I think in all the years of making my own money… I have only bought 1 or 2 things on Black Friday. A DVD player when I was 19 working retail at Walmart. I bought it during my break because I had no way to watch movies at home and I didn’t have cable. A couple of years ago I bought a cheap tablet for Mikayla for Christmas. Other than that I couldn’t tell you the last time I wanted to rush to the store Thanksgiving evening or that actual Friday. Shopping on Black Friday just isn’t worth it anymore.
I love Christmas shopping for the people I love, but there are just some things I won’t do for them, and shopping on Black Friday is one of them. Here are 8 reasons why shopping on Black Friday isn’t worth it!
Black Friday should only be one day!
Gets earlier and earlier every year
Since I was little I would say 9 or 10 Black Friday started the FRIDAY after thanksgiving which is on a THURSDAY! Then it went to Thanksgiving evening. I am now 36 and I have seen some Black Friday Deals started at the beginning of November. I have worked Black Friday… Don’t make it earlier. You are guaranteeing people HAVE to work on that day because of your corporate greed.
I guess this year a lot of stores will start the Black Friday sale November 21st – 27th, Have in-store sales from Sunday – Wednesday. Then will be closed for Thanksgiving but have online sales still going on. Then continue the online/in-store sales Friday-Sunday.
I guess that is better than in previous years. At least employees will have the day off.
Its all the same crap
It is all the same shit every year. TVs, video games, consoles, headphones. Howard Schaffer, general manager of Offers.com “We found about half the products featured on doorbusters from various retailers last year had a three-star or lower rating on Amazon,” Schaffer said. “Don’t fall into the marketing trap. Invest your money in tech products at another time of the year.” The Wall Street Journal reported that in 2014 and 2015 Target’s Black Friday circular was nearly identical in 2014 and 2015. No BIG SHOCKER there!
Black Friday deals aren’t worth it
Have you noticed that it is always the cheap brands that have the best prices? You always see the brands ONN, RCA, or Element… When is the last time you say a REALLY good deal on a Samsung, Sony, or LG? Target has a Samsung 55″ Smart 4K Crystal HDR UHD TV on sale for 479.99. The regular price is 499.99… Really 20 bucks off?
People are crazy
I remember growing up hearing stories of people being trampled on looking for the hottest toy of the year. The New York Post reported that “Between 2006 and 2018, according to the Hustle, 44 Black Friday incidents in America left 11 dead and 109 injured — including one man who brought home a shattered hip after being shoved into a shelf of cut-rate presents.”
From what I have seen these past few years it hasn’t been as bad, but still, people are effin crazy. Mike and I have a new tradition because our Christmas shopping is normally done in October. We go into stores not to buy anything, but to just look around and people watch. We make a whole date night out of it. Grab ourselves an iced coffee and walk around. Sometimes it can be very fun and others we make the mistake of buying something… not Black Friday related…
Never will we make that mistake again! The lines are ridiculously long. Mike and I decided a few years ago it would be fun to spend the night playing canasta, but we needed playing cards. We headed to Wal-mart picked up our cards and headed to the check-out line which happened to be all the way back into toys. We waited in line for god knows how long for a 2 pack of playing cards.
It makes for a fun memory, but that is crazy they didn’t have an express lane for people with 10 items or less. That would really come in handy.
Black Friday should only be one day!
I want to thank the stars Black Friday Sales never ruined our family traditions growing up. We never decorated for Christmas until after eating Thanksgiving dinner. The tree went up that night and my brother-in-law would start putting up the outside lights on Black Friday either before or after we went shopping… IF WE DID. That was the best part of Thanksgiving it was the turning point that Christmas was right around the corner. We as kids looked forward to that day.
I am thankful that Black Friday sale shopping did not have a big presence in my life growing up. I never felt that a shopping day was more important than me or putting up our Christmas tree.
Nowadays I see babies and toddlers out at midnight or later on these shopping days. Smooshed in a shopping cart surrounded by a bunch of boxes.
My family traditions have changed a lot since I was a kid, but the one thing that still stands is we are home Thanksgiving night.
When Cyber Monday started in 2005 that was godsent. Over the years I have utilized online shopping and have gotten better deals online for stuff. That is how I got internet at my house in 2016 I think?? Give or take a year or 2. That was a Christmas present for me and Mike. LOL
Verizon had a deal a 2-year contract for 40 bucks a month. Here we are 5 years later and I still have Verizon. My bill has only gone up a little bit since being with them.
With the circular ads being the same every year I don’t worry about what sales are going on. I buy presents throughout the year if I need to. If not I start shopping in August and I am done by October. Especially now the kids are getting older they aren’t into the hottest toy of the year… It relieves so much stress when you don’t try and do all your Christmas shopping at once. Not to mention your bank account or credit card will thank you later.
I am all about less stress in the holiday season. Get it done early sit back and relax. Doesn’t that sound good to you? To me shopping on Black Friday isn’t worth it. It has never been my thing. I am glad it’s not Mike’s things either. Are you guys into shopping on Black Friday? Is it worth it to you? Let me know in the comments.
Until Next Time, Have a Great Day! Remember you are a badass!