November 21, 2012 3:58 am at 3:58 am #606271shlishiMember
Is it worthwhile camping out at any of the retailers that open early for Black Friday to chap one of their “doorbuster” specials?
Is it worthwhile going to the stores altogether during the day on BF? Or can you obtain almost all the same specials online, on the stores website?
What great deals are available this year?
Please discuss.November 21, 2012 4:40 am at 4:40 am #908794shnitzyMember
apparently nobody caresNovember 21, 2012 5:17 am at 5:17 am #908795This name is already takenParticipant
sometimes items are cheaper online throughout the year, Sometimes the online black friday and cyber monday sales are just as good, Are you looking for anything in partiq.?November 21, 2012 5:50 am at 5:50 am #908796YW Moderator-18Moderator
Those who care are busy checking ads and planning strategy and have no time for the coffee room until after Shabbos.November 21, 2012 5:58 am at 5:58 am #908797WIYMember
check out dansdeals.November 21, 2012 6:41 am at 6:41 am #908798
WIY: I don’t see him listing too many specifics about BF. Just a discussion thread.November 21, 2012 2:42 pm at 2:42 pm #908799
I need an all-in-one printer with a fax (fax is important) and scanner and copier. Wireless capability is preferred.
What is the best black friday deal for such a product?November 21, 2012 5:03 pm at 5:03 pm #908800candy613Member
I think that you can get things much cheaper after thanksgiving beofore chrismas. I think the black friday thing is just what people do becuase it’s tradition and they think they are getting things for the cheapest possible even though they are not nessesarily. Just my opinion though….November 21, 2012 6:40 pm at 6:40 pm #908801
Best Buy and Staples have some good deals on electronics.November 21, 2012 7:43 pm at 7:43 pm #908802oomisParticipant
I would not waste my time. Didn’t we learn ANYTHING from the massive loss of material possessions this past month? Black Friday is just an excuse to put more money in the hands of the retailers, by sucking us in. Now, if you want to go wait in line to buy a new appliance at low cost for either yourself or even better, for someone who LOST their washer-dryer, oven, etc., then I will say no more.November 22, 2012 1:22 am at 1:22 am #908803nannyMember
On Black Friday only electronics are on sale? If I need a gown for a simcha would I be able to get it on a Black Friday sale?November 22, 2012 4:16 am at 4:16 am #908804The_Cool_JewMember
Dell has great deals on many things!November 22, 2012 5:27 am at 5:27 am #908805
Many stores have started their Black Friday sales tonight (Wend. night/Thurs. morning) at midnight on their websites.November 22, 2012 9:56 am at 9:56 am #908806Herr HimmelMember
How much money do you blokes waste — err spend, on a typical Black Friday?November 22, 2012 1:48 pm at 1:48 pm #908807ima1997Member
If you’re looking for something specific, go to http://www.bfads.net. There you can put in the item you’re looking for, such as a gps, and it will list the different sites and stores that have it and the models and prices. Same with other electronics, toys, clothing, etc…November 22, 2012 2:25 pm at 2:25 pm #908808147Participant
B’H I was Zoche to the best deal ever on a Black Friday, with my only daughter ever, being born on Black Friday several years ago, despite B’H several sons.November 22, 2012 3:11 pm at 3:11 pm #908809
Considering that Jews don’t have a gift-giving holiday in December, there’t no need to imitate the goyim on this one. If there were big sales (a lot of studies suggest there isn’t any real cutting prices), we would want them preceeding our holidays. One might argue that since “Black Friday” is part of the preparation for the holiday the Christians celebrate on Dec. 25, that particpiating in it verges on Avodah Zarah.November 22, 2012 5:22 pm at 5:22 pm #908810
akuperma: So, in your opinion, it is assur to purchase a product that is on sale, if it is a kratsmich sale?November 22, 2012 9:25 pm at 9:25 pm #908811
Wasn’t that a similar question to the dispute of India (South Asian) hair for wigs. If the avodah of the Christians is to go shopping in a certain way, we shouldn’t join it. Of course, the mere act of shopping is mutar. The mere act of going door to door asking for treats on the eve of “All Saints Day” (Oct. 31) is mutar. Giving gifts in December is mutar. If a sale is part of the way they honor their avodah zarah, it probably is better not to participate.November 23, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am #908813zahavasdadParticipant
Now its assur to shop on Black Friday, Have you asked a Rav if you can poskim a Chumra?November 23, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am #908814bekitzurParticipant
Snapfish has some awesome sales, if you want to buy somethingNovember 23, 2012 3:03 am at 3:03 am #908815yaakov doeParticipant
Eichlers is having a Black Friday sale on a few items.November 23, 2012 3:46 am at 3:46 am #908816
It’s not a humrah. Normal Americans (that pretty much leaves out New Yorkers – I”m referring to the vast majority of Christians) consider shopping for Christmas to be part of the observance of how they honor what they believe to be the birth of their diety. Ask you posek:
“Such and such is considered by the majority of goyim to be part of their religious holiday – Am I allowed to participate?” . Unless your posek is uber-Reform, I’ld be embarassed to ask such a dumb question.
Many rabbanim may not be aware that the purchases of presents is part of the Avodah of the holiday of Dec. 25, or that this holiday is truely avodah zarah. That is why we need better secular education in yeshivos – and not from frei Jews. If you hold that Dec. 25 is an avodah zarah holiday, and you realize that most Americans observe this holiday by shopping for and giving presents – it isn’t a shailoh that “Black Friday” is something frum yidden shouldn’t participate in. Do we want goyim to look and say: “Oh, those Orthodox Jews are out shopping for christmas Presents just like us – isn’t it good how they’ve come around to our way of thinking and are honoring “yeshke” (as we call him) by giving presents”.November 23, 2012 6:59 am at 6:59 am #908817zaidy78Participant
Black Friday has absolutely NOTHING to do with kratzmach. Noone is buying washing machines as presents as stocking stuffers, yet Sears has a Black Friday deal.
Black Friday, as the name suggests, is when companies who are in the RED from a whole year of poor sales hope to cash in and get into the BLACK. From a negative balance sheet to a positive one. They create this whole hype. They probably hire the first few people to camp outside their stores two weeks an advance, not because they care about what gift you’re buying your mother-in-law, but because they need to balance their books.
Now a kratzmach sale is another story altogether.November 24, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm #908818
How did everyone score on BF?November 25, 2012 5:15 am at 5:15 am #908819WIYMember
The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.  Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are “in the black”.
Ayyin wikipediaNovember 25, 2012 4:00 pm at 4:00 pm #908820
Y’all realy for Cyber Monday? (Seems like prices are a bit better on Black Friday.) How much did y’all spend already?November 27, 2012 4:19 pm at 4:19 pm #908821✡onegoal™Participant
I got some solid deals. I was out all night and morning just for the thrill of it but picked up some good deals on the way. By the way, anyone who says it’s a waste of money and you can find better deals later, that’s not true. Anything you buy can be flipped for a substantial profit, and if not can be returned. All the doorbusters, are limited and very good deals. The standard black friday deals that you can get without waiting in line for are not so great.November 27, 2012 4:44 pm at 4:44 pm #908822shlishiMember
onegoal: What doorbusters or other Black Friday products did you purchase and for what prices?
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