A Shopaholic Says No Thanks to Black Friday
Lest anyone have any doubt – and a fact my regular readers know well, I come from the “Shoppers.” If I have a nickel, I spend a nickel – this has been my pattern since childhood when those Hershey bars could be purchased for that amount. I’ve even passed this unfortunate gene to both of my children. Take a look at any of our closets and it tells the tale quite clearly.
So how is it that an ultimate shopaholic like me does NOT partake in Black Friday?
I watch the news and see people camped outside of stores waiting for doors to open to purchase this year’s bargains. I love bargains myself, in fact I am going on 35 years as a Marshall’s shopper, yet Black Friday has absolutely no appeal to me. Besides, I feel I get huge bargains all year long!
I am thinking that the people camping out must be Re-Sellers by career and need to nab as many bargain priced electronics as they can to re-sell them at a huge profit on the internet. Isn’t Black Friday mostly about electronics anyway? Those people sleeping out are not trying to get a Calvin Klein dress at half off, I know that much.
Why else would someone give up a precious holiday such as Thanksgiving – a time to be with family and friends and celebrate a non-religious holiday- to stand in line? Why don’t they realize these holiday moments are fleeting, and precious, and no bargain in the world can replace that time?
So today, I will keep busy by setting up a hospitality suite for a friend’s daughter’s wedding weekend. I will prepare a meal for 35 friends and family for Shabbat. And I will be grateful that I didn’t feel compelled to go anywhere near a store today!
How about you? Black Friday or not?