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Property Manager with PropertyADVANTAGE CA BRE # 01450265

                                                   Buyer Beware!

While I love the holiday season, I do NOT like shopping during the holiday season.

There are many reasons for my lack of enthusiasm but my BIGGEST reason is the rampant consumerism that has turned an otherwise joyous time into one of greed, envy and in some instances, an out right disregard for our fellow man. Let me show you what I mean by addressing the annual kick off to the holiday shopping season:  BLACK FRIDAY


In recent years, Black Friday has turned into a battle field. What used to be an annual early morning shopping trek the day after Thanksgiving, has morphed into a knock down drag out fight for the "coveted" deals any number of retailers might be offering. Some people truly lose their mind on this day! A case in point:                                                                                                                                         Last year at a Wal-Mart in NY, a worker was trampled to death when the shoppers broke through the doors in a mad rush to get to the best deals. They even got ANGRY, that's right ANGRY, when the store announced it would close due to the death. Is this what our culture has become? One where we care more about the unbelievable deal on the Plasma TV (that is sold out before the second person even enters the store by the way) more than we care about another human beings life??? How pathetic.

While I blame peoples misplaced priorities for these incidents, I don't feel the retailers should get off scott-free because of what I believe are their questionable marketing practices. Let me give a reality check for those of you who enjoy this excursion into utter madness:                                                          

Most people will NOT get the best bargains that appear in the advertisements! Why? Because most shoppers don't read the fine print that says "While supplies last" "Only 3 per store" or "Limited quantities".

I find it odd that these behemoth retailers can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising for this day in order to whip people into a frenzy but can't manage to scrape together more than 3 or 4 of said items. So when you have misplaced priorities fueled by a scarcity mentality, a horrible economy, and too little sleep its little wonder those fistfights, stampedes and possibly even a death can occur.

I refuse to participate in this debacle and while I appreciate a good deal like everyone else, no high definition TV or super duper low priced computer is worth a trip to the hospital or, God forbid, my life.

Though I wish more people would stop "buying" into this insanity, I realize that for some folks it's the thrill and excitement and the possibility of snagging the ultimate bargain that keeps them going back year after year. So, to all of you shoppers out there just waiting for Friday, take heed. Read the fine print BEFORE you go so you know what you are up against. Remember those other shoppers are after the same deals you are....and some may do anything to get it.

Think. Be smart and be safe.

But most of all, remember what the holidays are all about. That latest and greatest gadget or the coolest pair of designer shoes is not worth fighting over. After all, I'm sure that your special someone would rather have your "presence" any day than your "presents" that may put you in the hospital.

                                      Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!



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Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

I wonder how an Open House would do if held at 5:00 a.m. on Black Friday.   :-)))

Nov 23, 2009 05:46 PM
Paul Guenther - WFG Title
The Extra Mile Is Part Of My Regular Route!


I agree 100% I never have nor ever will go shopping on Black Friday.. Ironic though how they recycled the name "Black Friday" when the stock Market crashed in 1869. Now it is common sense and tempers crashing. Merry Christmas! :)

Nov 23, 2009 05:53 PM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Read how some stores will be open on Thanksgiving night so hopefully there will be less of a frenzy on the Friday morning -- wow

Nov 23, 2009 05:56 PM
Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv
REISA - 317-663-4173 - Indianapolis, IN

Can't forget about cyber Monday. Experts say it is getting bigger than Black Friday


Nov 23, 2009 09:01 PM
Craig Richardson
National Realty - McLean, VA

Agreed...can't think of anything I'd like to be doing less than fighting lines and spending money I don't have.

Nov 23, 2009 10:49 PM
Micki OToole
PropertyADVANTAGE - Carlsbad, CA
General Manager

Jim: What an idea! Too bad you don't have a listing you can advertise dirt cheap as a door buster....You know, "Priced originally at $520,000 now only $320,000. Limited time only" Now that would be something to see!

Bob & Carolin: A lot of stores have taken to opening Thanksgiving night or right after midnight. People will still line up and clobber each other after rushing through what is supposed to be a day of giving thanks (if they do it at all). They will just be doing it earlier....What a shame. 

Nov 24, 2009 01:52 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Well we have slid a long way down the evolutionary ladder since my WWII era grandparents blessed the Earth. I have been in Real Estate all my life because I have had 3 generations of family in Real estate; my grandma used to deals over coffee with her friends who were other Realtors from other brokerages-I remember them being cordial and talking over deals while I sat next to them drinking my milk and eating lemon meringue pie...grandma knew that kept me patient while she did business in the Copper Penny Coffee Shop-I still remember and was (gulp) 40 years ago.

We must sell like doctors: we can deliver the good news (eg. "It's a boy!) and we must deliver the bad news (eg. "You have cancer, but here's what we're going to do to start treatment right away). We need to be their rock no matter what their situation.

May 09, 2012 12:07 AM