Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means so is that hyper commercialized day called Black Friday. With all the hype of discounts and doorbusters, you can hardly blame people for sacrificing sleep, comfort, and even a good ol’ fashioned Thanksgiving meal for the sake of clutching such savings. But before you make that momentous decision to join the millions of people on such a commercial day, check out these 25 things you should know before shopping on Black Friday.
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It's a huge retail day
The appeal of discounted items is a huge draw for people. In fact, in 2011, 226 million Americans purchased $52 billion worth of merchandise on that Thanksgiving weekend alone.
It's greatly anticipiated
According to Google Trends, online searchers started looking for the term “Black Friday” on Oct. 14, with activity revving up around Oct. 20. That’s about a whole month away from the actual day.
Black Friday holiday
Actually Black Friday is not considered a federal holiday. However, some states consider it to be a public holiday.
According to Jon Vincent, spokesman for BlackFriday.com. If you want a chance at getting your hands on Black Friday doorbusters you will have to be the first in line, (which means arriving at the store on Thanksgiving morning or earlier).
Derivative items for doorbusters
According to Time.com, many products promoted at deep discounts on Black Friday are “derivative products”. In other words items that look like and are named the same as the standard models, but are actually made with cheaper components and may not have the same features. Consumer Reports found that big-name companies like Sony and Samsung have made derivative televisions in previous years.