But if you're not yet in a gravy-assisted coma, and are a little trigger happy with the "Buy Now" button, this is for you!
Black Friday "Deals" are rarely actually good deals.
You are sometimes getting the lower quality version of the item by getting the Black Friday special.
Price Matching? LOL
Want to know how they can legally get around this?
Easy. Like I mentioned above, how some stores have electronics that are from the same manufacturer, and might be the same model series, but simply has different downgraded specs? GUESS WHAT??? They usually get a different ITEM MODEL NUMBER than the normal, non-Black-Friday version. And some stores even have an exclusive version of an item from the manufacturer (like Target may have a specific version of a Lenovo Ideapad that is made JUST for them)... and you know what that means? You literally can not price match because the clerk will sit there and say, "Oh, but that's not the same model as ours. That's a Craptop Q3479a, and ours is a Craptop Q3479w. Sorry."
This applies to things like furniture too. Basically, any big ticket item. You might have better luck with a store that isn't a massive chain though. In fact, if your're going to do Black Friday, hit up small businesses instead!
The holidays are more stressful than the death of your spouse.
But seriously, with how stressful the holidays are, there is no reason to throw frantic, crazy Black Friday shopping into the mix. People have DIED, man. Every time I read an article about someone being literally trampled over, I wonder if that $100 TV was really worth getting into some Hunger Games battles over. It's brutal out there.
Anyway, you probably won't die. But it'll probably be a hectic, crowded, loud experience that is ultimately disappointing.
Lastly, money does NOT equal love.
If you have young kids, do you really want to set up the expectation that the holidays are about THINGS? And that more is more and bigger is better? Or do you want to focus on family, charity, or religion? Your kids will remember the things you DO with them. Like going to pick out a tree, or playing in the show, baking cookies together. They won't remember half the crap you buy them over the years. And at my age, I know I care more about all of us having the day off and being able to just around in our pajamas and play Legos, or video games, or just do nothing together. In fact, I told my husband to not bother even buying me anything. Honestly, I don't want or need more stuff. (Fuck, I just want some help in the damn kitchen afterwards! Those dishes after Christmas dinner last the whole damn week).
Basically, more stuff does not mean more love. Some things can't be bought. And those things usually matter more.
It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of shopping and feeling like you HAVE to buy things, or that everything is some urgent, once-in-a-lifetime deal. Most of it is a marketing gimmick. If you really DO need to upgrade your furniture or replace your TV, go back in January or February. All those prices start pissing off a pier once Christmas is over.
As for me? I got my shopping done with. It was a short list (though I don't want to talk about how much gaming laptops cost, but they are going to be usable and relevant for YEARS and they kids can code on them as well). In spite of the new electronics, this is one of my least expensive Christmases to date. I have been known to go overboard in the past, but this year, I did my research, I tracked the pricing trends on what I was looking for, and I refused to be played gimmicks and fake sales. And if this were a Facebook status, my wallet and bank account would thumbs up my post.
If you do go out there, do it more for fun and the experience of it. Not for the illusion of a great deal.
See you tomorrow!