Will you be shopping on Black Friday?
I never have. I worked retail once upon a time, about ten years ago, right when the black Friday madness was beginning. Simply based on that, I will never, ever go shopping the day after Thanksgiving, even though I love a deal.
On the other hand, maybe the deals on Black Friday are not so hot, after all. The Wall Street Journal did a report that found that frequently, better prices can be had a few months beforehand. After all, why would you lower your prices the day you KNOW customers are going to be shopping?
Then there was this Business Week article about the branding of Black Friday...and Cyber Monday...and Small Business Saturday...and even Buy Nothing Day. No Day is without corporate sponsorship I guess.
Young Cheap Living had a great list of 10 reasons to stay home this Black Friday.
So I say all that, and then I say, am I crazy to try to go shopping Black Friday evening? I am not looking for a deal. I don't want doorbusters. I don't want crowds.
I do, however, need a carseat, which I want to pick up in person, and Friday is the only day that I have totally free for the foreseeable future. Am I crazy to try to go pick one up after the crowds have cleared? DO the crowds clear on Black Friday?