. And that was just for necessities like laundry soap and shampoo.

There wasn't one deal I saw advertised, even at my own place of business, that I thought was worth the hassle and the lines.

And I am broke.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:02 AM   #11
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This is a great example of a meaningless statistic. What it's "sort of" telling us is that there were around 247 million sales transactions over the Black Friday weekend. But that's not informational, there are too many variables. How many of those transactions were the same person in multiple stores, or even the same person in the same store? How many of them were for Black Friday holiday shopping and how many were just people who were doing home improvement projects, or shopping for supplies for decorating for the holidays, or just replacing Johnny's tennis shoes because they fell apart?

A better statistic would be total sales for the weekend, better yet, compared to trends over the last 5 to 10 years. Only comparing sales to last year also isn't really a good statistic, because last year may have been an awesome year, so even though this year was pretty good, it still looks like sales are down, or last year may have been a dreadful year, so even though this year is bad, it looks like they're better.
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CNN is a joke. As well as most new agencies.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:29 AM   #13
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CNN is a joke. As well as most new agencies.


I think Black Friday shoppers are a bigger joke, frankly.
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I think Black Friday shoppers are a bigger joke, frankly.
My .96 cent Samsung Galaxy Phone tells me it is not.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:37 AM   #15
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Uh no, we really didnt. The only thing I purchased this weekend were bananas and prenatal vitamins. I don't think those count. :lol:
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