Stores get ready for 'Black Friday'
With Thanksgiving upon us, it is a time for giving and being thankful for what we have. It is also a time for shopping.
The Friday after Thanksgiving, more commonly known as "Black Friday," will take place this year on Nov. 27. This day has become the biggest and busiest shopping day of the year - a holiday in its own right. "Black Friday" is a day for retail stores to offer the best deals to customers. However, it has also been understood to be a day filled with mobs of angry people.
Safety is the biggest concern this year for shoppers after last year's frightening ending for a Walmart employee. The employee was trampled to death in the Walmart of Valley Stream, N.Y.
Best Buy employee and hospitality major Erica Salvetti says, " It is always a crazy day, but this year we're taking some new measures to ensure safety. I'm very anxious to see how it turns out."
Best Buy will continue to hand out maps and mark popular items with colored balloons that can be seen throughout the store. Many other stores will also be handing out drinks and providing some entertainment to keep people calm. Walmart, in particular, has said that it will keep its stores open from 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning until the following Friday evening. Walmart hopes that this will create a more steady flow of people.
Hospitality major and employee of Aeropostale, Amy Domiano says, " ˜Black Friday' is definitely the busiest time of the year, and Aero is offering great sales. I've never seen it get too out of hand, though most people opt for electronic sales over clothing."
While many clothing retail stores have said that they will be giving out free gifts for early bird shoppers, the electronic deals seem to always be what people are after. Target is offering its customers a $10 gift card to everyone who spends a minimum of $100 between 5 a.m. and noon.
Radio Shack has everything from camcorders to TVs to GPS systems on sale. Walmart has already started its "Holiday Value Bundles Sale," which includes more than a 100 values ranging from electronics to video games to home items to toys.
As the United States still fights the recession, it is bound to have an effect on the holiday shopping. AEP student Katie Hamilton says, "I think that ˜Black Friday' might be crazier than ever, since people really want to be saving money this year."