I keep hearing more and more stories of people getting downright insane over Black Friday sales. Shootings, pepper spraying, stampeding ... what in the world is Black Friday coming to? Back when I worked in retail I worked Black Friday every year. We didn't have stampedes or shootings and nobody was waving around a can of pepper spray. We just had hundreds of stressed, under-rested shoppers trying to get the biggest deals we had to offer.
I feel like Black Friday is being ruined. Between the month-long pseudo-sale-fest beforehand to the nut jobs that make Black Friday not only unpleasant, but unsafe, I can't help but feel a bit sour towards the whole in-store experience. This year was the first year I didn't work or shop Black Friday in-store. Since getting married, I've spent Black Friday either hauling myself out of bed to shop with one of my sisters or with Hubs. This year, for several reasons, we chose not to go out. I shopped a bit online, but most of what I wanted was in-store, so it was a light Black Friday for me. I have to say, given what everyone I know has said about their experiences, I'm not all that sad I missed it in person.
It is really that important if you get $10 off the Blu-ray player you've been eyeing? Do you really need that 52" flat screen to replace your 48"? And I'm pretty sure your kid is gonna make it if you have to pay $20 instead of $25 for the new jazzed-up Bop It.
I'm not downing the normal deal-cravers that brave the early hours and crowds to try to save some money, especially in this economy, it's not a bad deal for anyone--more spending is good for the economy, saving money is good for consumers. I just miss the days when Black Friday was literally only on Friday (not Thanksgiving through CyberMonday) and people weren't bleeding (literally) over video games.