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My Two Cents: Sales! Deals! Discounts! Are You Buying Into the Hype?

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If you’ve been in front of a computer, TV or just generally alive then you’ve probably been bombarded with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales promotions. There are so many it’s hard to keep track.  In fact, I’ve given up on keeping track and I just assume that every brand, store and online shop is having a sale.

When I was in high school and college, I loved going shopping on Black Friday. But it wasn’t for the crazy deals it was because I liked going to the mall and I had a day off from school. I don’t even remember crazy sales happening until the past 5-10 years. It used to be that stores would open up at dawn but this year sales started encroaching on Thanksgiving Dinner and started on Thursday night – which I guess is a great excuse if you’re trying to get away from your crazy family. But what I want to know is, were you waiting in line for a sale?

Maybe it’s been the years of training since the start of the Great Recession in 2008 but it seems to me that most stores have sales most of the time. In fact, I rarely buy anything if it’s not on sale. So, someone please tell me what is the big deal about the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales? I mean, these sales go on throughout the holiday shopping season so why is it such a big deal today?

I guess I understand it if you’re looking for the 2012 version of the 1984 Cabbage Patch Kid (am I dating myself?) – but what if you’re just doing run of the mill shopping? I just get turned off whenever I see anything close to a frenzy and Black Friday/Cyber Monday has become a big circus. You know it’s gone to far when you expect to hear about a shooting or violent incident on Black Friday related to shopping.

Or maybe I’m just bitter because I have no clue what I’m getting anyone for Christmas this year.

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