Is ‘Black Friday’ really worth it?

Is ‘Black Friday’ really worth it?

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Black Friday, a day of great deals – or just a day of hyped up scams?

Black Friday traditionally occurs the day after Thanksgiving and is usually the start of the Christmas holiday shopping. Many major retailers open extremely early and offer customers various promotional deals.

Black Friday is characterized by huge crowds, and recently – violence. Reports of assault, theft, heated arguments, and even death have surfaced across the United States. Is it really worth it? Only in America will people trample others for sales only hours after being thankful for what they already have.

Locally, stores started early. The Kingsville Wal Mart opened its doors on Thanksgiving day at 8:00 p.m. and its electronics department at 10 p.m. The store was crowded and chaotic. What a great way to spend your Thanksgiving evening, fighting off strangers instead of spending time with your family. But hey- I guess that’s a good way to do some family bonding, right?

So the question remains, is it really worth it? The answer depends on what you’re looking to buy. The thing most consumer experts agree is worth braving the Black Friday insanity for – electronics, especially TV’s.

In my opinion, it’s just a bunch of scams. At the Wal Mart in Falfurrias, customers were ripped off. My sweet little grandma went to buy 88-cent poinsettias, as the ad stated, and was shocked to find she paid $2.00 for each plant. Other items she bought were also priced differently from what she was expecting to pay. Was it just a simple mistake? I think not. If you are going to go shopping on Black Friday, bring your ads, and check your receipts!

My advice for future Black Friday shoppers: Remember that some products, no matter how low their prices go, just don’t provide real value. Secondly, remember that time is money. Don’t waste your time unless you know the reward is worth it.

Finally, know your stuff. Know what you want, see where you can get the best price, and then go get it… and make sure they charge you the correct amount!

And finally, remember what the holiday season is all about. The holidays represent love, family, and gratitude. If you’re going to go after some deals, do it with some class.

Don’t steal, cut in line, call people names, and please, try not to trample anyone.

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