5 Reasons to Skip the Crowds and Stay Home This Black Friday
Black Friday will shortly be upon us again. The day we are bombarded with ads and commercials telling us to get out there and spend, spend, spend! But, before you get caught up in the hype and head out to the stores, consider these five reasons why staying home might be the best choice for you this Black Friday.
1. The Crowds Are Overwhelming (And Dangerous)
Every year, people wait in line for hours to get their hands on the best deals. Some sales start Thanksgiving night, so customers begin lining up early Thursday.
The crowds can be crazy and dangerous. You can easily get injured in the frenzy of people trying to snag the best deals. Every year, there are reports of stampedes and tramplings as shoppers jostle for position and fight over limited stock. In addition, pickpockets and theft are always possible in crowded stores.
2. Scammy Doorbuster Deals
One of the most appealing parts of Black Friday shopping is doorbuster deals. However, the selection is often limited. Stores only have a few of each item; they are usually the same items on sale the week before.
Black Friday doorbusters are often overpriced items that are of poor quality. For example, a doorbuster TV might be a lower-end model selling for significantly more than it’s worth. Or, a doorbuster toy might be a cheaply made item that will break easily.
Finally, there are a few different scams to watch out for. One is the “bait and switch,” where a store advertises a great doorbuster deal, but when you get to the store, the item is sold out. The other is the “false discount,” where a store advertises a doorbuster deal that sounds too good to be true. In reality, the original price is inflated to create the illusion of a significant discount.
3. There’s Temptation to Overspend
Because stores are so crowded on Black Friday, it’s easy to lose track of your budget and spend more than you’d planned.
For one, shoppers get caught up in the excitement of the deals and sales. It’s easy to convince yourself that you need something when it’s 70% off. Secondly, people get caught up in the hype. Shoppers are tempted to grab items simply because of the fear of missing out. It’s easy to fall prey to the Black Friday hype and spend more than you intended.
4. You’ll Waste Valuable Time
Many stores open early on Black Friday, with some retailers starting as soon as Thanksgiving night. Unless you’re keen to standing in line for hours in frigid temperatures to save a few bucks, you may want to avoid Black Friday.
Early morning deals can also mean lost sleep for shoppers. If you’re not a morning person, staying home on Black Friday means you can sleep in and avoid getting up early to go shopping.
5. There are Better Ways to Shop
Many stores offer pre-Black Friday and post-Black Friday sales that are just as good, if not better, than the deals on Black Friday itself.
You also can find great deals online. Many retailers offer online-only deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and you can often find better prices on specific items by shopping around online. You can also avoid shipping charges by opting for in-store pickup.
You can skip the crowds, do your research, and take your time to find the perfect gift. Plus, you can shop in your PJs!
Black Friday can be a bit of a circus, and it’s easy to get caught up in the hype. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, save money, and reduce your stress levels, staying home on Black Friday is the way to go. There’s no need to subject yourself to the madness of Black Friday shopping when you can wait a few days and get the same deals (or even better ones!) without all the hassle.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.