There have been commercials this year urging people to shop local on this Black Friday. That I can get behind. Pittsburgh has a lot of great little shopping districts, with plenty of independent stores for people to do their shopping.
In the spirit of independent shopping, here's one more idea. If you're buying music this Black Friday (or really, anytime), please shop at your local record store. My family does a ton of Amazon shopping. We have Amazon Prime even. I get how easy it is. But local record stores are awesome. They're usually owned by people who love music so much, they're willing to go broke trying to bring good music to the rest of us.
Here in Pittsburgh, our favorite local record store is Soundcat Records. Karl is awesome, and he worked at the record store for years when it was Paul's CDs. He bought it from Paul a couple of years ago. It is truly a labor of love.
There are plenty of other great record stores in Pittsburgh too. And probably in your area. You can always go here to find them.
Damn the man and save the empire. You'll be glad you did.