Black Friday as pretty much everyone in the USA knows is THE shopping day of the year, when the best prices are to be had on thousands of items, and it’s the last opportunity to secure those special gifts for family and friends (or yourself) for the Christmas Holidays.
Many stores open as early as 5am, and this year at least one chain will be opening their doors from a minute past midnight. It’s crazy isn’t it!
But if you stop and think, there is no reason why you have to drag yourself out of bed the day after Thanksgiving, brave the cold and wet, and what’s worse brave the crowds of other adrenaline crazed shoppers, just to get some bargains. These days I do all my Black Friday Shopping Online!
“NEVER AGAIN!” is a cry echoed around the country, and I completely agree – NEVER AGAIN!
I remember one year when I lined up waiting for a Best Buy store to open so I could buy our first DVD player at an affordable price, not to mention a portable television and some DVD’s at unheard of prices. I arrived over 30 minutes before the 5am opening time, only to find the line was already about 300 yards long.
Finally about 30 minutes after the store opened I managed to get inside, as they only allowed so many people in at a time, for safety’s sake. It took me about an hour to shop, as the store was so jam packed, and they had run out of DVD Players and had to put more out.
Then, I had to line up to pay, the lines all beginning right at the back of the store, and shoppers were continually trying to get through and past you as they hunted down their own prized bargains. It took at least an hour to get to the checkout, by which time just about everyone was frazzled.
Was it worth it? Back then I thought so, as we now had a DVD Player and movies to watch, but just to save a few dollars, really I would have to say NO!
However, these days there are alternatives when it comes to shopping and I do most of mine ONLINE. All of the merchants that have special deals for Black Friday in their stores have even more special deals on their web sites, and it’s far easier to sit back and pick items to add to your online shopping cart than to fight the crowds.
I put together a page on Squidoo that has some merchants that have the best Black Friday deals online, well known stores like Walmart, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, plus other online companies where you can get Televisions and Computers at the lowest prices of the year.
So please drop by, see what bargains are available, and avoid that mad crowd. You know it makes sense!