It’s almost Black Friday, the day stores around the country roll out those “too good to be true” early morning sales to entice people still stuffed with turkey and pie to line up at the crack of dawn on the sidewalk outside of their store.
Being the kind person that I am. I’d like to shed some light on a few Black Friday myths and why it might be better to stay at home and forget about shopping on Black Friday this year. So before you decide to rush out and join the crazed masses on the day after Thanksgiving, read on!…
1. The deals just aren’t worth camping out on a sidewalk for.
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the best advertised deals are on items in very limited quantities. This means most people lining up out side that store wont be leaving the store with the item they hoped to buy in the first place. Trust me, Wal-Mart or Best Buy aren’t in the business of doing you any favors. The deals they offer may be good, but the real goal is to get you in the store to spend money you didn’t plan on spending, on items you didn’t plan on spending it on! Plus most Black Friday deals are now available online, meaning you can get the same deals without risking getting trampled to death by an anxious mob!
2. Black Friday prices aren’t the best you’ll find.
Black Friday prices are usually only the best prices you’ve seen, so far. As the holiday shopping season progresses you’ll often see Black Friday prices matched or beaten by stores as they get anxious to move as much product as possible. So if you’re patient, you can let your self digest Thanksgiving dinner, enjoy your Friday off from work and still get the same (or better) deals later in the season. The week before Christmas may actually have much better deals then you’ll find on Black Friday.
3. Black Friday sales don’t actually begin on Black Friday.
In recent years many stores have started their Black Friday deals earlier and earlier. Many start on Thanksgiving day, while Amazon.com usually starts their Black Friday deals earlier in the week.
4. Black Friday isn’t the best day to make that big-ticket purchase.
Big screen HDTV’s and other electronic devices are usually the big draws on Black Friday but it may not be the best time to buy them. The big deals on these items are usually on the non “name brand” items the store has. If you want the best deal on the name brands it’s usually better to wait until later in the year when the store is trying to move out the past years models so they can fill their shelves with the new years model.
5. 50% off isn’t what it used to be.
With the recent rise in sites like Groupon (or whatever your preferred daily deal site may be) outstanding deals can be had just about year round. So it’s getting harder and harder for stores to advertise deals that will create excitement and entice people to get out early and shop.
The bottom line is, yes, you can get great deals on Black Friday. But you can get the very same deals on many other days this holiday season, and you won’t have to wake up at 4am and fight an angry mob to do it. Besides, there’s no reason anyone should be camping outside a Wal-Mart at 3am on Thanksgiving day.
Whenever you decide to shop this holiday season shop smart, don’t waste your money, and most importantly of all, stay sane!