I Don’t Do Black Friday (Early Morning at Least)!
You are probably starting to see a lot of ads announcing Black Friday Specials. While I don’t mind posting them for companies I work with, I won’t be participating myself….at least not at 4:00 in the morning!
When I was growing up, my mom shopped every Black Friday. We’d get up at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning (yes I’m serious) and line up outside various stores so we were some of the first ones to get in. I remember being so tired and thankful that there was cool air outside, otherwise I would have drifted off back to sleep. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t forced to go, but wanted to go. I may have had $20 to shop with for my family and I was ready to get some of the good deals first thing in the morning…..such as movies, popcorn tins, barbies (this was a long time ago), and more!
As I have become a parent to 3 little ones, I have come to discover that I would rather pay the $1.00 or $5.00 more for most items than feel like a cow or sheep being herded into the store. There is a feeling of anxiety and as soon as the doors open (if you’re a kid), you’d better be holding on to an adult. There are just some adults that are focused on having one or two items in their hands and it doesn’t matter who they have to push over or shove to get to it!
I finalized the decision to avoid the early morning hours on Black Friday when I learned of a Wal-Mart employee who was trampled to death by a rushing mob of customers who broke down the store doors. I remember being younger, when Cabbage Patch Kids were “THE TOY!” I was with my mom at Target and I was standing by the cart. There were grown women fighting over dolls. Women pushing each other over to grab the dolls off the shelf. I even saw one woman steal a Cabbage Patch Kid out of another person’s cart.
When you go to many of the stores later in the day on Black Friday, you can see the aftermath of Black Friday Early Morning Sales. A lot of times there are clothes scattered on the floors, shelves de-faced, items in the wrong places, and employees that look like they had just run a marathon.
This is where I want to talk a little about Cyber Monday…the First Big Internet Shopping Day After Thanksgiving. Now, that’s what I’m talking about. I love the idea of being able to shop online, in the comfort of my heated home, wearing my jammies, and not having to be dolled up to make my purchase. Google Cyber Monday and sign up to be on various store lists!