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12/5/2014
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Stop The Black Friday & Cyber Week Hating

Of course you need tech toys. And... discounts. No politically correct hating required.

Cyber Monday and Black Friday are both over, and if you're like me, you scored big. In fact, you're downright grumpy at people who are grumpy about Deep Discounts and Loss Leaders. Admit it: aren't you tired of the Black Friday hating? How did hating become a part of the holidays? The politically correct self flagellation must stop.

Before you continue the needless hating into Cyber Week, check out some of these #hateblackfriday tweets. For your convenience, I have provided a Grumpy Translation™ below as well.

Translation: "I hate buying cool stuff."

Translation: "I have no patience, self control, nor any desire for cool stuff."

Translation: "I am bad with money."

Translation: "I do not yet have in-laws."

Translation: "Really not looking forward to working all night."

I will offer a hat tip and less-than-grumpy gratitude to those who really get slammed at work during Black Friday. But let us remember that the alternative, nobody buying anything, is not good for the store or paycheck. So let's quit all the variations of "Oh noes, we might get a good deal!" and "Horrors, what about the poor people who have to work... and get paid... to offer deals to us during the holiday season."

Because somebody even grumpier than me might get confused by what I am saying, let me be clear: Grumpy IT Guy is not condoning people getting crushed, or panicking, or acting stupid.

(Source: Philip Taylor)
(Source: Philip Taylor)

Here is the correct strategy:

Step 1. Figure out what you were going to buy anyway.

Step 2. If you are in IT, look for a good deal for a gadget that you can play around with. Make sure that you justify it to your spouse in a carefully calculated, sophisticated, and mature way:

"I work in IT. Of course I need toys."

For example, I checked out and bought one of the 10 Windows tablets and laptops that were under $200.

Grumpy IT Guy already has one of the major tablets, but because of Cyber Monday, he also bought the other major platform... to put the IT Guy in Grumpy IT Guy. And games. And Gunnar glasses. Because, because... technology.

Step 3. Do not buy anything that is not super-discounted.

Just as obvious as "do not believe that you can win in Vegas, the money for the big glitzy hotel is coming from somewhere," yet people violate this rule.

Grab the "loss leaders" and get out. Do not stick around to buy other stuff. Common sense, basic economics, and analysts looking to ride the Black Friday search wave will all tell you that the other merchandise is actually more expensive during this time of year.

But do not hate Black Friday. Or Cyber Monday. Or, that super arms race between brick-and-mortar and online stores that we now call Cyber Week.

Just indulge in the toys and... don't be so grumpy. At least for now.

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vnewman2
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12/7/2014 | 5:59:48 PM
Re: Good self control
Oh! I am the Queen of "stalking something until the price goes down" before buying.  Black Friday I'm not so crazy about because the crowds of people are intolerable, but Cyber Monday?  Winner-winner-chicken-dinner.

Ebates offered double-cash back for shopping those two days, so I scooped up a ton of things I already planned on buying anyway and got a double-whammy deal - more cash back on already discounted items.

I get a little rush from it everytime that happens :)  Patience young grasshopper.
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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12/6/2014 | 8:35:38 AM
Where were all these amazing deals?
I did not come any amazing deals. I did get offers for the 29$ Android 4.0 tablet that had outdated specs and was made by a manufatcurer I never heard of. Uh, and I have to pony up 149$ first and then wait 8-12 weeks for the mail in rebates that probably get magically lost...and those are for bundled software that does not run on the tablet and that anyone in their right mind would neither buy nor install on their PCs.

Or the deals that are all "sold out" just a minute after the deal was sent to me. At least I got recommendations for "comparable products", typically products that have worse specs and cost more.

Or the deals that have the low price up until final order placement where the price either magically increases or dubious fees make this no longer to be a deal.

Or the switcheroo where only at the very end of ordering a hint gets dropped in the fine print that you might be buying a refurbished item,,,and then get one that misses all the essential accessories and comes with a lousy 90 day warranty.

 

I rather wait until January or February when tech gear is always the cheapest.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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12/6/2014 | 1:25:12 AM
Re: Holiday shopping
I'm not really a particpant in Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals. When I need something, I'll buy it. I don't need a retailer, brick and mortar or online, to compell me to change that thinking in any way. 

Although I'm sure this whole thing is really good for the economy, I don't buy it as the best deals out there anyway. 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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12/5/2014 | 4:46:28 PM
Re: Holiday shopping
If you actually need the toys you're talking about, you'll buy them immediately, regardless of whether it's Black Friday or not. Chances are, however, you don't really need them. And if that's the case, you'll save even more by not buying something unnecessary.
TerryB
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TerryB,
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12/5/2014 | 1:06:50 PM
Good self control
I'm just impressed at you people that know something is a good price (versus regular price) and can actually wait until it goes on sale to buy it. I guess I just don't have enough respect for money. Probably why I don't own my own tropical island yet. And never will. Sigh....
TerryB
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TerryB,
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12/5/2014 | 1:06:39 PM
Good self control
I'm just impressed at you people that know something is a good price (versus regular price) and can actually wait until it goes on sale to buy it. I guess I just don't have enough respect for money. Probably why I don't own my own tropical island yet. And never will. Sigh....
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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12/5/2014 | 1:06:12 PM
Thank you GIT Guy!
Glad to see someone else out there who is pointing out the PC whining and business-hating tripe that polluted the Internet for weeks before the holiday!
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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12/5/2014 | 11:00:13 AM
Holiday shopping
Translation: "I do not yet have in-laws." Zing!
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