Revival of the Obligatory Happy Holidays Thread

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Revival of the Obligatory Happy Holidays Thread

Post by assdef » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:39 pm

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a day we come together and remember what we are thankful for. And eat turkey.

I am thankful to be an ASDFian and thankful for all of you!

Happy Holidays, ASDF Forums!
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Re: Revival of the Obligatory Happy Holidays Thread

Post by atomtengeralattjaro » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:30 pm

happy turkey day.

(oh, you don't feel the enthusiasm in my post? that's because IT WAS A TURKEY!)

(ps. the association of turnkeys bid me to tell you not to eat them, as they are not turkeys.)
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Re: Revival of the Obligatory Happy Holidays Thread

Post by vraiment » Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:47 am

I've never celebrated thanks giving.

I'm curious about how it is.

I hope to be in the USA next year by this dates.

Crazy random stuff.
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Re: Revival of the Obligatory Happy Holidays Thread

Post by assdef » Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:41 am

It's just an excuse for us to get together with family for an early dinner on a Thursday. And then on Friday holiday shopping starts.

The meal is supposed to be an homage to pilgrims who first settled America in the 1500s: turkey, corn, potatoes, yams, pumpkin, etc. The food is always fantastic so I'm not quite sure why we only eat it once a year (or twice if we have something similar for Christmas).
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Post by vraiment » Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:00 am

I know

Too many cartoons from my childhood treated the topic

Still, I have the curiosity
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Post by Anonymously Famous » Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:16 pm

Regarding shopping the day after Thanksgiving: Click here.

I hope that everyone has happy holidays. :)
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Re: Revival of the Obligatory Happy Holidays Thread

Post by atomtengeralattjaro » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:30 pm

..so why is this shopping rage? everything is cheaper? and why?
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Re: Revival of the Obligatory Happy Holidays Thread

Post by assdef » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:19 pm

BECAUSE IT'S CHEAPER! ROAR! I MUST KILL THE OLD WOMAN IN LINE IN FRONT OF ME TO GET THE INEXPENSIVE LED TELEVISION! ROAR!

As I understand it, the Friday after Thanksgiving is often a holiday for most people, and because of that for many years (decades) it was the day that many folks got all of their holiday shopping done because they had the day off. You also need to know that retail establishments typically operate their fiscal year "in the red" (with a net loss) until this day after Thanksgiving, when they go "in the black" (with a net profit) because of all the holiday shopping that happens on this day - hence the name, Black Friday. The stores began to recognize the importance of this day to their overall revenue/profitability, and so they began offering sales and incentives to shop at their stores to drive greater revenue and greater profit.

Well, like anything capitalist, each business did what it could to outsell the other by opening earlier and earlier and offering better and better discounts until we reached the level of ridiculousness we have today. The consumer responded by becoming more and more emotionally involved (since consumerism is mostly about emotion, really - do you truly need a 60" television to survive? Or do you just feel awesome when you buy it and sit at home and stare at it?). We have now arrived at the point where people stand in line for hours if not days to take advantage of some of the Black Friday sales. And when you've got 200 people in line for a product that the store only has 100 of, tensions begin to rise when they run out of inventory and people begin to realize they stood in line for no good reason. Realistically this is no different then the bread lines in Russia in the 70s and 80s, except it is a tad bit more superficial (instead of waiting in line to feed your family, you're waiting in line for a Wii U or Tickle-Me-Elmo or whatever).

It's consumerism at its best. Where the marketplace forces of supply and demand meet for a brief period, and we see the true chaos of the market and its inefficiencies are exposed in a very dark and satire-worthy experience: the irony of all of this, of course, is it's done in the name of the holidays, the spirit of which is supposed to be selflessness, peace on Earth, "goodwill towards men," etc.

And so, my friends, that's what Black Friday is all about. This episode of Assdef's Fun Facts has been brought to you by the Wii U. NOW GO OUT AND BUY ONE BEFORE THEY ARE ALL GONE AND YOU RUIN CHRISTMAS FOR YOUR CHILDREN.
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Re: Revival of the Obligatory Happy Holidays Thread

Post by assdef » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:21 pm

And I didn't realize how long my post was.

TL;DR: Stores want money, offer sales, limited inventory, consumers get mad.
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Post by atomtengeralattjaro » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:32 pm

I read the whole thing. Thanks for the nice explanation.. it's kind of sad, really.
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Re: Revival of the Obligatory Happy Holidays Thread

Post by Ml08180 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:07 pm

I went to a store at 12am on Black Friday and didn't have/see anything like what they report and people talk about, two people actually reached to pick something up for me when I dropped it. Sure, there's crazies, but I got all my shopping done in about an hour for really cheap. The line was the only problem, just really long but me and the people I went with just stood around and talked for about half an hour. It was like that at about three places that we went to

tl;dr : Black Friday is over-hyped imo. I've gone to a lot of stores and never really seen anything like what they report.
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Re: Revival of the Obligatory Happy Holidays Thread

Post by assdef » Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:24 pm

ML has the right idea - it is a great opportunity to get all of your holiday shopping done in one fell swoop. And 99.99966% of the stores have no issues - it's the one or two stories you hear about that make the national news that tarnishes the whole thing. Granted, getting shot at a Walmart over a television is worthy of attention because of its sheer ridiculousness and inhumanity.

I, for one, do all of my shopping online now. Mostly because my family is on the other side of the country so I just have all the stuff shipped to them so I don't have to bring it with me on the plane. No lines in cyberspace!
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Re: Revival of the Obligatory Happy Holidays Thread

Post by Anonymously Famous » Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:48 am

With online shopping so prevalent, and cyber Monday, etc., I'm surprised that Black Friday is still a huge deal, especially since for a lot of stores, the sales of a week or two before are better than the sale on Black Friday.

I like to think it's called "Black Friday" because it's evil.
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Post by atomtengeralattjaro » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:09 pm

it does sound waisis, to be sure.
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Re: Revival of the Obligatory Happy Holidays Thread

Post by Anonymously Famous » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:07 pm

Since this is the "Holidays Thread", I decided to look up if there were any holidays today.

Happy International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, everyone!
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Post by atomtengeralattjaro » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:04 pm

hey that's cool.
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Post by Anonymously Famous » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:29 pm

Every once in a while I'll look up the date on Wikipedia and see if it says anything about any holidays. Sometimes it has really cool unofficial ones. There's always at least one holiday. After all, every day is at the very least dedicated to a saint in the Catholic Church. There's almost always something more, though. :)
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Post by atomtengeralattjaro » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:11 pm

Anyone knows when is Aperture Science Bring Your Daughter To Work Day?
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Post by assdef » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:42 pm

Why? Do you have a daughter you haven't told us about?
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Post by atomtengeralattjaro » Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:01 pm

nah.. just this crazy infant shooting portals everywhere, i hafta get rid of her
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