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W&D Weekly
November 30, 2011
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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor
Black Friday 2011 was an impressive (or appalling, depending on your perspective) display of retail consumption. I know a lot of folks get all bent out of shape over Black Friday, but I have shared with Window & Door readers that my family and I get into the light-hearted spirit of it. We don’t shove. We don’t trample. We don’t freak out over a missed deal. We think it’s festive, an excellent way to work off some post-Thanksgiving calories, and—seriously—when else can you shop in the middle of the night??
It’s become a tradition of sorts at Window & Door that I ask you about your Black Friday consumption. It also gives us a feel of how consumer confidence is faring within our industry. Consumers in general spent more than 9 percent more on Black Friday 2011 than they did last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Were window and door professionals equally aggressive in their Black Friday spending?
Please take a moment to send me an email or post a comment to share your Black Friday experiences. Did you buy more than you did last year? Did you witness any shameful consumer behavior, or was everyone in line pretty civilized? Has your company tried offering any Black Friday type deals on doors or windows? Please weigh in on our poll so we can compare our industry-specific spending to last year.
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Compared to last year, I expect my personal holiday-related spending to be:
Less this year
About the same
More this year
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