10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Shop On Black Friday

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As much as you love (or hate) the Holiday season, there is one thing we can all agree on: it is a financial strain on your life. That’s why thousands of people across the country swarm to department stores on Black Friday, hoping to cash in on the huge savings.

But is it really worth it? We don’t think so. Here are 10 reasons why you should stay home on Black Friday.

1. It’s WAY Too Early

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People start waiting in line for Black Friday as soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over, forgoing the best part of indulging in all that food: passing out on the couch in your sweatpants from the Tryptophan coma.

2. The Lines

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Nobody likes waiting in line, let alone standing in one for several hours. Traffic is better than lines. You know why? At least you have music and heat in your car, which leads us to…

3. The Cold

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Don’t pretend you’re one of those people who “doesn’t get cold.” The average temperature in New York during the month of November is 41 degrees, which feels even colder in the dark and if the wind is blowing. And just so you know, the low for Thanksgiving night is going to be 34 degrees.

4. The Stampede

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We know you’re waiting “in line” to get into all these department stores, but you won’t exactly be filed into them. Stores open all of their doors at once, inciting what can only be compared to as The Running of the Bulls in Spain.

5. Your Health

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People get hurt and die on Black Friday. Is breaking a bone or losing your life worth the huge savings on a flat screen TV?

We ask you to think before answering that question.

6. The Fear

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You survived the cold, the lines and the initial stampede without serious injury. CONGRATULATIONS! Now you get to shop in total fear for the rest of the day. We normally associate this time of year with holiday cheer, but when it comes to attaining the perfect gift at a low price, the worst definitely comes out in people.

You might want to hide in the coats for a while.

7. The Crowd

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Even if you decide to go later in the day to try and avoid most of the above reasons, the crowds will still be there. If you don’t like people invading your personal space, you need to stay home.

8. Employees Don’t Want To Help You

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Look at them. Do you think they enjoy Black Friday? They aren’t excited. Take the hell you will deal with for 3-4 hours and triple that, because that is what their entire shift at work is going to be like, likely for minimum wage.

9. The Protests

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Whether it’s protesting about corporate greed, unfair labor laws or animal rights, protesters are going to show up. They are mean and blinded by the cause, making you merely an obstacle in their path.

10. Cyber Monday

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Do you REALLY want to save money? Do it from home (or at work. We won’t tell your boss) in relative peace. Take some of that time that you were going to waste standing in line and do a little research as to what sites are having deals and bookmark them.

Your biggest setback might be your credit card being declined, but let’s be honest, you’re to blame for that.

What are your reasons for skipping Black Friday? Or are you a shopping soldier willing to risk it all for savings? Let us know in the comments section below!


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