Black Friday Took A Turn

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Alyssa Mowers, Contributor

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Black Friday has just passed with millions of people shopping either online or in stores. From the looks of it, most people have chosen to shop online to stay away from the long lines, crazy people, and overall; chaotic crowds. Now, there are many unmotivated people that shop online, instead of  camping outside stores and fighting off crowds of people. Allie Rayner, an author for the odyssey online website, had said, “Plus, why anyone physically goes to a store when online shopping exists (Hello, Cyber Monday is a thing ya’ll!) is beyond me” (Odysseyonline).

Over the years, Black Friday has only been on Friday the twenty-third of November. Recently, it has been trickling into the end of Thanksgiving Day and who knows what will happen next. Multiple stores have decided to open their Black Friday deals earlier and earlier each year, which is cutting into Thanksgiving Day. “Employees being ripped away from their families to go to work on a holiday that is supposed to be all about being together with loved ones, not in the midst of the mass chaos that is American consumerism. Even worse, people are making the conscious decision to spend time away from home and possibly their families just to get items that they could just as easily be buying onlinePeople are actually choosing to spend their afternoons fighting crowds for the best priced TV instead of enjoying the company of friends and family, good food, and thankful reflection” (Odysseyonline).

Along with shopping during Thanksgiving Day, Zach Wichter, an author in the New York Times wrote, “Adobe Analytics, reported that as of 8 p.m. Eastern, consumers had already spent about $4.1 billion on Black Friday — a 23 percent increase from the same period last year.” (NYTimes). People actually spend their time and money on deals, over spending time creating memories with their family and friends. An author from the Finder website said, “The average adult is expected to drop $483.18 on the shopping holiday of holidays, which equates to $90.14 billion — up $30.57 billion from 2017’s projected spend of $59.57 billion.” (Finder). This was the expected amount, not the actual numbers. With how much money was spent, there were millions of people shopping.

Over this year’s Black Friday, the ratings of how many people that find deals online skyrocketed. In an article from the Vox website, an author acknowledged, “Last year, the National Retail Federation said that of the 174 million Americans who did their Black Friday shopping between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday, 58 million of them exclusively shopped online. An additional 61 million shopped both online and in store” (Vox). Even with those high numbers, this year’s numbers have increased by the ton. Before the actual count was done, an author of the Vox had said, “This year, an estimated 116 million people will shop online or in stores on Friday alone, and 164 million people are expected to shop over the holiday weekend, according to data from the National Retail Federation” (Vox). Black Friday is taking over time, money, and memories away from everyone.

 

Sources: https: www.nytimes.com/2018/11/22/business/black-friday.html

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/black-friday-thanksgiving

https://www.finder.com/black-friday-statistics

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/11/20/18105044/black-friday-november-shopping-season

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