Considering a trip to the mall on Black Friday? The mob frenzy should be
reason enough to stay home. But if you seek further reassurance, here are five
more reasons to avoid the malls on this overblown shopping "holiday."
1. Door-busters are mainly second-tier products
Don't hold your breath for this year's door-crashing discounts, says
Consumer Reports -- at least not if you're hoping to find top-quality brands at
a fraction of the price. "One thing I've noticed is that many of the
lowest prices this year are on secondary and tertiary brands, such as Element,
Sansui, Seiki, and Dynex, that we don't typically cover," said
one CR reporter.
2. You can find some of the same deals online
You don't need to bring your sleeping bag and wait outside Target to be
first in line on Black Friday. You can take advantage of some of the same deals
online from the comfort of your home. In fact, Target offered many of its
door-busters online last year with an additional 10% off coupon -- making
it actually cheaper to shop from home, says Dealnews.com,
which has been tracking an increase in Black Friday deals on the Web.
In its recent Black Friday announcement, Walmart (which is actually starting
its Black Friday festivities on Thanksgiving evening) said it wil offer many
deals online, including: 46" HDTVs for under $400 and some Blu-ray discs
And shoppers are catching on -- a survey
by eBates.com and Harris found more than 70% of Americans will likely
head online to shop on Black Friday.
3. You're more likely to overspend
Black Friday can be an overwhelming experience. The crowds, discounts, time
crunch and frenzy can increase adrenaline, which we know can then lead to
irrational behavior, such as overspending. "Middle Class
America is notorious for living beyond [its] means, especially on Black
Friday," says Steve Siebold, author of How Rich People Think, in a
press release. People "end up buying more than they would on any other day
during the year."
4. Layaway may not be available
is making a broad comeback this holiday shopping season, but don't
assume you can place Let's Rock Elmo on hold this Black Friday. Walmart policy states
that layaway is not available on Friday, November 25, for instance. Toys R Us
also tells me its layaway program will not be available to customers on Black
Friday, but will resume on November 26.
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