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MargaretR
27th November 2015, 06:59 PM
First, let me get the rant out of the way .... I have never been email-spammed by as many vendors as I have this last few days, all pushing their 'Black Friday' deals down my throat. To the point where I'm utterly sick of the whole, made-up, foreign, commercial, money-grubbing event. ENOUGH, already! The pending arrival of Christmas shopping is bad enough, we don't need to suffer it in November as well. *livid

OK, rant over.

Did anybody actually buy anything as a result of this remorseless commercialism? I know I didn't. Did anyone bag what they consider a bargain? *??? Or was it all a lot of fuss over nothing?

Ralph Harwood
27th November 2015, 07:04 PM
Hi MargaretR!

I have been supporting "Buy nothing Friday" instead. The more these people try to cram commercialism down my throat, the more I rebel. Nineteen hours in and I've not entered a shop or spent a penny on line.

Cheers,

Ralph.

OM USer
27th November 2015, 07:56 PM
Went to "spend a little - live a lot" Aldi to do some regular shopping. No Black Friday there as far as I could tell although I did buy 3 bottles of Champagne for a tenner each of which one might get cracked open tomorrow instead of a bottle of red wine.

MargaretR
27th November 2015, 08:37 PM
Aldi were notably not participating, and I understand Asda, which started the whole mess a couple of years ago thanks to their parent Walmart, weren't doing it this time either. One can only hope the whole thing will die a natural death...!

I should confess, I did buy something today ... A string of tinsel from Poundland, as a prop for a Christmas shot. Just call me the last of the big spenders.... :D

birdboy
27th November 2015, 09:20 PM
I thought it was just me who dislikes this Black Friday concept..but.

I have to confess I did buy something a Android Tablet to act as a remote control for my EM1 as the new OIShare is not supported by my phone. Boy was that an ordeal. I went into Curry's and Argos looking at all the options. I ended up going back and forth then decided to take the plunge in Curry's, saw the device I wanted, could not pick one from the shelf so had to wait for an assistant who proceeded to want to sell me virus software. Not sure which bit of no thank you he did not understand. I said I just want to buy that one, so another assistant got one from a locked cupboard and handed it to him. He then handed me a bit of paper with the product number on it and asked to to join a line with 3 guys on computers processing others purchases. After 10 mins of no movement in the line I asked an assistant if I could just pay for it at a till. No I had to join the line. I watched these guys on the pc's taking all sorts of details from their customers. I just gave up put the form down on a table and walked out having been asked if there was a problem and I said yes I just can't be bothered with their Black Friday deals. I was going to spend 80. I went home and found a much better device for my needs at 45 and ordered it online, OK I have to wait for delivery but at least I am not in a line.

Beagletorque
27th November 2015, 09:47 PM
Antivirus, surely!

Walti
27th November 2015, 09:54 PM
Antivirus, surely!

You may think that, but we are talking about a washing machine shop here.... 😜

birdboy
27th November 2015, 10:26 PM
Antivirus, surely!

They might try and sell it described as that but it slows down any OS so as far as I am concerned it is virus software.:D

DerekW
27th November 2015, 11:02 PM
I did well - today I needed some more Guatemala Elephant coffee which I buy from Whittards by mail order, and today it had a good discount (due to the BF) next week it may have a discount due to another issue.

IainMacD
27th November 2015, 11:32 PM
I did browse the offers on Amazon looking for a Christmas present for SWMBO, but the only thing that caught my eye was an SSD drive for the PC

I do hope she likes it :eek:

alfbranch
28th November 2015, 12:29 AM
I bought nothing.

BTW the last time I checked we do not celebrate thanksgiving in the UK.

sapper
28th November 2015, 02:18 AM
I got a Lexar Professional 800x Speed (120 MB/s) UDMA 7 CompactFlash Memory Card - 32 GB 24.99, a lenshood to replace the one I lost in Ireland, 12.99 and a Remote shutter release for my EM-1, 5.99.

I wanted a Canon 7D MK 2 but even with money off, it was too expensive, SWMBO would not let me sell a grandchild.

Walti
28th November 2015, 08:45 AM
I bought nothing.

BTW the last time I checked we do not celebrate thanksgiving in the UK.

Sorry Alf, but you're wrong!

The English should celebrate Thanksgiving on the 6th September, the date we got rid of the Pilgrim Fathers!

Edit: dependant on which website you read, it appeared to leave again 10 days later on the 16th! TWO celebrations!

Harold Gough
28th November 2015, 09:08 AM
What is about "black" which is supposed to be so attractive?

I brings to mind the ISIS flag.

Harold

Jim Ford
28th November 2015, 09:17 AM
I ignored it!

It's all part of the insidious creeping Americanisation (Americanization as it will soon be spelled!) of this country, like Halloween and the promotion of American 'football' (you know, the game a bit like rugby, except that they wear protection so they don't get hurt and play on 'carpet' so their pretty outfits don't get dirty!)

Jim

Harold Gough
28th November 2015, 09:44 AM
It seems that the general opinion is that it should be "black-balled".

Harold

Graham_of_Rainham
28th November 2015, 11:31 AM
I bought petrol :D

I also bought a DVD from Amazon (for my father-in-law) telling him it would likely take a few days because of "Black Friday". It came this morning. :)

sosen13
28th November 2015, 12:02 PM
just some boys gadgets.. torch led lenser p14.2, headphones sennheiser hd598se and booked test drive with XJ (the most exciting)

David M
28th November 2015, 04:05 PM
I ignored it!

It's all part of the insidious creeping Americanisation (Americanization as it will soon be spelled!) of this country, like Halloween and the promotion of American 'football' (you know, the game a bit like rugby, except that they wear protection so they don't get hurt and play on 'carpet' so their pretty outfits don't get dirty!)

Jim

Each time I'm back in the UK it seems more American, most noticeably in the supermarket with ever increasing numbers of North American brands.

Jim Ford
28th November 2015, 04:44 PM
Each time I'm back in the UK it seems more American, most noticeably in the supermarket with ever increasing numbers of North American brands.

Also 'muffins' (cakes) and 'cookies' (biscuits)!

English is a complex language, that many Americans have inadequately mastered and mangle in the most bizarre way. Some of the regional accents are truly hideous as well. There was an American woman on the radio this morning, and heard from the next room she sounded just like a duck quacking! Moving into the same room as the radio, I found myself laughing at her positively grotesque pronunciation of many words!

Jim

Beagletorque
28th November 2015, 05:08 PM
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David M
28th November 2015, 05:56 PM
Also 'muffins' (cakes) and 'cookies' (biscuits)!

English is a complex language, that many Americans have inadequately mastered and mangle in the most bizarre way. Some of the regional accents are truly hideous as well. There was an American woman on the radio this morning, and heard from the next room she sounded just like a duck quacking! Moving into the same room as the radio, I found myself laughing at her positively grotesque pronunciation of many words!

Jim

And the globalisation of brands. Marathon became Snickers. Opal Fruits became Starburst.

Chips over here are crisps unless they're with fish. If they're with a burger they're fries (or French fries).

And sometimes it's different across Canada, tin snips in the UK and Ontario are aviation snips in Saskatchewan.

mstphoto
28th November 2015, 05:57 PM
I bought a Photoshop Elements 14 & Premier Elements 14 package from Amazon for my mate's Christmas - 35 which I thought was a fair price.
Also, I'll get a copy of his Premier Elements 14 as it can be installed on 2 computers *yes

Mike

Imageryone
28th November 2015, 06:01 PM
I bought my lovely lady four new T-shirts, reduced fro 34.99 to 7.00, so I suppose I succumbed to temptation :)

Internaut
28th November 2015, 06:03 PM
I bought two bottles of Johnnie Walker Black, to protect the Blue, Lagavulin and Laphraig we have in the cupboard. They were 15 each, from Amazon. I also bought this, at a rather large discount:

Swiss Military Swiss Soldier Chrono Prime Men's Quartz Watch with Black Dial Chronograph Display and Black Leather Strap 6-4233.04.007: Amazon.co.uk: Watches@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-YfCVQr5L.@@AMEPARAM@@51-YfCVQr5L

Photographically, there was much to tempt me, but I haven't pulled the trigger so far. A couple of months ago, I'd have pulled the trigger on an E-M10, but I've been reading such good things about the MKII.

I've been looking for a way into a modest full frame setup, and nearly did pull the trigger on a D610....

Jim Ford
28th November 2015, 08:24 PM
And the globalisation of brands. Marathon became Snickers. Opal Fruits became Starburst.

Chips over here are crisps unless they're with fish. If they're with a burger they're fries (or French fries).

And sometimes it's different across Canada, tin snips in the UK and Ontario are aviation snips in Saskatchewan.

... and Harley Davidsons being described as motocycles! Huh - what's that all about?

Jim

David M
28th November 2015, 08:31 PM
... and Harley Davidsons being described as motocycles! Huh - what's that all about?

Jim

Because calling them farm tractors isn't right when modern tractors have better brakes and are quieter, smoother and more comfortable than Harleys.

Jim Ford
28th November 2015, 08:54 PM
Because calling them farm tractors isn't right when modern tractors have better brakes and are quieter, smoother and more comfortable than Harleys.

You forgot that tractors corner better than Harleys!

Jim

Zuiko
28th November 2015, 10:10 PM
Last Monday I made an impulse purchase in Boots, as a direct result of a poster in the window advertising an electric razor reduced from 100 to 35. I don't know if this was connected to the Black Friday thing in any way (a lot of retailers seem to be stretching the hype over a whole week) but it is something that I've been considering for a while as I find it increasingly difficult to wet shave. So far it has definitely made shaving easier for me but, as with previous experiences with electric razors many years ago, it doesn't give a really close shave like I used to get with Gillette. Still, these days I will settle for just being able to keep the stubble at a manageable growth.

I wasn't tempted by camera gear, that's not even on the agenda at present. However, the next thing I am saving for is an eye test and (almost certainly) new glasses, so you could say I am planning to get a couple of new lenses!

David M
28th November 2015, 11:21 PM
You forgot that tractors corner better than Harleys!

Jim

Well, to be honest that was on the list but it was getting to long to type and I didn't want to make it sound as if I was anti John Deere.

timboo
29th November 2015, 12:09 AM
did 90% of our crimbo shopping saved 20% on every item so happy out.

Phill D
29th November 2015, 07:59 AM
John I just got a new electric razor too. This time of year seems to be quite good for deals on razors as it was only last year I got a cheap Phillips rotary one. Just didn't get on with it really so switched to a Braun foil type this year and it suits me much better. Will probably put the older Philips one in the car to use on the occasions I find I've forgotten to shave when I get to work :o

Zuiko
29th November 2015, 09:11 AM
John I just got a new electric razor too. This time of year seems to be quite good for deals on razors as it was only last year I got a cheap Phillips rotary one. Just didn't get on with it really so switched to a Braun foil type this year and it suits me much better. Will probably put the older Philips one in the car to use on the occasions I find I've forgotten to shave when I get to work :o

It's a Braun that I've just purchased. :)

Jim Ford
29th November 2015, 09:23 AM
I've tried electric razors over the years, but generally gone back to wet shaving.

I recently bought a cheap one from Ebay. It's a 3 head rotary and cost 12. I'd say that it's better than any I've owned, including the Braun I bought about 10 years ago.

Jim

Zuiko
29th November 2015, 09:31 AM
I've tried electric razors over the years, but generally gone back to wet shaving.

I recently bought a cheap one from Ebay. It's a 3 head rotary and cost 12. I'd say that it's better than any I've owned, including the Braun I bought about 10 years ago.

Jim

I've always preferred a wet shave too, but hey - if the Braun gets the job done to a passable standard I'll be happy. Apparently you can "wet shave" with it, using shaving gel and water, but I am yet to try it.

al_kaholik
30th November 2015, 09:01 AM
I went to collect a load of MDF and some beech plywood to make my furniture in the flat. None of that was discounted, but the beech ply is beautiful! Started priming the MDF last night in front of the TV.

However in the run up I've had some good deals on things I actually need. Cordless vacuum cleaner, new headlight bulbs (for me and my parents' car), soundbase for the TV [I do need this...]

Naughty Nigel
30th November 2015, 11:23 AM
Absolutely nothing! :D

yorky
1st December 2015, 03:28 PM
Me too. I have enough problems with all the stuff I already have, though I did upgrade my camera. But that was free :-) I am though wondering if I should speculate on a new lens-probably the 17mm as I have been overjoyed with both the 14mm and the 85mm they seem so much sharper than other lenses

alfbranch
1st December 2015, 04:45 PM
I did buy an Oly EX-25 extension tube from LCE for 34.99 including postage which arrived today they said it was avrage so I expected to some scuffs but it looks mint.

I would like another but doubt I will get such a bargain*shrug

Zuiko
1st December 2015, 10:23 PM
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I would like another but doubt I will get such a bargain*shrug

Don't be greedy! :p

Well done finding that one. *chr

maccabeej
2nd December 2015, 08:05 AM
Just my favourite coffee at its normal price. Saw nothing I could afford that I wanted and nothing I wanted that I could afford😞