Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday Blog Hop

While the rest of the US is out handling the crowds, fighting for their holiday gifts, some of us like to stay in, shop online, or just ignore Black Friday all to together. This year, join us in our second annual Black Friday Blog Hop! It's a ONE DAY hop where we're giving away prizes, talking about books we love, and most likely  eating left over turkey. :-)

The hop is November 23rd and is ONE DAY only.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Post a comment with an email addy for a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to Wild Child Publishing!

Black Friday.  Ever wonder where that name came from?  Does it mean that’s the day the stores move their red sales figures into the black?  Or could it mean that you’ll come away form the stores black and blue from all the elbowing to get those bargain prices—but they left off the blue?

Wikipedia had this to say: The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term started before 1966 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are "in the black". 

I’m trying to figure out why they would give that name to traffic, do all people in Philly drive black cars?

I know one thing I avoid the stores from Black Friday onward.  I don’t like crowds, I mean seriously some of these people don’t need to worry about that deal on a laptop, but worry about the sale on deodorant in isle 5. 

On the few occasions I have been to a store on Black Friday I did not come away impressed with humanity.  The last time I went was in 2006, no that’s wrong it was in 2005.  One retailer had laptops on sale, and I needed one.  I had this thing about needing to feel something, reach out and touch it before I bought it.  Black Friday can give new meaning to reach out and touch someone.  Just ask the people who got sprayed with pepper spray last year so some woman could get that new Xbox for her kids.

That year I went back to the electronics department, it wasn’t very crowded, but there were none of the laptops on the shelf. A small group of people were standing by the stock room door.  One man said the clerk had gone back to get more.  So I stood there with everyone else waiting,  One woman near the front had two carts and nothing in either one.  She stood in front of those double doors like she was manning a police barricade and no one else was getting through with ID and registration.  Or at least a cart with a battering ram.

The clerk comes out with a flat utility cart (you know the ones you see sitting in the store and so want to have someone push you around the store on while you giggle like an idiot?) and the woman in front grabs a laptop off the stack.  Her kids also grab one each, so now she has four.  The clerk is explaining to her that the limit is one per adult shopper.  Another shopped manages to break through her cart barrier and she screams at him: I was here first, put that back! I’m telling.

I’m telling? Really?  Who is she going to tell?  Do they have laptop police in the store, or maybe her mom works there?

Next another shopped manages to get one and the woman starts to threaten the clerk.  Now two things here, one: she has four already, make that six, as her kids have continued to add boxes to her carts, and two IS SHE NUTS?  She’s already been told she can’t have more than one.

Suffice to say I had no interest in this little play of human stupidity.

I get in line ot check out, I’ve had enough be banged by carts by insane people who are sure I am going for that one item they wanted.  Unless it’s aspirin for the headache I now have, they have no worries.

I get to the front and low and behold I am in line behind the laptop hog. She has at least 8 of them.  I hear her tell her oldest kid, wait until we get these listed on e-bay we are going to make a killing. I kept looking at those boxes as she put them on the belt thinking, all I wanted was one, one for me to use, to have and to hold, not make money on.

I am startled out thoughts of my one true love named Dell, but the woman’s loud voice as she went to war with the cashier: I don’t care what your stupid add says I can have as many as I want, that’s the law, you can’t stop me.

Law?  Is there a law that says you can buy as much of whatever you want even when the store clearly stated one per adult shopper?  I tried several searches involving quantity and shopping in the search criteria, apparently the internet isn’t up on any such law, but I did get quite a few returns for places selling Viagra.  I think google was trying to tell me something, make love not war on Black Friday.

Security comes out and they confront the woman.  I say to the cashier, I’d really like one of those laptops, do I have to wait for them to be taken back to electronics before I can get one? The words were no sooner out of my mouth when there is a loud crash as the woman pushes all the laptop boxes with the laptops inside onto the floor and tries to stomp on them screaming, it’s not right, it’s not fair I was here first . . .

The cashier looks and me and says do you want one, you don’t have to wait for them to be taken back to the department?

Is she kidding me?

Apparently the store didn’t care that they’d been dumped on the floor, and some of them stomped on—because that backroom clerk was there with his silver trolly picking them up and as he headed back people were eager to grab them off his transport.

I think I will just stay home, read a good book, drink some spiked egg nog, maybe put up the holiday tree, 

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  1. First i would like to say that is one hell of a story and people like that are what keep me home!!
    second: you are a new to me author and im looking forward to reading your new release! thank you for joining the hop!

  2. Book looks aweswome!!
    Online only for me!! They are freaking crazzzzzzyyy!!!
    Great Giveaway!!

  3. I haven't shopped on Black Friday for years.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  4. 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

  5. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  6. I sent the hubby because I have to work. I am glad you joined the hop and look forward to reading your works. Kim86004(at)gmail(dot)com

  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!


  8. 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

  9. That's why I don't go shopping on Black Friday. I'd end up murdering stupid people for being stupid. vtepelus(at)gmail(dot)com

  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.

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

  12. 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!

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

  14. im staying home and relaxing this black friday! thanks for the giveaway!

    beccaboo97200 (at) att (dot) net

    just entering for the grand prizes

  15. I'm staying home and doing black Friday shopping online. Much less stressful.


  16. Thanks!!

  17. Do you realize how sad it is, how sad our civilzation has become, when I'm not at all surprised by your BF experience, even though I've never once went shopping on that day? I can just picture a scene like that playing out every few seconds all across the country today! lol


  18. I skipped Black Friday shopping this year. We did put up our tree today.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  19. A few of my friends do Black Friday, but it's not for me.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. I can see from your story why you would be reluctant to attempt Black Friday ever again!

    melhalp at

  21. I don't shop on Black Friday to much madness for me
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  22. 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!

  23. The laptop incident was too funny and all to real! That's why I don't do the mass holiday shopping! Please, people loose their dang minds especially when they are greedy and have no's worse.

    Thanks for sharing your story! Have a great holiday!

    Belinda G

  24. Your book looks fascinating. Once I saw the cover I skipped everything else to check it out..

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    charraddon (at) pobox (dot) com

  25. 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
    GFC: BookAttict

  26. no BF shopping

    Thanks for participating.


  27. That is a crazy story! I will say at least she was going nuts over something good. I have seen people (just the one time I went) go bonkers over a ten dollar item. You are absolutely right that Black Friday brings out the worst in humanity. I do not have the patience or tolerance for it and will sit at home and shop online if I am feeling the urge to splurge!

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

    Happy Holidays,

  28. I'm staying home to read & discover some more authors thru the blog hop...
    No BF shopping for

  29. I love Black Friday shopping, (I live in a small town and people are pretty friendly, no blood or bruising) but this year they started at 8pm on thursday so I decided to stay at home and read. I went out about 11:30, when the stores were almost empty and still got all the specials that I wanted.


  30. 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! Thanks for the hop!

  31. I avoid Black Friday, too many people and too much traffic. Thank you for being a part of the hop.

  32. 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!

  33. I do my shopping online to avoid the crowds.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. I would rather stay home :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  35. I think the only way to go to a store on black friday is if we get stadium seats and place bets while munching on popcorn.


  36. I stay home and shop online. scrooge the crazy crowds! :D

    tworeads (at) gmail (dot) com

  37. Happy Holidays and thank you for the opportunity to win some great prizes. 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.

  38. Happy Black Friday and thanks for the chance to win some great prizes! I don't really do Black Friday, i'm an online deal shopper and prefer not to mess with the crowds!
    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  39. Thank you for the lovely giveaway~ I love BF shopping on and offline! Got all my big ticket items out of the way last night and this morning so now it's time to just relax and hop!

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  40. 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

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


  42. Instead of shopping, I'm hopping! I prefer to do my shopping online.
    Happy Black Friday.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  43. Thanks for the hop!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  44. Thanks for participating in the blog hop! Hope you have a happy thanksgiving. I stayed home this year for black friday because its a bit frightening in stores, I prefer shopping at home LOL! ;)

    swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

  45. I did a little shopping. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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