What the heck?! It was only Tuesday! Haven’t these people heard of the saying, “Time is money”? They are going to sit in front of a store for 72 hours to save what – $50? $100? $200? And while they are camped out, how much money will they be spending at the fast food establishments around them – $25 / day or more? Subtract that number from their Black Friday savings and they may just about break even!
I quit shopping brick & mortar stores on Black Friday the same year I started shopping online, where I find “door busters” year-round. Best of all, they are shipped to my house (usually for Free!), so I don’t have to battle people in parking lots, stand in lines for hours, or even get out of my pajamas.
There is so much media hype about Black Friday, and stores have completely lost touch with what Black Friday deals are supposed to be. Nowadays, they mark something down 15% and call it a Black Friday special. Surprisingly, shoppers still come flocking. Really? For a 15% savings? I won’t even take a glance for a discount that slim.
Remember $10 DVD players and $5 Gameboys of years past? Those were worth getting out of bed for! I’m simply not impressed by what Black Friday has become. On Friday morning, I will be home with my family (I have 7 extra staying with me this week for Thanksgiving), sleeping in and baking cinnamon rolls for breakfast. After breakfast, we will head over to the park to toss around a football and play some tennis. Then we’ll come home and eat Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch and possibly watch a DVD. Somewhere in there, I will shop around a little online and probably send out a newsletter full of deals.
So those are my plans for Black Friday. What are yours?