In the shadows of Black Friday

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I have an affinity for working two jobs. My 2nd job has always been retail. Thus, I have rarely experienced a holiday without having to work “my part-time job”. This has meant missed opportunities with friends and family and a hint of bitterness as my holidays are spent catering to other people’s wishes and dreams.

As I looked at my part-time work schedule for the next few weeks all I could think about was “let me quit now before the floodgates open”. With Black Friday just around the corner, I have to mentally prepare myself for what is to come and remind myself of how entitled people are when it comes to obtaining a set of dishes (when I worked for Crate and Barrel) or book (when I worked for Barnes and Noble).

At my current retailer, I don’t feel there are any ‘hot’ items per say, but the store will be flooded with the ever-so pleasant nickel and dimers who insist on using expired coupons, individuals who insist we honor the morning specials even when they come in the afternoon (because their kid had an important game in the morning), or those who insist that a brand new full-priced item belongs on the clearance rack.

As Christmas comes and goes, one thing is constant, people will spend money they don’t have and go out of their mind to buy things their children don’t need (and will not care about a month after Christmas). Undoubtedly there are some good deals around the holidays. If I had the money I would love to buy myself a new flat screen on Black Friday or better yet a new laptop. But I have to ask myself, is it really worth camping out at midnight in the cold? Or being trampled on once the doors of the store open? I think not, but our consumer culture, one of commodity fetishism, says we should.

Since I have no money to shop, I’m curious as to what this year’s hot Black Friday deals will be. I can say that thanks to Pintrest, my interest has been peaked with ‘mini’ food items such as cake pops and mini donuts. As I perused the circulars today after work, I noticed Khols was having a sale on the cake pops and mini donut cookware. So, if anyone wants to buy me a birthday gift after Christmas, here is a great suggestion:)

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