The Chaos of Black Friday

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services 607851

I know a lot of people, like my sister, who have their Christmas shopping done by August. From what I've read here in the Active Rain Q & A section there are quite a few of you that already have their Christmas shopping done.

I agree with Joe, I want to avoid this:

Our household , all adults now, have learned it's easiest to purchase something for ourselves and then put "from your family" on it. We get what we want and no crazinessOf course we do buy some trinkets for stockings from Santa but there is nothing in them that would warrant fighting a crazy crowd.

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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Bob "RealMan" Timm 

A BIG NO for Black Friday shopping for me. I'll probably go online and do some looking through a retail portal in my Shopping Club's website.

Nov 24, 2023 08:10 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Nina Hollander, Broker I've found Black Friday can be fun and exhilarating with the right mind set HOWEVER I rarely am in the right mind set. 

Nov 24, 2023 08:13 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I just did that Doug Dawes and I found a great deal on Walmart.com but it said it was not at my store and they do NOT ship the item. That takes care of that!

Nov 24, 2023 08:15 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Bob,
I've never been a Black Friday shopper. I'm with Joe. I don't like the chaos.

Nov 24, 2023 08:19 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

You would not find me out there on days like today, I seldom go shopping normally, and would not endure the black Friday craziness.

Nov 24, 2023 08:21 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I only have one person to shop for, my wife, and there are plenty of things she likes on Amazon, much less stressful and a better variety.

Nov 24, 2023 08:22 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

You are right on about much less stress Bob Crane . I just checked a couple of sites this morning and I found nothing I could not live without.

Nov 24, 2023 08:31 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I only remember a couple of times in the last 20 years Carol Williams , one was a "netbook" at Walmart and the other time was something at Menards. One has to have the right mind set to fit into a crowd of crazy shoppers.

Nov 24, 2023 08:28 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I found that if I'm going to a Black Friday sale I need to make it a laser focused mission and not to do any actual shopping Bob Crane .

Nov 24, 2023 08:30 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Bob "RealMan" Timm I came to the conclusion several years ago that there is NOTHING I need so bad that is worth getting caught up in the madness of Black Friday shopping.

Nov 24, 2023 09:48 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Bob,

I'm not one to fight the crowds on Black Friday! My sanity is way more important! I like to get a list of things my grands are wanting as I want to make sure I spend money on things they actually want....not just anything because it's a deal! Gift cards are way too impersonal. They like to open gifts with all of us present and I love to wrap pretty packages!

Nov 24, 2023 02:36 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It's been years since I went out Black Friday shopping but when I did it was because I was up for the thrill George Souto .

Nov 24, 2023 06:34 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I've got to be in the mood Dorie Dillard Austin TX but if I am in the mood it's kind of fun. Lucky for me I have not been in the mood for about two decades.

Nov 24, 2023 06:38 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob "RealMan" Timm  it has been forty years or longer since I went shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving... and retailers learned that I was not the only one so they have been extending the sales two to four days longer;)Endre

Nov 24, 2023 10:29 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad that I have never had to deal with the madness of black Friday shopping, haha.

Nov 25, 2023 04:14 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I am not one of those who is ready for Christmas earlier in the year, but I still don't go out on this day!!

Nov 25, 2023 05:16 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is true Endre Barath, Jr. and one of the reasons I didn't get up at 3 or 4AM. That and cyber shopping.

Nov 25, 2023 09:02 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I think the last time I did Brian England was because it was a great deal on a drone. That was years ago and they were very hard to fly back then so I ended up getting very little use out of it.

Nov 25, 2023 09:04 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

We are the same on this topic Kat Palmiotti but honestly now a days I only shop for stocking stuffers.

Nov 25, 2023 09:05 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I must admit, I have never participated in a Black Friday sales day.  I've come to love Amazon more and more.

Nov 26, 2023 11:47 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I have yet to join Amazon, Costco, or Sam's Club Myrl Jeffcoat but I do shop on line through Walmart and other big box stores. I look at Black Friday much like a scary roller coaster... it's great if your up for it.

Nov 26, 2023 02:00 PM