As you may know, Black Friday is the busiest brick-and-mortar shopping day of the year. And while we love our deals here at CF, we also recognize that they day is often marked with violence and general hysteria from overenthusiastic shoppers. It's great and it's awful, all at once.
As someone who has worked in retail for a while now and is currently dreading her Thanksgiving shift (I have to be at work at 6:30 pm!), I've realized that it is not the work that makes Black Friday so awful, but dealing with some of the cranky customers. This day tends to bring out the worst in otherwise pleasant people.
In order to help out my fellow sales associates, here are a few things to keep in mind to be a courteous Black Friday shopper.
Retail Workers Are People, Too
Remember, if you're excited to be hitting up Target at midnight, that means the manager has been there since 6 pm, and the cashiers have been there since 9 pm. On Thanksgiving!
It's easy to become frustrated with retail workers who might be scanning slowly or a stock person who can't find what you are looking for, but they're most likely just suffering from the itis. Try to be patient with sales associates this Black Friday — believe me, they are trying to be patient with you as well.
It Is Literally Never That Important
Unpopular opinion: you do not really need 99% of the items you are purchasing this Black Friday. Sure, it's great to be finished with all of your holiday shopping before December, but it's far from necessary.
Therefore, I think more people should approach Black Friday in a casual manner and try to just enjoy the holiday season, rather than living or dying by the sales. Have fun and shop, but remember that it's not that serious.
Also, based on my own observations, most sales aren't even that great. They typically fall around 25-40% off, which you could probably get, if you were diligent, at other times by subscribing to emails. So before you start screaming for a manager or shoving a girl over the last cashmere turtleneck, think about whether or not it's worth it.
Online Shopping Is Where It's At
These days, it's rarely even necessary to head to a store to save big during Thanksgiving week. As our Black Friday Deals List proves, many great offers are available online, and some have already started the day before Thanksgiving. The best part? You can shop from the comfort of your home and avoid the craziness.
Also, while both days are meant to promote sales for retailers, I've noticed that many shoppers can have comparable, or even better, deals on Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday typically includes more site-wide promotions than Black Friday, which usually features product-specific discounts. Oftentimes, site-wide promotions lead to bigger savings all around and a wider range of available products. Score!
What do you think?
Do you love Black Friday? Have you ever worked Black Friday? Got any horror stories? Let us know in the comments!