The Origin of Black Friday (from Wikipedia):
The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term began by 1966 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the period during which retailers are turning a profit, or "in the black."My Definition of Black Friday:
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This is the day after Thanksgiving that the public (mainly woman) Unleash Hell on retailers. The chaos is usually caused because you have just been forced to spend countless hours with extended family members and you are in need of an outlet to vent your frustrations and they are still at your house. Retailers take advantage of this angst by chumming the waters with extremely discounted goods and thus cause a somewhat controlled feeding frenzy. The participating individuals justify awakening at 2am to stand in line at Wal-Mart in freezing temperatures because they can get a flat panel TV for $298.97.
Sooo ... Jeff why are you talking about Black Friday? Because I want to tell you about the cool Tri Gear that I got while sitting on my couch searching the interwebz while all the crazies were out fighting each other for parking spots at the local mall. I actually feel like I beat Black Friday because I still got some smoking deals but did so while watching college football (Hows bout that Bama/Auburn game?), eating cookies, and keeping warm with a blanket! (All the deals are linked if you wanted to take advantage):
Giro Advantage 2 Aero Helmet (Black & White)
Original Price: $149.00
Bargain Hunter Price: $79.99 ($98 w/ S&H and Tax)
I've been looking for an Aero helmet for a long time now and this helmet has been on sale on Nashbar.com for a couple of weeks but they did not have my size. So when I noticed my size was finally available I jumped all over this deal. And, as a bonus, my father told me a few weeks ago that, "Those pointy helmets look really stupid!" -- This means even at the age of 35 I am still able to be a little rebellious!
Zoot Tri 6 Tri Shorts (Legs not included)
Original Price: $60
Bargain Hunter Price: $15.95 (73% Discount)
I already own a pair of these shorts and they are wonderful. I have been looking for another pair for over a year but the cheapskate in me would not allow them to be purchased at retail price. On a whim yesterday I checked the Zootsports.com site and found this deal. Also found this:
Zoot Ventilator Cap
Original Price: $25
Bargain Hunter Price: $5.95 (76% Discount)
I really have no need for another hat but it was so cheap that I may have been temporarily overcome by the madness that is Black Friday (I feel so guilty). And the guy in the picture kind of looks like me a little so the hat made it to the checkout cart!
Brooks T6 Racer
Original Price: $85
Bargain Hunter Price: $51 (40% Discount w/Brooks ID)
Okay, I have been running with the Brooks Glycerin 8's and they are good trainers but are slightly clunky for 5k's,10k's, and tempo runs so this little neutral racing flat was just what the run doctor ordered. I am a big fan of my racing shoes having very minimal support, especially when I am as light as I am right now (154lbs) and these shoes fit the bill.
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- Garmin 305 @ Wal-Mart for $99. This is a smoking deal! We have two 305's and a 310xt and I am still considering getting a "Back-up" 305 just because this is such a good deal!
- Reynolds Strike Carbon Clinchers 66mm for $799. Now these are listed on the Performance Bike website for $999 (original of $1599) but they were offering a 20% off entire purchase coupon on Friday. I read on a message board that the 20% coupon would be available on CyberMonday (tomorrow) but this could just be a rumor. If you are in the market for carbon wheels this might be worth checking out!
That is all I got tonight. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and was able to get in some workouts and I do not mean intervals from the kitchen to the couch!
Thanks for Reading,