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. 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
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 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? Or buy headphones 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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