Black Friday or Black Thursday?
Do you plan on venturing out on Black Friday this year? Are you planning to brave the traffic or are you waiting to see what is in store with the weather first?
Next Friday is the day. The tradition hundreds of thousands of people embark on year after year is to go Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving in order to take advantage of the great deals.
Many stores, like Best Buy in Lafayette are planning on opening their doors at the stroke of midnight on Friday. Some are planning on opening even sooner turning Black Friday into Black Thursday. This has sparked an outrage across the United States for many employees and shoppers alike.
Many people are taking the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ side and screaming corporate greed. Others are complaining because now they have to work on Thanksgiving. One good thing about this is that everyone benefits. The corporations make money, the employees make money, and the shoppers do not have to wake up at 4 a.m. and can take advantage of the deals a day earlier.
In order to get the most out of your shopping experience, some research is needed.
A plan of action is suggested in order to get to the stores that are having the sales you are interested in. First, you need to know what the sales are, where they are, and how “bad” you want the item or items. Then, you need to categorize the items by importance or cost savings. This way you are at the store that is offering the item you want the most at the best deal first.
Tricks of the trade that many stores in the past have used can aggravate many shoppers. Offering an exceptional deal on a hot item, while only having a limited number of those items on hand generates most of this aggravation. If a person can save $50 on a $100 item, hundreds of people may show up. At the same time, the store may only have 25 of those items in their inventory.
Traffic and long lines are to be expected. Safety is always a concern and should be the forefront of all your decisions. Check the weather ahead of time. Know what you may be getting yourself into. Taking a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate can also ease your day.
Remember, Tis the Season and enjoy the event.
With the right attitude, people watching, the great deals, Christmas songs filling the air, and the cheer that comes with the season can help you stay in the holiday spirit and get the most out of your Black Friday shopping experience.
Good luck, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Merry Christmas.
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