Black Friday on YouTube
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When it comes to video content and Black Friday, it’s easy to imagine scenes of angry mobs rushing into storefronts and starting riots over flat screen televisions. Thankfully, YouTube has plenty more to offer beyond the usual headline grabbing chaos.

Tons of YouTube users happily film themselves discussing all the great deals they picked up on Black Friday, unboxing goodies for the world to see and giving first impressions of their newest gifts for the holiday season. For brands, it’s a chance to get creative by releasing teaser content leading up to the big sale. And, let’s not forget about all the added hype for Cyber Monday.

Since Black Friday of this year, ZEFR tech has found nearly 6,000 Black Friday related videos uploaded to YouTube in just the past four days alone, and they’ve already racked up close to 40 million views.

So, before you lose your faith in humanity due to this view leading video, check out these 6 examples, all from 2013, of a somewhat brighter side to the Black Friday tradition.

1) The always popular Beauty Guru “Haul”:

2) A local Black Friday newscast, Ron Burgundy style:

3) Vlogging and surviving Black Friday as a happy family is possible after all:

4) Dear gamers, good luck keeping your wallet closed:

5) Macy’s One Direction fragrance, the behind the scenes access you’ve always dreamed of:

(FYI, the original video has been removed from Macy’s official channel. Thanks to the fans, you can watch this re-upload.)

6) Bothering Target employees with fake product requests:

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Holidays are all about celebrating traditions, and when it comes to Halloween, that means celebrating candy, costumes, and scaring the crap out of people. So, here are a just a handful of videos featuring brands, from this year and from beyond the grave, to add to your trick or treat bag for today.

First off, three favorites from 2013 posted to brand channels:

Try to find which one of these brilliantly uses fan submitted content.

Crest

(FYI, the original video on Crest’s official channel has been removed. So, you can thank the fans for being able to watch this re-upload.)

Chupa Chups

Pepsi

Next, three awesome fan creations:

Can you spot the brand partnership?

Disney Parks

Target

Totino’s

Finally, a couple from beyond the grave:

And, one of these has been kept alive thanks to a reupload on a fan channel.

Snickers

Axe

Oh, and just because it’s awesome:

DED Talk

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