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We’re done with Black Friday for another year. And, depending on your feelings towards this epic adventure in shopping, you’ll either be cheering the news or eager for next year’s Black Friday to roll around sooner rather than later.

In this week’s MakeUseOf Poll, we want to know what, if anything, you bought on Black Friday 2014. The bigger the bargain, the better.

We Could Be Zeroes

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “How Much Do You Spend Buying Music?

Out of a total of 209 votes, 33.5% chose Between $1 and $20 Every Month, 28.2% chose Zero, I Pirate Everything, 23.4% chose Zero, I Stream For Free, 6.7% chose I Never Listen To Music!, 5.3% chose Between $21 and $50 Every Month, 1.9% chose Between $51 and $100 Every Month, and 1% chose More Than $100 Every Month.

The clear winner is, therefore, Zero, with those two options combined together taking more than 50 percent of the vote. It’s then a sliding scale in terms of spending, which suggests the music industry is justified in being at least a little worried about the future.

However, these results do not support Taylor Swift’s decision to remove her back catalog from Spotify Why Taylor Swift Is Wrong About Spotify Why Taylor Swift Is Wrong About Spotify In the past week Taylor Swift has pulled her music from Spotify, inspired countless song-pun laden headlines and reignited the debate about streaming music services. Read More . If you remove the streaming option then people won’t go out and spend a fortune on buying albums, they’ll pirate them instead. Oops.



Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Victor How Much Do You Spend Buying Music? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Much Do You Spend Buying Music? [MakeUseOf Poll] The question in the headline is just the beginning, a starting point designed to kick off a healthy, wholesome debate about the state of the music industry. Read More , KT How Much Do You Spend Buying Music? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Much Do You Spend Buying Music? [MakeUseOf Poll] The question in the headline is just the beginning, a starting point designed to kick off a healthy, wholesome debate about the state of the music industry. Read More , and pete How Much Do You Spend Buying Music? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Much Do You Spend Buying Music? [MakeUseOf Poll] The question in the headline is just the beginning, a starting point designed to kick off a healthy, wholesome debate about the state of the music industry. Read More . Comment Of The Week goes to Das Frettchen, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment How Much Do You Spend Buying Music? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Much Do You Spend Buying Music? [MakeUseOf Poll] The question in the headline is just the beginning, a starting point designed to kick off a healthy, wholesome debate about the state of the music industry. Read More :

I spend nearly no money on music unless I really want a physical release – and then usually I’m getting the vinyl, because I’m pretentious/I like the big art/I want to actually use my record player on occasion/it makes me feel fuzzy inside. Occasionally I’ll pick up a CD release if it comes with neat merch or swag, and once in a blue moon I’ll grab a digital album I can’t find anywhere to stream or what have you, but generally I don’t buy music itself.

That said, I spend a lot more than my vote ($1 to $20 a month) on music – it just all goes to concerts. I see as many as I can as often as I can afford to, and I often come back with merch or a signed single or such if I can wing it. Generally artists get more money from concerts in the first place, but also I just truly love going to them, so I try to stream as much as I can so I can save to go rock out/chill out/groove/whatever in person whenever I can.

We chose this comment because it brings up an important element of supporting your favorite music artists. Going to gigs and/or buying merchandise is another way of paying them for their work, even if you don’t generally buy their music. We also enjoyed the reasons given for buying vinyl.

Fight For The Right To Shop

Black Friday Five Ways To Protect Yourself And Not Get Scammed On Black Friday Five Ways To Protect Yourself And Not Get Scammed On Black Friday Read More has been an American institution for decades, but it has now expanded its reach and hit the UK, Europe, and other parts of the world. This frenzied shopping experience isn’t for everybody, but enough people do venture out to grab a bargain that Black Friday is unlikely to die anytime soon.

With Black Friday 2014 having been and gone, we simply want to know what bargain you personally bought in the pre-Christmas sales. If any. Did you save $300 on a brand new television set TV Buying Guide: How To Pick The Right TV For Your Living Room TV Buying Guide: How To Pick The Right TV For Your Living Room When it comes to buying a TV, there's a lot more than what's on a spec sheet. By the end of this guide, you'll know exactly how to pick the right TV. Read More ? Or buy headphones 5 Quality Headphones That Cost Less Than $50 5 Quality Headphones That Cost Less Than $50 Owning a quality pair of headphones is very important for anyone who wants or needs to listen to music by themselves on a regular basis. In fact, they're more important than the device actually playing... Read More for 30 percent of the MSRP? Perhaps you avoided Black Friday altogether, choosing instead to spend precious time with your family and friends.

Whatever the truth, let us know either in the poll below or the comments section even further below.

Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments why you voted that way. Either tell us exactly what bargain you bought on Black Friday, or use the opportunity to rail against the whole thing. The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.

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  1. Anshaj Khare
    December 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I bought battlefield 4 premium membership on PC. Nothing else.

  2. RobertSF
    December 6, 2014 at 6:19 am

    I bought a BMW 135i. No one else at the dealership. Took a couple hours for paperwork. Got an extended warranty for half off (saved $1600). Good deal I'd say.

  3. gus
    December 3, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I bought peace , quiet, and a stress, of spending, giving stress less day! I ignored the purchasing web sites! So there. Why give in to the malarky of greater commerce of the all American god GREED. PHOOEY

  4. Double
    December 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Ever since they distroyed the family holiday with opening on Thanksgiving afternoon, I avoid spending my money on that weekend. There are things money can't buy.

  5. Hamlyny
    December 3, 2014 at 2:30 am

    I didn't purchase anything on Black Friday or cyber Monday. Are stores are local hype and no real discounts. I'd rather wait for the inventory sales in January before I make my purchase. Being under employed doesn't help.

  6. Rich
    December 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    The day before I bought a replacement HD outdoor extension cord (the old one was worn out) and a neat new extension plug to accept my block heater - those who live in a climate where those are necessary in the first place will understand. Both were about 50% off in the weekend flyer. But my s.o.p. is not to go near a retail shop for a week after Boxing Day and now it looks I'll have to extend the practice to Black Friday too.

    I also object to the usurpation of the term Black Friday which has always been used to refer to the day of the Wall Street crash that started the Great Depression, a few months before I was born.

  7. Carole
    December 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I bought a new 2015 Hyundai Sonata! It replaced my 18 year old Mercury. The dealer had their own huge incentive plus the manufacturer's rebates. There were lots of Black Friday car sales going on but I think I got the best deal.

  8. mish
    December 2, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Discounting crap products is not something I'd consider a deal. (ie: laptops, off-brand tvs)

    Best thing I've seen was 50 bucks off the new Xbox... But I'm not a gamer.

  9. CJ Cotter
    December 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I didn't buy anything on Black Friday, because I bought it at an office supply store on Thursday evening! I bought an $80 high-end/performing SD card for $15. My girlfriend bought a new wireless printer for under $100.

  10. me
    December 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I didn't see what I would call any big deals and I am not that materialistic to stand in long lines in the cold to save a couple of bucks. This whole thing of moving Black Friday into Thursday is really a selfish Corp move on retailer's part. Many forcing the young part time retail staff to work rather than spend the time with family.

  11. Ron Ablang
    December 2, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I bought the TP-LINK AC1750 router for $59.99 before tax. I'm currently using a 802.11g router I bought in late 2009.

  12. Kuba
    December 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I got quite a lot:
    - Lumix GX7 camera
    - Sennheiser Momentum Headphones
    - Withings WiFi Scale
    - 500Mbit powerline adapter
    - couple of toys for my daughter
    - some christmas presents: perfumes, iron, soundmagic IEM's, jewellery

  13. lmnewman
    December 2, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Similar to several responses here, I didn't find the deals that great on Black Friday. However, I purchased a TV the day before Black Friday and, on the actual day, it had gone up $30+ on Amazon. I also purchased a stand online for said TV (also before Black Friday) at Walmart that was no longer available on the date. The only deals I found on Black Friday were some Christmas CDs (30% off) and outdoor holiday lighting. I'm sort of happy to see this "traditional" Black Friday hit the marketing dust bin.

  14. Tim kelly
    December 2, 2014 at 5:20 am

    I already bought all my Christmas gifts. And I'm glad too, I can't stand crowds!!!????????

  15. Craig
    December 2, 2014 at 4:54 am

    I purchased a Throttle Rod for my 1948 CJ2A Jeep for $22.50 Delivered,
    instead of $20.00 and $13.79 Shipping.
    On Cyber Monday I bought the Throttle Return Spring for $4 and $2.32 Shipping
    instead of $4 & $13.79 Shipping.
    All made in the U.S.A.
    No presents this year.

  16. David G
    December 2, 2014 at 3:59 am

    I bought Watches (not smart) and RC Cars xD.. those are things I didnt need, but wanted and took advantage of bargains.

  17. MikeB
    December 2, 2014 at 2:30 am

    I bought a non tech item for 50% off at Menards. A log splitter.

  18. jan T
    December 2, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Black Friday deals were Crap this year! Very few items seemed mildly worth getting, but only if you could fight your way to the item before they were snatched up.

  19. John Williams
    December 2, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Surely physical shopping is just a pastime now, an amusement, an entertainment? Doesn't everyone with any sense buy everything online now?

    The shaky cell phone instore films of Tesco shown on the news revealed that people were fighting over cheap no-name TVs and coffee makers. Where were the Panasonic and Sony TVs? Not in the sale that's for sure. All the Black Friday stock appeared to be a "special purchase" of junk the store doesn't normally stock so that fools could "grab a bargain".

    What are people doing with these cheap TVs? They're for the kids rooms - every house needs at least 5 TVs these days for all the games consoles. I'll bet that Dad's Sony TV in the lounge was bought after months of research, reading reviews and carefully finding the best price and warranty.

    Most of the stuff bought on Friday was probably a Christmas present that appears to be big, generous and expensive as people try to outdo each other for how big a gift they can buy.

    Go shopping? What, like in a real shop with a carpark? Are you crazy?
    I'd rather stay home and do my laundry and read a good book.

  20. Auldtwa
    December 2, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I never left the house. But Amazon had 30% off on a book, so I got a moderately expensive one for a gift; Microsoft had an HP tablet for $99 (net $30 since it includes a year of Office 365); Starbucks had $25 off a shitload of Via; and Roku had a stick for less than a week of vente Macciatos. So I did just fine with only my cat trampling on me.

  21. granddadseaside
    December 2, 2014 at 12:07 am

    I was so bombarded by emails and spam in the week before BF that I just couldn't be bothered to look.

  22. Julie
    December 2, 2014 at 12:02 am

    This is the first time I've bought anything other than groceries (which I usually buy on Fridays). The climbing gym where I have an aerial dance membership was selling unlimited climb time plus shoes & gear from now until the end of the year for $35. I decided to try something different by climbing the bouldering walls instead of dancing in aerial silks.

  23. MacDillon
    December 1, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Air Swimmer to play with... (Google it).

  24. likefunbutnot
    December 1, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I actually did go out and shop, mostly as a break from my family. I couldn't find anything I actually wanted. I bought a pair of dress shoes and some loose tea after looking around at all the places with the big stupid advertising circulars.

  25. Jan Scholl
    December 1, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I don't participate in the insanity of the holidays anymore. I don't need any more junk and if I see something I know someone would like in the regular year, I buy and gift then. The calendar does not dictate to me when and how to spend my money.

  26. Tom
    December 1, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Got the Samsung Galaxy S5 smart phone for $1 at Best Buy. My reciept says I "saved" $748, but now I've got to add $30 a month to my bill for the data plan (I upgraded from a "basic" cell phone). So, in a little over 24 months, I will break even on my "savings".

  27. Rob Dawson
    December 1, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Went to the Northern Store, and City Furniture, and Style Right, and I was the only customer in all three stores. Then I went to Boston Pizza and there were two others and after five minutes they left and I had the place to myself. So much for Black Friday chaos in Fort Nelson.

  28. Doc
    December 1, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Bought a pre-release book with the Amazon 30% off coupon code (as a gift).

  29. Shop wisely
    December 1, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I am sorry au to- correction , the " go " is to say " gmo "

  30. Shop wisely
    December 1, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    When there a " need " buy it , if is not I don't " want " it. I rather go to local food stores that is not label " go " products .

    • bernie
      December 2, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      I hate the go sales. buy one get one free. prefer buying one and having it on sale instead of go buy one get one free you pay for both if you are like me you check prices and know the prices before sales of go buy on get one free.

  31. Angi
    December 1, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I got a great deal on a 4TB Western Digital external hard drive at TigerDirect! Paid with PayPal and got $25 off and a $10 mail-in rebate. Came to $105ish because I paid extra for shipping to get it here faster. Can't wait to start ripping my dvds to 1080!!! :)

    • ZoNi
      December 2, 2014 at 7:47 am

      DVDs to 1080p? Yeah, right :D


      Regarding question: I didn' t buy anything, cause I already have everything that I need ;)

  32. Clifford Truesdell
    December 1, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I didn't buy anything on Black Friday because I don't have any money to do any buying.

  33. R A Myers
    December 1, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I bought a magicJack Go for an overseas family member.

  34. Xoandre
    December 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Since I worked from 10am - 4am Thursday - Friday, I only spent money on one great deal: Gas for my car.

    Thornton's Gas station just started a new rewards program and on Black Friday (and Thanksgiving) they had a special deal: 10 Cents off of the lowest price in the past 10 days for all card members. Membership is free and takes 2 minutes.

    So essentially I paid $2.48 for gas - which in the Chicago vicinity is a steal anymore.

  35. Adam
    December 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Got my mitts on an early-order (it'll ship this week!) OnePlus phone... not exactly a discount at $350, but a killer deal nonetheless.

    And, almost by accident, a Galaxy Tab 4 10" for... drumroll.... $70 @ Best Buy.

  36. averyvh
    November 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Black Friday sales aren't quite as good in Canada, but I picked up a few games on sale from GoG, Steam, and HumbleBundle.

  37. pete
    November 30, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I'm going to admit that I was daft enough to get caught up in all the hype of Black Friday. Living in the UK, Black Friday isn't really that big of a sale... or at least it wasn't. This year was supposed to be different. It was going to be huge.
    All the shopping website sites said so, as did other websites - we were going to see savings of 70% on EVERYTHING!

    I stayed up late on Thursday, having done a ton of research on what I wanted to buy. The minutes ticked down... then seconds.... I refreshed my browser and waited to log on on to find that I was held in a queue (40 minutes I had to wait).

    This was going to be awesome! I was going to make a huge saving on a brand new PC!

    40 minutes past - I beat the clock and found what I wanted... only to find it wasn't in the sale.

    In fact nothing of value was.

    I knew end of line stock would have the most discount but seeing 20% off tablet covers as the best deal you can get was a bit of a let down to say the least.

    I even went out to the shops on the Friday morning only to find "deals" of 5% or 10%. Thankfully people were not acting like animals in the shops I went to and were having a nice stroll around.

    I came home empty handed and watched the news as thousands of idiots trampled over each other in London and Manchester etc, in search of savings and was glad I didn't waste my money.

    I won't fall for these flash again. I've learnt my lesson.

    I'll just keep saving up and buy what I need WHEN I need it.

  38. DalSan M
    November 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Black Friday deals were Crap this year! Very few items seemed mildly worth getting, but only if you could fight your way to the item before they were snatched up. I, however, found and purchased two refurbished Dell desktops and a Toshiba laptop (all older, but great for what they are going to be used for) for $60 each. The Dell desktops have 3.0 GHz Core 2 Duo processors, 250 GB HDD, 3 GB RAM, and Geforce 9300 GS graphics cards (no gaming, but great for video streaming and general web browsing). The Toshiba laptop has an Athlon 2 GHz dual core processor, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, and 15.6 inch screen (no gaming, but good for web browsing and word processing for my 10 year old daughter). All of this for the price of what one of the Dell Optiplex desktop would cost is the best deal anyone can find, so long as they know what they are getting, know what it is worth, and if it would work for the scenario it would be applied for.

    The Dell desktops were found on and purchased through Dell's refurbished website, and the Toshiba laptop was found and purchased through (a Best Buy company) during the laptop deal of the day flash sale. If one were to know where to look (Slickdeals), one can find great deals all year long. Never wait fit Black Friday deals unless one wishes to go to a brick and mortar store to fight other customers to get a good (not great) deal (for generic or less than great product).

    • DalSan M
      December 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      I forgot to mention that I made these purchases in the beginning of October, so I didn't have to wait and see deals that were not worthwhile. Dell Financial Services were quick and painless, and the computers were recertified before they were resold. Cowboom was also quick and painless, but not all computers and devices are refurbished or free from dings.

      My family doesn't care about how the cases look, anyways. They get dinged up in our home, but we do care about the capabilities and performance. They all perform better than expected and have room for upgrades. (Appreciation for older equipment is greatly emphasized in our family because there are always use for any technology that still works).

  39. Bob
    November 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I bought an M-Disk BluRay archival deck with 3D BluRay software for viewing BluRay discs at their full potential. I'm still looking for reasonably priced BluRay M-Disk's.

  40. Alexis C
    November 30, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Herein Argentina we had our second Black friday and cyber monday and it was as bad as the first one. You can't find good deals. And if you find something interesting you have to be very careful because that item may have been increased its value so that you see a juicy 50%off or the shipping is so expensive that "eliminates" that good balck friday deal.
    In most cases, products were CHEAPER in normal days than in Black Friday/CyberMonday. You could find a lot of "deal" specially in "old technology".

  41. Zhong
    November 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I don't find anything particular interesting on the sales frontier that's being hyped on Black Friday because my room isn't big enough for a new TV, my budget limits the items that I need, most of the products I have already such as: computer, phone, clothing, shoes ..etc. Basically if I want to upgrade my current product lineup, I would consider shopping on Black Friday, visiting the store for small purchases and online for bigger ones.

    I think what people are essentially buying is the components for their gaming PC, especially the days after Thanksgiving. What I did buy was a pair of Mizuno shoes that's on sale.

  42. Hildy J
    November 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I want a new Windows tablet to upgrade my Venue 8 Pro but the current crop isn't enough of an upgrade. Beyond that, I buy computers based on spec upgrades and regular sales, not at Thanksgiving.

    I thought about a new TV but my 56" plasma is still going strong so I'll wait for OLED to come down in price - maybe next Black Friday.

    But, realistically, I haven't done traditional Black Friday shopping for over a decade. If I can't order it online and have it delivered, I don't want to bother

  43. Adrian
    November 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I don't find the deals were all that great this year...for the things I wanted that is.

    For example, last year I got the 15" laptop doorbuster at Best Buy for $ 179.99. That came with a Celeron 1017U and bluetooth. The offerings this year...while they had a larger HDD (500 GB vs 320 GB) had no bluetooth, no Optical Drive and a slower N2800 series CPU.

  44. jamieg
    November 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Picked up the Wii U SW3D, SMB, Tropical freeze and Nintendo land, for the kids Christmas of course. Currently they play Steam games on my PC with 360 controllers, but the Wii U will give us more family time.

  45. dragonmouth
    November 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I saved the most money possible by not spending any. Sure, there a plenty of things that I WANT but there is nothing I really NEED. My days of self-indulgence and stimulating the economy are long gone. I am looking to dispose of stuff rather than acquire more.

  46. Ben
    November 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I didn't buy anything because the deals weren't that good. Seemed like the deals were on crappy items or the prices were normal sale prices. Also, having many deals and sales on Thursday was stupid, because I didn't even know or want to see them.

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