Deal or No Deal: Is Black Friday Worth All the Trouble

October 30th, 2012

Black Friday sales are coming, and many eager shoppers are getting hot flashes just thinking about the damage they will do. The day after Thanksgiving is easily one of the biggest shopping days of the year for retailers. People wait in lines overnight, so they can score the best deals from their favorite stores. Others have even been injured by overzealous shoppers. Despite all the raucous, the sales on Black Friday can be pretty amazing. You can often score "door busters," or greatly discounted goods, on big shopping days such as Black Friday. However, is the price of an item on Black Friday the lowest it has been all year long? This depends of course on several factors that include eager consumerism and special marketing tactics used just for the holiday.

The Good Side of Black Friday

No matter what your stance is on the shopping's biggest day of the year, there is a deal to be had. It may not be what you wanted or what you expected, but there is the definite chance that you will save some money on Black Friday. Keep in mind that many of the products offered at deep discounts will not be name brand items. Things like Apple offer minimal discounts, which do help, but it will likely not make a huge dent. However, things like tablet computers will be a good item to buy. Many are priced at under a $100, and may even be cheaper on the big day at places likeĀ Walmart Black Friday! Just use your gut when it comes to researching and choosing the stores you want to hit.

The Dark Side of Black Friday

People can get ugly if they see that you have the item they want. In fact, there have been reports of brutal injuries over the past few years. That aside, there are also other reasons not to go shopping on Black Friday. Many times items are not at their cheapest, or they will be offered at the same price on another sale date. Do your research to determine if the item you want will actually be cheaper. For example, TVs are best bought in January and February, as they are discounted for the "big game". Also, March is when the newest versions of TVs come out. Keeping that in mind, who wants to wait in line at the crack of dawn on Black Friday?

Worth the Hassle or Tripped out on Tryptophan?

When it comes down to it, it really depends on your shopping mentality. So, you will have to decide for yourself if you really want to wake up early in the morning still full from turkey. If you are anxious, then make sure you have a plan. Research the sales online before hand, and choose the store you want to go to first. You will want to arrive early to avoid crowds, get the best deals on door busters, and hopefully score the item you are coveting. Once you have the item, then just take your time going to other stores. There will still be deals at all of them throughout the day. If you have your heart set on two stores, then have a friend or family member go for you. This will maximize your efforts when shopping on Black Friday.

If, on the other hand, you cannot stand the idea of getting out of your warm bed, then there is a solution for you too. Some stores are actually open the night before. You can take a break from the Turkey hassle, and head over to store in between courses. Also, there is always Cyber Monday- the online version of Black Friday- in three days time.

Use the information here to help you decide what to do on Black Friday. There are deals to be found all year round, but the thrill of shopping on this particular day can be too overwhelming for some while it's heaven for others.

What do you think? Will you be heading out into the Black Friday Madness? Let us Know in the comments!

Taylor Ryan is a fashion and travel writer based in Paris. Check out her blog at