"we've marked down our crappiest crap to our almost clearance price(which you'll see a few weeks from now)! come stand out in the cold for hours on thanksgiving night and friday morning, so you can fight with mean, tired, and cranky people over stuff that isn't much cheaper than its regular sale price(assuming you're not buying the crappiest crap)!"
Crap, I was seriously ready to deal with a racist thread but this turned out to be the most reasonable thread ever.
Also, I am psychologically unable to deal with the crowds at most stores on a normal Friday let alone the local gas station on black Friday. I will be hiding under my covers peeking out only occasionally to make sure that Karen isn't peeking back at me.
*once again MAC turns to drink to promote normal human contact*
It'd be one thing if you could really get awesome deals that you otherwise wouldn't be able to, and by that I mean the good enough to offset the time and effort. The reality is, as Karen said, you're just getting everyday sale prices. These stores try to give the impression that they're selling stuff at a loss just to get people in the doors, in reality if that is the case at all they only have some ridiculously small quantity at that price (like 3, or even 1).
I remember the last time I left the house on black friday watching people scramble for these $19.00 vcr's. These things were not branded at all, and I remember thinking that I wouldn't have taken one for free. I've also been gifted a $5.00 black friday cordless drill. It had some no-brand brand (like "Skill Twist" or something dumb like that) and it worked surprisingly well for the first two or three charges, the it went in the trash.