For those of you who may not be familiar with the term, “Black Friday” is the unofficial first day of Christmas shopping. The day after Thanksgiving when millions flock to stores and malls to catch big (sometimes the biggest) sales of the season. Retailers count on revenue generated this day to put them “in the black”.
This year, there’s been talk that those good deals may last longer than just one day. One report stated that, if you can wait to do your shopping, sales may be even better the final two weeks of the season. I guess it depends on your preference as an individual. I’ve heard some folks say they love the excitement of Black Friday.
It’s going to be interesting this year (because of the economy) to see how many people turn out for Black Friday, as well as, the remainder of the shopping season. I can tell you that I will not be counted in that number. I don’t like shopping and I can’t stand malls. I make a list and if I can’t buy the items online, I go to one or two individual retail stores to get them. I go in, get what I want, and get out. I usually do this a few days before (if not the day before) Christmas.
For folks like me, there’s Cyber Monday. A bit of a controversial term that refers to the Monday after Thanksgiving when online “e-tailers” have their big sales. What could be better than getting your Christmas shopping done while hanging out in the comfort of your own home (or hotel), in your underwear, eating and watching tv/movies? Ahh, yes.
Anyway, for you Black Friday shoppers, remember to stay alert. There are plenty of people who will be waiting for the opportunity to jack you, your car, and/or your new purchases. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:
1) Be aware of who and what’s around you.
2) Woman, for goodness sake, leave the purses at home. Those things make you an immediate target.
3) Don’t leave anything in your vehicle. Even something that seems worthless to you may be enough to make someone break into your car.
4) If you must take packages out to your car, put them into your trunk and then drive your car to another area of the parking lot. Anyone watching you will think you left and anyone watching you drive up somewhere else will think you’re just getting there.
5) If possible, don’t go alone.
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