Black Friday Creep

 

Years ago I’d brave the darkness, cold, and cut-throat shoppers and head out to the mall for Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving has been a significant shopping day for decades, despite Black Friday having such a negative origin. Sure, many people believe Black Friday is more about retail accounting and is the weekend when retailers finally get in the black but that’s just the pretty definition. Sadly, though, the origins of Black Friday have been played out year after year as more and more people go in search of the season’s best deals. Black Friday at some stores are more like gridiron madness than casual shopping.

About 5 years ago I stopped going out for Black Friday and instead did a Boobies and Breakfast with my best friend. It’s not a creepy as it sounds, really. Then again, willing going out at 8am for a mammogram the day after Thanksgiving isn’t all that normal, is it? Anyway, why waste a day when Black Friday has such a buzz about it and the woman running the Mobile Onsite Mammography trailer are quick and efficient.

But, not it seems like my Black Friday Boobie Bonanza isn’t all that cool any more. Black Friday is becoming just another shopping day as retailers move up their sales. Used to be that Thursday was spent surrounded by all the ads from the over-sized newspaper deciding who’s going where and what the plan of attack would be. It’s all about military-level precision when you’re trying to score a $99 tablet or eReader or the $60 Keurig. But who needs that newspaper nonsense, or even waiting until the triptophan-induced coma wears off before you can start saving money on things you likely don’t really need in the first place.

Black Friday creep is what I call it. Some retailers are even holding ‘Grey Friday’ sales today, the week before the traditional Black Friday. Grey Friday? Do we really need this? The sales before the sale is what it’s billed as. And then we have all the major retailer who will open their doors on Thanksgiving Day to kick off Black Friday a little early. WooHoo! Not!

I realize that there are many people who don’t observe Thanksgiving. There are employees who really need the hours and would be willing to work. And, there are many, many people in other professions who work on Thanksgiving and just deal with it. The medial profession keeps going since hospitals aren’t shut down, many in the IT industry work around the clock, movie theaters are open, gas stations, convenience stores and pharmacies, too, have employees clocking in instead of sitting down with their family for their gratitude grub.

Does that mean, though, that major retailers should be open? Do we really need to get our $10 turtleneck sweaters and bonus bucks on every wad of cash we spend that much earlier? Truly, I don’t get the point. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that needs to be purchased 8 or 10 or 24  hours earlier that’s going to make my life more awesome.

We already live in an uber-connected 24/7 news-cycle kind of world. The thought of disconnecting would send some into cardiac arrest. I get that people love a good deal (hence this website!). I understand that we’ve put so much pressure on retailers to give us better and more Black Friday deals. And we’re not even talking about Cyber Monday, which has also started the creep, too, and is more like Cyber Thursday this year.

I can’t help but think, though, that we really can wait until the day after Thanksgiving to go shopping. I honestly believe that we gain nothing by pushing up the Black Friday shopping frenzy. We’ve already extended it by creating Cyber Monday. If it’s just about ‘the deal’ then why have one day where the best and greatest deals descend from corporate heaven like manna that will sustain us until Christmas (or Hanukkah).

I love a good deal. I’m just not willing to give in to yet another gimmick from retailers. We’re all busy people and we deserve one day to stay home and just ‘be’. Black Friday Creep, is it really worth it?

Sara

Black Friday 2011: Save 20% at SkinStore


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Sara

Black Friday 2011: eBags Discount


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To celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, eBags is offering one of their best discounts of the year. The more you buy, the more you save! I’ve purchased from them in the past and given that one of our suitcases bit the dust on our last trip I’ll be luggage shopping this weekend.

Extra 25% Off + Free Shipping Over $75 at eBags!

This is ONLY VALID from 11/24 at 12:01am MST to 11/28 at 11:59pm MST

If you need new luggage, a purse, backpack, phone covers, tablet covers or sleeves or computer bags now is the time to save big!

 

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Sara

Enough Time Moms: Tips For Becoming a Black Friday Shopping Pro

Image Credit: Matt Banks

 

‘Tis the season, yes? Well, according to every store I’ve been in since November 1st it is! And that shopping ritual we know as Black Friday is mere weeks away.

Join me over at Enough Time Moms today and learn how to tackle Black Friday and Cyber Monday like a pro. With a little prep, you can shop with focus and leave the others in your dust.

 

Disclosure: I am a compensated blogger for Enough Time Moms. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sara