I’m Canadian so the whole concept of Black Friday is still new to me. Though when it’s a day littered with deals, sales, extravaganzas, I find myself linking Black Friday a lot more with crowds, fighting, even riots. Over what? A microwave, a small flat-screen TV? I’m strapped for cash too a lot of the time, you don’t see me starting fights in a store over a cheaper item.
It comes down to a number of things with people. Many are truly poor and to get something of leisure like a TV that’s decent quality for a steal of a price would be beneficial to them. I’m not surprised that those barely getting by would love to have something nice in their house for the first time in a while. The flip side though, is you get the other types of people, the super-cheap people, the ones who only buy anything if it’s at a super-discounted price. You know those people, the ones who boast about the price they haggled a store over, like it’s a trophy. Hey, props to you for doing it and succeeding, but don’t be a giant douche.
The big thing for me now with Black Friday is the advent of online shopping. If you’re not so poor you can’t afford a computer, let alone internet, there is almost no reason whatsoever to even leave your house during Black Friday now. So many stores now have online versions as well with shipping available or pickup in-store so your name is saved on it. Not to mention there are so many sites like Amazon that offer deals as well. Hell, on the 11th, AliExpress had a major sale day, threw almost $150 at that, some great deals on there (granted, they may take 2 months to arrive).
So on Black Friday, with internet becoming a constant for more and more people in North America, there’s little reason to leave your house and risk getting trampled in a Wal-Mart over a $20 microwave. This weekend, a lot of places should be advertising their Black Friday deals, including online, so start doing your homework. And when that day rolls around, just sit back and reap the rewards.
Your back (well, everything) will thank you for it.