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  • Ian2

    Crikey, they're a bit keen ...

  • spivonious

    Disgusting.

  • cbae

    What? No waffle irons this year?  http://gawker.com/5862628/

  • magicalclick

    @Ian2:

    what is so special about those boxes?

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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  • Ian2

    @magicalclick:I don't know, apparently just 'smart phones'

  • Maddus Mattus

    Must buy! buy! buy!

    Mass hysteria,.

    Good for profit tho.

  • evildictait​or

    Really? really?

    America is broken.

  • Proton2

    Bus crash in Egypt kills 47 children. I'll take American problems any day.

    Update: I just remembered about an acquaintance of mine from Spokane that was shot in the back of the head in Florida earlier this year. Joey Fuller was his name...

  • Proton2

    So if CNN's statistics are to be believed, that means everyone over 14 went shopping between the Friday after Thanksgiving and the Sunday two days later. That includes 4,371,357 who are between 75-79, 3,110,470 between 80-84, 1,913,317 between 85-89, 830,206 between 90-94, 228,669 between 95-99, and 40,397 over 100.

  • cbae

    @Proton2: My wife went out Thursday evening and again on Friday, while I stayed home both days. However, she alone would count as 2 shoppers. So on average, every adult in my household went shopping.

    Whoever wrote that Weekly Standard article isn't too bright.

  • cbae

    , Proton2 wrote

    Bus crash in Egypt kills 47 children. I'll take American problems any day.

    Update: I just remembered about an acquaintance of mine from Spokane that was shot in the back of the head in Florida earlier this year. Joey Fuller was his name...

    I'll take no tragic bus crashes AND no riots in stores. It's not an either or proposition.

  • evildictait​or

    , Proton2 wrote

    So if CNN's statistics are to be believed, that means everyone over 14 went shopping between the Friday after Thanksgiving and the Sunday two days later. That includes 4,371,357 who are between 75-79, 3,110,470 between 80-84, 1,913,317 between 85-89, 830,206 between 90-94, 228,669 between 95-99, and 40,397 over 100.

    Well apart from the fact there's a massive strawman in there too.

    The analysis suggests that nobody out of the 20 million 10-14 year olds went shopping on those two days which is patently not true.

    In fact, if only half of those 10-14 year olds went shopping with their parents, then the analysis could have rejigged the numbers to say note that there is no requirement in the figures that 40,000 centenarians needed to be scrambling for a new PS3. In fact, half of the 10-14 year olds add up to all of the over 75s in your figures.

    It's funny how so many of these outraged analysis posts read. "Look at X! X is big! discounting A B and C (which I discount for poorly explained reasons) it means that P% of Q must be doing Z. Since P is huge and since hardly any of Q are doing Z (again, I'll just state that without justification), clearly X is false!"

  • Maddus Mattus

    They see the Blackfriday record spending as a sign of recovery.

    The record is driven by inflation, not by actual spending. I'm sure if you expressed the record in a global currency, like gold or silver, it would be a very moderate value.

  • Proton2
  • Ian2

    Bill G has the answer:

    Bill Gates             @BillGates                         

                        Everyone knows about & . Now help me spread the word about :

  • Maddus Mattus

    @Ian2: I don't agree with Bill Gates. You can't just give away stuff and think that will help. We've been trying to give away stuff for a better world for 50 years now, it's not helping.

    When you give away something for nothing, people value it at nothing. Only way forward is to trade with them. Let them become self sufficient, instead of dependent on handouts.

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are helping the world become a better place more than Giving Tuesday, IMO.

  • Sven Groot

    , Maddus Mattus wrote

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are helping the world become a better place more then Giving Tuesday, IMO.

    More than Giving Tuesday. "Then" denotes a sequence of events (I did X then after that Y), "than" is used for comparisons (X is better than Y). This annoys me almost as much as the "als"/"dan" mistake many people make in Dutch. Wink

  • Maddus Mattus

    @Sven Groot: thanks Smiley

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