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Dear Amazon, this is not the United States - dorsetgirl
November 25th, 2011
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Dear Amazon, this is not the United States
What is it with "Black Friday" ffs? Why do Amazon keep sending me emails about it, and why would I want to know? "Black Friday" sounds like something bad, along the lines of Black Monday (Black Monday was the day I started a new job, my first in the financial services industry. Yeah, timing.)

Why are these companies trying to sell me something that sounds so bad?

And now bloody IWOOT are doing it as well.

Dear Amazon and IWOOT, I am not American: I am English and annoyed, and I am in England. Please stop treating this country like a mere outpost of the United States.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 25th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)

this is xiilnek, my phone just won't let me log in

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There are countries besides the United States? o.O
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:November 25th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)

Re: this is xiilnek, my phone just won't let me log in

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I honestly don't think they know that half the time, and frankly it does get irritating.

I remember a year or two back I followed a link to a video of some big Christmas-tree-lighting-up thing - I can't remember why - and I think it was in New York. Anyway, the tree was sort of impressive, but what totally amazed me was this bloke at the end (I can't remember now if he was the voiceover or just some random in the crowd that got heard) saying how wonderful it all was, and how great it was that people all around the world were watching. He really seemed to think that some tree in New York was being televised live world-wide. /rant

It always takes me about four attempts to log in from the phone too, so I hardly ever use it for LJ.
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From:talkingtothesky
Date:November 25th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
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I have been getting these emails from Amazon too. I am confuuuused. Does it just mean the sales starting, same as on Boxing Day?
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:November 25th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
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As far as I can make out, it's ending today. It's very weird, there are time-limited deals, but as there's nothing there I'm remotely interested in (I followed the link in the email) I'm not sure what the point of it all is. It's certainly an extremely strange time of year to have - and end - a sale!
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From:ac_123
Date:November 26th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
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Black Friday is the official start of the Christmas shopping season. It's called Black Friday because it's supposed to be the day that the revenue from the sales puts stores "in the black"--or financially secure. It's also called Black Friday because everyone who works in the retail business FUCKING HATES IT. Because a lot of them have to go to work at midnight the day after a major holiday and work fucking ridiculous hours for a day that no longer has any meaning because it no longer has any significant impact on the incomes of these stores.

And that's why you have to deal with Amazon sending you pointless ads.
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:November 28th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Bloody LJ just ate my comment, so I'll have to type it all again!

Anyway, hiya, how's it going? Haven't seen you around for a while, so I hope college/uni whatever is OK.

Please remember that in the comment below, it's not you I'm angry at!

Black Friday is the official start of the Christmas shopping season.

NO IT FUCKING ISN'T. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "THE OFFICIAL START OF THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SEASON".

Well, there may be in your country, but there isn't in mine, and that's where I am! Over here we're allowed to decide for ourselves when to start doing our Christmas shopping - we don't need some marketing arsehole telling us what to do.

...everyone who works in the retail business FUCKING HATES IT. Because a lot of them have to go to work at midnight the day after a major holiday and work fucking ridiculous hours...

That is just appalling. It must ruin any holiday feeling about the day leading up to it. Besides, who the fuck actually wants to go shopping at midnight? (Unless it's a new Harry Potter book of course, but I don't think we'll see those days again). Why would anyone put themselves through that?

And that's why you have to deal with Amazon sending you pointless ads.

See, that's what makes me really angry. Why should I have to put up with stupid emails just because some random unrelated country thousands of miles away has a sales promotion going on? I don't get Amazon, I dunno, Russia or Spain, hitting me with emails about what promotions they've got going on, or what sheep-like behaviour their citizens are exhibiting today. So why do Amazon assume it's acceptable in the case of the US? I wrote a complaint to them, saying it was insulting that they couldn't be bothered to treat us as a separate market. Didn't get much of a reply, surprise, surprise.

Anyway, to reiterate: it's not you I'm annoyed with, it's this whole thing of "This is what happens in the US so it must automatically happen in every other country where they speak English. Because obviously the culture and the people are exactly the same."
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