Are you Prepared for Black Friday?

Right after Halloween, stores become overwhelmed with holiday decorations. People love to get their early Christmas shopping done in November and especially on Black Friday. Black Friday has become such a popular tradition that stores have begun to open on Thursdays. Big ticket items for Black Friday are usually electronics such as TV’s or the newest gaming system. In the old days when accounting was done by hand, red indicated a loss and black indicated a profit. One the busiest shopping days of the year is the day after Thanksgiving. On this day many stores turned their profits from red to black and the term was coined as Black Friday. People will line up outside of stores for hours or even pitch a tent and camp out for days. Black Friday has the potential to become extremely dangerous. Consumers have their minds set on a certain item and won’t let anything or anyone get in their way.

Shoppers are excited about those premium discounts set by big retailers and bad things tend to happen when thousands of customers flock to tiny spaces. During Black Friday there are increased rates of shoplifting and violence. There have been several incidents were bystanders were trampled by crowds and people died. Shoppers tend to be on edge and aggression quickly escalates. To some people Black Friday is a war and they want no part of it. Others love the thrill and rush of finding those good holiday deals. If you are planning on going Black Friday shopping it is best to have a game plan. Do some research and find out what stores have the best deals and what kind of items you are interested in buying. If you don’t feel like facing the hectic crowds don’t worry, you can always do your shopping online on Cyber Monday.

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