Monday, November 24, 2014

Shopping on 'Black Friday': Is it Worth the Hype?

(Get your running shoes on!)
According to Wikipedia, "Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November), often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season."

And NO - shopping on Black Friday is not for everybody. Just 'cause you love a great deal doesn't mean you need to set yourself up for a day of crowds, lines, and sprinkles (or heavey drops!) of chaos. All that could start as early as 5 a.m.!

Black Friday is ONLY worth the hype if: 

- You enjoy the hustle and bustle of claustrophobic shopping
- You are determined to score that product or item you've been waiting to purchase since last Black Friday (whether for yourself or as a gift for someone)
- You have PATIENCE
- You have accepted the fact that you may walk out of a store with nothing in your hand. Not everything in the store on Black Friday will be on sale, in your size, or even worth the cost. (Remember: retailers want you IN so they can also introduce new, regularly priced items to you as well!)

If you are ready to go - armed with guts and a great attitude - check out my still-relevant 2009 tips: "How to Prepare for Black Friday"


Anonymous said...

I always debate on joining the Black Friday craze. However as pf late, shopping online as been my thing. Haven't done the cyper Mondays yet. lol

Anonymous said...

Black Friday shopping is worth it to me if we'll planned. Of course this includes coupons and scouting for codes and relevant sales online.

Good Girl Gone Shopping said...

WhatSheLuvs (Chris): Yeah, I haven't done Cyber Monday yet...maybe one day! I hit the mall around 2 p.m. on Black Friday and there were hardly any lines and there were items still on the shelves...I think the craze is ceasing because of online shopping. Now, if I went at 6 a.m., could have been a different story!

Anonymous: YES, I'm all about coupons an scouting for codes and online sales. I do still love actually going into a store to shop...but it's awesome having options!