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Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Is Now Week-Long Spree

Shoppers wait in line to purchase electronic items on sale a Target store in Roswell, Ga., Friday Nov. 25, 2011.  (AP)

Shoppers wait in line to purchase electronic items on sale a Target store in Roswell, Ga., Friday Nov. 25, 2011. (AP)

152 million Americans are expected to hit the stores this weekend and many of them started lining up late on Thanksgiving day for Black Friday deals.

But Kelli Grant, senior consumer reporter for SmartMoney, says today’s bargain hunters may be too late. She says the best deals are probably already gone, because stores started offering them early in the week.

And Grant says, some offers were so quick, they were “blink-and-you’ll-miss-them” opportunities.

So what are the bargains still out there and should we re-name Black Friday, Black Week?

Guest:

  • Kelli Grant, senior consumer reporter for SmartMoney

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  • Penang

    Some it will be expanded to 52 weeks. Then where do we go?

    This is my favorite time of year.Mainly to avoid the hoards of consumers seeking out those mostly Chinese made goods to save a dollar or two.Also I like to hear and read of all those new and odd ways people find to trample themselves to get into the door first. I heard of a pepper spraying on NPR earlier this morning from California. Hell where else would this trend begin but out in California.We can call it the “consumer body count.”
    While the country heads down the tube, consumers are more concerned about spending money they don’t have on more “stuff”. Stuff that later is either returned in long lines and even stored away in the thousands of rental warehouses across the land.
    James Howard Kunstler, author of “The Long Emergency” says it all in this line:
    “We’ve turned into this nation of overfed clowns, riding around in clown cars, eating clown food, watching clown shows. We’ve become a nation of cringing, craven f*ckups.”

  • Stan

    Chaos American style.

    If we could only get the masses(the 99%) frenzied enough concerning how the 1% shape their thoughts and rape them of their monies.American b*ith and moan about their politicians, yet do little but grumble and go back to channel surfing. Apathy rules.Kudos to the PR boys and the media for herding the masses or sheeples to where they want them.Keep their eyes and minds aimed towards the malls of America rather than what the banksters of Wall(War) Street and the hucksters of Washington, D.C. are doing to them. The smoke and mirrors is working.The dumbing of America continues.

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