I have never gone out shopping on the so called "Black Friday", and this year was no different. I had originally wanted to in order to catch the deals, but I didn't really have enough cash to do so, so I slept in.
My mother, however, braved the madness this morning to go to Wal-Mart and K-Mart to see what she could find. Well, according to her Wal-Mart was crazy in our small little town as seemingly everyone in the town was there fighting over stuff like you only see on TV. A fight broke out, and mom got out of there. She then headed over to K-Mart and it was the same ensuing madhouse there as well. She got so frustrated with the craziness that she left her buggy sitting in the middle of the store and went home.
My poor cousin, Matt, had to go into work (at Best Buy) at 2am today and didn't even get a lunch! He described to us how last year they had a line around the entire shopping center even though what most of the people were there for they only had about 20 of them there, and they were giving out vouchers to the first 20 people in line, so the line was pointless for most. They even had a shooting, which made the news here of course. I did not envy him at all.
So I don't think I'll be making the trip out to the stores on Black Friday anytime soon. I'm certainly not going to camp out for a sale like many did. That's just going overboard to me and really cashing in on the commercialism of the season.
And this is why ebay and online storefronts are a good thing. ;)