It never ceases to amaze me how people can turn into such an animal just for a discount. What’s amazes me even more is that had the crowd not been in a frenzy and everyone could lazily walk around and pick out what they want, the “grabbers” probably wouldn’t even want whatever item they just risked their lives over.
That’s key to this abnormal shopping behavior – encouraging a frenzy. Stores promote Black Friday as if this is the only time these discounted items will be available, especially at the lower price. And consumers believe that crap. This year began a new trend of stores opening up earlier, often on Thanksgiving night, with the excuse that “this is what the people want.” Well, I don’t believe it. Not at all. In fact, if YOU contacted your local Wal-Mart, or any store, and asked them to open earlier, please say so in the comments. You don’t need to provide your real name, just make one up. Early openings are just another way to get shoppers into those stores first.
Black Friday deals
Much of the chaos is due to buyers falsely believing that this is the only time that (for example) an x-box will be available, especially at that “incredible low discounted price.” Not so. There are plenty more where that came from, and are often discounted even more as Christmas approaches.
Online is the way to go people. I have been receiving multiple ads from the stores I typically use when shopping online, and the prices are great! Many waive shipping when a minimal amount is purchased. So sit back, avoid the chaos, and order at a well-thought-out, leisurely pace. Buying discounted items you end up not needing is not saving money. Another tactic used by the stores.
I have always, and will always, avoid shopping on Black Fridays. Although next year I’m considering going with just my camera in hand solely for the purpose of recording people behaving like these YouTube videos below. I have to (guiltily) admit, it is somewhat entertaining. And you can tell that many of the store employees are entertained by people behaving like animals.
(FYI… When you record using your phone, please hold it horizontally)
Walmart 2012 Black Friday Xbox melee
Walmart Black Friday Fight
Black Friday at Walmart! part two crazy ladies fight and rush the….. towel rack
And So It Begins…………………..?
Black Friday 2012 Fights At Wal Mart Over Phones
Those are ALL WalMart stores. Another reason I do not like that store. They condone, and even encourage this behavior. But in being fair, here is a video of people practically stampeding a Victoria’s Secret store.
Victoria Secrets Black Friday Opening Mayhem!!