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Saying No to Black Friday
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By B. Francis Morlan

Black Friday has become as big a part of Thanksgiving weekend as turkey. In many home across America a tradition has been born of searching ads, surfing Black Friday websites and mapping out a shopping strategy for the wee hours of the Friday after Thanksgiving. While the pies bake and the turkey trimmings are prepared many make it a habit to look forward with a little jingle in their pocket to begin the holiday season.

To the savvy shopper we advise: stop. Sleep in. Forget about the so-called big deals.

Here are five reasons to avoid Black Friday:

1. The Big Deals Aren’t That Big a Deal – A 36-inch flat screen television for $300 might see like a mighty tempting deal. So too that $200 laptop. The deals even might seem crazy enough to cause you to camp out on concrete for 24-hours or more in sub-zero weather. Don’t buy into it. A cheap laptop is just that – cheap. Chances are it won’t last until next Thanksgiving. And if you’re going to make a purchase for a major appliance chances are you’ll find a better deal on what you really want in October, especially in electronics. That is when merchants want to really clear the shelves to make room for holiday merchandise.

2. Biggest Bait-n-Switch Day of the Year – Every ad is going to say “limited to quantities on hand”. Often, especially for the more attractively priced stuff, those quantities are very limited. 50 laptops for a line of 1000 people are not going to last long. Retailers love getting people in with a low price – and then showing them alternatives after selling out on the hot stuff within minutes. With crowds anxious for a deal the percentages are in their favor that a shopper looking for a bargain – any bargain – in the competitive rush of early morning shopping is going to drop money on something they didn’t intend to buy.

3. Great Price, No Rain Checks – For many retailers standing in that line in the near-winter weather means nothing. Yes, they’ve got great prices advertised. But once they are out they are out – and unlike ordinary everyday sales Black Friday sales offer no guarantee, no overstock and no rain checks.

4. Better Deals Online – Start shopping online the Monday before Thanksgiving. Online retailers want to cash in on Black Friday too and they work a lot harder during Thanksgiving week to get your attention and your money. Amazon in particular has refined the art of getting folks to stay in their jammies to shop – at all hours, too. And there’s no shoving online.

5. Holiday Return Policies Kick In – just as the deals on Black Friday are an exception so too are the holiday return policies. Some retailers will only let you return product at the sale price – regardless of whether or not you have a receipt. Others are charging now a “re-stocking fee”. Investigate the return policy before you spend – by law they have to post it.

The best way to avoid Black Friday is to do your shopping well in advance of the holiday shopping season. The deals are exceptional from just before Labor Day to Halloween. Retailers are clearing out early year models and marking down to drive sales traffic. They have to. Mid-September to mid-November is one of the weakest shopping periods of the year. And there are deals aplenty.

Black Friday is festive event, sure enough, and for many just spending time with family and friends amongst the chaos is fun in and of itself. And if that’s your thing, great – just leave the wallet and especially the credit cards at home.
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Re: Saying No to Black Friday

There's definitely a TON of deals to be had online, at the very least on Cyber Monday. I love checking sales online the entire week of Thanksgiving...for things I can buy online without having to hit the stores on Black Friday.

But some people enjoy the rush of craziness on that Friday!

Me...I'm not getting up at 3-4am, I don't care WHAT the sale is.
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We've been going to Branson, Missouri near the beginning of November as that is when all the theatres change over to their Christmas shows and Silver Dollar City starts their "An Old Time Christmas". We spend some time there getting all ate up with Christmas, then we come back, go to my parents' house and after Thanksgiving set up the tree and all the house decorations. We hang out with family while the masses engage in the melee known as Black Friday. Years ago I did it once. Never again. This time of year means too much to us to squander it that way. Besides, we're either finished with our Christmas Shopping or nearly so by that time. We use our holiday time for being with family and doing holiday events, concerts, and outings. Try it, you'll like it!
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I used to love to go shopping on Black Friday when I was younger, but now that I'm married and my husband is unable to walk much, we just shop online. Too, I'm blind and so is my mom, and my husband is afraid we'll be shoved around. About the deals, I noticed that I spend a lot less money and get better gifts when I don't buy impulsively.
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Re: Saying No to Black Friday

Agree with starting early. I've bought some great stuff in past years for half the price that they are marked up to during the holiday season (and yes, I've noticed prices of certain toys to go up 3 or 4 times in the run up to Christmas...Lego in particular). Start shopping around June and if you look carefully there are still decorations that are on offer and half the price or less.
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Re: Saying No to Black Friday

I try to shop year round if I can at various really good sales. I wrap gifts and put them away so even if the kids find the packages they still don't know what's in them! Retailers often drive up the prices right around Black Friday so it looks like you're getting a good deal when you're really paying the same price you would have the rest of the year.

My mom used to love Black Friday. She enjoyed getting out in the throngs of people and shopping all day.

But Black Friday for me? I'd rather go to Krispy Kreme for my traditional coffee and doughnut and watch the crowds massacre the stores across the street

 
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