Is Black Friday worth it?


Kaylen Ayres

Many people line up outside stores in chance of saving money and getting great deals.

After Thanksgiving, thousands upon thousands of people race to the stores for unbelievable sales. What once was a one-day shopping spree is now  spread over a longer period of time, including Cyber Monday. You may ask yourself, is it worth facing the engulfing crowds, or should you wait until the plentiful deals are in the palm of your hand?

The name “Black Friday” dates back to the early 1950s, but didn’t surface around the country until the 1980s. Still, many businesses profit off the increase in sales that they receive in this time frame. There are even specialized websites to help you find the best deals.

However, many people don’t like facing the enormous crowds and parking disasters brought upon by this day.

“Black Friday is normally really chaotic,” sophomore Jade Townes said. “It also can be dangerous.”

Sometimes, shoppers will fight over items in short supply and race around the stores, trying to find the best sales before others can.

“I mainly go (Black Friday shopping) to people-watch,” sophomore Caitlin Pritchett said.

Black Friday is anticipated so much that some stores are even open on Thanksgiving. While it might seem like a way to beat the crowds, many employees are forced to work on a holiday meant to be spent with family, not customers.

On the other hand, Cyber Monday, coined in 2005, is a way for many buyers to receive the same deals in the comfort of their homes.

“Shopping online is easier,” freshman Carlie Saums said.

Cyber Monday is convenient for many people. It’s a faster way to shop and get the same deals.

“You don’t have to go out anywhere,” Townes said. “You don’t have to worry about waiting in line; it’s so much quicker.”

Whether you like braving the crowds and being in the action of Black Friday, or staying at home clicking through Cyber Monday deals, they both can save you a lot of money in the long run.