Saturday, November 25, 2006

I survived Black Friday

Yesterday, the day after Thanksgiving has become known as Black Friday because it is the biggest shopping day of the year.The term Black Friday was coined because the profits of this day help the stores end the year in the black.

I have noticed that every year the shopping begins earlier and earlier. This year most of the big chain stores opened at 5 am. However, some shoppers camped out overnight so as to be the first in the door at some stores. I read in the paper that many shoppers come with a game plan.

Well, I had a game plan for Black Friday too. I stayed home. My husband and I learned our lesson several years ago when we went to Best Buy on Black Friday because they had a great deal on a computer that we needed badly since our other one had died shortly before. At that time, the shopping day began at 7 am and we were there for the opening of the store along with several hundred other shoppers, all of whom seemed to want the same computer deal. Three hours later, we managed to escape the store with our purchase in hand, but our sanity left behind.

Now every store opens at 5 am except for one shoe chain that opened at 4:44 am! Wow, just what I always wanted to do ...... try on shoes at 4:44 am! But I bet some fools do. The latest I read in the paper today is that Black Friday is now being called one of the most popular sporting events in the United States. Well, I decided that sitting on the side lines is more fun than participating.

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