Amazon employees across parts of Europe are striking and protesting what they describe as dangerous work conditions and anti-union tactics. The protests coincide with Black Friday, one of the busiest and most stressful days of the year for workers in retail. Amazon employees in the UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain participated in the strike. Workers cited comparatively low pay, hazardous work environments, and unreasonable performance expectations as among their reasons for protesting. Andreja Schmidtkunz, a German Amazon worker and member of the union ver.di, said in a statement that some workers had undergone multiple surgeries after joining the company. Schmidtkunz added: “You start at the company healthy and leave it as a broken human.” Several employees also described experiencing physical pain or injury on the job. “My doctor told me we are doing the equivalent of a marathon a day for five days straight at work. Not even professional athletes work that hard,” … [Read more...] about Amazon Workers Across Europe Protest Black Friday, Citing Grueling Work Conditions
Best Gaming Deals The best deals on games, consoles, and gaming accessories from around the web, updated daily. If you’ve ever looked at the standard Xbox controller and thought, “This needs more glowing lights,” hold on to your hat cowboy. Razer’s Wolverine Ultimate controller, Gizmodo’s pick for best feeling controller, is currently marked down to its lowest price on Amazon. Typically priced between $130 and $160, it’s now selling for $120, matching the lowest price we found during Black Friday. So, what do you get for twice the cost of a regular Xbox One controller? A number of customizable options including extra programmable buttons, and interchangeable thumb-sticks and D-Pads. Like the standard Xbox controller, it can connect to your PC. Oh, and it glows. Obviously. Be warned, though, its exclusively a wired controller, which is a total bummer for couch gaming. However, for serious serious console gamers, this shouldn’t be an … [Read more...] about One of the Best Gaming Controllers Is Back to Black Friday Pricing
Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Amazon’s new 4K Fire TV Stick was on sale for $35 on and around Black Friday, but Daily Steals is doing you one better today via its Facebook marketplace. Get Amazon’s latest and greatest streaming stick for $30, including support for Dolby Atmos audio and both major flavors of HDR video. … [Read more...] about This 4K Fire TV Stick Deal Is Even Better Than Black Friday
Start the Countdown Trinh Pham, 22, of Arlington, appears exhausted as she waits in line at a Target in Allen, Texas on Thanksgiving night, 2010. © David Woo/Dallas Morning News/Corbis The 4 a.m. chill settles into your bones. You're on a mission, running a well-crafted strategy through your mind again and again. As you visualize the path you'll take into battle, the action draws near. Chuffing warm breath into your hands, you try to stay loose. It's a last-ditch effort to stave off a milieu of emotional and physical states: excitement, fear, adrenaline, fatigue. Now is the time for singular focus. It's Black Friday. The line you've been queuing in for the last 45 minutes is starting to morph from orderly to insanity as everyone makes a break for the just-opened store doors. Whether you'll be one of the first few to snag a door prize remains to be seen. It's every shopper for himself. This is war. We're not sure why ordinarily rational Americans lose their minds at … [Read more...] about 10 Black Friday Horror Stories
Shoppers line up outside of Toys "R" Us in Times Square on Black Friday morning. See pictures of popular toys. Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images For scores of Americans, as soon as they digest their Thanksgiving turkey, it's time to think about holiday shopping. They snatch up newspapers bursting at the seams with circulars and advertisements heralding Black Friday sales. Coined in the 1960s, "Black Friday" refers to the day after Thanksgiving that marks the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season [source: Tanenbaum and Tate]. The "black" in Black Friday symbolizes stores turning a profit. These days, some stores don't even wait for Friday morning. They open their doors Thanksgiving evening or at midnight to give deal-hungry shoppers an early start for the shelves. But not everyone is eager to whip out their wallets while the scent of pumpkin pie still lingers in the air. You can divide holiday shoppers into two distinct camps: the Black Friday go-getters and the … [Read more...] about Is Black Friday the biggest shopping day of the year?