Much of this blog is focused on ways to save money, so you might imagine that I’d be all about Black Friday. Not so much. It seems that Black Friday has become an all-out war between retailers, with each pushing back their sales earlier and earlier. Now that the sales are actually starting on Thursday, there’s no way I’d even consider giving up some of my beloved Thanksgiving to sit in line in the cold. In my opinion, Black Friday isn’t worth it.
But it turns out, you don’t actually need to wait in line to get the sales. You just need a computer. The increasing Black Friday competition isn’t all bad, as it’s encouraging retailers to post their sales online to match online competitor prices. Target, Best Buy, Amazon, and Wal-Mart all started their Black Friday sales in the wee hours of the morning last year.
Wal-Mart has already announced that it will match any of Amazon’s prices, so in theory, Amazon, will provide the lowest price on many items. And if that’s the case, the best Black Friday deals will be online anyways. No need to even change out of your pajamas.
In an interesting twist this year, many stores are letting you shop Black Friday deals already. I checked out Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Kohl’s websites, and all are offering pre-Black Friday deals right now. The selection might be a little bigger on Friday, but there are probably some worthwhile items on sale right now.
So that’s my verdict on Black Friday. Avoid the cold (and impending East Coast snowstorm, bleh), lines, and potential trampling, and shop the sales from the comfort of your own home.