I admit it: I did go out yesterday. But (hear the self-justifying note in my voice) it was only because my parents were down for Thanksgiving and my mom wanted to have some mother-daughter bonding and get presents for my dad at the same time. I only spent $25 on presents for a less-fortunate family whose kids my mom teaches in rural Idaho. Besides, we missed the fanatics by only going to a couple of stores between 8 and 11 a.m. Before this year, I’ve only been out on Black Friday once in my life, years and years ago.
That was enough.
This year, it appears that others feel that we’ve had enough of Black Friday as well. Some people consciously choose to stay home — 8 million of them (according to the Huffington Post) are people who did the Black Friday thing last year but have had a change of heart. And that may affect the stock market on Monday.
The preliminaries are in, and it appears as though consumer spending on Black Friday is down. The crowds of people aren’t much lower, but penny-pinching is “in.” Unfortunately, the crazy, animal behavior that Black Friday is so famous for remains. You’ve probably already heard about the trampled people and those shot arguing over a toy. A toy. And this year, there was extra incentive for the doorbusters because, otherwise, how will that flat screen TV or laptop or other hot item that is *needed* be affordable in this economy?
I’m glad that I didn’t see any bad behavior in my two Black Friday excursions. For the most part, I just saw people trying to get deals and getting their shopping done en masse. Most people were considerate, and we “made friends” and joked while on line. I know this isn’t the case everywhere. And it may not have been the case if we had sacrificed sleep for doorbusters at 4 a.m.
What have your Black Friday experiences been?