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Black Friday bust

25 November 2012 By Emily Kong, Contributing Writer One Comment

For as long as I can remember, my family treated Black Friday as its own holiday. My family suffers from shopoholism, I would watch them all scramble for gifts, trinkets and deals alike every Black Friday.

In the past few years, Black Friday has become nothing more than wasted time circling the parking lot, waiting in lines and sifting through “deal buckets.”

This year’s Black Friday excursion was nothing different.

My family usually pours over different ads after feasting, but this year I did not even bother. My aunts kept repeating, “There’s nothing! Not worth it!” My cousins and I should have taken it as a sign, but we wanted to at least attempt before giving up.

Our night started with Target. None of us were too interested in any door buster sales, so we got there at 11 p.m. instead of lining up for the 9 p.m. opening. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.

The only shelves that were empty were those for TVs. There were normal deals on DVDs, but none of them were sold out. The staff was even walking around with extra stacks of them. The only thing I bought from Target was an HDMI cord for my dorm room, which wasn’t even on sale.

We were not ready to give up yet though, so we ventured to the mall. We arrived minutes before midnight, giving us enough time to line up at Macy’s.

The crowd surrounding Macy’s already enveloped the entire opening. By the time the doors opened, people were rushing inside.

My cousins and I pushed our way through only to find nothing. There were little sales here and there, but nothing worth battling it out.

All I ended up buying was a sweater and pair of jeans because of a “buy one sweater, get a pair of denim free” sale. It would have been a quick grab-and-go, except for the long line of arguing women standing in front of me.

After making our way out of the chaos that is Macy’s we went to other clothing stores.

Nothing special there but more lines and deals that were not worth the wait.

I was in American Eagle for over an hour. The browsing only took 30 minutes, most of it spent trying to get through the crowds and the rest of the time was spent waiting in line.

In the past, Black Friday was a holiday of its own. Now, Black Friday is nothing but wasted time in lines, parking lots and lots of waiting.

I hate to admit it, but I think in the future I will be turning to the Internet for my post-holiday shopping in the comfort of my own warm home.

One Comment »

  • Brandt Hardin said:

    Is nothing sacred? This week proved the holidays have slipped away from the general public and been completely bastardized by Big Business. The traditional meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas both have been diluted by mass consumerism. Read more about the War on the Holidays and American Values being waged from the buildings of Wall Street at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-war-on-thanksgiving-one-turkeys.html where one Turkey gets his revenge for encroaching on Thanksgiving this year!

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