Friday, November 29, 2013

time to take the black out of black friday

Ok, I confess I have a sensitivity to shopping, ads about shopping, news stories about shopping and the negative drain shopping makes on an account balance. I’m probably just too over sensitivity to it. Or maybe I’m suffering from Post Traumatic Shopping Day (PTSD).

The constant references to black Friday for the past few weeks are giving me headaches. I just can not fathom the vast amount of deals I have missed by not being at all these “ONE TIME DOORBUSTER” whatever events.





Yeah, when did shopping become an EVENT??

I thought shows, concerts, sports, racing, etc., type of things were events. Shopping is not an event! It’s a transaction between a customer fulfilling a need (or desire or a child's demand) for an item they value enough to buy with a merchant wanting to profit by parting with said item. Shopping typically is boring. At times it can become painful.

Warning - you have now reach the point of yet another Lisleman idea. (note reading Lisleman ideas has been shown to cause nausea in certain individuals)

Black Friday should be renamed to a nicer friendly-mood type of color.
I suggest - Fushia Friday

While on this name-of-the-day topic, here are a few more to toss around those stupid ads.

Mint Monday
Taupe Tuesday
Watermelon Wednesday


 

18 comments:

Gossip GrL said...

Amen! Great post! I couldn't bear to another Black Friday posting this week that didn't involve screaming and possibly yanking out some hair over everything in your post. I don't join in on the Black Friday madness. I figure in another two to three weeks I'll catch all the 60-80% off sales. :)

lisleman said...

thanks and thanks for browsing over here. Your blog was new to me and I think this one is probably new to you. Please take a look around when you have the chance. I don't get into the shopping competition either. Most of my shopping for presents is done online. You mentioned political differences in your reply on your blog - I think that might be common. I seem to be the political odd ball in my family.

Joanne said...

I listened to a lovely discussion on NPR today about merchants resisting the "black" connotation. Black was common as a descriptor for bad things happening, such as half a factory calling off work the day after Thanksgiving. We're talking forty years ago. Black was stuck on so many Friday events, like the stock market ending an awful week by tanking on Friday, or the police directing all the traffic downtown when the fools went shopping the day after Thanksgiving, as began happening in my childhood in the fifties. Merchants sought out alternatives to the black designation and failing, looked to replace the meaning. Flowing black ink is another misnomer, but I'll save it for another day. (Oh well: sales are credits. Expense is debits. Debits are black, credits are red. A profitable business flows red ink.)

lisleman said...

Interesting I always thought it was the other way - flowing red ink was a loss. I agree that black does seem like a negative. thanks

Joanne said...

That's why you're an engineer and I'm an accountant. Happy Black Friday.

Tami said...

I h.a.t.e. Black Friday, which has now extended into Thanksgiving Day. I spend Friday taking down the fall decorations and putting up the Christmas ones. There is always a hockey game going on too. My 'black' Friday is spent peacefully. =)

lisleman said...

Good to hear you have found much better things to do than fight the hoards of shoppers. A hockey game is an event - not shopping.
thanks.

savannah said...

i don't even remember the last time i went shopping the day after thanksgiving, sugar! around our house it's "if it ain't here before thanksgiving, it ain't gonna be purchased until january the next year!" the only stores we visit between now and then carry groceries or liquor! :) xoxoxoxo

longhollow said...

I'm with you on this one, for sure!

lisleman said...

thanks

lisleman said...

A no shopping in December policy? Of course we always need the essentials of food and liquor. thanks for browsing by

Secret Agent Woman said...

I go with Buy Nothing Day instead of Black Friday. I like Thanksgiving as a time to feel grateful rather than a time to acquire more stuff.

lisleman said...

Good to see many comments agreeing with the less shopping idea. Of course maybe the other side are too busy shopping to read a blog. thanks

Dawn Saros-Kirk said...

An now it's Cyber Monday...

lisleman said...

Yes that's another one that gets over used and over printed.
I read an ad just this weekend that said, "Cyber Monday - Going to work has never been this fun." I don't think a company would care for those ads.
thanks

Bearman Cartoons said...

All I know is that they better have made it to the black for the year by then or these companies are in trouble

lisleman said...

In the red or in the black - I don't really care much unless I own stock in the company. I just think the name black Friday sounds bad. thanks

Cheryl P. said...

I totally agree that shopping shouldn't be an event but it seems to be American's greatest leisure activity. Remember when we were kids and our families would "take a drive"....now it is go to Kohls and spend $100.00 to get $10.00 in Kohl bucks.



I, too was sick of hearing about Black Friday for a whole week before and after the actual Friday. The word "black" kind of fits...it's gotten to be a depressing dark turn in our over materialistic society.

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