Black Friday: Worth the Risk?

Are you in the market for a new TV or hoping to snag this season’s hottest toys and gadgets? Then you better start sleeping off that heavy Thanksgiving meal now, because Black Friday is upon us!

Are you Ready for Black Friday?

Black Friday isn’t an official holiday, but to plenty of American shoppers, it might as well be. Always the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday marks the starts of the Christmas shopping season. To celebrate, many stores offer extremely reduced prices, freebies, and other great deals. Some retailers even change their hours, opening very early in the morning in anticipation of eager shoppers.

For many people, Black Friday seems like a time-honored tradition. But in reality, the idea has only been around since the 1960s. Retailers realized that after Thanksgiving, consumers began to spend more money in preparation for Christmas. This moved the stores from “the red,” meaning losing profits, to “the black,” or making profits. To capitalize on this trend, stores began offering enticing sales and early hours, and the tradition of Black Friday began.

Debt, Violence, and Other Dangers

Retails workers might dread it, but Americans really love Black Friday. According to the Motley Fool, two thirds of Americans shop on Black Friday. Retails make around 30% of their annual sales during the time period between Black Friday and Christmas, and 25% of shoppers spend so much money that it takes three months to pay off their holiday debts.

But retailer workers might be onto something. In recent years, Black Friday has become associated with violence and chaos. In recent years, there have been a handful of fatalities, including two incidents of store employees being trampled to death. Additionally, two people were killed in a shooting in California on Black Friday in 2011.

There have also been numerous reports of fights across the country during Black Friday sales. Patrons have tackled each other to the ground, gotten into physical altercations, or pepper sprayed each other in order to get to the deals first. Injuries have also been the result of parking lot car accidents. Between 2006 and 2014, the total fatality count was seven deaths, along with 98 injuries. For a day that is focused on holiday shopping, it’s surprising that things have gotten so violent. However, people can get greedy and confrontational when it comes to great deals, and unfortunately, serious injuries are the result of their actions.

Staying Safe While Seeking Deals

If you are planning to go out for Black Friday shopping, be safe! Even an incredibly cheap TV isn’t worth an injury to yourself or other around you. Dress warmly in preparation for waiting in line outside. Be sure to follow any Black Friday rules the store may have in place. And of course, remember that online shopping is always a safer, less stressful alternative!


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