Holiday shopping marathon starts as consumer sentiment shaky

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GeorgeBrown wrote:

Baaaaa, baaaaaa! Good little sheep…

Yes folks! Express your individuality by buying the same useless consumer junk that everyone else is buying! Buy now, pay later!

謝謝 = “Thank you” in Chinese.

Nov 22, 2012 4:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
Foxdrake_360 wrote:

I’m not going shopping. Moreover, I don’t know anyone who is. In fact, I finished most of my Christmas shopping already using Amazon.com, Sears.com, EBay.com and one or two others. Free Shipping, No tax (mostly) and no Black Friday insanity. You couldn’t pay me money to partake in this fraud. I’m staying home, eating turkey, going to the gym and watching football…heaven.

Nov 22, 2012 5:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
Marla wrote:

The ONLY retail store I’ll be near on Black Friday is Walmart. I’ll be standing with a bunch of like minded people, holding a sign that says “Walmart – Rolling Back Worker’s Rights!” on protest of the terrible way they treat their employees.

Nov 22, 2012 5:54am EST  --  Report as abuse

I’ve asked a lot of people about shopping this year and the consensus is the same: The supermarket is taking way too much of people checks these days. No one has much left to buy with or feels what little is left over should be held to see if gas goes up and takes food still higher.

Nov 22, 2012 8:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
Fairness101 wrote:

Unfortunately, the economy depends these days on consumers replacing their LCD TV and cell phones every 6 months. However, you could easily make this every 6 years, with the quality and features of today’s products. Also, all this consumer junk has to be recycled. Look at American people’s homes…..95% of the content is stored and NOT in use. I personally believe that spending should go more towards quality of life (good food, clean energy, good healthcare, vacations, physical activity) and not consumer goods. Don’t buy something you already have.

Nov 22, 2012 8:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
jscott418 wrote:

I really feel that retail has killed the end of year holiday’s in favor of a little more profits. People can’t even spend time with families anymore and enjoy what little time many have with them just to go out and save a few bucks and retailers can gain a few more sales. As for WalMart employee’s. While I do sympathize with their working conditions. Retail has never been a career move that will make you a decent wage. If Black Friday has taught us anything its that retail is desperate for profits.
WalMart has no better ability to pay store associates more then any other retailer. If you want more money, stay in school get a degree and find a decent job. Then you can spend time with family on Thanksgiving and not have to go to work for peanuts. That’s how business works.

Nov 22, 2012 8:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
Oldfinanceguy wrote:

Somewhere in the back of my memory I think I remember that Thanksgiving was a day that we Americans “Gave Thanks to God” for his many blessings, and inparticular the harvest. We seem to be missing the purpose of the day. Don’t worry, after pushing and shoving and being a real jerk to buy their prized goodie over the weekend, most of society will be back complaining bitterly about somebody else’s wealth by Monday.

Nov 22, 2012 1:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cetj98168 wrote:

None of them are getting any of my money, I will stay as far as I can from all stores till mid-January.

Nov 22, 2012 4:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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