Ah, Black Friday. I remember Kohl’s opening after Thanksgiving at midnight during one year and LOCMom and I had a fun time shopping at it. I don’t remember doing anything more fun than this on the peak hours of Black Friday one year, but I remember it was very fun. : )
But times have changed. Now that most major department stores want their stores to be open during Thanksgiving, I have no interest in going during that time. I guess no good deals for me, but I don’t really need anything in the first place. And it looks like I am not alone. According to this Business Insider article, a lot of people will not be shopping this Black Friday, or should I say, Black Thursday now. Even Cyber Monday looks like it will be affected as well.
And for this, I am happy. Although I do think the reason why people are not going to be shopping this year all have to do with their shrinking paychecks, but as the article states, if I want a good deal on something, I will just wait until the store will have a sale randomly during year and buy an item discounted. No reason to wait until Black Friday/Black Thursday in order to do that.
Plus, I am one of those naughty consumers that doesn’t go to sales very much anyway. Retailers hate people who are into frugality like me. 😛 And older generations seem to hate me because I am a millennial anyway that these retailers are trying to reach out to. It seems that the stores have forgotten about the Boomers and Generation X. But soon Generation Z (people aged between 5-20 or born after 1995, imo) will soon be marketed to by these stores and they are just beginning to reach out to them. I sometimes wonder what they will buy during the upcoming holidays since the older end of them is in college right now…
But anyway, the only way you’ll get me into a store these days is if I need something, have a coupon, or if the store is Goodwill. I’m one of those types that goes to Goodwill when I am bored and sometimes I come out with something, but recently I have come out with nothing. Boooooooo… And I also hate to see people working on Thanksgiving when they are suppose to be having dinner with their families. Greedy companies going to be awful to their workers, I guess. : ( This is one of the main reasons why I will not be shopping during Thanksgiving anyway and waiting until Friday. People should be home with their families eating turkey and stuffing, not working at a department store. So I am very thankful and will happily support companies that close during Thanksgiving instead of remaining open to rake in the dough.
So all in all, hopefully things will not be as filled with calamity during past Black Friday’s since people wil not be spending as much, but there will always be somebody out there looking for a good deal. : )
Will you be shopping during Black Friday this year?