Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/27/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Day after Thanksgiving sales may be duping the public

"Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving that offers cut-rate bargains on electronic items prior to the Christmas shopping season has been denounced as immoral and oppressive. Those forced to work that day in retail lose the holiday for themselves, and the whole notion behind the phenomenon is powered by greed and selfishness. These arguments may be well and good, but how about - Black Friday being a rip-off to the consumer? Read on.

While it's alright to enjoy Black Friday for the spectacle, you shouldn't go in trying to find great deals.

While it's alright to enjoy Black Friday for the spectacle, you shouldn't go in trying to find great deals.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/27/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Black Friday, electronics, sales, retail, rip-off


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - While there are big discounts on Thanksgiving weekend, this still doesn't meanĀ  that the discounts are worthwhile. After all, similar discounts won't come up at other times of year. The deals are scarcely worth the long wait in long lines.

Ads in newspapers and magazines emphasize size, price and discount -- but ignore the specifics. Look at the savings and look at what you're actually going to get. Consumers need to look at what's available outside of Black Friday, or any major sale.

A Black Friday purchase might have a slightly lower price tag than you would have otherwise paid, but you'll be compromising a lot for a few dollars off

An HDTV with just two HDMI ports will be a hot-ticket item on that day, but you're better off finding something within your price range. A Vizio E550I-A0 at $729.99, not part of any Black Friday deal is still a well-equipped 55-inch set with Wi-Fi and four HDMI ports.

"It's not perfect, because no big-screen HDTV under $1,000 will be," columnist Will Greenwald says. "But it offers a lot for the price. At its standard price, it's just $30 more than the Samsung is on sale, offers more features, and you wouldn't have known it existed if you only looked at the sale items."

Greenwald says while it's alright to enjoy Black Friday for the spectacle, you shouldn't go in trying to find great deals.

"You can find some sweet Black Friday, and even Thanksgiving Day deals, but they're not worth dealing with crowds and lines. And they're especially not worth encouraging companies to make employees work split shifts through Thanksgiving instead of spending time with their families."

The holiday, he says, push "specific models on you and give the impression that you won't get a better deal for that price, so you better jump on it right away. Step back, ignore the brightly colored price tags and claims of huge price cuts and look at everything available. You might find a better choice, even in the same store, without having to go out this holiday weekend."

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2015
Universal:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More U.S.

Rick Santorum Announces His Candidacy saying - It is Time to Take Back America Watch

Image of Rick and Karen Santorum

By Keith A Fournier

There is something which many in the main stream U.S. media do not know, here it is - not many people are listening to them anymore. However, they will listen to this song. And, they will understand it. The sentiment it captures will encourage the heart of a ... continue reading


Treasure hunters claim to uncover $2 million of missing Confederate gold in Lake Michigan shipwreck Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Treasure hunters claim they discovered $2 million worth of gold, originally stolen from the Confederates after the Civil War, in a Lake Michigan Shipwreck. The hunters, Kevin Dykstra and Frederick J. Monroe said they discovered a 19th Century tug boat off of Frankfort, ... continue reading


Woman finally meets man with her dead brother's transplanted face Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Transplant recipients do not normally meet the families of their donors. An exception was made in the case of Rebekah Aversano, who met the man with the transplanted face of her deceased brother for a strange, touching homecoming. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


President Obama meets with ISIS executed journalist Steven Sotloff's family during Florida trip Watch

Image of Steven Sotloff had reported from across the Middle East and covered events in Libya for Time Magazine.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

United States President, Barack Obama met with the family of slain American journalist Steven Sotloff during his trip to Miami. Islamic State militants beheaded Sotloff last year. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Obama met with Sotloff's parents, Art and ... continue reading


Michael Jackson's 'Neverland Ranch' up for sale for $100 million Watch

Image of Real-estate investment firm Colony Capital bought the note in 2008 for $23 million and put the title into a joint venture it formed with the pop star.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Late pop music superstar, Michael Jackson's famous retreat, Neverland Ranch is now up for grabs at $100 million. The former fantasyland currently lives under the name "Sycamore Valley Ranch." Located 40 miles from Santa Barbara in Los Olivos, the property spans ... continue reading


ANTHRAX IS BACK: U.S. Military accidentally ships live anthrax Watch

Image of Anthrax contaminants taken from building in Trenton, NJ in 2001. (Times staff photo by Jane Therese)

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Some samples negligently sent by the U.S. Military contained live anthrax. Four lab workers from the United States and about 22 overseas, who come in contact with the shipment, are placed into post-exposure treatment, according to a defense official. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


Baltimore bloodshed continues with unbelievable violence over the holiday weekend Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

May has proved to be the most dangerous and deadliest month Baltimore has witnessed in more than 50 years. There were more than two dozen shootings over the Memorial Day weekend alone; city police have never been busier. Community leaders hope the members will come ... continue reading


BACKWASH: California water officials consider repurposing sewage into drinking water Watch

Image of Unlike non-potable reuse, where treated sewage is used to irrigate crops, parks or golf courses - direct potable reuse takes treated sewage effluent and purifies it so it can be used as drinking water.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While it's "doable," few people in California are actually voicing any enthusiasm. Stricken by a crippling drought, water officials are going through some highly popular alternatives - and repurposing sewage water into drinking water is one of them. LOS ... continue reading


Gallup poll shows that one in four Americans not gay Watch

Image of Only 3.8 percent of Americans self-identify as gay, lesbian or transsexual.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As Gay rights movements continue to disrupt society and political life, poll reveals that gay and lesbians are not as common in the United States as previously perceived. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A new Gallup poll conducted in early May has revealed that ... continue reading


World's oldest woman reaches 116-years-old! Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

World's oldest woman, Jeralean Talley has added another year to her life - the world declared she turned 116 last weekend. Talley and her family, friends, the Inkster mayor and Congressman Conyers, delivered a message from President Barack Obama, celebrating her ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 51:12-20
12 And therefore I shall thank you and praise you, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11
8 The precepts of Yahweh are honest, joy for the ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 11:27-33
27 They came to Jerusalem again, and as Jesus was ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 30th, 2015 Image

St. Joan of Arc
May 30: St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter