Black Friday ?!

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Ever since I was a little girl I remember hearing the hubbub surrounding Black Friday Shopping and all the discounts and sales that come with it.  My dad always had to work and my mom would have us sleep at my Grandma’s house so she could go out with my Aunt to try and get us the newest toy or gaming system that my brother or I desired at that time.  I remember watching the news with my Grandma and brother, and seeing all the people fighting over gadgets and us laughing at the shopping turmoil.  Though Black Friday still exists in America, the day following Thanksgiving filled with numerous discounts and sales on materialistic goods, the access of the Internet and online shopping has taken away a lot from this day.

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When I was younger, online shopping was not as much of a thing as it is now.  Privacy and protection of online usage of credit cards has increased.  My parents used to always say they would never trust the computer with their debit card information, and today online shopping is all that they do.

People used to rely on Black Friday deals to secure their children’s holiday wishes.   Especially with the recession and fiscal problems in our country, many families need these deals.  Online shopping however has allowed social media to push for sales to occur more then just on Black Friday.  If you follow your favorite shops on Twitter, Instagram and even Facebook, you will see their secret discount promo codes in the captions, and also their different online sales that do not occur in stores.  Some stores started sales on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving online, and some even started on Thanksgiving.  This push on social media has definitely made the turn out on Black Friday to be less.  The biggest phenomenon  with social media and online shopping around this time, is Cyber Monday.  Cyber Monday is the Monday following Thanksgiving where some stores offer even more sales then they do for in store on Black Friday.  To many people, they would rather sleep in on Black Friday and recover from their Turkey binge eating, and do their holiday shopping from the comforts of their homes on Cyber Monday.  To many this has become just commonplace, but to someone like me that was surrounded by Black Friday madness it kind of upsets me.  It shows how reliant we have become on social media and online ordering and how lazy we have become.  When will enough be enough?  First we went from playing outside to playing video games indoors, then we went from shopping in stores to shopping solely online.  Even banking has gone from depositing checks in person at the local bank, to instant check deposits from the mobile banking app.  Technology and social media are influencing our day to day tasks, but when will enough be enough?  This always brings me back to the movie Wall-e.  We see how lazy and dependent society has become in this movie.  When will it be too late for us?  I am a huge person for traditions and feel that this is taking away from America’s crazy past time of Black Friday.

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6 comments

  1. Nice post. I confess that don’t really understand the hype around black Friday, but boy I have some friends that really make it into serious sport.

  2. vicmoriartybc · ·

    I agree that the increase in e-commerce has probably diminished the tradition of Black Friday. I’m probably biased because I’ve never gone shopping on that day, but I think there are some reasons why less hype around Black Friday isn’t a bad thing. Every year, it seems that there are stories of people getting trampled trying to rush into stores to buy things before anyone else gets them. With less people in stores, dangerous things like this are less likely to happen. Also, I personally usually enjoy the day after Thanksgiving by relaxing at home with family, and I think Cyber Monday allows more bargain-hunters to do that. However, brick-and-mortar retailers definitely feel the pain of less traffic on Black Friday. Also, Americans could probably benefit from being on their feet the day after eating so much turkey.

  3. adawsisys · ·

    Great post. I used to enjoy shopping on Black Friday with my brothers after Thanksgiving. Part of the reason we went was because it was exciting to be part of the chaos. I haven’t gone in a few years, but we checked this year and noticed that the mall that we would usually go to was not participating in Black Friday. The stores opened at 6 AM the following day instead of the night before. Its little disappointing that the tradition is dying. It will be interesting to see if some stores continue with the tradition for advertising and promotional reasons.

  4. daniellep2153 · ·

    Awesome Post. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve definitely become more likely to take part in things like Black Friday deals, but I usually go the Tuesday or Wednesday before. This year, I was at the mall two days before Black Friday and most of the stores already had their sales going. This was great for me because the mall was empty and I was able to get all the same savings without dealing with overcrowding. Although I am not as passionate about the actual Black Friday tradition, I really appreciate your opinions on the matter. Overall, a very interesting read.

  5. mashamydear · ·

    Interesting perspective on Black Friday! I grew up in a household that never really believed in the hype and didn’t think that the deals were even that good (or worth all the traffic to get to)– but I definitely agree that the shift to Cyber Monday does signify a change in how we consume. Walking through a two-story mall seems like too much effort to me when I can just see all the items a clothing store has on their website. I guess that’s why Amazon prime has become so popular too, people are unwilling to go through the little bit of effort to physically go to a store themselves and it helps that the items are cheaper online. Sometimes I’ve also found that items are full-price in clothing store are actually cheaper online because many promotions for these stores are online only.

  6. Great post! I think your perspective on Cyber Monday negatively affecting Black Friday is interesting, because while that in-person shopping tradition is being lost, I think shopping online is just so much safer and efficient. The stores still can make a lot of money with people browsing online through their website, and save the hassle of dealing with the whole midnight rampage (when you should be at home celebrating Thanksgiving with family) doesn’t have to happen. I’ve also found that unless you really need a new TV or game station, it’s not all that necessary to do extreme prep for Black Friday as other items like clothes and smaller appliances have sales that go on that entire week of Thanksgiving.

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