Aside from an impulse run into Best Buy — cheap Blu-rays are a weakness — my Black Friday was spent at two local businesses. Sci-Fi City, my friendly local game store, had a buy-one-get-one-free sale that sorely tempted my expenses, and I stuck around there for some gaming for a few hours. Then I hit up The Book Worm, an awesome little used book store, that had an almost as tempting buy-two-get-one-free sale. That was just way too much free for me to get too worked up about the buy part.
I don’t get as worked up about Black Friday as some people do. I do sympathize with the workers; I’ve worked enough holidays at Universal to feel for anyone who has to deal with a crowd like that. And I brought some donuts for the Sci-Fi crew in a display of that empathy. But I just can’t get all worked up over people stupid enough to hit a mall at the crack of dawn to save 40% on something they didn’t even know they wanted until they saw the ad the day before. The way I see it, that’s just more people the hell out of my way when I finally get off my ass and do my shopping two or three days before Christmas.
I mean, is it really a surprise that we’re an avaricious, voracious bunch of consumers? Black Friday just puts an incredibly fine point on it. And every year people bemoan that a good chunk of us will run out and act like idiots to spend hundreds to save dozens, and we try to convince people to not do it, or to shop locally, and it just doesn’t work. People are going to be people, and that usually means doing stupid things. If anything, the whole mess is a good way to mark who shouldn’t get invited to your parties this holiday season. You don’t want to invite someone who’s going to show up three hours early on the off-chance of a couple of extra glasses of eggnog.
Now I do think it sucks that some stores want to open on Thanksgiving Day, and that we’re getting Christmas songs and specials and merchandise on the shelves before the last of the Halloween candy has been eaten. And yeah, maybe if we didn’t succumb to it, the corporations would stop doing it. But I can’t bring myself to expend a lot of breath over it. I’ll just not take part in it. Unless there are some really good Blu-rays on sale.