Blessed be Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now Green Monday. This article here talks about the phenomenon noticed a few years ago that the Monday after Thanksgiving saw a sharp rise in online sales, presumably because everyone that goes back to work on the Monday after Thanksgiving wishes to buy the items online that they couldn't procure during the Black Friday madness. Ebay is now predicting that another anomaly will occur the Monday of the second week of December as procrastinators for Christmas presents will realize that they need to order their items in time to be shipped and received before Dec 25th.
To retailers, this time of year is like the Super Bowl of shopping. Most of the proceeds made in a calendar year for many retailers will occur during the holidays. As a result, retailers are all pining to collect as much from as many customers as possible, so some strange and otherwise abnormal pricing schemes and strategies take place.
I propose that even though the Black Friday participants feel that they are getting phenomenal deals, that they all suffer from the winner's curse, and that part of the price paid by them for their goods is not easily accounted for like loss of sleep, waiting in large lines, or fighting that cranky fat lady for the last copy of Pirates of the Caribbean on sale for $5.99.