The Struggle Is Real
About 7 years ago, one of my good friends convinced me to go shopping with them on Black Friday, I did not have any intention of buying anything, but I went anyway. I wanted to see what all the frenzy was about. People was there who had been there since 4am, (with blankets) waiting in line for the store to open at 6am, although now they open much earlier.
I can not think of a thing I want to buy bad enough to be caught up in that frenzy. The people went crazy when the store doors open, some was having heated arguments even while trying to squeeze into the store. The ones in front was the die-hards who tried to get there early enough to be the first in line and felt that they had earned the privilege of reaching a particular item first and woe unto you if you tried to out run them. I knew then, Black Friday shopping is not for me.
I understand the logic in Black Friday, retailers realized that a lot of consumers have a long 4-day weekend and with Christmas just around the corner, this would be the perfect time to drop prices in order to entice large groups of people into their store. It worked! If you was one of the strong ones, and got that particular item you was racing for, I congratulate you, I know you got a great discount.
“Black Friday” came along in the 1960s, retailers, knowing with Christmas just around the corner, this would be a good time to kick start the shopping for the holiday frenzy. There are good deals to be found, they are limited, that’s why there is such a mad dash when the store doors are open.
Here we are, in the last quarter of 2017. Will Black Friday remain popular?
I personally do not think so. Do you enjoy getting up before the chickens, standing out in the cold (sometimes rain), listening to strangers having idle conversation, trying to pass the time, pushing and pulling trying to get inside a store, (sometimes getting stuck), trying to hold on to an article or product that someone is trying to grab away from you? I think not, It is not for me.
With todays technology, gadgets, apps and so on, it is easy to find great deals when you shop on line. This works perfectly for me. I don’t have to worry about getting ready to go out and fight, I can sit at my computer, with a cup of coffee and enjoy my Black Friday in the comfort of my own home.
I know there is a group out there that enjoy the notion of being the first one there, getting that coveted item on sale at its lowest price, or just the joy of being out among all that energy, hats off to you, enjoy. Some who insist on seeing the item before purchase, that’s great. Brick and mortar will be here for a long while, though not in as popular a way as we’re used to.
Online shopping is our future, among a host of other things we do in our day to day life. It will be to your advantage to get on board, click here to learn more , the digital world. Do not be left behind.
Some of us, due to disabilities of some form, are not able to get out and fight a crowd, or just love the leisure of browsing at our own convenience. Even though Black Friday is a day where you can find some of the lowest sale prices, there are sales going on somewhere everyday.
Let me know your thoughts on Black Friday shopping at Walmart vs Black Friday shopping on-line from the comfort of your own home.