Black Friday shopping has always been one of the most hectic times of the year. This past holiday weekend, I went Black Friday shopping for the very first time! Experiencing this for the first time was a very traumatic experience for me. I went to Best Buy for something that I so greatly needed as soon as possible, so I woke up early and got in line for this very important item. In the very long and crazy line, I had some encounters that I will never forget. People were arguing over spots in line, tents were set up outside in my way, and there wasn’t free food.
The cold was brutal, but the wait was worth it. The wait was extremely long; I often found myself throughout the wait counting in my head, hoping time would pass by faster. “Are the doors open yet?” I found myself often asking this question as the night went on. “No sir, we still have 38 minutes to go…”
One of the best parts about the wait was the fact of meeting new intriguing people. Meeting the other people waiting was great, because of the interesting conversations we held. It’s ridiculous how many people there is shopping just on one night/morning. In 2016, there were 101.7 million people who braved the crowds. That’s more than the 74 million in 2015. The next biggest day was Saturday, when 64 million people went to stores. Only 33 million shopped on Sunday. The fewest, 29 million, left their homes on Thanksgiving Day. Since last year, these numbers has risen by another 2%. This year alone there were $682.0 billion total spent on Black Friday shopping, all according to thebalance.com.
Throughout the night I periodically asked myself, “is it worth it?” I often thought about the Black Friday sales that were available online instead of going out, and started to regret the decision on coming out the house… when I could’ve just shopped online. But the downfall about shopping online is the sales online aren’t as cheap as the ones in person. Another thing that made me regret coming out the house was the fact of all the crazy people that surrounded me. Yes, there were good people who were great to talk to while waiting, but then there were also a great deal of others who were there causing tremendous issues.
Now that I think back about it, I should’ve just stayed in bed. It completely slipped my mind that Cyber Monday was coming up. They would have way better deals, than what they would have had on Black Friday. I won’t take anything back though, I made a good purchase, and I now enjoy my new Apple Watch every day. It’s weird to adjust to, but it is something that I feel would make my life complete, almost complete at least. Now I just need to find somebody that I can get up early on Black Friday for, so I can get them the matching pair, then I would definitely be complete.