Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Overheard on CNN.com: Black Friday frenzy

shopping

 

Comment of the day:

"I plan to start drinking tonight all through the weekend. That way I don't have to shop. Eat a little turkey. No, I mean a 'little' 12-pound turkey and some whipped potatoes. Watch football. Do nothing. Wheee." -- Kardiac

 

“Black Friday” is approaching, and CNN.com commenters are debating the merits of shopping online versus braving the early-morning crowds at the mall. Some, such as Kardiac, plan to skip the annual shopping frenzy.

 

You can see what readers have to say about this and the rest of the day's stories below:

 

Forget ‘Black Friday’; deals are online now

 

"What's not to love about online shopping?" asked JeffInDE. Liqmaticus agreed: "I gave up local shopping years ago. Already did all my Christmas shopping 100 percent online. No tax, no shipping, cheaper and a no-brainer. Some say that will hurt my local economy, and I say my local economy hurts my wallet."

 

Some readers questioned why anyone would get up painfully early, wait outside for hours and then jostle with other bargain hunters to save a few bucks, but LaughsAlot12 says it's worth it. "I saved 60 percent on my washer and dryer set; it was well worth standing in line for five hours. (I actually enjoyed standing in line; well, I took a chair, so I was sitting.) I met new people, got great deals and had a nice experience."

 

Others, such as Gawgous say Black Friday is like a sport. "It's about the thrill of the hunt! I get good deals online sure, but BF is different. Go ahead and stay home if you want, more deals for the rest of us true BF shoppers."

 

We also heard from readers such as Ohhhhnoooo, who say the holidays have gotten too commercial. "I have not and will not succumb to the to Black Friday/Christmas shopping frenzy. I buy my young son one or two presents, and we go to church, see an enlightening Christmas play and have Christmas dinner with our family, watch Christmas movies and enjoy our time together."

 

Five Facebook profile pics that make you look like a tool

 

Our commenters took issue with CNN.com contributors Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich's advice on choosing a Facebook profile photo. "So according to this article, the only acceptable pic is a mug shot, right?" asked BootsMegamix.

 

Darthcena, whose avatar image is a wedding photo, said there were good reasons to keep using it as a profile picture. "How about the fact we leave it up because it's a really good photo? It's not necessarily rubbing it in other people's faces; it's a memory of a happy time. Since when is that a crime?"

 

Some readers begrudgingly agreed that drunken party shots are a bad idea, but they also questioned whether the people who need that advice would be reading CNN.com.

 

And the winner of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is ...

 

Readers were also buzzing about the "Dancing With the Stars" finale, even though more people were talking about finalist Bristol Palin's mom than her tango. There was a lot of debate about whether the former Alaska governor's political clout unfairly helped or her daughter's chances.

 

Your turn: Now that you've read what other people are saying, do you find that your views align with theirs? Give us your two cents. Post a comment below or sound off on video.


Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

1 Comment
November 24, 2010
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I bought all my gifts online last year and had no hassles and got great deals.  In fact this one gift I got.. most everyone loved it.. but my mother-in law got a little peod at me .. it was this hilarious politically incorrect cookbook.. i won't tell you the name of it here cause some of you will freak out at me.. but if you google "whipped and beaten culinary works" you will find it.. but seriously.. don't be like my mother in law.. if you get offended easily or don't have a good sense of humor.. don't go..

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