November 23rd, 2011
Black Friday 2011: Deals, death and other reasons for and against braving the crowds
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It’s the most thrilling day of the year for avid shoppers. It’s Black Friday, and it’ll be here in just a couple of days. The way I see it, there are reasons for and against braving the stores this Friday. Let’s take a look at both.
Reasons to Shop on Black Friday
You CAN get deals. Check out this website, which publishes printed ads before they hit newsstands.
To make a local shop owner’s day. For those consumers who want to shop locally, why not use this day to help boost your favorite Mom-and-Pop shop’s revenue?
Because you need to work off those turkey pounds. Mall walking is more than just a way to lose weight. It’s a way of life.
You need a break from the in-laws. Telling them you’ll be leaving before breakfast is excusable on just this one day of the year.
To check out an item before purchasing. Unlike Cyber Monday, Black Friday allows you to hold or try on a product first.
To avoid post-Thanksgiving clean-up. “But, honey, I really need to shop for your Christmas present!”
Reasons Not to Shop on Black Friday
Cyber Monday is just a few days later. Seriously, what’s better than shopping from your couch, still wearing your pajamas?
You need your sleep. Some stores are opening the night before. Do you really need to Christmas shop while still in a tryptophan daze?
To avoid having “Uncle Jimmy” tag along. He heard you’re hitting up Best Buy, and now he wants you to drag him to 20 other store sales.
It could kill you. It’s happened before.
There will be more sales. Trust me, Black Friday doesn’t have the market cornered on the only discounts available between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Bottom Line: In all seriousness, it’s up to you whether or not you want to brave the crowds this Friday. If you do plan on venturing out for Black Friday sales, just make sure you have a game plan and a budget in place before you leave the house.
Stay safe this Black Friday!
Bethy Hardeman, Social Media Maven