The Impact of Black Friday: Friend or Foe
When one says Black Friday, what is it that comes to mind? I know what goes through my mind, all the amazing sales that I can’t wait to get my hands on. How many items are on sale that my children will want? What time does the first sale start? What store will I go to first? Some are optimistic about Black Friday thinking that it may add more to the Fiscal Cliff that threatens our nation. Or could it be that some think badly of it because it takes away from employees who are forced to work on Black Friday. How about the family time that should be spent together during Thanksgiving, instead they are spent waiting in long lines with strangers. The New York Times says that Black Friday first got its name because it was originally thought that all retailers didn’t make a profit until the first Friday after Thanksgiving and the last day of the year. So by shopping actually does more good than some think. Wal-Mart is one of the biggest retailors that make extremely seducing deals for customers. This year 2012 first span of sale started at 8:00 p.m. it consisted of endless amount of video games that ranged from $10.00, to $15.00 and $25.00. Then there were movies that started as low as $1.96 and as high as $8.96 for blu-ray movies that were on sale. An electric razor scooter was on sale for $70.00, Furby dolls displayed for $45.00 that were originally priced at $ 54.00. A Hot Toy Pick was Giant Skylander started pack for Xbox, Wii or PlayStation sold for $36.00 and originally priced at $76.00. A second round of sales started at 10:00 p.m. it included Ipad for $399.00, 32” Emerson TV at $148.00 and LG Blu-ray Player for $38.00, these 3 items were guaranteed to be in stock. They also had a Barnes & Nobles Nook for $99.00 that was originally priced at $199.00. These items are just a few of the great offerings that Wal-Mart had. I personally experience the 2012 Black Friday at Wal-Mart, and I do have to say that this year was better than any other. My husband I arrived at Wal-Mart around 6:45 and started a nice stroll through the aisles as we went through are discussed list of items we wanted to purchase. It did seem very calming, before the storm. I stood in line for our big ticket item which was the Nook that was on sale. As I stood in line for the Nook my husband ventured off to stand in a different line to receive the electric scooter. At 8:00 the chaos struck people, were running trying to get to all the items they wanted. I could see the pushing and shoving but no actual fights occurred which was a relief. We stood in line patiently waiting for the 10:00 sale to start, around 9:30 you could start to see havoc present itself as people lined up for a tremendous deal. There were 4 phones on sale for $49.00 but the kicker was Wal-Mart only had 5 of these items. I could see 3 sheriffs who started to intervene the very large crowed that started to form. I would say 3 minutes before the cellophane where to be sliced open an inpatient customer jumped over the crowed and opened the cellophane box that contained the phones. The sheriffs did a great job and stopped it right away. They escorted the gentlemen who opened the box out of the store. We rang out with our items totaling $433.26, which were all Christmas presents for our children a total of 19 presents which would make each present an average cost of $22.00, this made for success. In order for us to get great success came with much preparation. I would be beneficial for anyone that is going to participate in Black Friday shopping to have a plan. Know what time the item you want is on sale and ask employees where you should be, it may take a few different employees to be sure. Don’t be afraid to ask an employee how many of the items they have so that way you know how much chaos may happen if you are not in the front of the line. Be sure of your list because you won’t have time to waste. Get to the store a little earlier so...
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