I admit it. I’ve never gone shopping on Black Friday.
I have a friend who’ll be visiting from Toronto this Thanksgiving, and he’s never been to Chicago. He insists that, in order to get the whole “city experience,” we go in on Black Friday. I told him that’s ok with me, just don’t expect to make the journey back home because we’ll most likely get killed by overzealous shoppers.
For whatever reason, I just don’t see the appeal of standing in the cold at 2 a.m. for three hours, trampling everyone in sight when the doors finally open, and getting punched in the face by the other guy trying to get that last flatscreen TV. I’d much prefer to stay at home, sit by my fireplace and drink some hot cocoa, reflecting back on what a good Thanksgiving it was.
But for those of you who are weird enough to do it (please explain why . . . and don’t tell me it’s because of the sales, because you could shop online if you really wanted), it’s time to start doing your research.
Thankfully, there’s the official Black Friday app for everyone who needs to have every store’s deals at their fingertips. And pretty soon you’ll be seeing all those glossy ads in Sunday’s paper for every store in existence.
Like this one for Toys “R” Us. Seriously, I can’t imagine a worse place to be on Black Friday. I have learned not to mess with parents of small children.
It’s also disturbing to see that the toy store is opening on THURSDAY NIGHT. Now this I do not understand. So much for dedicating Thursday for being thankful. Looks like Thanksgiving is now being overthrown by Black Thursday.
Er . . . Friday.