It’s ironic that Black Friday occurs the day after we supposedly give our thanks for all that we have – because it’s a day of mad scrambling and hitting up mall after mall. While some of my friends proclaim that it’s one of the greatest holidays for shopping, others aren’t convinced, and rather stay at home. What reasons do you have for mad-dashing to the nearest shopping centre during Black Friday – or what reasons do you have against it?
For: The incredible sales!
40% off… 60% off… Two for the price of one… Those irresistible posters are guaranteed to draw eyes to its heavy discounts. This is one of those times of the year where you can find beautiful Michael Kors for a measly price, or your usually cheaper Forever 21s for an even better steal. It’s worth it to save spending for all of November to blow on Black Friday, because there’s a good chance that you’ll get more bang for your buck.
Against: Buying more than what you really need.
While the sales are definitely no joke, they also make you buy way more than you really need. Have you ever bought something not because it looked absolutely fan-tas-tic on your beautiful self, but because it was cheap? The week after Black Friday is generally wrought with buyer’s remorse, as shoppers find that their new, albeit inexpensive jeans sag instead of wrap their butt, and that their new coffee machine doesn’t produce the best-tasting coffee. A rule of thumb for shopping for clothes: don’t buy it if you don’t absolutely love it! While it may be cheap, you’re better off saving the money until you find something that you feel like you must have, even if it is more expensive.
For: The thrill of shopping.
As the age-old joke goes: where is a woman’s G-spot located? At the end of the word “shopping!” Alright, it’s not an age-old joke, nor is it entirely appropriate, but I think all collegiettes can relate to the absolute thrill of shopping. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding the perfect dress, or trying out ridiculous costumes in the fitting room. The most spectacular feeling, though, has to be when you heave all your bags back home and then survey your haul. Time to strut your new garments through campus!
Against: The crowds… and crowds… and crowds of people!
That’s not to say though that shopping is without its frustrations. Nearly wherever you go on Black Friday, you’re guaranteed for the giant wave of shoppers – as if all hibernating Americans have come out for a single day. One of my friends called me to complain about the number of people, and then went on to rant about how all available sizes were instantly snatched, leaving nothing but XS and XL clothing behind. She came back home with a massive headache and little in hand.