Friday, November 8, 2013

Get Ready for The Shopping Feast

The shopping feast starts the Friday after Thanksgiving which automatically announces the kickoff of the Christmas buying seasons. That day falls anywhere between November 23 and November 29. Indeed, Philadelphia is the location where the term "Black Friday" originated. The expression was commonly used to describe the traffic jams. In the 60's, The day following Thanksgiving Philadelphia streets were clogged with heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic. By 1975, the day's name started to be widely used outside of the city. On the other hand, the term has a financial approach. September 29, 1869 was coined Black Friday due to the powerful attempt to manipulate and corner the Gold Market. That scandal caused the gold prices and stocks to plummet.

Discounting prices are the backbone of the crowding event. Prices are slashed on everything from electronics to apparel. However, a growing number of people choose to shop online for a lot of reasons. When some doorbuster deals pop off, sadly some eager shoppers leave the store empty handed. Indeed, the violence of  aggressive customers account for the fear of a lot of online shoppers.

People from other countries participate as well in the party. They don't really have to fly to the states. Right at their places they can have their product delivered. Online retailers are the ones that make that possible. Consumer Reports  website provide some useful tips when it comes to Black Friday shopping. Please consider the following:
  • Be prepared
  • Use social media
  • Get appy
  • Create a budget—and stick to it.
  • Shop online first.
  • Shop close to home.
  • See if you can get a price-match guarantee
  • Check specially priced "bundles."
  • Sign up for e-mail alerts. 
  • Check the stores' return policies. 
  • Check the warranty. 
  • Buy the item you really want.
  • But avoid the old bait-and-switch trick. 
  • Don't buy pricey accessories.
As of 2010, the recession has started to turn Black Friday into Black November. For the whole month, customers are thrilled to take advantage of the pricing party. The rules of the Black Friday game have changed for the good.