Instead of camping outside the mall after Thanksgiving, I plan to delay my holiday shopping this year. I will also spend more time online shopping, so I can click and sip hot chocolate for a more comfortable holiday shopping experience at my computer.
According to a recent article by The Wall Street Journal, I've just been wasting my time every year trying to score the best Black Friday deals. The article cited data collected by Decide, Inc., a consumer-price research firm.
As the holiday shopping days tick down, so do the prices of many products. Is the "Black Friday Deal," really a myth?
Waiting for Cyber Monday
For me every day is a day to shop online, although many of the shopping sites I visit offer deals on Cyber Monday or the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. The Decide study tracked prices on e-commerce websites and found that March was the best time to buy certain items. Any deal I could find on Black Friday, I could find on Cyber Monday or by just waiting until the holidays are over.
Judging the supply and demand
I've always enjoyed having a birthday that is after the holiday season because I can stretch my birthday dollars further. My husband and children also have birthdays during the "cheap season." I've noticed that retailers jack up the prices in December because of the demand, so I typically pick up extra presents when I'm shopping for birthday gifts in late January through early spring that I can save for Christmas.
Losing out after camping out
And I've been burned on Black Friday in the past. Typically retailers offer only a limited number of their items at deeply discounted prices. I've tried to get door buster deals, only to find none were left once I got inside. Even after waiting in line for 12 hours one year, I was told quantities were limited and missed out.
Avoiding the crowds
I still plan to shop for the best deals, but it's not worth it to me to fight the crowds. A few years ago, when the economy really hit bottom, fewer people were out shopping. However, now things are picking up and I expect bigger crowds at the malls and shopping centers. A few years ago, I watched as Black Friday customers battled over hot items and toys and I just wanted to be somewhere else.
This year I'm planning to make leftover turkey sandwiches and decorate my house for the holidays, far away from the bustling crowds and mythical Black Friday deals.
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