Black Friday 2013: The Thrill Is Gone – But The Deals Are Back?

Because I'm The Cheapskate, this is the time of year when people nudge me and say, "Bet you're getting pretty excited about Black Friday, huh?"

Well, of course! The day after Thanksgiving! The day when stores, both brick-and-mortar and click-and-order, serve up the very best deals of the year, slashing prices so low you'll be willing to freeze your butt off in an overnight line like you were waiting for Kanye tickets.

Yep, pretty excited. Except, nope, not excited. Black Friday is no longer the mysterious, exciting, deal-chasing fun-fest it once was. It's been homogenized, commoditized, overanalyzed.

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