Surviving Black Friday

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Kevin Reish, Brindle Brundage, and Jazsmin Abene showing their black Friday spirit with coupons. Photo by Anne Wing

Kevin Reish, Brindle Brundage, and Jazsmin Abene showing their black Friday spirit with coupons. Photo by Anne Wing

With the Christmas season right around the corner, people across the US are starting to buy gifts. With those gifts comes all the hype for the biggest shopping day of the year_ Black Friday.

While there is not an official record, every year there are estimated to be anywhere from one to ten deaths and hundreds of injuries on Black Friday.

In order to help Snow College not contribute to those numbers this year, here are some tips on staying safe.
1) Stay in bed!
Seriously people, the best way to stay safe is to stay home and either shop online or shop another day. The deals may not be as great, but is the safest way to do it.

Let’s be honest, no one is going to stay in bed if they are determined to get those sales. If you happen to be one of those people, keep these tips in mind while you’re out in the chaos.

1) Make a list, check it twice. Set a limit on amount spent per person, and create the list long before Thanksgiving.

2) Spend your money wisely.

3) Get plenty of rest. According to ehow.com, “The name of the game on Black Friday is ‘the early

bird gets the worm’.” Try and be one of the first people in line in order to get the stuff you really want.

4) Divide and conquer. Take at least one other person with you, and divide up the list of merchandise you want.

5) Know your merchandise. Explains ehow.com “The old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is so true on Black Friday.” Make sure you research the product and brand you plan to buy, especially if it’s priced unusually low for the product.

6) Electronics and small appliances that are sold on Black Friday usually have tricky warranties, so read the fine print before wrapping your gifts.

7) Keep your eyes open. Stores put their popular sale items on covered pallets and the pallets are set in random locations throughout the store.

8) Stay calm and don’t respond to aggressive or confrontational shoppers.

Keep these tips in mind, and not only will you have a productive Black Friday, but you’ll stay safe.

Happy shopping!

 

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