It seems counter intuitive how we spend Thanksgiving gathered around loved ones to talk about all the things we are thankful for, only for all the gratitude and pleasantries to fly out the window 12 hours later to make way for some crazed day of shopping.
As I was discussing the Starbucks holiday cups with an Australian friend last week, he says to me: You American’s fall for everything. He’s right. And Black Friday is no exception; a false sense of savings that’s all to enticing as the holiday season approaches.
Instead of waiting outside a store for two weeks to get a discount on Black Friday maybe you can work those days and afford the whole price #truthbomb
Why I hate Black Friday
1. People suck
And if you didn’t think so before Black Friday, you will walk away as a true believer after. When you watch a grown man shove a woman so he can grab the last toaster, you lose all faith in humanity.
2. Ruining Thanksgiving since 2005
Gone are the days of actually enjoying the quality time spent with family on this day of thanks. Black Friday begins earlier and earlier each year. Soon we’ll be starting at Halloween! #Merica
Not only do the people who chose to go shopping suffer, think about the employees (typically new hires) that are forced to leave their families to deal with this mess of a day.
3. I need my beauty rest
I place a higher value on my sleep than saving a buck. No one wants to be around Sourpuss Shane when she gets less than her designated eight hours a night. And no amount of Starbucks can save me from a 4 am wake up call, only to deal with crowds of idiots.
4. Doorbusters blow
News flash: you’re not really getting that great of a deal. The too-good-to-be-true TV ads, usually are just that. Every year you hear about how fast the big ticket item has sold out. Stores are pro at luring shoppers in on items purposely in low supply. That’s exactly what makes it appealing to us.
The prices of in-demand products will be jacked up the week before, so they can “slash” prices leaving the consumer to believe they have won. So unless you plan on camping out for weeks, you are bound to be left out in the cold.
5. Shoppers rage can be dangerous
Nothing worse than getting mauled by an angry consumer. I’ve even seen a grown woman snatch a toy from a child. How pathetic! Not even the parking lots are safe as you see news reports with fender benders and pedestrians getting hit left and right on this crazy day.
6. Added stress
As if we don’t have enough of it over the holidays already, add a day of ruthless shopping to the mix, the day after spending time with our family we only interact with once a year.
There are crazies out there waiting for unsuspecting shoppers to make a mistake. They know you have money, credit cards, and bags of expensive gifts.
8. Small businesses suffer
The shops that we need to help keep this economy going are destroyed on Black Friday. I urge you to find at least one unique gift from a local company or Etsy shop. I can promise you it will be much more special this way, for the giver, receiver, and the small business owner.
9. Impulse Spending
And ensuing buyers remorse is inevitable. You are likely to splurge on items you wouldn’t normally, all in the name of “getting a deal,” Your bank account will not be happy with you come Monday.
10. Cyber Monday
Online shopping is the bees knees – Avoid the lines and crowds all together and buy stuff from the comfort of your own home. You’ll also have more time to ponder your purchase to avoid buyers remorse. The best part: No pants, no problems.
My advice for you? Instead of going to an insanely crowded mall at 5am sober, it’s so much better to do so with a little buzz to make fun of the crazies. Bonus: You’ll end up saving $$!
Feel free to start this game promptly at 6pm on Thanksgiving, as we all know that’s when the games begin these days.