November 27, 2009, - 4:09 pm

Did You Take Part in Diverse Complexion Friday?

By Debbie Schlussel

In case you didn’t hear, today is (or was–since most of the deals expired hours ago) “Black Friday.”  Since I don’t want to unfairly denigrate an entire race with this term (based solely on the business term, “in the black,” where most retailers pray today puts them for the year–yes, it has nothing to do with race), I propose we call it “Diverse Complexion Friday.”  In the interest of multi-culturalism, understanding, and tolerance to the max, we must include everyone when referring to bargains and getting things on the cheap.  (Attention those who take me seriously on this–a/k/a liberals, this is a joke.  I’m mocking . . . the politically correct and race merchants like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson).  Cue the past outrages over the word “niggardly,” which means something you might be if you participate in Diverse Complexion Friday, looking for a bargain . . . and which has no root in or connection to any racial word or epithet.

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So, did you take part in the Diverse Complexion Friday shopping frenzy, today?  Why or why not?  If yes, was it worth getting up very early, braving crowds (and in some parts of the country, cold), as well as long lines?  Did you get any very good bargains that made it all worth it?

Normally, I loathe shopping and avoid it at all cost (or, rather, all saving.)  I avoid shopping like the plague if I can.  But Black Friday is a different story.  Every year, I tell myself I will no longer do it.   And this year, I meant it, shut off my alarm, and planned to sleep in, then head for the gym, this morning.  But then, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep, was too bored to stay home.  So, out I went.  I spent barely anything, but got a few cool things and particularly good bargains.  I pretty much have the basic things I want and way more than I need.  I really don’t need new stuff, so I really shouldn’t have been out there.  Still, what I got was worth it.  I just didn’t need it.  Any of it.  Not this year.

I hate crowds, and refuse to wait in lines.  Nor do I run into these stores like a crazy person, as you see on some of these videos.  The word, “doorbuster,” disturbs me because I’m not the type to bust any doors.  I am the type who might get trampled under the people who would bust the doors, though–as tragically happened in the trampling killing of a a temporary Walmart employee on last year’s Black Friday.  And I’d rather pay regular price than waste time in a line in the middle of the night, or even the morning, to save a few dollars.  Life is short, and time is money.  Those sayings might be trite, but boy are they true.  Those people who wait out in the cold all Thanksgiving and then all night at Best (Islamic) Buy (“Happy Eid Al-Adha,” Infidel suckers) to get one of the two bargain laptops per store are morons.  I won’t wait in line for one minute.  I passed by one local Detroit-area chain (no, not Best Islamic Buy), at which I wanted to buy a “doorbuster” bargain-priced camera, but saw the long line.  I also saw how they let only a few of these suckers in the store at a time.  Not for me.  Buh-bye.  Drove away.

But there are other people who use this day of bargains and intense shopping as a family ritual and a time to get together with relatives (while watching your credit card bill rise to astronomic levels).  It’s not a bad thing.  And it helps America’s economy.  Forget Obama stimulus packages.  Americans spending in America is the best and most effective stimulus package there is.  Our economy depends on Americans spending, too–not just saving.  We’ve had a problem finding the right balance between the two.  But the spending keeps many Americans employed by retailers or contractors and vendors, and not just in piddling minimum wage clerk and shelving jobs.

But also keep in mind that the Diverse Complexion Friday spending also helps those in China and sundry other foreign lands, who now occupy lost American jobs in the textile and manufacturing industries.  In that sense, we’re buying ourselves out of a country, since we want cheap goods, so we pay for goods produced by people paid next to nothing in foreign lands, which reinforces that those jobs should be sent to foreign lands, which makes those former American employees have less money–or none at all–to spend on our economy buying things like Diverse Complexion Friday bargains, and full-price items on every other day of the year.  All of which means more people will get laid off and they too will have less to spend.  A vicious cycle that Black Friday type phenomena–the demand for super low cost goods and great bargains, which usually are functions of jobs having been sucked away from America and transferred elsewhere–help reinforce.  We simply cannot survive forever as a country as a consumer nation that doesn’t produce or make anything concrete, or at least is producing less and less on U.S. soil.

Also, as I’ve noted in the past, some of the cheapo Black Friday clothing is constructed in places like terror-host state Syria (Target) and the extremist Palestinian Muslim villages of Jordan (Target, Walmart, Kmart).  I always look at the tags and try to stay away from “Made in Pakistan,” “Made in Jordan,” etc.  Those relatively (relative to Pakistan) lucrative clothing jobs in Pakistan didn’t stop the Mumbai attacks from happening, either.

The thing that gets me is that stores are now opening sooner and sooner.  Old Navy opened at 3:00 a.m.  Other stores were open at Midnight.  And Michaels, the craft and hobby retail chain had special sales at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving.  K-Mart and Meijer (based in Michigan and mostly in the Midwest) were hosting sales all day on Thanksgiving.  It’s like they want to erase Thanksgiving with these sales cannibalizing the time you’d spend with family and friends on the national holiday.  For some people who view their relations to relatives as mere coincidences and even accidents of birth, that might be a godsend.  For others, like me, it’s getting tiresome.

So, yeah, I partook, and I’m part of the problem.  It’s a sickness.  Like most other Americans, I’d have been better off if I’d slept in and skipped it all.  And, yes, I think I remember the day when that was basically the only option, and stores didn’t open before 7:00 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Those were the days.  These are the bargains.

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23 Responses

Debbie, it sounds like you need AA for shopping. ;)

W: Nah. Normally, I loathe shopping and avoid it as much as possible. Meant to add that. It’s just the Black Friday day in which I sometimes partake. DS

Worry01 on November 27, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Nope didn’t go, never do…sleeping in is more valuable to me as well as spending time at home with family for Thanksgiving, there is nothing I need that I can’t wait another day or year to get.?

@freedom4usa on November 27, 2009 at 8:12 pm

I didn’t participate in Black Friday. Looking at the sales, I think I should have. It is the electronics that I regret getting deals on. Sometimes they have strings attached like getting into a 2 year contract. I will partake on Black Friday for myself. However if it is for family and friends then the price is secondary. I hate to think I only got something for my family and friends based on how cheap I got it. Then it seems like the price didn’t match the thought. However for clothes you can always get good deals at outlet stores, TJMaxx, Ross, Burlington and clearance racks. I never pay full price for clothes.

Debbie you wrote, “I woke up at 4:30 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep, was too bored to stay home.” Too bored to stay at home at 4:30am? Let me think 4:30 a.m. Hmmm…..Uhh, I think a little shopping anxiety there? Oh well, we are all human. Hope what you got was a good deal. Until the day after Christmas for the next doorbusters…

CaliforniaScreaming on November 27, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Nothing wrong with getting things you don’t need. That’s why many of us have worked and sacrificed — so we can enjoy a level of comfort and be able to have more than just necessities.

Little Al on November 27, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Right on! I agree. There are too many people who love making you feel guilty for living.

    Alan Leslie on November 28, 2009 at 3:19 am

Too bored at 4:30 in the morning????

Debbie, my fave honey, seriously, you need a husband. You’re far too pretty and sweet not to be married.

Email me next time. Let’s talk.

No, I never, ever, do the Christmas rush and African-American Friday shopping. I loathe, loathe, loathe crowds in malls and stores.

Jeff_W on November 27, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Hi Debbie,

I left for work an hour early to pick up a bargain laptop for my son at a nearby Office Depot. I walked in the door and saw each line to each cashier stretching from the front of the store to the back. In less than 10 seconds, I walked back out of the store. I only had an hour. The parking lot was fuller after I got off work.

David Lunde on November 27, 2009 at 11:09 pm

I have never participated in diverse complexion day, and I am 50.. It is just not my cup of tea. I did however have to go the local Walgreens to pick up my prescription, and even THEY were busy. I wonder if the media will say this was the best Black Friday in 8 years…….?

sharon on November 27, 2009 at 11:47 pm

I’m holding out for a specifically “Sallow Complexion” Friday, because I do not want to be stabbed in the head and shot in the face over a “bargain”.

baseboru on November 27, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Did NOT get up early and rush to the stores. I usually work this holiday since my work week includes Thursday-Saturday and that also means Thanksgiving. Took a week’s vacation so I got to miss the madness, seeing rush hour traffic around the mall and centers on my way to work at 5:30am every Black Friday. We did head into town late morning, got what we needed for us at the office supply and “guy-things” hardware and boogied home. Spent a half an hour at a department store before realizing what my wife wanted wasn’t worth the hour wait in either of the store-aisle-long lines behind each of the two cashier islands (at least 6 cashiers at each center) at both front corners of the store. Both lines nearly reached to the back of the store. Not worth it. I wish the retailers well as they desperately need a better year, but we just aren’t into “things” anymore. Spending wisely is much more important. No, we aren’t “gimmies”…

Floyd R. Turbo on November 28, 2009 at 12:05 am

Best to do your shopping long before the holiday season, if you can. Standing in a long line for anything, anywhere, is no fun for me. Personally, I’d rather do my shopping on-line without the crowds and traffic. That’s where I find the best deals anyway, and besides, it keeps the USPS and FedEx folks employed…Real American Jobs!

theShadow on November 28, 2009 at 1:37 am

Buying American is not only virtually impossible, it’s counter to anyone trying to save money. Don’t deprive yourselves of the division of labor: it’s what makes stuff cheap and abundant. If you really want Americans to keep their jobs; abolish the government. They’re the ones who tax and regulate the market to death.

Your Mom on November 28, 2009 at 3:38 am

I’m sooo glad that you included the line about the name being a joke. I NEVER would have worked it out myself. Thats EXACTLY the name liberals would change Black Friday to. You’re SO clever for coming up with it. And using it for comedy effect the way that you have is just amazing. You’re so awesome Debbie!

Adam on November 28, 2009 at 6:38 am

I’ll admit that I was curious about the Old Navy sales. I even contemplated going over at 3am. But, I awoke at 1:30am and wandered over to the computer. I saw that the sales were online too.

My whole shopping experience took 2.5 minutes.

cirrus1701 on November 28, 2009 at 9:01 am

The root cause of our economic misery is the unlimited printing of money out of thin air by the Federal Reserve (which was created in 1913). The Federal Reserve makes possible the funding of unconstitutional big government like the welfare and warfare complexes which in turn have gave us a national debt of over 12 trillion dollars and the dilution of the value of our money (over the last century a dollar’s purchasing power has declined over 95 percent — i.e., it won’t buy what a nickel did in 1909).
If the dollar’s value had remained stable, U.S. wages would have been competitive with the rest of the world’s and we would not need to move jobs overseas nor hire illegal and legal aliens to take away jobs from Americans.
If the value of the dollar had remained stable and the Federal Reserve did not make so much unsupported money available, people would not have had to rely on debt like credit cards and loans for purchases because prices would be much lower.
We must end big government and the Federal Reserve and the first step toward this goal would be to elect constitutionalists and libertarians to local and national public offices. To continue to vote for Republicans and Democrats (with very few exceptions) would just prolong our misery toward a very bitter end.

Ramjordan on November 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I didn’t go shopping either. I, like you, Debbie, HATE shopping with a passion.

…oh, and man, I thought I was ruthless on my blog. WOW! :shock:

Adding you to the Blogroll. :P

Pat on November 28, 2009 at 6:32 pm

I did not go out. I need some minor things like basic new bath towels, new wool winter socks…I dont like crowds. In light of swine flu and the general lack of manners america has, I stayed home.

these days I am choosing between gas $, food $, and my gym membership dues, insted of shopping.

Kohls is one of my fave places, they carry jeans that fit, no hip, no low cut jeans, so I go there, once in a while if I need something. when I need groceries I hit any 24-7 store from midnight to 5am. I refuse to shop in the crowds, too over whelming.

I first learned about the largesse of black fridays from my freinds in NC. never in my family did we go shopping the day after thanksgiving.\

happy thanksgiving everyone, G-d’s blessings to everyone :)

lindapolver on November 29, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Linda, order your socks and towels from Landsend. They cost a bit more up front but wow, do they last. I have towels from there that are 9 years old and still look good. Ditto their clothing. If there is a problem you CAN schlepp to Sears for a full refund. Last time I used them before coming to Israel, their customer service was the best and STILL American.

    mK750 on November 29, 2009 at 4:19 am

everything I want I can buy on amazon, its books, video games and electronics. walmart, circuit city and (best) worst buy just annoy me to walk in. so I stay outta there.

lindapolver on November 29, 2009 at 2:27 am

A friend of mine informed me that 94 was closed down for hours due to a fatality accident. You have to wonder if that person(s) was possibly influenced by the lure of Black Friday to drive less carefully and thus die badly. That highway is always closed down for wrecks but I still wonder. Somebody didn’t make it home to their family.

Joe on November 29, 2009 at 10:44 am

There is also a second reason for it to be called Black Friday. In the Philadelphia area the police called it Black Friday because the traffic created made their job impossible.

So they called it “Black Friday”, because in our culture “black” is linked to the term “bad” or “evil”.

So no, I can’t see any racist undercurrent for the use of “black”.

None at all.

Sean on November 29, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Big5 (regional sporting goods store) had M1 Garand rifles on sale for $599 on black Friday. It was a 4 day weekend, and it turns out I only left the house once and that was for a 6-pack. I almost bit on the Garand, but nah. A friend talked me into looking into a Mini-14 instead.

Richard on November 30, 2009 at 3:48 am

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