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Is Black Friday a big deal?

posted Dec 3, 2015, 9:48 AM by Melissa Chaffin

Is Black Friday a big deal?

Everyone enjoys buying gifts or buying themselves a little something for lower prices. Getting good deals is one of the best things about the holidays, but has the day after Thanksgiving lost its touch? Is it now known as a waste of time?

From 2003 to 2013, the number of shoppers going out on Black Friday was increasing steadily. However, in 2014, the growth in the number of shoppers was only 0.8 percent, according to Ignite Social Media. Why did the increase stall in the past year?

Since the early 2000s, the fourth Thursday of November has became a huge sensation to shop. Some shoppers believe that it’s worth standing in enormous lines in the freezing cold while others don’t. It also doesn’t help that Black Friday has become dangerous now, to the point of needing to get police involved because of violent customers. The Internet has a lot to do with it as well. Stores began adding their sales to their websites, making online sales grow bigger than in-store sales. Many people don’t like getting out in the cold or having to deal with rude shoppers. That is when online shopping comes into place. In my opinion, Black Friday isn’t such a big deal. Thanksgiving in known for spending time with your friends and family.

Honestly, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I wouldn't ever miss it. Going shopping on Thanksgiving? That’s not such a good idea in my opinion. It is nice to get great deals on something you really want, but it’s not worth all the cons. I’d rather be inside my warm, cozy house eating cheesecake.


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