Black Friday, a dream to many, has turned into a disappointment for me. Early this week I overheard some women planning their Black Friday strategies. I laughed a little to myself thinking never again will I partake in the nonsense that is Black Friday. Well, not in the early morning, fighting crowds way.
Way back when I was a kid, we learned about Black Friday and how it is good for the economy. Now that I think about it, I think it was an opportunity to get our wish list to our parents. Also I think the teachers needed to make their strategy and what better way to do it with a bunch of minds! As a kid I never participated in Black Friday. I’m not sure if my parents participated, but I was curious for many years how Mom ended up in jail with my cabbage patch kid.
In my 20s I did partake in Black Friday once. I woke up extremely early to arrive at the store for the coveted 5am door buster gifts. On arrival at said store I found they had opened early and all those door busters were long gone. It was at this time that I realized I am a beta when it comes to shopping. It was also at this time that I realized I like to sleep and saving a few bucks wasn’t worth it. I will say that I tried online shopping in my 20s too, but online shopping wasn’t as easy as it is now. Dial up internet was a real struggle!
In my 30s I did a little more Black Friday shopping. This time I went with an expert. She had Black Friday shopping down to a science. She had what route we would take to get what gifts she wanted and the times it should take us to get to and from these items. I didn’t really enjoy the craziness of it all, but in the end I really enjoyed fighting next to my family more than anything. I mean when someone punches my family, you are going down! (And they did) Now her daughters will have to wonder why their mom went to jail with their American Girl Dolls.
Now that I’m considerably older I don’t partake in Black Friday nonsense at all. The fact that retailers offer a few coveted name brand items for a small discount and a few more non-name brand items for a bigger discount doesn’t make me want to get up early at all! Now I wake up, enjoy the quiet peaceful house and do some online shopping with a cup of coffee. If I need to go to the store or feel like shopping I make sure it’s after 10am and all the crazy people have gone back home. I’m not interested in being around people to save a few bucks. I will say, the hype of Black Friday online isn’t that great too. Amazon had a pencil sharpener on the Black Friday page. Really? Who wants a pencil sharpener for Christmas? As I scrolled through the 32 pages of black Friday deals I found a bunch of nothing that I wanted to buy. I ended up buying two items on Black Friday this year. How disappointing. I wonder if Black Friday always sucked.