Nov 12, 2016

6 Reasons I Will Avoid Shopping on Black Friday

Black Friday is one of the busiest times of the year for retailers in the United States, and recently, it has started the night of Thanksgiving. People camp out in front of the stores before they open just to be the first to get the best deals before they run out.

In the past, people have even been seriously hurt because they were trampled on or were fighting with others who wanted what the other had. Shoppers are in a “crazed” state and are out of control. But, the deals they feel they get on that day seem to be worth it all. In my opinion, this day is highly overrated. I have never shopped on Black Friday, nor do I plan to. Here is why:

1. I am not into the crowded scene

I have never been a big fan of the crowds. I seem to be the one who gets pushed or stepped on, so I try to avoid crowds as much as possible. I have no desire to be in the Black Friday crowd.

2. I prefer shopping online

I can get some outstanding deals online just as I could if I went shopping to a brick and mortar shop. There is the Cyber Monday where many online sites offer great savings. However, there are deals to be found anytime online, plus I make money shopping online with ebates and swagbucks.

3. I prefer to spend this day relaxing with my family

My family is what is most important to me during the holidays, and I would just prefer to spend my day off from work with them then out in the retail jungle, hunting for the things I can easily live without.

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4. I am still in the “thankful” mood

I feel Thanksgiving often gets overlooked and is a holiday many take advantage of. I am so thankful for all people and things in my life, and I do not want to take advantage of that, ever. So I would rather spend my time home reveling in my blessings than fighting with someone over something I do not need.

5. I am a traditionalist when it comes to shopping on certain days and times

I believe that retailers honestly do not need to be open at all times of the day or night to make money. I feel they make plenty of money during their regularly scheduled times of operation.

6. Employees should enjoy their time off with their families too

It is just not the same when you have a member of your family at work on a holiday. The whole idea of it all is that it is a holiday. That means a day off of work. Employers would be giving their employees a wonderful gift if they closed their doors for family time.

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Holidays are a time to spend with family, and I am a firm believer that should be the case on Thanksgiving night and the day after on Black Friday. The deals will still be around or online. I do not feel like I miss out on anything by not participating, and I do not think the stores will either. What about you? Will you be shopping on Black Friday?

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