My parents woke up at four in the morning
the day after Thanksgiving.
They came home at noon, haggard and
hungry, to eat leftover Thanksgiving dinner for breakfast.
This Black Friday tradition has been in
my family for years. When I was little, I used to go with
them; that of course changed the year I almost got ran over
by a shopping cart at Wal-mart.
Now I sleep in while they run around all
the electronics stores in the morning. Then in the
afternoon, we would go shopping for clothing.
This year, Iíve noticed a pattern of
drawbacks of the day after Thanksgiving. Here are the topic
three reasons why post-Thanksgiving shopping can be a pain:
1. The lines. The sheer length of time
wasted standing in the lines. It is absolutely absurd when
it takes five minutes to pick up a product and two hours to
buy it. I remember a couple of years ago when we were at
Best Buy getting a new computer, I literally sat on the
computer box for over two hours waiting in line. It was
probably five in the morning and the whole store had been
snaked out in a never- ending S curve. This year, I picked
out a shirt from American Eagle and dropped it right after I
saw the line starting and ending at the entrance. If stores
are going to give enormous sales on the busiest retail
shopping day of the year, they should be smart enough to
open a couple of extra check-out counters.
2. Accidents. Cars, stores, merchandise,
anything thatís accident-prone will occur. On my way to the
mall, I spotted three car crashes, two of them in the mall
parking lot. Heavy doses of sleep-deprived people under
heavy doses of shopping mania spells trouble. Likewise, in
the stores, everything was out of order. Cloths were
scattered, people were pushing, kids were screaming, and all
the workers had a short temper. But itís hard to blame them
since they have to put up with a whole day of this chaos.
3. Rebate forms. A personal favorite of
my family, it seems like the week after Thanksgiving is
dedicated to filling out and mailing these little gems in
order to get the free product. A couple of days ago, dad
came in with a handful of rebate forms ready to be filled.
It was probably all the stuff they bought that Friday
morning. Whatís worse, a lot of times the forms get lost in
the mail, and a quick buy will turn into a month-long
Well, in the spirit of tradition and
money saving, Black Friday will always be the busiest and
most popular shopping day of the year. But as the name
implies, the day definitely has a dark side.