Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday Blog Hop!

I’ve never been a big fan of shopping.  I don’t particularly like crowds and I despise waking up when it’s dark out.  All of which make the whole Black Friday thing my equivalent to having a root canal procedure without any Novocain.  There’s no way in hell I’d ever wait in line in the middle of the night so at the appointed hour I and my line-mates can all behave like barbarians as we trample our fellow man (woman or child) to snag some deal.  How is that fun?  And now, Black Friday begins at some retailers on Thursday.  You are supposed to be pretending to have a wonderful time with relatives you can't stand on Thanksgiving, not skipping out early to check out Target. Why don’t we just have jousting matches outside Best Buy to figure out who will be able to purchase a 36” flat-screen TV made by some unknown company (that can’t be programmed on any Universal remote) for half price?

It’s all a big scam by retailers to get people into the stores anyway. They only have a limited number of the “big deals” at each store so, more than likely - unless you are willing to camp out in line for a few days - you’re not going to bag the bargain anyway.  But you’re there, and you’ve fritted away hours waiting for the doors to open.  You have to justify your time expenditure somehow, and what better way (in the eyes of the retailer, of course), than to buy some other stuff that you could have just as easily waited to purchase when you didn’t have to get up at the butt-crack of whenever. 

I know, I know.  It’s a byproduct of our hunter-and-gatherer roots.  You can’t come back empty handed.   You’ll appear weak.  Your husband will frown and say, “What, you waited for five hours in the cold and you came back without the X-Box Mega 8000 that’s only slightly different than the Mega 7000 that you bought last year?” 

No one wants to have to answer that. 

Instead, you find anything to make your loved ones believe you braved the Black Friday hoards and came back with the modern equivalent of a mastodon to nourish your family through the long winter to come.  Even if that means bringing home a life-sized Justin Beiber Chia Pet.

At least everyone can munch on the sprouts…


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Instead of waiting in line to shop on this, the first official shopping day of the 2012 Holiday shopping season, why not check out my books Special Offers and Special Rewards.


I'm giving away a FREE copy of Special Rewards!

Don't forget to leave your email in your comments so you will be eligible for the prizes!

(The comment section is after the list of bloggers)

And the winner is:  CatFire!
Thanks to all who participated.





51 comments:

  1. LMAO!! Loved your post and totally agree with you!! Shopping? Online only for me!! They are freaking crazzzzzzyyy!!!
    Great Giveaway!!
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

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  2. LOL, thank you for making me smile and thank you for the giveaway :)
    fiza700[at]gmail[dot]com

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  3. I hate the crowds so I'm thankful for this blog hop! Thanks for joining and for the chance to win!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

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  4. Traffic already irritates me so going out on Black Friday is not for me.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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  5. And WHO needs a Justin Bieber Chia Pet ?

    thanks for participating
    glhince (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. omg, Bieber, please no :D
    swordlily_girl[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  7. I do not like crowds so BF shopping is not for me! I will be spending my day hopping and then snuggled up reading! Well that is after I decide on what new book I have just added to my to be read list! It gets longer every hop! Thanks!

    grapeapril75(at)gmail.com

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  8. A jousting match outside of Best Buy? Now that might get me to the stores today. I do almost all of my shopping on the interne

    christina
    cgricci@yahoo.com

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  9. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here I live, so no Black Friday for me either. But it must be fun to go shopping :)

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. I'm not a Black Friday shopper. I don't believe that shopping should ever be a full contact sport. I spend the day baking cookies with my kiddos instead.
    planterofhope(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I'm not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com

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  12. I love to shop but not on Black Friday. Online shopping is much less stressful.

    Thanks!

    jinni_james@yahoo.com

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  13. We don`t have Black Friday sales here (I`m an international reader), so I`m just attending giveaways like this one,lol.


    dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Oh i'm staying home this black friday!!! Nothing in the sale ads could make me go today. i do like to look them over and usually can find a better deal online.thanks you for joining the hop!
    miriam.whitewolf@gmail.com

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  15. I stayed home today.
    kydirtgirl68 AT gmail DOT com

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  16. I skipped Black Friday shopping this year. No Beiber pet here. LOL

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

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  17. I don't do Black Friday -- the week before Thanksgiving usually marks the LAST time I deal with retail until after the New Year!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  18. A few of my friends do Black Friday, but it's not for me.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the give away! katiejteller at hotmail dot com

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  21. LOL Loved your story of Black Friday and I must say I concur! The commercialism is absolutely crazy and I am not sure what drives people to do this year after year. I did it once, yep and will never partake in that "fun" again!

    Thanks for the giveaway and being a part of the hop.

    Happy Holidays,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  23. Your blog is too funny!! I couldn't agree more except for the comment about the relatives you don't like (I like my relatives - even my in-laws). I can't do Black Friday shopping (unless it's online) - I don't have the patience or the stamina for the lines and the crowds. Happy Holidays and thank you for the opportunity to win some great prizes. cfierstein@cox.net

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  25. Thank you! christiethemom@hotmail.com

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  26. TOTALLY Agree! Love the way you put things:) It would be hilarious to see a jousting match... oh the visuals! *grins*
    c.in.cyberspace(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  27. There is a 79% that my cat is plotting to kill me......LMAO. Thank you for being a part of the hop.

    cmucha319@yahoo.com

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  28. Hi! Happy Holidays to you! No, im not a shopper on black friday. I hate crowds. I like to stay home, spend time with my family and eat leftovers. :) Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I stay home on Black Friday and enjoy the quiet and leftovers
    Thanks for the giveaway
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  30. no BF shopping

    Thanks for participating.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. I've been enjoying this blog hop today instead of dealing with crazy Black Friday shoppers!

    Julie K
    kornhsl@yahoo.com

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  32. I no longer go Black Friday shopping. Too many crazy people out there. I don't have the patience I had when I was younger, LOL. So today I am staying in and blog hopping, instead of shopping! angadair@nwcable.net Thanks for the hop!

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  33. Nope, I don't do the mega shopping for anything. Toooo many people. I shop online most of the time. No stress!

    Thanks for the opportuniy to share!

    Belinda G
    belgre@comcast.net

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  34. I do my shopping online to avoid the crowds.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    nerdswillruleoneday@yahoo.com

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  35. I'm staying home to read & discover some more authors thru the blog hop...
    No BF shopping for me.....ktyler13@yahoo.com

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  36. I do some Black Friday shopping, but I'm more addicted to Cyber Monday. No lines, No rude people, free shipping.... how can you go wrong!

    angelheart618@gmail.com

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  37. not going near any stores today, hate crowds,thanks for hopping! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  38. Thank you for the lovely giveaway~ I love BF shopping! I got all my big ticket BF shopping out of the way today and last night so it's nice to relax and hop tonight!

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

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  39. I shop from home, I have a hard time dealing with rude people and lines. Makes me what to start drop kicking people (just the rude ones). Thx for the hop stop.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

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  40. I would rather chew off my arm then stand there with all the rude obnoxious people! I fell in love with online shopping last year and will probably continue doing that each year. :D brendem7@comcast.net

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  41. Thanks for the hop stop!

    melhalp at msn.com

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  42. I don't do Black Friday sales. The deals are usually not worth all the hassle, especially since I'm not the type to stand out in the cold for hours waiting for the store to open.

    purple975@msn.com

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  43. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. OHHHH...I want a Justin Beiber Chia Pet! Where did you get it? I'll buy it from you for $50 bucks...LOL. Your post is so on target (or should I say Target?)
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  45. Thank you!
    Deliachic3@hotmail.com

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  46. I avoided the crowds at the mall today and went to the movies instead. Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

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  47. I don't shop on Black Friday, it's too crowded.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  48. I stuck to the web today instead of braving the crowds. ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

    fancie @ live. com

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  49. Ive never been much of a fan of shopping either Thanks for your giveaway!
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

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  50. Thanks for the hop!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  51. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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