Stampedes for savings: is Black Friday really worth it?

Black Friday is Friday, November 27th this year.

Black Friday is Friday, November 27th this year.

Many Americans thrive on the single most hectic day of the year, also known as Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27th, is the only day of the year that stores all around America provide extreme deals and remain open for an insane amount of  hours. Stores such as Walmart, Target, K-Mart, Bath and Body Works and Cabela’s are just some of the many stores that participate in this crazy shopping experience. Large crowds of people stand outside stores waiting for countless hours for the doors to open allowing groups to rush inside to snatch the best priced items.

According to statistics, over 240 million shoppers spent an average of $423 each on this day. This equates to a total of over $59.1 billion dollars spent on Black Friday. These large numbers may make it seem like this shopping day is inevitable, but there are a lot of people who opt out of shopping on Black Friday. The number one reason people give for disliking Black Friday is the fact that it is just overly crazy.  Many state that they would rather not risk their life in a stampede of anxious shoppers to get ahold of a television that they really don’t need.