Black Friday Repression Syndrome: Do You Suffer?

Maybe you've missed the ads — it's a big shopping day next Friday. Do you care? Share your thoughts on Black Friday madness.

Back when Mervyn’s was a shopping option, they had a commercial with a young woman outside the closed store, chanting “open, open, open." I did not identify with her.

I suffer from BFRS. That's Black Friday Repression Syndrome — a complex I made up without benefit of a psych degree. BFRS is the fear of setting foot in a retail establishment on the busiest shopping day of the year, the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23 this year).

It's the sudden, urgent need to stay home and do anything else. The aversion to the tinkling of holiday music and faux snow scenes on display windows. A lack of fervor for items marked 20 percent off, today only.

Do you have a family tradition of a shopping boycott on Black Friday? Tell us about it in the comments.

Dorothy Tatting Slauson November 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
How about instead of hitting the BIG stores we shop at our neighbor small businesses....They need our support. Why would I want to stand in a huge line in freezing cold and stand in huge lines. Those days are gone for me, the only time I ever did anything like that was for an xbox for my son who is now grown up...
Chris J Kapsalis November 18, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I just get gift certificates. Stress free and easy.
Lance Howland November 19, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I have another one — Jammie Shopping Syndrome. Do you notice how often people use the expression "shopping online in my jammies" for retail on the Internet? Jammies are all the rage. I used to always associate jammies with opening gifts on Christmas morning ... -- LDH
c5 November 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM
i don't shop on black friday, so don't care much about it one way or the other. most of my shopping is done online but there is no rush.
Regular Guy November 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I recommend shopping at the less crowded and amply staffed second-tier stores: Home Depot, Sams Club, Staples, and even Ace Hardware. You can get some great prices and be in and out of the store quickly. You don't really need to get up early for those stores either, unless there is one screaming deal you can't afford to miss. Stay away from madhouses like Best Buy.


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