11/23/2012

Black Friday 2012







Today is Black Friday.  Otherwise known as "Nirvana" for shopaholics.  You can get deals for as much as 90% off on an array of merchandise, from electronics to clothing to toys.  I have never participated in Black Friday's madness.  I'm not willing to get up at midnight and get in line at Sears, Best Buy or WalMart.  I'm just not going to do it.  Sure, I would love to get on some of the deals.  But, from a time ratio to cost point of view, I just don't see how it is justified.  Plus, I'm just not physically able to stand that long in line.  And, to be totally honest, I've never been one who is overly fond of shopping.  I do it only when absolutely necessary.  I'm not willing to get into a fight over something that could land us both in jail.  There is the problem.  People go outside their normal behavior on Black Friday.  I don't want to deal with it.  I realize, in a lot of families, Black Friday excursions is a family tradition.  I don't have a problem with that.  I think everyone should do what makes them happy as long as it is within the limits of the law.  Again, we go back to people's behavior during this time. 

Some stores are taking measures to alleviate the pressure of Black Friday.  Target department stores were open on Thanksgiving.   But, I am just curious how many "Black Friday" type deals did they offer?  I imagine they offered some special deals.  But, nothing like they are offering today.  Again, they won't see me there.  It was either last year or a couple of years ago, a WalMart employee was crushed to death by the crowd that came into the store on Black Friday.   That is simply inexcusable.  I'm glad to see stores are pushing back on Black Friday to avoid this kind of tragedy.  If you are taking up the offers today, I urge to be careful.  Be especially careful as you go back to your car.  There are a lot of criminals that enjoy Black Friday also, but for entirely different reasons. 

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