While recovering from yesterday’s Thanksgiving feast I saw one of several reports about the Black Friday craze. I shook my head as I witnessed the antithesis of the true concept of holiday spirit, which seems to have all but faded away in the chaotic blur of the zombie-like crowds with dizzying discounts in their eyes, making them oblivious to the fellow customers that helplessly serve as carpets lining the path to retail nirvana (or hell, depending on one’s perspective). Of course I’m not painting all Black Friday shoppers with a single brush, only noting what has become a notorious by-product of the yearly event. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are spectators watching safely from home, placing bets as to when the first reports of shopping-related violence will pour in; kind of like betting which hockey player will lose the most teeth during a season. I was asked whether I’d be raiding the stores today. After a vehement “Hell no,” I highlighted my reasons for avoiding this year’s
games sales. Without further delay, I present you with the top 6 Reasons why I avoid Black Friday like the Black Plague:
6. The phrase ‘Deals to Die For’ has become a bit too literal.
5. I don’t believe shopping should be synonymous with a contact sport.
4. I refuse to buy sale items I didn’t intend to buy in the first place.
3. Just because something is on sale doesn’t automatically make it a good deal. In fact, many items go on sale in an attempt to push old product that has been sitting around for a while.
2. I don’t think the rampant pandemonium, long lines, or crowds (hey, I like my personal space) are worth the bargains.
1. As a former employee of a major department store, I’ve had rink-side seats to the insanely barbaric behavior exhibited by those in pursuit of rock bottom bargains. Back then, I subjected myself to such an environment because I was a college student in need of some extra cash. In retrospect, I don’t think the money was worth all the stress, but I did learn a lot about the industry as well as my threshold for chaos. Even so, why the hell would I put myself through all that again? And for free at that!
For those who are more enthusiastic about venturing into the Black Friday madness, please be careful and shop responsibly.