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Customers swarm for Black Friday deals

staff writer

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 11:11

Black Friday deals

BLACK FRIDAY, THE DAY after Thanksgiving, attracts large crowds of shoppers looking for deals. MICKELLE YEATES photo illustration

It’s almost that time of year again. Pushing, determined shoppers, lack of patience and significant sales come to mind. In the investing world, Black Friday refers to the Gold Crisis in 1869 and sometimes the crash of the New York Stock Exchange in 1873. In the retail world, it refers to the kickoff of holiday shopping and the point in which most retailers make the most profit, or “going in the black.”


Jennessa James, an undeclared junior, said the hours of Black Friday are changing dramatically each year along with the lines.


“I work at Pac Sun and I like Black Friday,” James said. “It is worth getting up to me but maybe not so early. Stores opening up at three or four is reasonable. Midnight sounds a little crazy to me. Last year I worked on Black Friday and the line was a little out of control.”


Benjamin Mcvey, a sales associate at Fun Unlimited, said the gameplan of each customer determines their success on Black Friday.


“Black Friday is an awesome day to get the things at a discounted price, as long as you know what you want to get, get there early and endure the crazy shoppers,” Mcvey said.


Mcvey said the best day of the year to purchase socks is the day after Thanksgiving. He said they aren’t cheap these days.


“I don’t worry about buying anything else,” Mcvey said. “I stock up on socks for the year and get out of the chaotic shopping centers.”


William Hansen, a future Aggie, had a different opinion about this shopping event. He does not think dealing with the crazed shoppers, long lines and impatience is worth losing sleep over.


“I think it’s completely ridiculous and I’m going to stay at home and eat leftovers,” Hansen said.   “I’ll let my mom do the shopping.”


Meredith Hardy, an undeclared sophomore, said the sales after the holidays are almost always better and the door busters will be everywhere.


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