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The “right” way to go Black Friday shopping


By Bailey Blaikie ’19

How to go Black Friday shopping while avoiding the insanity of long lines and outrageous shoppers

Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving, is the day to score the best sales, and get a jump start on your holiday shopping. If you have never experienced shopping on Black Friday, the media depicts it as a crazy day with unimaginable lines and violence between customers. However, Black Friday does not need to be as outrageous as it seems. Here is a how-to guide on getting the best deals, without having to fight another shopper.

Research the best discounts before going to the stores

Before you venture out, make sure to look at your favorite stores’ websites to see what they will be offering this year. Go into the stores prepared, knowing which deals you want to take advantage of. This way, you won’t spend too much time in the stores. Abby Greenblatt ’18, has been Black Friday shopping numerous times. “I usually look at my favorite store’s websites so I know what they are offering,” Greenblatt said. “This is definitely a helpful technique because I know what I want and what the best deals are going into the store.”

Use coupons to further your discount

Read your local newspapers, and search online for extra coupons to boost your discount. Often times, stores release coupons for their Black Friday sales ahead of time. These coupons can make a Black Friday bargain even better.

Make sure you know the store’s return policy

Before checking out, make sure you’re aware of the store’s return policy. Even if the dressing room line is too long, it will be worth waiting. Some stores have policies that only give store credit. Target charges a 15 percent restocking fee for electronics, and most stores have a short time limit for refunds.

Prepare for long lines

According to BBC News, “33 million Americans said they planned to shop immediately after turkey.” Therefore, stores will be crowded, and lines may be out the door. To avoid the craziness, try to go later in the day, as the craziest shoppers tend to start their shopping on Thanksgiving night. Nonetheless, If you’re looking for adventure, go ahead and start your shopping early. But, be prepared by bringing snacks, water, and a book or your phone to pass the time while waiting in the intolerable lines.

Go with other people

Black Friday isn’t fun if you’re alone, so bring a friend. Having someone with you is a great way to pass time when waiting in lines, and with more people you can all decide where the best bargains are going to be. You can even divide and conquer, so you can all get the best bargains at different stores.

Don’t want to leave the house? Wait for Cyber Monday!

In a food coma? Too much turkey? That’s okay! Stay home- Cyber Monday is just a few days away. If you’re the type of person who prefers online shopping, this day is for you. There are many people who prefer online shopping to avoid aggravation. Zoe Barnett ’19 said, “It’s too crazy for me, I’d rather get the same deals online without the hassle and dealing with a lot of people.” Cyber Monday often has similar sales to those in stores on Black Friday, but you can avoid the long lines and sea of people.

Some love Black Friday, and others hate it. Whether you like it or not, there are many ways to snag well-priced items. Do it online, or venture out to the stores. Start your holiday shopping early, and get the best discounts while you do it.

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