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Black Friday, immoral and oppressive? How about - a RIP-OFF as well?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
November 27th, 2013
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"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.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - While there are big discounts on Thanksgiving weekend, this still doesn't mean  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."

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