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POLL: Will You Brave The Black Friday Brou-ha-ha?

There are only four days left till the big shopping day.

Named for the color used to show that businesses have turned a profit, "Black Friday" has become a bellwether for predicting how well the holiday shopping season will be.

But with America still in the grip of The Great Recession and stubborn unemployment, there's a chance that this year's Black Friday may be proof of ongoing problems.

Then again, the first official day of the holiday shopping season — and the deep discounts offered by most retailers — usually draw hordes of deal-hunting shoppers and could be a sign of a rebound in consumer spending.

So, which are you — a deal hunter, or someone who avoids Black Friday?

Let us know by casting a vote in our poll, and posting your comments below.

Todd M November 23, 2011 at 12:03 AM
None - In fact, if I didn't work retail, I wouldn't even leave the house.
Govstench November 23, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Black Friday events are nothing but staged events by the retailers. Why would they put up with having staff on board at midnight? It's more a dis-service to their customers, although no one is making them camp out in front of these stores either. Wouldn't catch me near any of stores pulling this stuff. Nothing is worth that.
Erin B. November 23, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Even worse, some retailers like Kmart are having sales ON Thanksgiving Day beginning at 6am! Whatever happened to Thanksgiving being a family holiday? The reality is that the door-buster sales are few and far between and that the whole affair is a marketing ploy to get you in the mindset that everything is on sale that day. Many prices are the same or more than any other day of the year but frantic shoppers don't usually notice in the rush. It's an awful tactic designed solely to get your money.
Stephen Greenwell (Editor) November 23, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Erin, I totally agree. I'd warn parents to be especially careful on video game prices, an area in which many people aren't really that cognizant. Check out the prices on Amazon and eBay, which tend to be fairly stable, before you wait in line for the big ticket items.

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