The Truth about Black Friday

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 😍😍

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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

InterPress : 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.

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.

Axel : *SWOLE* VSauce

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

Kishor H : I haven’t bought anything in 3 months

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

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

Terri : Black Friday is so chill when you shop online

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

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

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

dear stella : you save even more when you don’t shop 😂#broke

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.

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

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

Logan T. : 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.

adn : 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.

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

Wimsem - Tekenen & Knutselen : Plus its fake discounts!

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

Liam O’Neil : I agree with everything but One thing not mentioned is WHY people feel the need to shop like this, I suspect it’s because of the system as a whole, most people aren’t satisfied with what they’re doing in life, they’ve done as they’re told since birth, now they’re at a job they more than likely don’t like, and they’re not satisfied, they don’t get the sense of accomplishment that comes with creating or building something, they get a paycheck, and the only way to get the satisfaction and gratification is to spend the paycheck, they receive their dopamine kick when they make a purchase and feel good for a short while until it goes back to normal levels and they feel depleted until next paycheck and they can buy something else to feel good again and justify why they’re even working in the first place... they’ve been taught things make them happy and most don’t actually think about it, they just do as they’re told

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.

Lauren Elloise : Oooo you're coming to Sydney nice!!!

LittleLeyWorld : I always wait Black Friday to buy only things that I need for that I dont go to stores I purchase the things I need online so I am not tempted to buy more things !

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.

Rev. James C : My strategy is to only buy the versatile basics and only if they meet my quality (and ethical) standards. Every item is expect to be of such quality that it will last several years or more with proper care. With this wardrobe, I will ‘need’ (okay, maybe want) to add one or two items of clothing per year and that’s it. When you buy quality socks, for example, they don’t fall apart. Last year I purchased about a dozen pairs of socks, both thick and thin, casual and dress, and wear them in a rotation. Not one single pair have failed me yet.

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.

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

MaskSo James : Honestly I have what I need I don’t really need to buy nothing this Black Friday. I will just sit back and relax and play video games with my homies

hope : wow love that you tackled fast fashion and consumerism. also old navy lol

In line with Tima : you are the best

shekinah rain : Ok next time I'll follow my shopping list damnit. Random granola bars who?

Teimon Kauppa : True but if you need something it is good my headset broke so i had to get new one got one for cheap now but you have to use your mind because some stores raise the prices over here netherlands