Do You Actually Shop On Black Friday? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.


This week’s poll question is: Do You Actually Shop On Black Friday?

Want to make some extra MakeUseOf reward points? The most useful comment on the poll will be awarded 150 points!

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Day in the US, is the first official day of Christmas shopping, and as such, it’s known for its huge sales both online and in brick and mortar stores. Despite it being an American tradition, Black Friday has spread to other places in the world, where it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving and everything to do with shopping. Most big stores and many small ones offer pretty good deals on Black Friday, but do you really take advantage of them? Are you an avid Black Friday shopper who stands in lines outside stores for a good deal? Do you keep your Black Friday shopping to online stores? Or maybe you don’t care about Black Friday at all? It’s time to vote!

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Do you even have Black Friday in your country? What do you think about the Black Friday sales tradition? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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Paul Girardin

This year, they did the equivalent of black Friday here in Canada to stop people from crossing the border and buying elsewhere.

An economics move from the government and stores!

I do not usually shop on these themed days but this year since I have a new computer, I bought 12 programs online at a vast discount (60 to 75% off).

I had to scan through hundred of offers before deciding what as some were not that big a discount!

A funny note to finish: This behavior is so unlike my normal ways of spending that my credit card company issued a security alert and I had to call them to walk through each purchase to unlock my account.

This is what I call service from that company!

Have a nice sunday

Yaara Lancet

That’s funny. :) Glad you got some cool programs!


FĂ©lix S. De JesĂşs

I only can Buy online some stuffs, instead of buying at stores, on black friday, because Most of people, act like animals, for things that aren’t food.

Qin Tang

hahahaha, you are so funny! But I think it’s full of fun to see so many people go shopping on this day…



No, I have no need to join the stampeding herd. No ‘stuff’ is worth degrading oneself to that level; and in any case, one can almost always find comparably good deals on various other days of the year.

Kelly Karpinski




I have no idea what black friday is, sounds simply awful. But caught a news report and some idiot woman was boasting how she had six tv’s at home, but she hadn’t even taken them out of their boxes. Whats the point in that?

Yaara Lancet

Six TVs! That’s insane. Some people buy things just for the sake of buying, or so it seems.


Rajaa Chowdhury


As in similar line with Dave, if you also mention the honorable mention of the people who made good comments along-with the person who won with 150 points with a mention of the comment (as Dave does), it will be a nice touch, as everyone yens to see their names mentioned in a forum. :) Just a suggestion.

Now this poll doesn’t really apply in my country India, as we have no such concept here, though after I have installed Kindle reader in my Android and registered with Amazon to enable me to read the free english classics available with them, I have started getting the Black Friday offers, on my registered email, from Amazon and thus got introduced to the concept jsut a couple of weeks back. Alkso, Amazon has introduced free international shipping for any purchase over $129 very recently, therefore I can logically avail these Black Friday offers now, however which custom duties and other taxes applicable in our country, I still feel it will ultimately be cheaper to purchase stuffs locally, but to e honest, I have not evaluated or analysed much and calculated it yet, just saying from the initial perception.

Yaara Lancet

Thanks for the suggestion, Rajaa! Unlike Dave’s column, the essence of the poll is the poll itself, and I try to keep it short and to the point.

I value and appreciate all comments, and read them carefully, but mentioning all the good comments will probably double the overall poll text, and I’m not sure it’s what most people want to see.

I do hope you and the other readers keep the comments coming on the weekly polls, they’re always interesting to read, and choosing the best one is usually a hard task!


kumar raja

No black friday in our country



While reviewing the Black Friday fliers I received in my Thursday’s paper, I noticed that 99% of Black Friday prices were no different than the usual sale prices. The remaining 1% of prices were super low but they all were on items of very limited availability (no more than 5 per store). It’s not worth losing your health or your life fighting for those items.


Raj B

Used AVG then switched to Avast now back at AVG. But the paid internet security version. (=
Doing the rounds in terms of all in one.
Used Norton, Kaspersky, AVG then I think…. Well I’m not sure yet! xD


Dave Parrack

Black Friday appears to have come to the UK, even though I’m sure most people are confused as to its origin.

I hate crowds and increasingly hate consumerism so it’s not for me. I’d rather do my research and only buy what I need when I need it.



I almost never shop on Black Friday, but a couple years ago I was able to get a brand new Seagate 2 TB external hard drive for 59.99. I still haven’t seen an equivalent deal on storage to this day.

Yaara Lancet

Awesome deal!


Mac Witty

The good thing with online shopping is that we can use the US Black Friday as there is no such thing in Sweden.

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