Black Friday is an American tradition nearly as rich as the pudding your grandmother used to make for Thanksgiving dinner. As several internet memes have stated, it also runs counter to the very idea at the heart of Thanksgiving; after celebrating what you are thankful for, you run out and buy more. It is essentially raw American consumerism at its worst, as evidenced by the number of deaths inflicted from being being literally run over by excited shoppers.
I think Black Friday needs to end, or at a minimum, be put into focus. For starters, not everything is on an incredible sale; stores actually mark up much of their inventory, knowing that a few things marked down will draw people in. You really want a good deal? Go online: not only do you not have to brave the crowds, but you can compare prices with ease, and granted you may have to pay shipping, but sites like Amazon and others will often waive it.
Now, I am not a libertarian, but I do believe that consumers and stores have a right to handle Black Friday how they see fit. However, you almost feel like someone needs to do a public service advertisement saying “that TV will be there, even if you’re delayed by thirty seconds,” and it’s a sad day when you have to tell grown adults not to behave like children over what are essentially adult toys.
Not to mention that Black Friday is not the end-all, be-all it once was, one reason why more and more people don’t think it’s worth it anymore. I personally do not see the point anymore.
If you choose to brave the crowds, though, just be safe, and remember to respect your fellow shoppers, and yes, that TV will still be there thirty seconds later.