Black Friday – Friend or Foe?

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I am all for people getting a good deal on things like LCD TV’s, BlueRay players and the like but this black Friday thing is a little insane to me. Every year my wife drags her self out of bed at 3am or earlier and preps for the impending war of the shoppers. Leaving the house she has been out in line for hours to get a hot deal on a TV. Personally I don’t like the hassle of the whole ordeal and would much rather sit at home and pay the extra $100 for whatever it was that got everyone so hot and bothered on the day after Thanksgiving.

Black Friday is notorious for bringing out the crazy’s. You may remember last year there was a stampede at a New York Walmart that left one man dead and a pregnant lady injured. These types of things just further solidfy my stance against this madness that is black friday. The only reason I don’t like black friday is because of the hassle and the crowds. I hate nothing in the world more than crowds of people packed together tightly. It makes me nervous.

There are definitely some good deals out there on this the not so largest shopping day of the year. That is right folks, black friday is not the biggest shopping day of the year. It is hard to believe with the long lines and crazy anticts but the largest shopping day of the year seems to fall  much later than the day after Thanksgiving. The myth busting site Snopes.com has a great table showing the actual largest shopping days from 1993-2002. In each of those years the actual busiest shopping day was around December 20.

If you are planning to brave the masses there are plenty of sites out there now that have posted “leaked” black friday ads. Most notably I tend to check out bfads.net, my wife recently informed me of tgiblackfriday.com which also lists the upcoming deals. Don’t count solely on these ads as things can change before they make it to print. The only way you can be certain of what is on sale is to go out and pick up that 200 lb newspaper on Thursday and browse through the ads.

Are you planning on hitting the sales on Friday? If you are what is the one thing you are hoping to grab at the best deal? I am going to be hanging christmas lights all day so pray I don’t fall off the ladder.

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1 sandra November 28, 2009 at 11:11 pm

NO black friday for me. That stuff is crazy insane. We did however go shopping today(saturday) and there was hardly anyone out around here so it was nice!!! Praying you didn’t fall off the ladder hanging lights. Im sure the wolverine street is looking nice and decorated for CHRISTmas!! Wish we could join in the fun there, however we did manage to decorate our outside of our house here so check out my blog soon….I’ll have pictures of the lights and decorated inside.

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