Four Reasons to Hate Black Friday
Is Black Friday a chance to get great deals — or a reason to take a four-day weekend? Consider these four statistics that show the dark side of Black Friday. Yes, there are actually four reasons to hate the day.
The website Black Friday Death Count
lists a body count: twelve deaths since 2006, that are associated with today’s ultimate retail deals. People shot in parking lots, malls, and even in what used to be a Toys R Us store.
TWO — The same source says more than 100 injuries have occurred on Black Friday — One hundred sixteen to be exact (at this writing).
THREE — A Career Builder survey found nearly half of all retail workers, have to work on Thanksgiving because of early Black Friday deals. Forty-seven percent to be exact!!
AND NUMBER FOUR — Adobe Analytics says the average shopper put $1,200 on their credit cards during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. An overwhelming majority of Americans have no emergency fund or a significant retirement plan put in place, but they charge their purchases using a plastic card.
The lesson is this: Instead of hunting for deals after Thanksgiving, why not spend a little extra time with family? Or another option for shop-o-holics: hunt for unbeatable deals with family. Chances are your family is a gift of far more value than 80-percent off a giant screen TV.