The Truth about Black Friday

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brandeeh : I love this. I keep telling my family things like this and tell them if they have to get me a gift, then to give me cash or a gas card because I do not need another pair of shoes or a random item. I need gas or help with a bill because student loans are terrible. #MeaningfulGifts

sedameansstrong : I was like “don’t I make the best deal by not spending money at all?” haha

Josh Rone : Completely agree with the need for intentional buying aspect of this, and that you won't find happiness in material things. With that said, no company is forcing consumers to buy, or show up to their stores. Individual accountability, and financial literacy is the key, not blaming marketers for doing their jobs.

Golden Ratio : You buy sht you don't need, with the money you don't have, to impress the people you don't like.

john j ninja : U dont save money by buying..

Nessa Goes Wild : Thank you. You really use this platform to make a difference.

Kayla Martinez : I’ve been Black Friday shopping (right when they open) every year for the past 6 years and I’ve never seen crazy crowds! And I live in one of the biggest cities in the US lmaO

Wheatboi : Growing up desperately poor my parents would just buy random cheap crap. Quantity and appearance mattered more than quality because they couldn't afford anything we really wanted like a 50 dollar video game. But as a result my bedroom looked like I was a horder. They'd guilt trip me whenever I tried to throw anything away. So, my strategy, is to listen to what my wife and kids actually want and buy a few items for each of them. No, the tree isn't buried in items and I can almost hear the corporate tools reading this hissing that I'm a communist for not wallowing in this disgusting orgy of spending. But I'm debt free and going to stay that way despite the best efforts of corporations and their lap dogs.

I Don't Know Elisa : That’s why minimalism is good 😍😍

Laerke MA : I never go black Friday shopping because I just really can't be bothered lol

Shanty Town : Check prices before you buy, a lot of stuff is priced up so they can put up 50% off signs

Wavequeen513 : In sweden they higher the price a week before and then just put it down to the regular price when its black friday

Xavier Robinson : Doesn’t matter when your poor 😔

Amanda Ruiz : Not only does Black Friday rip people off, they take away people from thanksgiving dinners. It’s sad.

Haley Tathem : The worst part about this is people bring their kids out in this madness... it’s child abuse, so sad

Aperture BMX : Use Black Friday as a tool. If there's something you were planning to buy anyway, like a new lens or a new laptop, take advantage of Black Friday to pay less for that one item. Don't go crazy and spend more because of the savings, turn Black Friday around and make it work for you instead of against you.

Terri : Black Friday is so chill when you shop online

Sara Cruze : This is what I call black debt buying what you can't afford or don't need and crying when that bill comes to be paid. People don't know what Christmas is really about!!!!!

brightbite : I'm truly tired of those stupid haul videos! Please, people, STOP flaunting your wealth and privilege! It is uncouth!

Golden Blue89 : I am so glad I don't do Black Friday shopping. My best friend works for Best Buy and he told me all items that are made for specifically for Black Friday sales are purposely made with cheaper/lower grade quality so you are basically getting junk.

liveyourbestlife : Buying stuff you don’t need with money you don’t have to impress people you don’t even like! - Heard that on the Dave Ramsey show!

Jammy Jam : I dont know about others, but I use black friday to specifically purchase the items that I normally deem outside of my budget. It just happens with some items, that black Friday is the only day of the year where these items become affordable. Thus, I pick them up.

DurpyRainbow 004 : I’m new to your channel and the reason I clicked is because you look like a younger version of Micheal from Vsauce. But I ended up staying because of the content.

ShuTheStupidPotato : I always go with my mom when I go shopping on Black Friday, she helps me realize most of the things I think are on sale aren't or that things that are on sale aren't worth it beacause it's off by a little

RD : That’s the phrase, “don’t buy into the hype”.

Wimsem - Tekenen & Knutselen : Plus its fake discounts!

Logan Thomas : Mmm not impressed. 1. You spent the first 60% of the video detailing what you dislike about advertising, then basically said, “Meh there’s nothing we can do about it though.” You’re right. And there isn’t anything inherently wrong with advertising either, not even targeted advertising. Advertising has been around since trade has existed. It promotes sales. And sales are needed. Advertising is not going anywhere for as far into the future as I can predict, and that isn’t a bad thing. Targeted advertising makes sales, which leads me into... 2. The health of the economy depends on these sales happening. Black Friday is one of the biggest days for the US economy. We must invest in the economy or it will suffer, and that will cost us all money. I don’t understand if you’re asking for us to lessen our investment in the economy? I understand you saying that you shouldn’t be spending money that you don’t have. And that is absolutely true. But it is also absolutely not the seller’s responsibility to ensure people aren’t spending money they don’t have. That’s the buyer’s responsibility. Only.

WolfSaves Games : Wooooooww they will kill a person for a phone or food these people are PURGE

SHADOWAKALENNY : I’m not disagreeing with you. But I mean I got a $200 ps4 that I wouldn’t have been able to get after Black Friday and it makes me happy I spend time with it so what is wrong with that

Nuddles : *SWOLE* VSauce

The Film Poets : Is it a good time to ask if you'll have a Black Friday deal for Patreon membership?

tripjet999 : "Black" Friday? Must someone always being "race" into everything?

The Ultimate Reductionist : 4:20 to 4:44 It's sickening. The stereotype is true, no matter how bigoted you may think I am: all those shoppers speak English.

SoftSnake : I've never went shopping during Black Friday in any of my 20 years. It's simple really, the concept attracts me, but the result doesn't.

In line with Tima : you are the best

Zach Inman : Your content is such a breath of fresh air! Keep it up, Matt :)

I'm just trying to be relatable lol : Black Friday is such a hype

Becca Lyn : I shop ALL the time but I do it smartly. I donate what I don’t need and buy what I do, sometimes giving into buying something I don’t need. But I do NOT spend more than $10 on a product!! I got winter boots for $4 on Black Friday and it was the only thing I bought! (Guess I broke the rule on buying one item! Lol) I just feel so guilty if I buy something similar to something I already have.. it’s a waste of money! I believe you should have 70% of your money go towards important stuff—food, gas, bills& “just Incase” stuff.

Chileshe Zulu : Don't isolate yourself. There are people who have been through what you might be facing right now and they overcame it. Don't push people away, surround yourself with people who are spiritually mature and get the help that you need. Isolation when you are in pain and don't know if there's a way out is dangerous and that's why we have suicide cases. Listen, there's nothing that you can be facing that God is not able to solve for with God nothing is impossible. Hold on. Jesus loves you.

JayTheBoss98 : Black Friday is a corporate scam created by the government to get money from you. They don’t care if you die or loose a leg, they just want your money.

Anita Ares : I stay home on Black Friday, And I don't shop online.

Shrubb Life : Capitalism bad, says bearded 20 something with serious face.

kwon lok : 0:23 why the hell are you recording vertical

Rocky Desert Flower : R.E.I. Closes for Thanksgiving and all Friday, They are #1 on my shopping list for that very reason

MK Twins : This made me question why I'm a marketing student

rextrek : the ONLY thing I buy more of then I intended is FOOD Shopping ...I hate regular shopping

arturo reyes : What tf?? Buying stuff u dont need for fun? If im at best buy and its black friday *and* everything is 50% off... Sure i would buy a 15k tv for 7.5k And a 500$ speaker for 250$ And if i cant aford that I would go with a 5k tv for a 2.5k And a 150$ speaker And if i cant get that then i would get a 1k tv for 500$ And a 60$ speaker Point is i came for just a tv and speaker and if you dont have the money than just dont buy it

Sam Cypert : A lot of it (probably) also has to deal with our heavily embedded level of capitalism. We among industrialized nations have some of the smallest social safety nets available for the lower and middle classes, and Americans lead some of the longest working hours and stressful lives we've ever seen. Suicide rates have steadily risen since the 1990s. America is seeing its worst addiction to opioids in history. The pay gap between the working class and elites continues to rise and wages have stagnated since the early 2000s. One of our few remaining manufacturing bases (General Motors) just announced they're reducing 15% of their entire United States workforce. People are literally moving into RVs and camper trailers because the cost of living along the coasts have risen so high, and micro-housing has now become a choice for many. The result? Short term pleasures that lead to long-term debt and unhappiness. People are so tired, stressed, and rundown that the only thing that will improve their mood is buying that extra candle or blanket they see on display at Target or Bed Bath & Beyond that, they don't really need but like the thought of owning. I'll be honest - I've suffered from it myself and have met countless others that do as well. It's not a marketing issue - its a societal one.

Hollyn Sage : It’s easy to see and understand these companies techniques but if you realize one thing, it’s all a scam and it’s all in the hands of the consumer. No one is making anyone people purchase these items, making themselves go into debt, and following these social media accounts. Once again, this is all the mental strength of the consumer and having the strength and logic to say no and shop smart.

Annie : I swear you are the best youtuber ever. You are just so real and down to earth! I love how much effort you put into each video! You are changing the mindset of so many people, that we don’t need to buy into Black Friday. I myself felt guilty for not going “Black Friday shopping”. So, I thank you for making this video.