Today is Black Friday, and if you’re anything like me, you know all about this most fabulous day in the shopping world. It is a shopping lover’s dream: the malls are open literally all day and there are ridiculous sales on pretty much every item you could ever want. It’s both a blessing and a curse; a blessing because, let’s be honest, sometimes nothing is more therapeutic than a gigantic shopping splurge, and a curse because some people get waaaaay too into it.
Not so much in Canada, but in the U.S. especially, there has been a history of violence on Black Friday. In 2008, a Wal-Mart employee in Long Island, New York was trampled to death as he was trying to open the doors of the store at 5 a.m. While this is an extreme case, assault has been commonplace on Black Friday. And although it is likely that those who engage in these violent acts are not normally violent people, it is unfortunate to say that Black Friday brings out a truly animalistic side in some people.
If these stories make Black Friday shopping sound unappealing to you, fret not… you have alternatives! Cyber Monday is kind of the online equivalent to Black Friday. Held the Monday following Black Friday, Cyber Monday may be the best alternative to Black Friday because the deals are relatively similar to those found in the stores but you don’t have to deal with the chaos of venturing out to the malls.
So to all of those who are going to shop on Black Friday, I hope you find some incredible sales, but please be safe and be nice to your fellow shoppers! And to those who are waiting for Cyber Monday to do your shopping: may the odds be ever in your favour.