With Thanksgiving right around the corner, companies are already releasing their planned deals for the mad rush that is Black Friday.
Retailers are opening early to accommodate eager shoppers who will be ready to capitalize on the deals.
There are numerous doorbuster deals. Prices can drop so low the store may not make a profit – just to lure in shoppers. Large retailers post their Black Friday deals and offers online beforehand to give consumers time to find out about sales and pre-plan their purchases.
“I love being able to get everything I want for 50-75 percent off. [The best experience] is getting all the things you desire,” sophomore Jessica Fort said.
Even though the term “Black Friday” should indicate sales starting on Friday, big name stores such as Walmart, Sears, Macy’s, Target, Kohl’s and Sports Authority are opening at 6 p.m., Thanksgiving Day. J.C. Penny, Best Buy and Toys R US open even earlier with a starting time of 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.
With such deals, comes great chaos. Shoppers should plan and create a list of items they are searching for in advance and prepare to be bombarded by people while trying to get those items.
“The worst part was the crowds, the traffic, and the parking. I valet if available,” teacher Alyssa Goss said.
The big brand stores will draw the biggest crowd because of sought after items including phones, televisions, computers, gaming systems, movies and toys.
Shoppers should also plan on getting to big brand stores as early as possible. More people will be after highly desired items.
Retailers advise customers to be cautious of other shoppers. Last November, a Walmart employee was trampled to death by people trying to get in the doors and snag the big deals. Be careful when entering, guarding or even waiting in line during Black Friday sales.