I’ve always wondered about “the type” of person who would rush out before dawn to stand in line for hours or jostle other customers for door buster deals. I’m an online kind of shopper and never saw the need. Then I heard about the 20% off on your total purchase at Bed, Bath and Beyond in-store only of course during Black Friday Madness.
Insanity struck hard! I actually considered dragging my 5 month old infant out at 0600 to stand in line (my hubby is deployed so no choice) and jostle other customers (strapping son in Baby Bjorn naturally). As I write this, I’m still thinking about it, but the love for my son and need to maintain his schedule is stronger than the my desire to save a few bucks.
Dang it, I’d save almost $100 now that I add up everything I want. Hmmm…
Here are three fast Black Friday facts:
1. The day's name originated in Philadelphia. The Police Department coined the phrase to describe the massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks that occurred on the day after Thanksgiving.
2. Around 1975, the term “Black Friday” was used to refer to the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are "in the black", changing the connotation to something positive.
3. Retailers traditionally opened at 6:00 a.m., but in the late 2000's the time steadily moved earlier until 2011 when several big stores opened at midnight for the first time. This year, Walmart, Sears, Toys R Us and a few other stores announced they would open at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
When will the madness end?
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